Caterham pupils are celebrating another terrific crop of GCSE results. For the more challenging reformed GCSEs over a third of all results were the top grade 9 and over 80 per cent of all GCSE results were graded A*-A or equivalent grade on the new numeric scale. 50 pupils each achieved eight or more grade 9s or A*s in their results today – a phenomenal number and a new record for Caterham School.

Mr Ceri Jones, Headmaster, said: “This year’s results include the grades for the newly reformed GCSEs, which have been designed to toughen up syllabuses and cut down on the number of pupils getting the top grades. I am delighted that our pupils and teachers have risen to the challenge, confounded expectations and achieved stellar grades.

“Our pupils have performed extremely well across all subjects, particularly the core subjects of English, maths and the sciences where biology pupils achieved 79 per cent at the top grade. Our first cohort of computer science pupils saw 74 per cent of grades at A*. 40 per cent of English Language GCSEs were the top grade 9 and almost half of grades in maths were the top grade 9.”

Mr Jones continued: “There has been a good deal of uncertainty surrounding the recent reforms to GCSE which have meant it is harder than ever to achieve top grades. Once again, our pupils have performed brilliantly. Not only this, alongside their academic achievements they have completed a dazzling array of extra-curricular activities. These results are certainly a worthy reward for the hours of hard work and dedication from this fantastic year group and their teachers.

“As our Fifth Form now become the new Sixth Form, I will continue to stress the importance of ensuring a balance between that hard work and on developing themselves as individuals, developing their own interests and passions and making lifelong friendships. Here at Caterham we continue to support our young people in all that they do inside and outside of the classroom, and on ensuring that they will become increasingly independent thinkers and learners.”

Caterham pupils sit a mixture of GCSEs with the new numerical grading and International GCSES which have retained the traditional letter grading of A* to E.


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