Pupils at St. Edmund’s have again achieved an outstanding set of GCSE results and posted a fantastic 96% pass rate (grades 9-4) against a national average of 68.2%.
Notably, 50% of the grades attained were at grades 9-7 (equivalent to the old A*/A grades), more than double the national average of 22%. At the top end, 40% of St Edmund’s students achieved the most demanding and coveted grade 9.
Our pupils' accomplishments even surpass 2019's impressive outcomes, a time before the disruptions caused by the pandemic. This success is particularly noteworthy when considering the challenges of the past two years marked by Covid-related adjustments and non-exam assessment.
Mastery was evident across the board, as all pupils achieved a 100% pass rate in English Language and English Literature. The triumph extended to Mathematics, with a commendable pass rate of 98% along with a combined English and Maths pass rate of 99%.
The Value-Added calculations illuminate the remarkable progress of our pupils, surpassing expectations by one or two grades beyond their initial CAT4 predictions. Noteworthy achievements include outstanding value-added scores in English Language (+1.5), Physics (+1.9), Biology (+1.7), History (+1.7) and Latin (+2.0).
Across all departments, pupils demonstrated exemplary scholarship. A perfect 100% pass rate was secured across the science division, spanning Biology, Chemistry and Physics, along with Art, Design Technology, Drama, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Sports Science, and Additional Maths.
The Headmaster, Adam Walliker, expressed his elation, stating "I am so proud of our pupils who have battled through the after-effects of the pandemic and posted a super set of GCSE grades despite the government's imposition of higher grade boundaries this year. However, it is the value-added scores that are the success criteria that matter most to me as they speak not only of the personal growth of the individual pupil but also of the depth of care and support offered by their teachers. My congratulations go to all concerned for another year of amazing contribution to our St. Edmund's community and best wishes for the journey on to 6th Form."