Students at Tonbridge Grammar School (TGS) are celebrating outstanding results again in a year which sees the introduction of the reformed, and more rigorous, numeric graded GCSEs in English and Mathematics. The introduction of a new top grade of 9 which sits above the threshold for A* is undoubtedly tough to achieve. Our results show that TGS students are more than capable of responding to this challenge with grade 9s achieved by 47 pupils (30%) in Mathematics and 52 pupils (33%) in English; 24 students (15%) achieved a grade 9 in both subjects. 11 students achieved 3 grade 9s with six of them achieving A*s in their remaining seven subjects. 58 pupils (37%) gained 10 or more A or A* grades (or new grade 9, 8 or 7) with 18 pupils (11%) gaining 10 or more A*s (or new grades of 9 or 8). Overall, 56% of all GCSE results were at grade A* and above (or new grades 9 or 8) and 82% at A*or A (or new grades 9, 8 or 7).
Rosemary Joyce, Head Teacher at Tonbridge Grammar School, said: ‘Congratulations to all our Year 11 students celebrating their results today. I am absolutely delighted with their achievements and send my warmest congratulations to every one of them. Undoubtedly the introduction of the new GCSEs in English and Mathematics has created a significant additional challenge for both students and staff this year. It is fantastic to see the success of our students across the board including in the new, academically rigorous examinations in Mathematics and English. All of our students should feel justifiably proud of their achievements which reflect their exceptional hard work and commitment to their studies. Congratulations also to the dedicated staff who have supported our students to achieve such outstanding results, including our English and Mathematics teachers who have worked so hard to ensure that the introduction of the reformed GCSEs supports our students to success.’
The average points per entry attained of 7.51 is the equivalent of a strong A grade. Students achieved the highest grades in all subjects, in particular core disciplines where every student studies three sciences, two English subjects, and at least one language. Mathematics results were exceptional with 102 students (65%) achieving a grade 8 or 9; 133 (85%) at grade 7 and above. 132 students (84%) gained grade 9, 8 or 7 in GCSE English. Students also achieved exceptionally high grades in GCSE Science and Modern Foreign Languages with the following figures reflecting the number of A* or A grades in each discipline; French 55 (90%), Spanish 65 (90%), Biology 134 (87%), Physics 135 (87%) and Chemistry 133 (85%).