More than half of all the 2018 GCSE/iGCSE results have been awarded the very top A*-A and 9 and 8 grades (50.4%) with an impressive overall A*-C (and numerical equivalent) pass rate of 96%.
In a stunning set of results, over one in three (31.9%) of the new numerically graded exams taken was awarded the new ‘9’ grading, equivalent to the top 20% of the previous A* banding.
A quarter of the year group are celebrating a phenomenal clean sweep of A*/A and 9/8 grades with nearly half of candidates achieving a run of 8 or more A*/ A or 9/8 grades.
Girls performed well across the core subjects: in English Language and English Literature, a remarkable 71% and 79% of all girls achieved an 8 or a 9 and in Mathematics, more than five in ten (54%) scored a 7, 8 or 9 grade – well over double the national figure of 20% last year.
We continue to shine in Modern Foreign Languages and buck the national trend of a decline in the subjects. In German, a subject which is well represented at the Royal High School despite particular concerns over a steep national decline in those taking it, over three-quarters (76%) achieved an A*/A grade while in French, more than seven in ten achieved an A*/A grade (71%).
Students also performed well in Italian (100% A*-A) and in Spanish where two-thirds of the pupils achieved the top grades of A*-A.