Once again students at St Edmund’s, Hindhead have achieved an outstanding set of GCSE results*. Our students have taken the new, tougher GCSE exams in their stride and passes at grade A* have risen for the third consecutive year to a fantastic 34%, with 53% of passes at A*-A and 77% at A*-B. The new Level 9 Grade is an exceptionally demanding level of achievement and a fabulous 42% of our candidates achieved at this top level in one or more papers. Indeed, over a third of all students achieved eight or more grades A*-A.
Across all departments, students demonstrated outstanding scholarship. The English department posted 58% passes at A*-A in Language and 76% at A*-A in Literature as well as a 100% success rate in Literature at A*-B (for the third year running). In the Science Department, 86% of students scored A*-A in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with 100% achieving A*-B, and 44% scored A*-A in the Double Award. Music candidates achieved 100% grades at A* and in Latin candidates achieved 100% of their grades at A*-A. Other highlights included History (88% at A*-A), Geography (56% at A*-A), French (50% at A*-A), and Maths (46% at A*-A). Of our Year 10 candidates sitting early GCSEs this year, the A*-A rate was a fantastic 61% of grades with 96% at A*-B.
Current and recent leavers have been successful in gaining places at a wide range of 6th Form providers including: Alton, ArtsEd London, Bedales, Bohunt, Bradfield, Charterhouse, Churcher's, Cranleigh, Farnborough, Godalming, King Edward's Witley, Hurstpierpoint, Portsmouth Grammar, Reeds, and RGS.
The Senior Section continues to go from strength to strength with additional classes opening in Years 8 and 10 this September. Following the opening of the Alliss building in January comprising eight new classrooms, the new Hunstanton building which incorporates eight impressive subject specialist teaching rooms opens later this term. An additional two new state-of-the-art science laboratories are ready for students in September making a total of five new senior science labs opened in the past few years. The planning application for a new Sports Hall is 'live' and there are several other projects in the pipeline to ensure that the very best academic, sports and arts facilities continue to be provided for our students.
The Headmaster, Adam Walliker, commented, "This has been another tough year of competition in public examinations and I am proud to see our students achieving their potential in such conditions. The number of top grades posted continues to increase year-on-year and yet, as a non-selective school, I am delighted that such strong results have been achieved across the ability range by our girls and boys. My congratulations go to all students for their hard work and, especially, for their ambition and motivation to achieve – attitudes that will serve them well in their lives to come. The value added to our students' experience across the ability range through our commitment to small classes and top quality teaching has again paid dividends. My thanks go to the teaching and pastoral staff for their dedication and commitment. They provide a hugely supportive environment in which the children can thrive academically without suffering from the stresses and strains often associated with public examinations."
(* For the purposes of analysis, number grades are converted to letter grades in accordance with the DfE guidance where A*/A = 9, 8, 7; B/C = 6, 5, 4; D/G = 3, 2, 1)