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Central Foundation Boys’ School students celebrating outstanding GCSE outcomes. These seven students achieved 64 grade 8 and 9s between them.

In the first set of results to include the new, reformed GCSEs in the majority of subjects, Central Foundation Boys’ School students are celebrating some excellent outcomes.

The new GCSEs are graded from 1 to 9, with a new top grade of 9 only being awarded to about 2 – 3% of students across the country. At Central Foundation Boys’ School, 7% of all grades awarded to its students were at grade 9.

A grade 7 is set at the standard of an A grade in the old GCSEs. The School has achieved its highest ever percentage of top grades, with 34% of all grades awarded being at 7, 8 or 9. 86% of all grades were at grade 4 or better, which is equivalent to a C grade.

In English, 86% of students achieved a grade 4 or above, with 33% at grade 7, 8 or 9. In Maths, 88% of the students achieved a grade 4 or above with 34% achieving grade 7, 8 or 9. 82% of students achieved a grade 4 – 9 in both English and Maths. In the Sciences, 86% of all grades were at a grade 4 or above and 40% of all grades in Sciences were at grade 7, 8 or 9.

This very good student performance continued across the breadth of the curriculum with EBacc subjects performing particularly well, including Computing (97% at 4-9, with 49% at grade 8 or 9), French (96% at grade 4 -9), Spanish (100% at grade 4 -9) and Geography (84% at grade 4 -9). ICT results were once again outstanding with grades 4-9 at 89%. The creative faculty was well represented with Art (94% at grades 4-9) and Music (88% at grades 4-9) both scoring highly.

Headteacher Jamie Brownhill said, “It has been challenging for students and teachers to take on these new GCSEs. They are all to be congratulated for their hard work that has resulted in them achieving some very good results. The students now head on to the next stage of their education and whether they are joining us in our sixth form, or going on to pastures new, we wish them all the very best with the next stage of their lives.”

Central Foundation Boys’ School is celebrating their students’ excellent achievements across both A-level and vocational subjects. The pass rate was 99%, with 86% of grades at A* to C, 63% at A* to B, and 44% at A* or A.

These results have allowed the students to access many top universities, including Imperial College London, London School of Economics, University of Bath, University of Manchester, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, Queen Mary University, King’s College London, St George’s Medical School and the University of Padua.

The students will be following a large variety of courses, including Medicine, History, Law, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Sociology, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Fine Art and Music.

This success was also maintained across the school’s vocational subjects. 100% of grades were at Merit or above, equivalent to a C or above at A-level with 90% of all grades at Distinction or Distinction*, equivalent to an A or A* at A-level.

These results have secured these students exceptional university destinations, employment or apprenticeship opportunities. Some of their courses and destinations include Business Management at Surrey University, Information Management at University College, London and Biomedical Science at Brunel University. Other students are taking up apprenticeship opportunities, such as Jaguar Cars.

All Year 13s were supported in their university and apprenticeship applications by Central Futures, a dedicated team of professionals who assist students in securing a place in higher education, apprenticeship or employment upon leaving school. Central Futures work with ‘The Key Project’, a partnership between the school, the international law firm Slaughter and May, and The Access Project charity. The students are provided with one-to-one tutoring for their subjects and are supported in the application process throughout the academic year.

Headteacher Jamie Brownhill said, “We are delighted with the students’ exam outcomes and the university and apprenticeship placements they have secured. These are the result of the hard work of the students and the support they have received from a hugely skilled and committed group of teachers.”