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More Top GCSE Grades in the Boys’ Division

Thursday, 24 August 2017

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Pupils in Bolton School Boys’ Division have performed outstandingly well this year as the percentage of A*-A grades has risen to 57% (up from 52.7% last year); the percentage of papers graded A* has increased to 27%, up from 25% the previous year; and the percentage of boys achieving at least 4 As and 3 Bs is at a recent high of 70%. There were also rises in the percentage of papers being graded A*-C, up by 1% to 94.4%, and in boys achieving 10 A* or A grades, the figure rising from 17 to 18%. Pupils in the Boys’ Division take IGCSE Mathematics and English and were consequently not affected by the new 9-1 grading system. 

The percentage of boys achieving at least 5 A*-C grades was the same as last year at 98.5%, likewise the percentage of boys with at least 5 A*-B grades, which remained at 85%. The percentage of boys achieving at least 10 A*-C grades was 70% and the percentage of boys securing 10 A* grades was 5%. The average number of A*-C grades per pupil was 9.4. In total, 133 pupils were entered for GCSE examinations and, of these, 122 (91.7%) gained 8 or more A*-C grades. 

Headmaster Mr Philip Britton said: “It is great to celebrate the exam results the boys have achieved today, with more A* and A grades this year than in the last four years. We have taken advantage of the freedoms of being an independent school to take the internationally recognised IGCSE exams in English and Maths and avoid the first year of the numerical grading system in maths and English. It is always worth waiting for a new system to settle and stability and success for the boys is our priority. 

It is also good to see the boys have achieved across the whole range of academic subjects, with our usual strength in maths and the sciences being mirrored by large numbers of top grades across modern foreign languages, which are under threat nationally. Creative subjects also have something to celebrate, with 20% of the year group studying music and more than 4 in every 5 gaining an A or A* result. 

And, as ever, these results are only part of what the boys have achieved so far in the school – they have developed lifelong interests across all sorts of activities that they will take forward to the sixth form and then into life beyond school.”  

Top achievers included Matthew Schaffel with 11 A*s and Joseph Abram, Arjun Agarwal, Dominic Aly, Peter Johnson, Alexander Matthews and Bilal Asghar with at least 10 A* grades. A further two boys achieved at least 9 A* grades.

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