GCSE Results 2017

Thursday August 24th 2017: Guildford County School Headteacher Jack Mayhew’s statement on 2017 GCSE results at Guildford County School:

"I am delighted to announce the best set of GCSE results that the school has ever seen.  We are pleased that 88% of our students gained 5 or more A*-C grades, with 83% gaining 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C grade including English and Mathematics.  Not only have we broken school records for threshold performance, but this year also sees us break records for high performance, with 38% of all grades awarded at A* or A grade and 65% A*-B, with almost 80% of those students entered attaining the EBacc.

This year sees the first use of the new grading system of 9-1. The system applies to English and Mathematics GCSEs this year, with most other subjects coming on board in the summer of 2018.  The bottom end of a grade 4 tallies with the bottom end of a legacy grade C, with a grade 5 now seen as a strong pass by colleges, universities and employers.  A grade 9 is awarded to around the top 3% of students.  The new performance measure for schools looks at the number of students to have gained at least a grade 5 in both English and Mathematics. This year, we are delighted to say that 61% of our students have achieved against this new measure. By comparison to previous years, where C grades were considered the benchmark, we are delighted that 84% of our students attained at least a grade 4 (C grade equivalent) in both English and Mathematics. This is yet another school record, as the hard work of the students and staff continues to improve attainment year on year at Guildford County School.

Once again, being with our students in the Sixth Form common room today collecting their results is a privilege.  The students’ smiles express their delight at their well-deserved achievements – it is great to see them securely making the next step in their lives.  I would like to congratulate both students and staff alike for their tremendous efforts in achieving these results.  We look forward to welcoming back the students into our Sixth Form in September.

With achievement so high this year, it is difficult to single out any individual students, but deserving of a special mention are Olivia Fennell and Matthew Doran, for achieving grade 9s in both English and Mathematics, with Olivia also attaining 1 A^, 6 A*s and 2 As and Matthew also attaining 1 A^ and 9 A*s.  Other students worthy of note are Emily Calvo-Hobbs and Naomi Carter, who each gained 1 9, 8 A*s and 2 8s, with Naomi also gaining an additional A grade and taking her ‘top grades’ count to 12.  We are also tremendously proud of Victoria Leprince and Luca Mohamed who topped the value added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades – a fantastic achievement."

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