Recent Successes

Doubly honoured

Two pillars of the Queen Elizabeth's School community received MBEs within the space of a year.

First, Barrie Martin (pictured with his family), Chairman of both the QE Governing Body and of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth's, was awarded the honour in the 2014 New Year's Honours List. The citation for 'services to education' recognised his long years of devotion to the School – an association which began when his elder son, Piers, came to QE in 1987.

He became Chair of Governors and also Chair of FQE in 1999. He has thus presided over the Governing Body during a time in which QE has become one of the top-performing schools in the country. In the same period, FQE has successfully raised millions of pounds to enable a succession of new facilities to be opened, largely through parental giving and all without recourse to the taxpayer.

Mr Martin's honour was followed just six months later by an MBE for Fauziah (known as Gee) Scarisbrick, of the Mathematics Department, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The School’s longest-serving teacher, Mrs Scarisbrick was appointed in January 1983 after graduating from the University of Kent and has thus spent her entire career at QE.

Olympian achievements in the Sciences

QE hit new heights in 2015 in the prestigious national science Olympiad competitions for Sixth-Formers.

Two boys, Andrew Hui and Robert Swan, qualified for the final of the British Biology Olympiad – the first time ever that more than one QE pupil has scored highly enough to reach this stage of the competition.

However, only Andrew actually participated in the British Biology Olympiad final because Robert had qualified for the final of the British Physics Olympiad, which was taking place on the same date. Robert also qualified for the final of the Chemistry Olympiad, giving him a clean sweep of finals places in all three Olympiads.

He then did so well in the Physics national final that he was picked for the British team in the 46th International Physics Olympiad in Mumbai, which took place over eight days in July 2015.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: "QE has a history of boys doing well in the various Olympiad competitions at different age levels, but the performances of Robert and Andrew take this record to a new level – and Robert’s achievement in qualifying for three finals and then being selected to represent his country is quite remarkable."

A-level and GCSE results: consistent excellence

Public examination results at QE demonstrate a pattern of consistent achievement at the very highest level: a remarkable 98.4% of A-levels taken at QE in 2015 were graded A*-B and this widely recognised A*–B benchmark figure has topped 98% in three of the four years from 2012–2015.

Almost four out of every ten A-levels taken at QE in 2015 (39.6%) gained A* grade, while 84.9% received A* or A grades. Mathematics was the most popular subject, with 125 boys taking this at A2, followed by Chemistry, which was taken by 73 pupils.

2015 also saw the School's best-ever performance at GCSE, with 67.8% of GCSEs sat gaining the A* grade – the fourth consecutive year in which the proportion has topped 60% – and 99.3% graded A*-B. More than a fifth of boys achieved straight A* grades across their GCSEs.

Among strong performances across all departments, Mathematics results were truly exceptional: the GCSE was taken by all 179 boys and passed at A* by 95% of them.

150 Oxbridge places in five years

In recent years around 30 QE boys have, on average, taken up places at Oxford and Cambridge annually.

A large majority of the rest of the leavers also go to leading universities, including the other Russell Group universities in the UK and Ivy League colleges in the US.

Data released by the Department for Education in 2012 indicated that a higher proportion of boys from Queen Elizabeth’s School were gaining places at Russell Group universities than from any other state school. More recently, in 2015, 93% of university places for QE boys were at Russell Group universities, as well as institutions placed highly in the QS World University Rankings.

While QE boys can and do choose from a very broad range of degree courses, from Art and Actuarial Science to Psychology and Zoology, a high proportion every year take up places to study Medicine, Dentistry, Economics and Engineering.


QE tops Government league tables

Queen Elizabeth's School topped new-style national Government league tables, incorporating both state and independent schools, for its GCSE results. It was also ranked among the very highest-performing schools at A-level.

Published in early 2015 and based on 2014 figures, the league tables had QE in first place among all English schools for its Key Stage 4 results, with 100% of boys gaining the benchmark five A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics and 99% achieving the English baccalaureate.

At A-level, when ranked by the proportion of pupils (76%) gaining at least grades AAB in the list of ‘facilitating subjects’ drawn up by the Russell Group of leading universities, QE came tenth overall and was third among state schools. These subjects are: Mathematics and Further Maths; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Geography; modern and classical languages and English Literature. When judged by the average point score per A-level entry, QE’s figure of 269.0 placed it in joint 13th place for all schools and in second place among state schools.

The provisional Government league tables for the 2015 results, which cover only state schools, put QE in second place nationally for GCSE results when measured by the percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.

In 2015, QE was the leading school nationally in A-level league tables published in the Daily Telegraph (for the fourth consecutive year) and in The Times. QE also headed the Sunday Times Parent Power league table of the Top 200 State Schools, published in late 2014, repeating its position of previous years. The table is based on academic results.

'An exceptional and rounded education': Good Schools Guide

The influential Good Schools Guide has praised QE as a 'remarkable school that offers the top 10 per cent of learners from a diversity of backgrounds an exceptional and rounded education that even private schools struggle to compete with'.

In its 2015 report on QE, GSG looked at various aspects of school life, from 'academic matters' to 'pastoral care and discipline'. Author Kate Hilpern interviewed the Headmaster and spoke to boys, parents and some staff in the course of her research for the 2,600-word report.

She notes that '[The] atmosphere is ordered, focused and positive and even at break times, there’s no casual loitering.' In a lengthy section on extra-curricular and enrichment activities, she highlights the strength of rugby and of the School Orchestra and Choir.

The final summary, giving GSG's own view, states: '...for those who thrive in a highly ordered, hard-grafting environment with an underlying sense of competition across all subjects, this is a great school that consistently turns out responsible young men with unbounded opportunities to succeed at university and their chosen careers beyond.'

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