We are delighted that our boys have achieved a 100% GCSE pass rate with a third of them awarded top A* and A grades. These results complement the School achieving its best ever A level results in the previous week.
What is particularly pleasing this year is the value we have added. Before they start on their GCSE courses, all of our boys undergo rigorous external assessment in Years 7 and 9. These tests give a valuable indication of boys’ most likely grades. This data then allows us to monitor carefully boys’ progress to ensure that wherever possible, they exceed that potential and which the vast majority did again this year.
This is as every bit an important story as those you will read about the performance of some super-selective independent schools.
One of our boys achieved 19 grades above the predictions across all of his subjects. A number of others achieved similar double figure scores. That doesn’t happen without hard work and excellent teaching. Several of our subjects have added more than a grade over and above boys’ predictions.
This year’s results are particularly pleasing given that the goalposts have moved significantly in the time since pupils started their GCSE courses two years ago. Of course it is important to raise standards but this shouldn’t be done in a way that is unfair to students.
In addition to the removal of modules and re-sit opportunities, this year’s cohort have found that the standards being demanded when they started their GCSE courses in 2012 have changed and components in some subjects have been removed mid-course. This is confusing for pupils and makes them uncertain as to what is required. It also makes their teachers’ jobs more difficult.
This year’s students deserve additional credit for overcoming not just the challenges of GCSEs but everything else that has been thrown at them along the way.
This year’s Year 13 leavers have achieved the School’s best A level results to date. Well over half of our A levels were awarded at top grades A* to B and over 90% of boys achieved places at their chosen universities. This is despite this year’s decline in A level results nationally.
It represents a tremendous achievement for our boys, their teachers and their families. The boys have worked hard for their results and as a school, we work to support each boy to exceed his predictions – to add as much value as we can. Many families make considerable sacrifices to send their sons to NSB. We try to ensure that they get excellent value for their money. We are delighted that our A level results confirm that we achieve this.
With a relatively new sixth form, we continue to see the building of a successful academic track record in public exams and our ability to deliver boys to top universities and courses.
This year even saw a number of boys exceed their university grade offers leaving them eligible for adjustment – the process whereby students who do better than expected can then consider places on alternative and sometimes more competitive courses.
Edward Swales was the School’s top A level performer achieving A*A*A in sciences. Edward will now study Natural Sciences at Nottingham University.
Rhys Asker who achieved AAA also exceeded his university offer and is considering, after a gap year, transferring from the film studies course he has secured a place on to pursue a degree course in creative writing. Rhys is already working on his first novel.
Infant boys have taken part in a bicycle 'stabiliser free' day run by Sustrans. By the end of each session, the boys were able to ride without their stabilisers and began pedalling around the North Avenue yard. Sustrans will be back in school next week to run some Tour de France French lessons and we hope next term to build upon the boys’ super progress on their bicycles.