Students celebrate more success with impressive GCSE results

77% students achieved 5 A*-C grades (so-called ‘good’ grades)  which enables them to move on to sixth form study. Almost 50% of students secured the English Baccalaureate qualification which includes A*-C grades in English Language, Mathematics, a modern foreign language, a science and a humanity.  Last year the national average pass rate for this qualification was 23%.  The school enjoyed continued success in teaching languages with 74% of students achieving a good grade in one language, 66% in two languages and 8% in 3 languages.  Co-head, Jill Martin “All of our students are required to study  two languages.  These results reflect our excellence in language learning and puts us well beyond what most schools, including grammar schools, can achieve.  We are delighted for our students”.

80% of students achieved A*-C in Mathematics , 72% in English Language and 87% in English Literature.  A particular cause for celebration was the performance of boys who did at least as well as girls in both English and Mathematics which is against the national trend.  65% of students secured a good grade in 5 subjects including English and Mathematics

David Barrs, Co-head, added “despite an announcement that GCSE Geography was to be made harder our students have secured record grades with 75% of those entered securing a grade A*-C.  There was also an indication that A*-A grades would be reduced but 29% of all grades awarded at the Anglo were A*-A  which remains well-above the national average.  In science 36% of all grades awarded were at A*/A”

The school has expressed concern that grade boundaries, especially in Maths, English and Geography, have been changed arbitrarily meaning students have achieved lower grades than they would otherwise expect.  “We were told to expect “volatility” in the exam results and this has happened.  Apart from grade boundary changes in many subjects, the Speaking and Listening element in English was removed from the final grade after our students had done the assessment.  Our fear is that performance measures are being modified in a piecemeal fashion and this reduces their credibility.” David Barrs

Note.  These figures are based on data available today which is subject to change.  Verified results are available in November.

Sixth formers celebrate impressive results

The average A level UCAS points score remains the same as last year at 275.  The school anticipates that the numbers of students progressing to university will increase slightly, helped by the increased availability of university courses. 37% of the Anglo’s grades were at A*, A or B, despite a national decline in the award of top grades.  The much-debated AS courses also had results published and 8 students achieved 4 straight A or AAAB  grades. These results are provisional at this stage and subject to change as errors are noted and remarks are requested.

Whilst there has been a decline in entries for languages nationally, all of the Anglo sixth formers study a language at some level,  30% of them at A level.  Of these, 53% have achieved grades A*, A or B.  Stuart Newton, Director of the Anglo Sixth Form “These languages A level results will play a major role in ensuring our students get the university places they want.  They are a distinctive feature of the profile Anglo students present to Admissions Tutors. An increasing number of universities value language study as part of a wider portfolio of subjects, which has a positive impact upon university offers”.

Co-head, David Barrs “We are very proud of our A level students and delighted for them as they move on to the next stage in their lives.  Despite year-on- year sixth-form funding reductions since 2011 and a determination by the powers that be to reduce the number of higher grades, our students have turned in a similar performance to last year’s record results”.

The school’s International Baccalaureate students have already secured university places, having received their results in July.  IB grades are not subject to external interference, governed as it is by an independent charity based in Switzerland.  The average points score for IB students worldwide has remained at 29 out of 45 for the best part of 30 years.  Anglo students continue to perform above that and this year turned in an impressive 33 points on average.  This not only exceeds global performance but compares very well with independent IB schools. 

Co-head, Jill Martin, explained “our experience of teaching the IB Diploma since 1977 is used to good effect and we are noticing that more and more students are opting for this route at the Anglo”.

The school has also pioneered the IB Career-certificate which is a vocational qualification enabling students to study A levels and IB courses.  Certificate students enjoyed a 100% pass rate.

Many students at the Anglo also follow a unique IB/A level route.  Sarah Fox, for instance, has gained a place at Cambridge to study Medicine by gaining 3 A* in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as an impressive 6 in IB Spanish and an A* in Mathematics taken previously.

David Barrs added “Our over-riding purpose as a school is to get our students to where they want to go, and maybe a little further than they ever thought they could go.  Our sixth form staff are now working to ensure that our students do, indeed, get where they want to go and we anticipate a record year in terms of students securing university places”.