GCSEs 2019: Almost a third of Wellington College grades were 9s

ALMOST a third of all GCSE grades awards to students at Crowthorne’s Wellington College were 9s – the equivalent of an A*. 

And almost two-thirds (61%) were 9/8, 83% were 9-7, while 95% were 9-6.

In a statement, the school said that overall, 9 was the most common pupil grade. 

The school’s outgoing master, Julian Thomas, said: “I am delighted by these outstanding results and proud of everything this talented cohort has achieved.

“These pupils were the first to face the majority of their GCSEs in the new format, with increased course content and more demanding examinations.

“They have more than risen to the challenge and have done so while honouring their many co-curricular commitments and adding so much value to College life.

“I will remember this year group not only for their academic brilliance but for the calm, purposeful way they went about achieving their goals.”

And the pupils were also the first at Wellington to complete a Higher Project Qualification alongside their GCSE courses. 

The HPQ, for which pupils undertake an autonomous piece of work, is still graded according to the more familiar letter system, 56% of grades awarded were A*/A and 100% were A*-B.

Head of middle school, Julia Sutcliffe, said: “The HPQ is excellent preparation for the Sixth Form, where all pupils will work towards an Extended Project Qualification alongside A-levels, or complete an Extended Essay if they take the IB route. 

“With such superb GCSE results behind them and strong independent study skills already in evidence, we look forward to seeing what this talented cohort will achieve in the Sixth Form.”

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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