Our most able students consistently perform to a very high standard in public examinations. For example, the following table illustrates how well our top sets performed in the core subjects at GCSE in 2013:
|Grammar Equivalent Sets||A*/A|
|Average (top sets)||69%|
LEAGUE TABLES – The government GCSE league tables, unfortunately, present a distorted view of our academic performance. The 2013 figures for St Edmund’s do not include our excellent iGCSE Mathematics results. The iGCSE offers our most able pupils a more rigorous examination than the GCSE and, although it is recognised by all universities and employers as a GCSE equivalent, the qualification is excluded from the UK government’s league tables of school performance. This has depressed the ranking of many independent schools which offer iGCSE. For example, in Mathematics iGCSE last summer, 58% of all St Edmund’s pupils achieved A* or A grades. It was one of our strongest subject performances – particularly commendable given the small size of the cohort. However, due to the exclusion of iGCSE from the league tables, this was not reflected in our ranking.
2013 GCSE results available to download
The 2013 A Level results were very positive for St Edmund’s students. Our overall percentage of A*-E grades improved from 2012 (indeed the number has improved consistently from 2009). 66% of all A2 results were in the A*- B grade range: a most pleasing outcome given the wide ability range of pupils at the school. The school performed especially strongly in Mathematics and also in Further Mathematics where 83% of students achieved either an A* or an A grade. It was very gratifying to see impressive performances from students taking Art, Music and Geography: with all three subjects returning 75% A*-A results.
Our “raw” A2 results were reinforced by an excellent set of subject “Value-Added” scores provided by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University. This data contextualises A2 results with reference to other pupil ability indicators (such as average GCSE performance). The message is clear; St Edmund’s pupils benefit from the small class sizes and close support available in our Sixth Form and significantly outperform at A Level.
The school was also delighted by another outstanding set of results for students taking the Extended Project Qualification: four out of six of students achieved A* grades and two achieved As.