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Academic Results

The academic ethos at Blundell’s is fuelled by a number of complementary principles and beliefs.

We see exam performance as a way of opening doors in the future, rather than an end unto itself.

Our highly effective academic approach is based on the very latest research into the way in which pupils learn. Self-efficacy, derived from both believing that you can succeed and being believed in, is key, as we know that a pupil with drive and determination to do well, whatever their academic ability, will find achievement at every turn.

Complementing this, we have a carefully-constructed system in place to guide pupils towards a more active approach to their learning. Rather than sitting back and listening, we need our pupils to be on the front foot – asking questions, discussing ideas, looking things up, engaged and thinking for themselves.

Finally, our commitment to entwine the academic and the pastoral; that pupils learn when they are supported and happy, and that they are supported and happy when they are learning, ensures that every pupil at Blundell’s is known and fully supported to achieve their best.

Academic Results

After such significant pandemic-related disruption to their learning, our 2021 leavers showed great resilience in producing excellent results.

At A Level, 68% of grades awarded were at A* or A, while 87% grades were awarded at A*-B. Four of our 2021 leavers, and one 2020 leaver, secured places at Oxford or Cambridge to study PPE, Biochemistry, Physics and Philosophy, Classics and Natural Sciences. 85% of our pupils were successful in gaining a place at their first choice University.

At GCSE, 62% of results were at the highest 8-9 level (the old A*), with 76% at 7-9

More widely, our value added was very strong across all abilities, a reflection of the efforts and perseverance of our pupils in such difficult circumstances. With so much time spent away from the classroom and with restrictions in place even whilst they were at school, their achievements are remarkable. We celebrate every result that reflects the culmination of ability, hard work and determination. 2020 and 2021 have been difficult years to take exams and receive results, but our pupils have left the school in a stronger position than ever.

Results 2020-2021; no public exams written

A-Level

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GCSE

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Results pre-2020; public exams written

A-Level

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GCSE

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