12 August 2021

Following on from the pride and positivity of Tuesday’s A Level exam results, Thursday morning was the turn of our Year 11’s to celebrate their GCSE achievements. 

Again, the excellence of this cohort’s individual and collective results are a reflection of the balanced and determined approach taken by each and every one of the 61 students over the course of this last academic year.  


Headmaster, Paul Vicars, commented: ‘The week’s academic positivity has continued with the publication of this year’s GCSE grades, again calculated by Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), moderated both internally and externally. As a staff body, we have reflected in recent months how this year group took so much of the exam uncertainty and remote learning of the last 16 months in their stride, following this up with a very mature approach to their March and May assessments. They deserve every one of their grades, unlocking the door to their next educational steps, the majority continuing into the School’s Sixth Form, where the students will typically whittle down their academic interests into four A Level subjects, alongside optional Extended Project Qualifications.’ 


Highlights from the day’s results include: 

  • Two students who achieved a clean sweep of Grade 9’s 
  • Seventeen students who gained Grades 7 – 9 in all their subjects 
Our pride in all students, the values they have shown throughout the last year, the increased academic independence they have developed, and their commitment to the School’s co-curricular programme throughout their GCSE years, an aspect integral to their overall development.  


In September, this cohort in the Lower Sixth will be joined by a number of new academically ambitious students attracted by the bespoke approach to Sixth Form studies that is facilitated by small class sizes. In addition to the regular academic curriculum, these students will benefit from a range of further opportunities designed to provide the launchpad for success after school. These include the Beyond the Curriculum programme (BTC) which provides students with core skills including critical thinking, presentation, research and interview skills, bespoke Oxbridge and Medical pathway preparation and support from the dedicated Futures Team regarding UCAS and top degree apprenticeship opportunities. In addition to a range of volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities, the Sixth Form is an exciting place to develop lifelong skills and independence of thought, alongside gaining access to a global network of Old Birkonians keen to help recent leavers and university students with their next steps. 

Please click here to view academic highlights from recent years.


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Thursday 7th October 

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