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GCSE results 2019

22 August 2019

The first year of reformed GCSEs across all subjects at Westminster City has been a success, with a string of excellent outcomes for individuals, and the cohort achieving record results in key subjects and across a range of academic measures.

Our School’s results in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science were all above national averages and significantly above national averages for boys.

Ms Jen Lockyer, Deputy Headteacher, explains: “This is the first time that all GCSEs taken at Westminster City School have been reformed, and we are delighted with the results. They reflect the hard work by our pupils, as well as the dedication by our teaching staff to support and encourage their learning.”

The UK Government began its reform of GCSEs in 2015, with new criteria for English language, English literature and Mathematics, which has since been expanded to other subjects in the curriculum. The main feature of the new GCSE is an updated grading system, first seen in 2017,  as well as assessment now predominantly by examination.

In 2019, 85% of pupils secured a grade 4 or above in an English GCSE (a record for the school) with English Literature grades 10% above the national average. 23% of all grades in Mathematics were at the top grades of 7 to 9. 68% of pupils gained a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics, which is the school’s best outcome since the new qualifications were introduced. 68% of pupils also secured a grade 4 or above in at least two of their Science qualifications with results across Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Science around 10% above national averages. Outside the core subjects: this year’s Year 11 recorded impressive results in Further Mathematics, Design Technology and Art and Design.

Amongst a string of excellent individual successes, the following pupils secured standout results which reflected the effectiveness of the school’s early entry policy, which has allowed some of our most able pupils to take additional qualifications in Year 11:

  • Aaron R secured grade 9s in seven subjects, one grade 8 and three grade 7s in addition to an A* in Further Mathematics and an A in his AS Extended Project qualification.
  • Ridwanur R achieved five grade 9s in addition to two grade 8s and an A* in Further Mathematics.
  • Adarsh M secured grade 9s in four subjects, three grade 8s and one grade 7 in addition to an A* in Further Mathematics.
  • Karney MC achieved ten qualifications at grade 7 or above (three grade 9s, three grade 8s and four grade 7s) to go alongside his A* in Further Mathematics.
  • Aahnaf M also did outstandingly well to secure nine qualifications at grade 7 or above (one grade 9, four grade 8s and 4 grade 7s).
  • Charles C added eight qualifications at grade 7 or higher (three grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s) to his A* in Further Mathematics.
  • Bilal G also achieved eight qualifications at grade 7 or higher (four grade 8s and four grade 7s).
  • Zeeshan M’s eight grades of 7 or higher (two grade 9s, two grade 8s and four grade 7s) complimented an A grade in Further Mathematics.
  • Thomas AG matched this with eight grades of 7 or above (two grade 9s, two grade 8s and four grade 7s) and an A grade in Further Mathematics.

In addition, the following pupils secured 5 or more qualifications at grade 7 or above:

  • Jessiah B
  • Yelmurat D
  • Daniel E
  • Yahya E
  • Chukwuma O
  • Mohammed O
  • Rivers O
  • Noah R
  • Abbas R
  • Jason Y

Ms Jen Lockyer added: “There have been a number of outstanding success stories within our current Year 11, but special mention must be given to Aaron, who gained a full scholarship to undertake his sixth form studies at Eton College.” He achieved the top grades within this year’s cohort.

Aaron is the second Westminster City School pupil to join Eton College in the last three years. The independent school offers a small number of scholarships to exceptional state school pupils, whose parents/carers are unable to afford the full fees.

Amongst the joy of receiving positive results, pupils shared many of their thoughts on the journey in school to date.

Chukwuma O expressed the following: “Thank you to my teachers who went above and beyond to help me focus and achieve the best grades.  My family has been extremely supportive and believed in me.  My grades reflect the hard work I put in.”

Daniel E shared that “(…the) School was so helpful in providing me with all the resources and revision packs which helped me achieve the best grades. I would like to thank my family and the staff for all their support.”

Finally, Noah R said “I worked really hard, I kept on going with lots of hours studying in the library and at home, but it was worth it. My teachers were brilliant and extra lessons really helped me to push on to get good grades. I was shocked when I saw my results, but very happy too.”

Mr Peter Broughton, Headteacher, said: “Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils on these results, which show that the school has managed the transition to more rigorous qualifications, is improving year on year and is securing above national average outcomes in a range of subjects. We wish our current Year 11 all the best in their future endeavours and we are pleased that many of them will be staying on at Westminster City School for their sixth form studies!”

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