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Record Number of A*s Awarded – GCSE

QP School’s Upper Fifth have delivered a record number of A* or equivalent grades** in this year’s IGCSE and GCSE examinations with an outstanding 44.4% of grades awarded the top level A* mark.  Almost half of the year group of 145 pupils have received a fantastic eight A* A grades, or better.

Success has been achieved across all subjects, with the breadth of the School’s offering and the pupils’ interests evident in the subjects which have performed particularly well.  In Religious Studies, Geography and Biology at least 90% of the grades were A*A; in English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Greek and Computer Science the percentage of A*A grades was 80%, or better.

There have been some notable individual performances.  Amelie Goetz, Ed Haselden, Nicolas Heller, Nicholas Kwok, Charlie Lloyd-Jones, Freya Radford, Henry Robinson and Tim Tian are amongst the pupils who achieved at least 10A*s, whilst Lana Davies, William Lithgow and Meg Sellers head up the list with 11A* each.  A further 12 pupils achieved 9A*s.

Like many QP students these pupils are also actively involved in the co-curricular side of school life.  Freya Radford is a keen athlete and was the first girl home in the Routh (QP’s annual mini-marathon), Meg Sellers is a top netballer and hockey player who is also the current Girls’ Open Tennis Champion.  Henry Robinson is a sports scholar and was part of the squad at this summer’s Cape Town International Hockey Festival, whilst Charlie Lloyd-Jones is a member of the Fives team and also one of our thespians – he took a lead role in last year’s performance of Grease.

Lana Davies is in the 1st Sailing Team and an accomplished musician, as is Tim Tian, who is one of the saxophonists in the Jazz Orchestra, and William Lithgow, who sings in the Chapel Choir and is a grade 8 flautist.  Keen designer Nicholas Kwok has been awarded an Arkwright Scholarship and is currently designing the Lorne House baubles ready for sale this Christmas.

Dr Richard Maloney, Headmaster, said, “this year’s results have set the bar very high. Our Upper Fifth pupils have met the challenges of their GCSE courses and excelled. It is such a credit to them and their teachers to see their hard work so unequivocally affirmed.  What is particularly rewarding is the knowledge that QP students enjoy and succeed in activities beyond the classroom: they get involved on the sports field, in the theatre and concert halls, and take on so many different opportunities beyond the curriculum.

We are all looking forward to working with such a talented group of young people as they move forward into the sixth form.”

**This is the first year that Qp Pupils have taken some IGCSE/GCSE examinations which receive the new 9-1 grades, however, of the 23 subjects offered at the School, 15 are still receiving the A*-G grading.  As the majority of the examinations taken this year were graded under the ‘old’ scheme the new numerical grades have been converted to the A*-G equivalent for reporting purposes. In 2019 all examinations will be graded 9-1.

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