Colfe’s pupils have achieved outstanding GCSE success after the most challenging of years.
Despite the continued unpredictability of the last two years, pupils and staff worked have tirelessly to attain an impressive set of results. No fewer than 17 pupils achieved grade nine in at least eight subjects, including four who gained grade nine in at least 11 subjects.
Alice, achieved 11 grade 9s “I am so pleased with my results and I am grateful to the teachers for doing such an excellent job, the live lessons over lockdown were brilliant and they really supported us. I made the right decision to stay at Colfe’s for sixth form and I am going to study A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Geography.”
Alexander, who scored a raft of grade 7,8 and 9s “I am so happy and surprised at my results. I joined Colfe’s in Y9 and have really enjoyed my time here. I am really looking forward to starting sixth form and studying Art, English, Music and German”.
Isha, achieved two grade 8s and nine grade 9s, “I really didn’t expect to get such high grades. The teachers at Colfe’s and my parents have been really supportive during such a challenging two years. I am thrilled. I hope to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A-Level.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said: These fantastic results are a fitting tribute to the dedication of a wonderful group of pupils who have managed to remain cheerful and committed as the goalposts have moved constantly over the last 18 months. They are all well placed to build on their achievement in the sixth form over the next two years. Teachers and parents are also to be congratulated: academic and pastoral support within school has been complemented by a lot of patient encouragement at home, particularly during periods of school closure. The potential of this year group is exciting and we look forward to its fulfilment over the next two years.
Colfe’s students and staff are celebrating A-Level success after two years of uncertainty and disruption. Over 80% of students achieved places at their first choice university, including Russell Group, with a record number – ten in total – heading to Oxford or Cambridge.
Course choices this year are particularly diverse: as well as traditional options such as English, Mathematics, History and Medicine, Colfe’s students have chosen to study a range of subjects including Geology, Anthropology, Astro Physics, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Art & Design, Nursing and Midwifery. Students are also choosing a more vocational path with a record number this year going on to study business courses such as Banking & Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, Business with Languages and courses with a year in industry. Some students have opted for apprenticeship routes as an alternative to university and will start work in September.
Ryan Smith A*/A*/A*/A*, who has been at Colfe’s since nursery, will read Medicine at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge “I have had a great time at Colfe’s over the last 15 years and I am very excited for the next chapter of my life”. Panos Philalithis A*/A*/A*/A*, who also joined Colfe’s at nursery and went on to become School Captain, will read Economics at Trinity College Cambridge “Colfe’s has made me the person I am today and I am so grateful, I thank my teachers and friends for supporting me in reaching my goal”.
It has been another hugely successful year for our Leatherseller Scholars, three of whom are heading to Oxford or Cambridge. Aleesha Bruce, Leatherseller Scholar and School Captain – who joined Colfe’s from Prendergast Ladywell – achieved A*/A*/A and will read Economics at The London School of Economics. “It has been such a strange year but I will forever be grateful to Colfe’s for helping me get to the destination that was right for me. It’s funny to think I didn’t even know what Economics was before I joined Colfe’s and now I have an A* in the subject and I am off to study it at one of the best places in the world. I couldn’t be happier”.
Headmaster Richard Russell said: “Our candidates have performed remarkably well against a background of perpetual uncertainty. The strength of their stoicism and resilience cannot be overstated. This is equally true of their teachers who have dealt with the shifting sands of Covid with smiling fortitude over the last 18 months. I am particularly grateful to Mr Drury and Mr Rogers and their respective teams for their dynamic and creative leadership. We were delighted to see record numbers winning places at Oxford or Cambridge in a year that was a challenge for many independent schools. It is equally pleasing to report that two of our top scientists will be studying at Imperial College which has played such a decisive role through the period of the pandemic. The final list of destinations will be published when it is known but I am confident that it will reflect the variety and diversity of aspiration that we witness every year. The class of 2021 have pointed the way for future generations magnificently. We look forward to hearing of their future success.”
Colfe’s students achieved consistently high A-level results during a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Over 89.9% scored A*/B grades with a record number of students achieving the highest grades of A*/A at 67.3% – way above the national average.
80% of students gained a place at their first choice university with two students securing places at Oxbridge. Of the many individual success stories Juan Garcia Valencia, who joined Colfe’s Sixth Form as a Leatherseller Scholar from Trinity, Lewisham, achieved A*/A*/A*/A and will read Geography at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford “ I am incredibly grateful for all the support given to me by my subject teachers and tutors at Colfe’s and I can’t wait to start”. Eleanor Chung, A/A/A, will read Music at Jesus College, Oxford and Roxana Willingdale who achieved A*/A*/A* will read Physics at Bristol University “I didn’t expect to achieve such high grades given the uncertainty around COVID-19 so I’m really pleased with my results.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said “It is a great relief to see such wonderful results emerging from the chaos of recent days. We knew this was a very strong year group and I welcome this opportunity to congratulate all pupils and staff without reservation. It remains the case, however, at Colfe’s and elsewhere, that a number of pupils have been unfairly impacted by government decisions. We will do all that we can in the days ahead to secure the right outcomes for those who have been unfairly affected.”
Colfe’s pupils celebrated GCSE success with strong grades reflecting their hard work and commitment over the past two years. 68% of pupils achieved graded 9-7 (A*-A equivalent) with 20% receiving the highest grade 9 – again, way above the national average.
Headmaster Richard Russell said “having followed the Ofqual/Williamson pantomime for the last fortnight, our pupils and parents were more than usually tense this morning when envelopes were opened. As a year group, they have set a new school record for the top grades and they can proceed to the sixth form with confidence where they will undoubtedly thrive, alongside all those who are joining us as new pupils in Year 12. The lasting memory of this exam year will inevitably be of chronic political mismanagement. We must all hope that the appropriate lessons have been learned by those responsible.”