Tremendous Results in New Era of GCSEs
With almost one in three grades awarded at the top A* (or 9/8) level and 52% of the grades awarded at A* or A (9 to 7), pupils at Kimbolton School have again achieved excellent GCSE and IGCSE results.
Pupils at Kimbolton School have again achieved excellent GCSE and IGCSE results with almost one in three grades awarded at the top A* (or 9/8) level and 52% of the grades awarded at A* or A (9 to 7). Ninety-seven percent of the pupils achieved 5 or more passes at A* to C (9 to 4) grade (including Maths and English), the Government’s standard measure of GCSE attainment.
Included in these results were those for International GCSEs in nine subjects. Results for nine of the twenty GCSE/IGCSE subjects were scored under the new 9 to 1 grading system, where a 7 is anchored at an A, a 4 at a low C and a 1 at a G.
Seventeen candidates achieved nine or more A* or A grades (or equivalents).
Lucy Hoy, from Keyston, and Aryaki Soni from Brampton both achieved 10A* (or 9/8) grades, while Isobel Banfield (Wyton), Alicia Blem-Filby (Hartford) and Matthew Smith (Great Barford) were all awarded at least 9A* (or 9/8). Having joined Kimbolton in Year 3 of the Prep School, Matthew will return to study A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Design Technology and Physics with a view to reading Sustainable or Renewables Engineering at university. "I was slightly shocked to see my grades," he commented. "You start to doubt yourself in the run-up to results day." He is awaiting news of a sponsor for an Arkwright Scholarship and plans to continue his musical, sailing and volunteering activities while a Sixth Former.
Other notable achievers, all with at least 9 A*/A (or 9 to 7) grades and at least 6 at A* (or 9/8), were Emma Blakey (Irchester), Oliver Bravo-Escos (Abbots Ripton), Amber Griffith (Little Paxton), Alice Jenkins (Great Stukeley), Abigail Kerr (Wyton), Hanna McGarva (Brampton) and Joseph Moerman (Kimbolton). One of the School's talented musicians, Emma is interested in a career in journalism or law and will be studying A Levels in English Literature, Music and Spanish at Kimbolton. "I was very surprised, especially with my Science grades," she said. Her mother, Nicola, added, "I'm astounded! But Emma's worked really hard and loves writing so I fully expect to see her name on the spine of a book soon. The School has been really good in supporting her and the pastoral care has been exceptional."
The vast majority of the year group will be continuing in Kimbolton School’s Sixth Form next month where they will be joined by around twenty students from other schools.
Vivienne Percival will be taking A Levels in Art, Biology and History from next month. "I'm keeping my options open as I'm not sure what I want to do. I'm happy with my results - though some of them surprised me!"
Jonathan Belbin, the Headmaster, commented, “Despite the uncertainties surrounding these new examinations, our pupils have achieved some tremendous results. I am particularly delighted by the number of 9s awarded (46 in total) as these were expected to be rarer than hen’s teeth!””
(Updated 20 September 2018)