GCSE Joy for Fifth Form

There was a great deal of uncertainty about this year’s GCSE results after the most radical shake up of the system for decades; this has led to a new grading system together with significantly increased content and difficulty in the exams. Both pupils and teachers have been under considerable pressure as a result.  We are therefore delighted to congratulate our Fifth Formers on their performance in these new exams; many expectations have been exceeded and we are very pleased to report on some really excellent results across the board.

With the new grade 9 representing the very top level of the A* band, we were pleased that overall 41.6% of GCSEs graded under the new system were awarded a 9.  Some subjects have retained the “old” grade bands and we have seen a total 85.1% of exams sat by the Fifth Form (year 11) being awarded 9/8/7 or an A*/A. Forty of the year group of 125 pupils received 9 or more 9/8/A* grades, with eleven of them being awarded a clean sweep of ten top grades.

Head, Simon Marshall, writes, “I think nearly all our Fifths and their teachers can breathe a sigh of relief after a nerve-wracking two years of study and uncertainty. Today’s results, before any re-marks are completed, compare favourably with the best any GCSE cohort has achieved at Bancroft’s.”

even though, strictly speaking, it is impossible to judge this year’s results against previous results, it is clear that this year-group has done exceptionally well.

Simon Marshall, Head


Nikhita Shah was shaking when she opened her envelope but was relieved to report that “my hard work and perseverance have really paid off.  I started revising quite early on and made sure that I did a bit every day.  It was a challenge to face so many new specifications and we didn’t have past papers to work on.”

GCSE Results Table 2018


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