With the most commonly awarded grade at GCSE being a 9, there was definitely much to celebrate at The Portsmouth Grammar School today.
373 grade 9s – the top available grade – were awarded to pupils, with 43% of grades at 9-8 (equivalent to an A*). This is the highest ever results-day A* equivalent figure for the school. 61% of all the grades awarded were at 7 or above (the equivalent to A*-A).
“This is a wonderful achievement by our pupils,” said Head, Dr Anne Cotton. “Their average grade as a year group was a 7, which given the breadth of study at GCSE reflects their commitment and hard work.”
Approaching 60% of the grades awarded in Biology, Chemistry and Physics were 8 or 9; similarly, almost 50% of the grades awarded for Mathematics were an 8 or 9, and results in Computing were equally strong.
“There is a strong tradition of excellence in STEM subjects at PGS. The majority of pupils’ study three sciences through to GCSE, and many continue that focus through to A Level.” said Dr Cotton. “Each year we have a large cohort of aspiring medics, vets, engineers and computer scientists, and this year we sent 12 pupils to take up places to study medicine or veterinary science at university.”
Amongst the pupils receiving their results today were John Yu, who achieved nine grade 9 and two grade 8s and Anna Caldwell who was awarded eight grade 9s and two grade 8s. John will be staying at PGS to study A Levels whilst Anna is heading off to join Reading Football Club alongside taking A Levels at college in Reading.
“I am so happy with my results,” said John. “It was a lot of hard work, but it was definitely worth it for these results.” One of his grade 9 results was in Music and alongside his A Level studies John will be continuing his passion for music through the co-curricular programme at the school where he is part of the orchestra, Chamber Choir and a much valued pianist.
“I am so excited about what comes next,” said Anna. “I have been at PGS from Junior School so this is going to be a big change, but I can’t wait.” Anna has been a prolific sportswoman during her time at the school, ski-ing competitively as a member of the Snowsport England U16 Squad before pursuing her first love of football, which led to her selection at the Reading Regional Talent Centre.
In the arts, humanities and languages there has been much to celebrate too, and we are very keen to promote creativity, and breadth of skills which come from studying a broad curriculum. The grades achieved by pupils in languages this year were impressive with over 65% of grades achieved in French, German or Spanish being a 7 or above, and in music and art, more than 70% of grades were at grades 9-7.
Alongside achieving all grade 9s in his STEM subjects, Oliver Saint also achieved a 9 in Music as well as taking full part in the school’s drama productions during Year 11. “Luckily, I never have any trouble sleeping, so last night was OK!”” said Oliver. “I am obviously really pleased with my results, now I can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer.”
“This is a very positive outcome for our pupils,” concluded Dr Cotton. “These results are testament to the positive culture of engagement and support at the school, as well as the dedication of our teachers and our pupils to every individual achieving their very best.”
Cumulative Grade Breakdown
Grade 9, 23.6%
Grade 8 -9, 42.7%
Grade 7-9, 60.8%
Grade 6-9, 79.3%
Grade 5-9, 92.5%
Grade 4-9, 97.9%
Grade 1-9, 100%