Students and staff at Rochester Grammar School are celebrating today after receiving outstanding GCSE results. 100% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, placing the school as amongst the highest performing in the country.
95% of students achieved at least a Grade 5 in English and Maths – defined by the Government as a “strong pass” or better, and every single student achieved a Grade 4 or better in English and Maths, with a 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass. This matches the success of last year, despite the fact that the exams this year are widely perceived to have been made more difficult.
RGS is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of thirteen schools in Medway and Portsmouth that prides itself on academic excellence and providing the best possible cognitive education for all students.
Progress across the school was also particularly strong, underlining the value that Rochester Grammar adds to students from when they join aged 11. The provisional “Progress 8” score – which measures improvement from Year 7 across eight subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.44. That equates to each student achieving on average almost half a grade better per subject than they had been expected to achieve when they joined.
In the core subjects of English and Maths, where students were sitting reformed examinations for the first time, a high proportion of students achieved the very highest grades. In English Literature, 55% of students achieved a 7 or above (equivalent to an A, A* or higher), and the figure was 59% in English Language and 57% in Maths.
Clare Brinklow, Head of School, said:
“This is the first year of the new GCSEs, and English and Maths are tougher than in previous years, with new grades introduced as well – but our students and staff have responded brilliantly, as shown by today’s results.
“I am so proud of all of our students. I know how much time, effort and dedication goes into achieving these outstanding results. I wish to congratulate all our year 11 students and as ever, thank the teaching staff for all their hard work.”