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The results are in!

August is all about A Level and GCSE results, and with so much good news coming in from the British boarding schools we recommend, we’re pleased to pass on some highlights from just a couple of the schools that shared theirs with us.

Wellington School celebrated 36% of A Level grades being awarded A*/A, with over 80% of pupils going to their preferred choice of university and 65% going to Russell Group universities or equivalent, including two at Oxford and one at Cambridge. They will proceed to an excellent range of academic and vocational courses ranging from Maths to Medicine, Economics to English.

The coeducational English boarding school was then able to celebrate some impressive GCSE results with almost half of all grades being awarded at 9-7 (A*-A). A remarkable 29% of the grades achieved were at the top 9-8 grade (A*) and there has been a notable rise in the number of pupils achieving the coveted grade 9 across a wide range of subjects.

The 9-1 grading system, first introduced in 2017, was applied to all GCSE subjects taken this year, reflecting exam reforms which included more demanding content and the elimination of coursework.

New Headmaster, Eugene du Toit, said, “I congratulate all the leaving pupils on their successes and I look forward to building on the strong academic platform that is already in place at Wellington…

“Our pupils have worked extremely hard and their efforts have been justly rewarded. These results also reflect the dedication and expertise of our hugely committed teachers, who always go the extra mile in supporting our girls and boys.”

Meanwhile at Mayfield School, the highest level of A* grades achieved in recent years saw students securing places at leading universities including Oxford, Imperial, King’s and UCL, Durham, Edinburgh and Exeter to study a wide range of academic disciplines encompassing Aerospace Engineering, Classics, Economics, Graphic Design, Medicine, Modern Languages and Physics.  

Almost a quarter of all entries at this girls’ boarding school were awarded A*, with 55% graded A*/A and 75% A*/B. Overall almost 80% of students achieved ABB+ or equivalent, reflecting the strength in breadth and depth across all academic disciplines.

At GCSE, over 40% of entries were awarded 9-8 or A* equivalent, with almost 70% graded 9-7 or A*/A equivalent. 100% of GCSE entries achieved A*-C equivalent grades.

Over one in five girls were awarded all A*/A equivalent grades in ten or more subjects and 100% of girls gained five or more 9-4 or A*-C equivalent GCSE grades.

Headmistress, Antonia Beary, commented, “It is a great joy to see so many girls achieve such impressive results again this year, [which] are a great credit to Mayfield’s inspirational and dedicated staff, as well as the girls themselves, who have all worked hard…

“Although the [GCSE] courses have become more rigorous, we are delighted that Mayfield continues to achieve consistently high results across the board.”

Whether seeking a place at a girls’ school, a boys’ school or a coeducational British boarding school, you can trust our knowledge and experience to help you find the right setting for your child, so please do contact us.

Photo by kind permission of Wellington School