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Record-breaking results

20 August 2020

GCSE Results Day 2020 sees Westminster City School’s pass rate rise to the highest in our School’s history - with 83% of all grades being at 4 and above - at the end of a challenging academic year.

Our School’s GCSE pass rate has been above the national average for a number of years and 2020 is no exception, with the national pass rate for England at 79%. In addition, 34% of all Westminster City School GCSEs have been graded at 9 to 7, which corresponds to the old-style top grades of A* and A, and is another record for our School.

Headteacher, Mr Broughton, said: “Congratulations to Year 11 on such fantastic results, that reflect the hard work undertaken by pupils during the course of their GCSE studies. Our School was in a strong position to put forward exceptional grades and I am very grateful to Westminster City School staff for their integrity through the process of generating centre assessed grades. The quality of their teaching and pastoral care for all pupils, as well as the help, support and guidance of our parents/carers will make a significant difference for these young people.”

“These results, coming after the difficulties of lockdown, are an opportunity for celebration for our pupils and their families, as well as for the staff who have been part of their academic journey.”

Among many success stories within our cohort, Shreyas was awarded 9 for each of his twelve GCSE subjects. He said: “I’m extremely happy. It has felt strange not sitting an exam but I am pleased with Westminster City School’s support and with the results that I have today. I’ll be joining Westminster City School’s Sixth Form this autumn, to do my A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.”

Zavier was awarded 9 in four GCSE subjects, 8 in five subjects and 7 in his remaining two subjects. He said: “I’m pleased with my grades, as I had been rather anxious beforehand. Of course, not sitting any exams has been strange, almost anti-climactic. Now that I’ve got my results, I’m very happy.” 

Pupils came in to collect their results on Thursday, having been away from our Palace Street site since lockdown began in March. Zavier admitted: “It felt strange coming back to School but it was nice to see my friends and teachers again.

While socially distant celebrations were taking place, two pupils did not need to worry about keeping apart. Fatih and Cenk, who are twins, were both awarded a fantastic set of results, which included grades 9 in Chemistry, in Physics and in Turkish for Fatih. The twins (pictured above) were very happy with their results and plan to study the same A Levels - Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics - at Westminster City School’s Sixth Form this autumn. 

A large number of our Year 11 will now be joining our successful Sixth Form. Last week’s A Level results saw a string of fantastic results for our outgoing Year 13, with almost 10% awarded an A* and the entire year group applying to start university. Three students will join Cambridge or Oxford and a third of the cohort will go to top Russell Group universities, like Imperial College London and University College London.

Unfortunately, the late decision by the exam board, Pearson, to regrade BTecs in line with the changes to GCSEs and A Levels, has impacted a number of our pupils on BTec Business or BTec Sport. These pupils now need to wait for their results but are being supported and advised by Westminster City School staff in the meantime.

Ms Lockyer, Deputy Headteacher, said: “The vast majority of our Year 11 pupils have been at Westminster City School since Year 7, and it has been a pleasure to see them grow and develop over the last five years. I’m so proud of their achievements and I’m delighted that so many will be returning in September, to complete their seven-year journey with us as students in our Sixth Form.”

Mr Broughton added: “Following the lockdown and such disruption to their academic studies, GCSE Results Day 2020 is a time for celebration at Westminster City School, with very positive outcomes for our young people.”

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