KES pupils are again celebrating some outstanding GCSE results, evidently taking the challenge of the new grading system in their stride.

Nearly 40% of the relevant entries were at the coveted top 9 grade, with over 60% at 8 or 9. In those subjects still operating on the old letter scale, the results were equally impressive, with over 50% of entries at A*.

With the two systems combined, 78% of the exams taken were at grades 7/A or above, whilst 55% of all exams taken achieved the top A* or number 9 and 8 grades. 13 pupils gained only A* or 9 grades, whilst a remarkable 35% of the cohort achieved 8 or more subject passes at 8/9 or A* grades.

Biology, chemistry and physics were joined by German in achieving over 80% A*/A in the demanding iGCSEs, whilst computing, history, music, Latin and Greek all hit the 70% mark for 8 and 9 grades. Indeed, almost three quarters of the entries in Greek achieved the top accolade.

Headmaster, Martin Boden, was full of praise, commenting, “The pupils in this year group have listened carefully to advice, applied themselves diligently to improve and combined natural talent with hard work to produce these superb and well-deserved results.

“The new numerical grades confirm that KES pupils continue to perform outstandingly well at the highest level, and I congratulate every one of them on a wonderful achievement.”