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16 pupils achieved the new grade 9

In the first set of results to include the new, reformed English Language, English Literature and Maths GCSEs, Central Foundation Boys’ School are celebrating another outstanding set of outcomes.

The new English and Maths GCSEs, graded on final exams rather than coursework as well as exams, have been described as the most difficult since the 1980s.  The new GCSEs are graded from 1 to 9, with a new top grade of 9 only being awarded to about 2% of students across the country.  The School is delighted that its students achieved 3 times this number of top grades with 10 students being awarded a grade 9 in English and 9 students a grade 9 in Maths.

The School is very proud of the achievement of all of the students in the new reformed GCSEs.  87% of students achieved a ‘standard pass’ of a grade 4, equivalent to a grade C, or better in both English and Maths. 70% of students achieved a ‘strong pass’ of a grade 5 or better in both English and Maths.

In English Language and Literature, 91% of the students achieved a grade 4 or above with 43% achieving grade 7, 8 or 9.  In Maths, 90% of the students achieved a grade 4 or above with 34% of the whole cohort achieving grade 7, 8 or 9.

There has been outstanding attainment and progress from students of all abilities with 34% of all grades at GCSE awarded as 7, 8, 9, A* or A. Science has continued to perform strongly, with 81% of students achieving at least a C grade, with 40% achieving A* or A. This exceptional student performance continued across the breadth of the curriculum with EBacc subjects performing particularly well including Computing (100% A*-C), French (95%), Spanish (86%), History (88%) and Geography (75%). ICT and Business Studies GCSE results were once again outstanding with A*-C% at 94% and 82% respectively. The creative faculty was well represented with Drama results of 95%.

Among the results, there were many individual success stories including:

Liam Elliott Brady who achieved two 9s, an 8, six A*s and two As.

Louis Jackson who achieved two 9s, an 8, four A*s and two As.

Fernando Rodriguez-Santamaria who achieved a 9, a 7, five A*s, four As.

Mehmet Gul who achieved a 9, two 7s, two A*s and six As.

Gabriel Rogers-Mullen who achieved a 9, an 8, a 7, seven A*s and one A.

Abubakar Buwe who achieved a 9, a 7, seven A*s and an A.

Ronnie Swash who achieved a 9, an 8, a 7, five A*s and two As.

Mateusz Kopiec who achieved two 8s, a five A*s and four As.

Headteacher Jamie Brownhill said, “Central Foundation believes every young person can be successful whatever their starting point or background and our results demonstrate that we have made this belief a reality. Our students have made exceptional progress throughout their time at the school and we are particularly delighted at the large number of top grades.”


Berkan Marasli, Kibria Karim, Leunor Xhemshiti and Aiden Ha celebrating their As and A*s

Central Foundation Boys’ School students are celebrating an excellent set of A-level and vocational results. The pass rate for both was 100%, with 90% of grades at A* to C, 68% at A* to B, and 43% at A* or A.

At A-level, the school’s strength in Mathematics continued with five A* grades and 40% of all students achieving A or A* in both Maths and Further Maths, including Berkan Marasli and Leunor Xhemshiti who both achieved A* at Maths and A at Further Maths. The school has also continued to prove to be an excellent provider across humanities and science subjects, with 100% of all grades at A* to C in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and History. There was also considerable success in the arts, with 100% of grades in Art at A* or A and 100% of grades in Graphics at A* to C.

As a result of these excellent results and university application support, the school is sending its largest ever number of students to universities, including to those in the Russell Group. These include the University of Durham, King’s College London, University College London, Loughborough University and University of Manchester.

Some of these destinations include Kibria Karim (Biomedical Science at UCL), Leunor Xhemshiti (Mathematics at King’s College London), Seven Jacobs (History and Politics at Glasgow), Rayhannur Rohman (Computer Studies at Queen Mary) and Poonima Deb (Genetics at University of Nottingham).

This success was also maintained across the school’s Business, Science and ICT vocational subjects with 82% of grades at Distinction or Distinction*, equivalent to an A or A* at A-level. There was particular success in BTEC Business where 21 of the 23 students were awarded Distinctions.

These results have secured these students exceptional university destinations. Many will be continuing with their subjects at university, including Rodi Gemici-Bektas and Kajun Pang (Computer Science at Loughborough University), Alisson Ponce (Psychology at Durham University) and Abubakar Mohamed Omar (Biomedical Sciences at Surrey). However, it also includes a number of students who are fulfilling ambitions outside their vocational courses, including Yassin Ezrouki (Law at University of Manchester), Jordan Spearman (International Relations at Loughborough) and Bryan Tshobi (Drama at University of East Anglia).

All our Year 13s were supported in their university and apprenticeship applications by the Central Futures Team, a dedicated team of professionals who assist students in their paths on leaving school and work with ‘The Key Project’. This project is a partnership between the school, the international law firm Slaughter and May and the charity the Access Project. The students are provided with one-on-one tutoring for their subjects and are supported in the application process for university throughout the academic year.

Headteacher Jamie Brownhill said, “We are delighted with the results our students have achieved and the large number of high quality university places and work placements that they have secured.  The students are to be congratulated on their efforts alongside the dedicated work of their teachers.  We see the fruits of the work between the students, the school and our partners in providing high quality teaching, pastoral support and guidance to all of our students to ensure that they fulfil their potential.”

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