Examination Results

Instructions and Review of Marking Request Forms (June 2018): GCSE | AS/A2

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A Level Results, 2018

Blundell’s School pupils have achieved a terrific set of results at A Level this year. Grades are up for the third year in a row and this marks a particularly significant achievement in the light of the many reforms that have taken place within the educational sector.

From over 300 A level entries, 46% of all grades were at A*/ A, with the number of A*-B grades increasing to 71%. The proportion of A*-C grades remains at close to 90%.

The top half of the year group (50 pupils) achieved outstanding results, with an A*/A percentage of 75% and 96% of their grades at A*-B.

Many individuals have gained places at top universities including three Cambridge hopefuls who all achieved three or more A* grades. In addition, the following pupils gained at least three A grades at A level: Bobby Burnand, Addie Chai, Alice Channon, Annabel Chatwin, Cecilia Cheng, Imogen Cotton, Monty Crowe, Hal Dare, Tommy Eyston, Alfie Gardner, Megan Grant, Ross Harvie, Julia Huntingford, Daniel Hoaen, Hanson Lee, Wenteng Ma, Will McIntyre, Aahil Mehta, Alexei Michalopoulos, Ella Moore, Harry Olive, Henry Olsen, Kieran Smith, Bonnie Price, Redmond Sanders. Ben Stevens, and Samantha Unsworth-White.

62 pupils from the year group of 97 gained at least one A grade.

There has been a particularly high rate of acceptance for Blundell’s students into their first choice of university with popular destinations including Imperial College, London, LSE, Durham, Edinburgh, Reading and Manchester. Several students have also been successfully accepted at US Universities.

Mr Bart Wielenga who has recently taken over as the new Head of Blundell’s School said, “This year’s excellent A-Level results are a strong reflection of the perseverance and diligence of the class of 2018. We are immensely proud of them and they are, almost without exception, heading to the destinations of their choice. This past academic year has been as busy as ever and not only have these pupils achieved such impressive exam results but they have done that alongside major successes in a wide variety of extra-curricular endeavours - from musical performances, to sporting accolades and grand stage productions. Achieving such good exam results is not something that happens by chance and it is appropriate to pay tribute to all those teachers for contributing to the fantastic outcomes of these pupils. Our staff are passionate about the success and well-being of our pupils and we are grateful to them.

The Blundell’s commnity continues to pull together with a very clear focus to prepare young people for all the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them after school. It is on days like this, when that transition formally happens, that we look ahead with tremendous optimism at what these men and women will go on to contribute to society and achieve in their lives.”

A Level Results Tables

Year Total A*-A B C Other % A*/A % A*-B % A*-C
2018 315 145 79 52 39 46 71 88
2017 323 134 88 67 34 42 69 90
2016 297 124 76 54 43 42 67 86
2015 276 115 74 50 37 42 69 87
2014 274 131 68 39 36 48 73 87
2013 262 100 70 69 23 38 65 91

Please note that these are provisional results and the table will be updated when all the ‘Reviews of Marking’ have been received.

Subject Entries A* A B C Other % A*/A % A*-B % A*-C
Art 8 3 2 1 2 0 62.5 75.0 100.0
Biology 24 2 7 5 4 6 37.5 58.3 75.0
Business Studies 24 0 2 9 11 2 8.3 45.8 91.7
Chemistry 21 2 11 2 5 1 61.9 71.4 95.2
Chinese 9 0 7 2 0 0 77.8 100.0 100.0
Classical Civilisation 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.0 50.0 100.0
Computing 9 0 1 0 2 6 11.1 11.1 33.3
Design and Tech 4 0 1 1 2 0 25.0 50.0 100.0
Drama 13 2 2 3 4 2 30.8 53.8 84.6
Economics 20 0 6 9 1 4 30.0 75.0 80.0
English Literature 6 2 1 1 1 1 50.0 66.7 83.3
EPQ 11 6 3 2 0 0 81.8 100.0 100.0
Ethics 3 1 2 0 0 0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Film Studies 2 0 0 2 0 0 0.0 100.0 100.0
French 7 1 4 1 1 0 71.4 85.7 100.0
Geography 31 5 7 9 7 3 38.7 67.7 90.3
German 3 1 1 0 1 0 66.7 66.7 100.0
History 5 1 4 0 0 0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Japanese 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 100.0 100.0
Latin 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Maths 42 10 21 6 2 3 73.8 88.1 92.9
Further Maths 10 4 4 1 1 0 80.0 90.0 100.0
Music 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 100.0 100.0
Music Technology 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0
PE 14 0 1 8 2 3 7.1 64.3 78.6
Photography 4 0 1 1 0 2 25.0 50.0 50.0
Physics 25 4 8 5 5 3 48.0 68.0 88.0
Politics 8 1 2 4 0 1 37.5 87.5 87.5
Psychology 5 0 1 3 0 1 20.0 80.0 80.0
Spanish 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 100.0 100.0

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GCSE Results, 2018

Blundell's School is delighted to announce another set of excellent GCSE results.

15% of pupils taking a reformed subject were awarded a 9, compared to 4.5% nationally, and 46% of all grades in these new, tougher exams were at 7,8,9, A, or A* level.

Over quarter of the year group gained seven or more 7,8,9, A, or A* grades and the following have really excelled in gaining more than nine 7,8,9, A, or A* grades:

Celia Brown, Jack Burnand, Sophie Clough, Nell Curtis, Millie Davis, George Gibbs, Rebecca Hamilton, Mattie Hudson, Matiilda Huntingford, Hannah Kidner, Grace Labdon, Zoe Labdon, Oliver Leyshon, Sophia Marr, Orlagh Noone, Theo Rees, Kira Schiffer, Imke Trenkner, Jessica Whitehead and Carrie Zhang

The top performing students, with an outstanding clean sweep of A* and 9 grades, were Millie Davis, Sophia Marr and Jess Whitehead.

The Head, Bart Wielenga said, “We are absolutely delighted with the results produced by our Year 11 pupils. The new GCSE exams have undoubtedly been a stern challenge for teachers and pupils alike but it is one that they have risen to admirably. There has been considerable uncertainty about how the new GCSE’s would play out in terms of actual results so achieving such a good set of grades – with so many exceptionally high achievers – is something we are really proud of.

Of course, the academic programme is only one aspect of Blundell’s life and all our teachers and pupils are committed to a full array of sports and activities beyond the classroom. Many of the pupils who have done so well in their exams are also fully committed to sports teams, musical productions and in the pursuit of other interests. We look forward to welcoming these pupils back into the Sixth Form in September along with a number of pupils who will be joining us from different schools. It should be another busy and eventful year ahead!”

GCSE Results Tables

A* to E Subjects

Subject Total A*/A B C Other % A*/ A % A*-C
Chinese 4 4 0 0 0 100.0 100.0
Classical Civilisation 6 1 1 1 3 16.7 50.0
Design and Technology 22 21 1 0 0 95.5 100.0
Drama 24 6 8 9 1 25.0 95.8
English as a 2nd Lang 10 3 5 1 1 30.0 90.0
English Language 27 0 7 19 2 0.0 96.3
French 50 17 11 12 10 34.0 80.0
German 1st Lang 3 2 1 0 0 66.7 100.0
German 8 0 5 3 0 0.0 100.0
Graphic Products 7 6 0 1 0 85.7 100.0
History 45 16 14 8 7 35.6 84.4
Latin  1 1 0 0 0 100.0 100.0
Maths (Foundation iGCSE)  8 0 0 8 0 0.0 100.0
Spanish 16 3 3 5 5 18.8 68.8

9 to 1 Subjects

Subject Total  9 8 7 6 5 4 3 to 1 % 9 - 7 % 9 - 4
Art and Design 26 6 4 4 3 5 1 3 53.8 88.5
Biology  80 11 12 14 11 13 15 4 46.3 95.0
Biology  (Foundation) 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.0 20.0
Chemistry  73 14 13 13 9 12 8 4 54.8 94.5
Computer Science 13 1 0 3 2 1 2 4 30.8 69.2
English Language 53 14 13 16 6 3 1 0 81.1 100.0
English Literature 62 12 13 9 10 13 5 0 54.8 100.0
Geography 64 1 10 14 16 15 4 4 39.1 93.8
Latin 16 6 4 4 2 0 0 0 87.5 100.0
Maths  70 8 10 14 14 20 3 1 45.7 98.6
Maths (iGCSE) 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.0 100.0
Maths (Foundation iGCSE) 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0.0 57.1
Music 12 3 3 2 2 1 0 1 66.7 91.7
PE 35 2 2 4 6 6 7 8 22.9 77.1
Physics  77 15 14 12 16 7 9 4 53.2 94.8
RS- Short Course 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 25.0 100.0
Religious Studies 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.0 33.3

9-1 subjects have been coverted to A*-E for this table as per Ofqual suggestion. It is not possible, however, to make a direct comparison:

Year % A* % A*/A % A*-C % 5 A*-C 
2018 27 46 91 95
2017 21 51 94 98