The summer holidays are ending on a high for Gillotts students thanks to their stellar set of GCSE results. After a very long and nervous wait, the 159 students finally received their grades this morning, with 62% of them achieving the key benchmark of grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics.
There were an impressive number of top-tier grades achieved this year, with 10 students attaining grade 7 or higher in their 10 GCSE subjects. One student obtained 10 grade 9s — the highest result awarded — in an astonishing testament to their hard work. 30% of students achieved five or more passes at grade 7 or above, whilst 14% of students achieved eight or more passes at the same level.
Once again, the Gillotts students produced outstanding results in the subjects that constitute the English Baccalaureate (English, Mathematics, two sciences, a language and a humanity). 35% of students gained passes at grade 5 or higher in all of the aforementioned subjects, which is well above the 2018 national average of 17% of students reaching the same level. 24% of students gained a grade 7 or better in English Language, and an amazing 87% reached grade 4 or higher in the subject. Meanwhile, in Mathematics, 29% of students managed a grade 7+, and 91% at least a grade 4. For biology, chemistry, physics, history, and geography, over 40% of the grades awarded were grade 7 or greater. Given the value of these ‘facilitating subjects’ to Russell Group universities, the Gillotts students’ GCSEs stand them in good stead for their higher education ambitions.
Grace Spencer was one of the students to receive more than one grade 9 result. As the most difficult grade to attain, it’s an incredible accomplishment to have achieved even one. She said about her results, “I’m super happy and super relieved. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and the hard work paid off. I did much better in Maths than I thought I was going to do, and I got a couple of 9s.” Grace is going to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School next year to study English Literature, Psychology and Biology. More presciently, she intends to celebrate her exam success this evening. “I’ve been so nervous that I haven’t made any plans to celebrate,” she confessed, “but I’m going to do something special.”
Another student to seize the coveted grade 9 was Lauren Leach-Scrivens in a staggering three subjects – History, English Language, and Biology – along with grade 8s in the rest of her subjects. “I’m elated,” she declared, “I’m so happy. I’m really happy with my History, and there were a couple of grades that I really wanted to get and I pushed it at the last minute and got them. I was so nervous this morning, and yesterday, and you keep thinking about it beforehand and going ‘oh no’, but then I opened up my envelope and it was amazing.” Lauren will be taking History, Chemistry and English Literature at The Piggott School in Wargrave next year, and is looking forward to celebrating with her family over dinner this evening.
Freya Meeks will feel confident walking into Jam Theatre School in Marlow next year after achieving a grade 8 in her Drama GCSE. Overwhelmed by emotion, she gushed, “I’m really excited. I’m shocked mostly — it’s a lot better than I expected, but I’m really happy. I don’t really know what to say! It’s a big relief. I was up at 3am really worried, but now I’m so relieved and so happy. I got an 8 in Drama, which I was really happy about, and I got mostly 7s overall, which I was not expecting.” Freya will be one of many students celebrating her results at Reading Festival this weekend.
The Gillotts students’ exceptional results have gained them places at a number of excellent schools and colleges, including Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, The Piggott School, the Oratory, Holyport College and Henley College. Headteacher Catharine Darnton stated, “Over recent years, we have seen a marked and consistent improvement in results at Gillotts and we are delighted with this year’s results. These results will confirm us as one of the consistently best performing schools in Oxfordshire. This is a consequence of the commitment and hard work of the students and staff. I am very proud of all that the students have achieved and would also like to recognise all the support that students have received from their families. These results come about through successful collaboration between student, teachers and parents.”
Congratulations to the Gillotts students for your hard earned and thoroughly brilliant GCSE results!