The academic year 16/17 ended on a high for Colfe’s with combined GCSE and A-level results some of the best for the school to date.
More than a quarter of the year’s cohort gained at least five A* grades at GCSE – just under 60% of grades were A* or A, with 86% scoring A*/B grades. A-level results topped 82% A*/B for a fourth year running with A*/A statistic rising from 44% last year to 50%, enabling a high proportion of pupils to secure their places at prestigious UK universities. This continued academic success meant that Colfe’s climbed a total of 60 places in the Daily Telegraph Independent School League Table for A-level results.
Just under 60% of grades were A* or A. The figure rises to 86% with the inclusion of B grades.
More than a quarter of this gained at least 5 A* grades. Latin was the top performing subject with all pupils gaining A*/A grades, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics topped 80% and 86% respectively, with Religious Studies reaching 85% A*/A – many other subjects saw significant improvement on last year’s results which set a new record for the school.
Amongst the individual successes Jack Griffiths achieved 10 A* grades and two A grades, “I have valued the support from my teachers so much and their help around exam time with the Tougher Minds programme made it all feel less stressful. I am looking forward to starting the Sixth Form at Colfe’s and studying Maths, Economics, History and Geography at A-Level.”
Simone Korsgaard Jensen achieved 11 A* grades, “I can’t believe this is really happening, I am so happy with my results. I now hope to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Geography at A-Level here in the Sixth Form”.
Headmaster Richard Russell said “We are delighted with these excellent results at the end of a year of much speculation regarding GCSE. Pupils and teachers have been told repeatedly that the top grades were to become less accessible and the Colfe’s class of 2017 have risen to the challenge. I congratulate them all and look forward to welcoming them back to school next week as they embark on their A level courses.”
Results topped 82% A*/B for a fourth year running. In a year in which the exams watchdog Ofqual had predicted extreme volatility following the introduction of new qualifications, the A*/A statistic at Colfe’s rose from 44% last year to 50% this year, enabling a high proportion of pupils to secure their places at prestigious UK universities. More than a quarter of pupils achieved at least three A grades in their exams.
Amongst the many individual successes this year were Benjamin Andrew who has been at Colfe’s since nursery. Ben achieved three A* grades and will attend Durham University to read Economics. Maria Mobio, who joined Colfe’s Sixth Form from Deptford Green as a Leatherseller Scholar, also achieved three A*grades and will be applying to Cambridge to read Mathematics. Oyinkan Odumade secured a place to read Modern Languages at Clare College, Cambridge and Ruby Collins achieved a prestigious scholarship to study Music at the Guildhall.
Benjamin said “It was such a relief to open my results and to see that I got more than I could have hoped for. After 15 years at Colfe’s the thought of leaving is strange but I am excited to be attending my first choice University.”
Headmaster Richard Russell congratulated all pupils and teachers. “This has been a year of much uncertainty with new qualifications in more than half of the subjects examined. Pupils have excelled themselves in achieving even more top grades than last year and teachers have worked tirelessly to prepare their classes for the challenge of the new exams.”