GCSEs 2018

Students at St Edmund's (Hindhead) are again celebrating an excellent crop of GCSE results. At a time when the landscape of public examinations has been going through a period of radical change, the St Edmund's 2018 cohort of pupils posted a brilliant pass rate of 96% at grades A*-C (4-9). A tremendous 25% of passes were at grade A*, 54% at A*/A and an admirable 85% at A*-B. Under the 1-9 grading system there were an impressive eighteen passes (14%) at the exceptionally demanding new grade 9.

All academic departments demonstrated excellence. The English department posted 66% passes at A*/A and a 100% success rate at A*-B (for the second year running), Latin candidates achieved 100% of their grades at A*/A and in Music the students achieved 100% grades at A*-B. Other highlights included History (85% at A*/A), Spanish (70% at A*/A), French (55% at A*/A) Geography (50% at A*/A), and Maths (84% at A*-B).

Huge congratulations go to the Year 11 pupils, almost a quarter of whom achieved nine or more grades A*/A and half of all candidates passed all their papers at grades A*-B. Current and recent leavers have been successful in gaining places at a wide range of 6th Form providers including Alton College, Bedales, Bradfield, Charterhouse, Churcher's, Cranleigh, Farnborough, Godalming, King Edward's Witley, Hurstpierpoint, Portsmouth Grammar, and Wellington. Of our Year 10 candidates sitting early GCSEs this year the A*-C pass rate was a fantastic 100% with 42% of grades at A*/A and 88% at A*-B.

The school continues to experience strong demand for the Senior Section with additional classes opening in Years 7 and 9 this September. Planning permission for a new classroom block was granted during the summer holidays and the building will open in 2019. The school is part way through a substantial development programme to provide the very best of academic, sports and arts facilities.

The Headmaster, Adam Walliker, commented, "I am delighted to see so many of our students posting top grades and achieving their potential against the stiffest competition. Equally, as a non-selective school, I am enormously proud of those children who find academic life more challenging. They have worked hard and have exceeded all expectations by achieving grades beyond predictions. The value added to our students' experience across the ability range through our commitment to small classes and top quality teaching has paid huge dividends this year. My thanks go to the teaching and pastoral staff for their dedication and commitment. They provide a hugely supportive environment in which the children can thrive academically without suffering from the stresses and strains often associated with public examinations."

August 2018