The 2018 class of GCSE students have achieved some excellent results with a quarter of them achieving A* /Grade 9-8, whilst 43% have secured A*- A/Grade 9-7. In the new reformed subjects the pupils amassed 59 grade 9s from 504 entries a fine achievement as the number of grade 9s nationally is expected to be very low.
The results seem a little more confusing than in previous years because our pupils sat a mixture of iGCSEs and the new reformed GCSEs in some subjects. Whilst the iGCSEs continue to be graded from A* to G, the reformed GCSE results were in the more unfamiliar number format of 9 – 1, where confusingly a grade 1 is the lowest mark and 9 is now the highest mark instead of an A*. Not only is the mark scheme different the reformed GCSEs were taught slightly differently too. The difficulty level has been raised, coursework has been scrapped and the exams this year were described as the toughest for a generation. Exams are now at the end of a two year programme instead of spreading assessments out.