Our congratulations to pupils at The Portsmouth Grammar School who, along with pupils all around the globe, received their International Baccalaureate Diploma results this week. This is the first set of results received for Sixth Form pupils unable to sit their examinations as usual due to the Covid-19 restrictions put in place. Pupils this year were awarded grades for each of their subjects using a calculation that took into account their coursework marks and their predicted grades as submitted by the school.

Eleven pupils gained 38 points or more, which is the equivalent of 3 A grades at A Level, with five achieving over 40 points, an excellent achievement.

“Our pupils, with the support of our staff, worked incredibly hard this year, and experienced a completely unprecedented conclusion to their time at The Portsmouth Grammar School,” said the Head, Dr Anne Cotton. “We are incredibly proud of how they have handled this and we wish them well as they embark upon their next steps .”

Amongst those celebrating are Tilly Goldman who gained an outstanding 43 points which will take her to Oxford to read French; joining her is Dominic Ager who achieved 41 points and will be reading French with Italian at Oxford. Chelsea Liu also gained an outstanding 42 points and plans to read Economics and Maths at UCL or Bath.  Other pupils from the cohort are going on to study courses including Philosophy & Politics, Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Political Sciences & International Relations, English Literature, Liberal Arts and Sociology at universities including Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Manchester, Warwick, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Durham and McGill in Montreal, Canada. It is not just academic study that the cohort are moving on to, with Adam Stokely now pursuing a career in the Royal Navy and Merlin Cross applying for an Art Foundation.

With pupils not being able to go in to school to receive their results, the Sixth Form Team ensured that each pupil had an individual meeting with a member of the team within hours of receiving their results, so that pupils had all the support they needed for their next steps.

“We do have some concerns regarding the way in which the standardisation processes used by the IBO have been applied to our cohort and have been in early contact with the organisation in an attempt to ensure that our pupils’ results are fair and reflect their full potential,” continues Dr Anne Cotton. “Where there are these concerns for individuals, our Sixth Form and Universities Teams are fully supporting them in following these through, with regards to re-marks, the UCAS process and in pursuing their future pathways.”

“We encourage our pupils to reflect on where they aspire to be at 25 and not just at 18. The enriched programme that we offer at Sixth Form helps them to think about where they wish to be in the future, and we do all we can to support them getting there,” concludes Dr Cotton.