GCSE results exceed previous best, as proportion of A* and A grades reaches 90%

Queen Elizabeth’s School has once again exceeded all previous years’ GCSE results, it announced today [25 Aug 2011].

90% of examinations taken by the 179 boys in Year 11 were awarded A* or A grades, with almost all the others (8.9%) at B.

The recent growth in the proportion of boys gaining five or more A* or A grades continued. This year it was 97.8%. In 2010 – the previous best-ever year for GCSEs at the School – the figure was 96% and in 2009 it was 92.1%.

“These are very encouraging results, with the boys being duly rewarded for their consistent hard work,” said the Headmaster, Neil Enright. “The statistics show that on the one hand there has been a diminution of the ‘tail’, with the number of lower grades now very small indeed, while on the other we have achieved a significant improvement at the top end.

“It is important to note that these results were achieved against the backdrop of boys participating fully in our extensive range of extra-curricular activities.”""

“Last week’s A-level results underlined that we are losing a wonderful group from Year 13, but we can take solace from what is clearly a very strong cohort coming into the Sixth Form from Year 11!” Mr Enright added.

Science was a particular highlight at QE this year. Around 100 boys took individual science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, rather than the Science Double Award. In Chemistry, 98% of grades were A*, while the figures for Biology and Physics were 90% and 84% respectively.

Boys also performed well in Geography, with an A* grade recorded for 94 of the 129 candidates (73%) and 96% gaining either A* or A. Similarly, in Mathematics 83% gained A* and 99.4% an A* or A. In fact, only one boy in the year received a lower grade than A*/A in Mathematics (a B).

Key statistics among this year’s GCSE results include:""

  • 90.0% of all examinations taken were at A* or A (up from 89.1% last year)
  • 98.9% were at A*-B (up from 98.1%)
  • 97.8% of boys achieved five or more A* and A grades
  • 100% achieved the Government’s preferred benchmark figure of five or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics.