GCSE Exam Report 2018

This summer was the first in which GCSE pupils at Bradfield received numerical grades, including the new Grade 9 (equivalent to A** or a ‘super’ A*). Almost 85% of all GCSEs sat by our pupils were the new reformed courses, with the remainder being primarily IGCSEs, which currently still yield alphabetical grades.

The College is delighted to report excellent results in the new world of GCSE assessment. 17% of our pupils’ new GCSE entries were graded 9, 38% graded 9/8, and 61% of all GCSEs sat graded 9-7 or A*/A. In all, almost a third of the cohort secured 5 or more 9/8/A* grades. Government reforms have resulted in GCSEs that are a more rigorous academic challenge than ever before. As such, it is pleasing to see very strong performances in the core subjects: mathematics sees 17% of papers graded 9, similarly 24% in English and an average of 26% across the three sciences. This is vastly different from the national picture.

A number of individuals have returned some remarkable results. Samuel Raphael achieved 999999998A*A* and Robert Stok 99999998A*A* while James Taylor and Poppy Wallis scored 999999998B and 99999999A* respectively. Special mention must also go to Tom Houston, Isabella Sergeant, Holly Hutchins, Tabby Hyslop, Isabelle Pavey and Olivia Clegg who all achieved 6 or more Grade 9s.

Headmaster, Dr Chris Stevens was delighted for the pupils and staff at the College, “Teachers and pupils have worked really hard getting to grips with new syllabuses and papers this year but there was understandable nervousness over how pupils would fare in the light of the changes. These record-breaking results are therefore especially pleasing and a great achievement. The new Grade 9 has been good for our pupils, providing an opportunity to reward those performing at the very highest level.”

Neil Burch, Deputy Head (Academic)


A Level pupils at Bradfield College have returned a very strong set of results following the excellent IB results which were announced earlier this summer. Overall, 76% of grades achieved were A*-B, with 41% either an A* or A (with IBDP Higher Tier results included). Special mention goes to Georgie Cockburn who joins Elias Tenhula and Livi Lee-Smith in confirming her place at Oxford. Georgie, along with Quinn McCallion, secured 3A*s in her A Levels and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). In total, 28% of this cohort achieved grades of AAB or better, which is an excellent achievement in light of the recent qualification reforms.

We are delighted to report that the overwhelming majority of the pupils have made it into their first choice university. Once again, a number of Bradfieldians are headed overseas to continue their studies having taken up offers in North America and mainland Europe. Two pupils (a number that we will likely see grow significantly in years to come) look forward to beginning their respective apprenticeships; one at PWC accountancy and the other at GCI technology.

Headmaster, Dr Chris Stevens, said, “I am delighted for the pupils and staff who have worked so hard over the past twelve months. These results are testament to the diligence of our pupils and the skill of their teachers and support staff. Reformed A Levels represent a stiffer academic challenge than their predecessors. I am particularly impressed therefore with these results and wish the pupils well as they move on to new things.”

Neil Burch, Deputy Head (Academic)


We are delighted to announce another great set of results from the IB Diploma cohort, with almost a quarter of pupils scoring 40 points and above. Special mention must be made of Jessica Raja–Brown who scored a remarkable 45 points. Fewer than 1% of the cohort globally score maximum marks which, as benchmarked by UCAS, is the equivalent to 5 A*s at A level. Kitty Parker also came away with 44 points, which will easily enable her to take up her place at Durham.

84% of Bradfield pupils achieved between 7 and 5 in their higher level subjects (equivalent to A*- B at A level) and two of our Oxbridge candidates Olivia Lee-Smith and Elias Tenhula met the requirements to take up their offers. The overall points average was slightly down on last year at 35.1. This is indicative of the inclusive nature of the Diploma at Bradfield, which welcomes and accommodates all abilities in a steadily growing cohort (25% of 2018 leavers). As well as Oxford and Durham, this year will see pupils taking up university places at Imperial, Exeter, KCL, Edinburgh and UCL, whilst one pupil has been offered an apprenticeship at PWC.

The IB Diploma at Bradfield continues to thrive. Pupils who complete the programme leave with transferable skills such as time-management, research skills and an international, outward looking perspective, which will stand them in good stead for life beyond Bradfield.

We wish them well for the future.

Kirstie Parker, Director of IB

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