The class of 2019 at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School have produced a very pleasing set of GCSE results. This year’s cohort of students is the second to have successfully risen to the challenges of new, tougher GCSE qualifications. They have learned more challenging content, handled more complex assessment techniques and, as ever, persevered through the challenges. Similarly, staff have familiarised themselves with new courses and prepared students for these effectively. The new GCSEs are awarded on a scale of 9-1, with the new grade 9 being harder to achieve than the old A* grade.

77% of students secured at least 5 grades at 7 or better, of whom 40 scored a clean sweep of grades at this level, while 50% of grades were 8 or 9.

Alastair Hughes & Elliot Sweeney achieved a clean sweep of grade 9s in their 10 GCSE subjects, while 19 students achieved 7 or more grade 9s, something less than 1000 students across the country as a whole did last year.

Headmaster David Atkinson said:

“As a group, our students should be very proud of their achievements. They have worked hard through the challenges of the GCSE courses, which are very considerable. They have successfully balanced a wide range of subjects, from Maths to Modern Languages, and from PE to Music, while also developing as young adults. This personal development is just as important as each student’s academic achievements since what they choose to do with that education is more impactful than the results. As a staff we are proud of the young men who have received their results this morning and we wish them well for the next step in their development, whatever that might be.”