The Portsmouth Grammar School has enjoyed another successful examination results season with pupils across the board achieving impressive sets of results.
The largest ever year group at the school sat their GCSE examinations this summer and 67% of the grades awarded were A* or A, making the average grade achieved by pupils an A once more.
Charlotte Dean who celebrated GCSE exam results was continuing a summer of success having been selected for the Southern Vipers and the day before the results were released she took her maiden wicket for them, bowling out Lancashire Thunders’ Jess Jonassen, who is also the Australian team opening batswoman, in the Women’s Super League Cricket. Charlotte achieved 7*A and 3 A grades. “It’s a tough call to what’s best between the game yesterday and the results,”said Charlotte. “I’m really, really pleased with my results though.” Charlotte is the youngest member of the Vipers squad which is captained by the former England cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards.
Maths and individual Sciences performed exceptionally well, with over 85% of the total subject entries graded A*/A.
“I congratulate all our pupils who have worked incredibly hard to gain these GCSE results,” said Headmaster, James Priory. “The pupils should be justifiably proud of what they have achieved.”
The International Baccalaureate pupils were the first Sixth Form pupils to receive results this year. The 2017 IB cohort achieved an average points score of more than 37 points compared with a worldwide average of 29 points. Impressively, half the pupils achieved scores of 40 points or more, equivalent to at least A*AA at A Level.
“The rounded philosophy of the IB Diploma helps our pupils to think about where they want to be in the future,” said James Priory. “The breadth of courses and universities our IB pupils are going on to underlines the value of continuing with a broad range of subjects at Sixth Form.”
University courses this year’s IB pupils are going on to read include Medicine, Politics and International Relations, History and Economics, French and English.
A Level Sixth Form pupils had equal cause for celebration when they received their results in August. 19% of all grades awarded were an A* (against a national average of 8.3%) and 52.6% were A*-A grades. Over 90% of pupils achieved places at their choice of university and they added to the diversity of subjects going on to be studied with courses including Computer Science with Games Engineering, Anthropology, Criminology, Product Design, Law and Natural Sciences.
Kendall Field-Pellow joined PGS for the Sixth Form from King Richard School in Portsmouth on an Ogden Scholarship provided by the Ogden Trust to promote the study of sciences at Sixth Form and beyond. He achieved an A* and 3 As which takes him to University College, London to read Natural Sciences. “I am really, really happy,” said Kendall. “I have been wanting to specialise in scientific research, so today is a big relief.
Twelve pupils from the Sixth Form took up their places at Oxford or Cambridge, seven have places to study medicine or veterinary science and twelve are going on to read engineering courses.
“We are very proud of our pupils’ achievements and we also pay tribute to their teachers for all their hard work and support,” concluded James Priory, “We wish our leavers every happiness and success for the next stage of their education and look forward to following their news.”