The Portsmouth Grammar School has enjoyed a successful examination results summer with pupils achieving impressive sets of results.

Sixth Form pupils started the celebrations when the International Baccalaureate (IB) pupils achieved an average points score of more than 38 points compared with a worldwide average of 29 points in July. Over two-thirds of pupils achieved scores of over 40 points, equivalent at least to A*AA at A Level.

One of the IB pupils celebrated was Libby Young who joined the Sixth Form from Portsmouth High School and gained at excellent 44 points, securing her place to read History at Girton College, Cambridge. “It’s amazing,” said Libby. “I’ve had a wonderful time here. Everyone was so welcoming and I’m really delighted with my results.”

The A Level pupils then joined the celebrations later in the summer when over 54% of the grades awarded were A*-A and 79% A*-B.

“These results, against a background of tougher A Levels are excellent,” said Dr Anne Cotton, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School.

Fourteen pupils this year are going on to study Medicine or Veterinary Science at universities from Newcastle to Surrey and UCL. A further thirteen are going on to read Engineering and Architecture, with other pupils going to read a range of subjects including Economics, Classics, Law and Engineering. Pupils are heading to Russell Group universities, Oxbridge Colleges and even to the University of Southern California.

“It’s amazing to find out how well I did, and it puts me in good stead for applying to university next year to read Maths,” said Freddie Sligo-Young who received 4 A* grades and a fantastic grade 1 in STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics, a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics. “I need to keep my Maths ticking over, but am looking forward to some travelling this year.”

There were plenty of smiles on GCSE results day too, with the average grade of a PGS pupil once more being an A. 40% of the grades achieved were A*/8-9; 67% A*-A/7-9; 88% A*-B/5-9 with 99% gaining A*-C/4-9.

“These too were a strong set of results, with some wonderful individual achievements,” said Dr Anne Cotton. “This is a great tribute to the hard work of the pupils and to the dedication of their teachers.”

Amongst the pupils celebrating were Dominic Ager, who achieved a fantastic six grade 9s and four A*s. “He hasn’t stopped smiling since he opened his envelope,” said Mrs Jenny Ager. Dominic added, “I am ecstatic with these results, really surprised but very happy.” Dominic will go on to take the International Baccalaureate in the Sixth Form at PGS.

Sacha Hemingway was also very happy having gained four grade 9s, 4 grade 8s, two A*s and an A. The results included a grade 9 in Music and a grade 8 in Drama, a passion that has been reflected during a summer of work experience at the Chichester Festival Theatre as part of their Learning, Education and Participation scheme which creates a year-round programme of practical workshops, talks, tours, and performances. “I’ve really enjoyed my summer and the opportunity I’ve had to work back stage and in the theatre offices at Chichester,” said Sacha. “I’m overjoyed with my results and I’m looking forward to September now.” Sacha’s results are part of a strong set of results for the Music department this year who saw 83% of the grades awarded being 7-9.

“Thank you to everyone who has helped support all our pupils through their examinations this year,” concluded Anne. “There has been a great deal to celebrate.”