Unwavering determination: QE boys reap the rewards of staying focused in tough times with a superb set of GCSE results

Unwavering determination: QE boys reap the rewards of staying focused in tough times with a superb set of GCSE results

Year 11 pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s School today celebrated a very strong set of results, continuing a long pattern of outstanding success at GCSE.

In spite of the disruption caused by two lockdowns and other Covid restrictions, the year group showed great dedication to their studies.

Their results reflect this, with more than 19 out of every 20 grades being awarded at 9–7 (equivalent to the previous A* and A) and 85% at 9-8 (equivalent to the old A*).

Moreover, the results also demonstrate the breadth of education at QE: every Year 11 boy achieved the Government’s English Baccalaureate (awarded to pupils achieving level 5 or above in GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Science, a humanity and language), while there were also strong results in the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ), taken by 157 of the 184 boys in the cohort.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “My warm congratulations go to Year 11. They have shown great dedication, resilience and positivity, evincing a mature and considered approach to their studies and to the situation they have found themselves in. They and their families should take pride in all they have achieved.

“These superb results are also testament to the unstinting work of staff during the pandemic in maintaining high levels of academic, extra-curricular and pastoral provision, and to their rigorous application of the Government’s Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) process.

“It is gratifying to reflect that these results, together with our A-level results announced on Tuesday and the continued high levels of participation in extra-curricular activities (online or otherwise) all strongly bear out the conclusions of the Good Schools Guide report on QE published earlier this academic year.”

The GSG report included the following, for example:

  • “[QE is] A place where boys can expect to get carried away with the collective will to learn both in and outside the classroom, the result of which is one of the most inspiring learning environments we’ve ever come across. An exceptional and rounded education that even private schools would struggle to match.
  • “As for COVID, school is reported not only to have flexed quickly and well, but learned from it too.”

Mr Enright added: “The work that Year 11 have undertaken during the pandemic, including this Summer Term’s Sixth Form bridging work, gives them strong foundations as they embark upon their A-levels.”