Number of 10 A* Boys Improves
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Pupils, parents and teachers have been celebrating an excellent crop of GCSE results at Bolton School Boys’ Division. The percentage of boys with 10 A*s has increased again this year with 5.7% or 8 boys receiving a complete set of perfect grades. A further seven boys achieved 9 A*s. Overall, 93% of grades were at A*-C; 52.8% were at A*-A and 28.1% were at A*. Bucking the national trend, boys achieved their best A* results in English for 3 years, especially English Literature. Results in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) were also very strong.
Headmaster, Philip Britton, said: “The boys have once again produced some very good exam grades and worked hard for them. I am especially pleased about the number of A* grades they have gained this year.
Results day is also a chance to reflect on all the boys have achieved more widely in school during their time with us and moved from enthusiastic young boys to young men.
The other feature of this year is that we are beginning a period of 5 years of significant turbulence in exams, likely to last 5 years due to various reforms. Through the whole of that time in reality it will be difficult to compare one year to the last. We must celebrate the achievements of each year group on their own terms, rather than make invalid comparisons between them. Employers and Universities will have to be very careful in understanding the value of qualifications of various sorts through these years of change.”
A delighted mother of Peter Roberts, one of the 8 boys who achieved 10 A* grades, said: “I can’t recommend this school highly enough. I have seen my three boys pass through the Boys’ Division and all have achieved outstandingly well. Peter wants to follow in the footsteps of his brothers, Jack and James, who are both studying Medicine.
Almost 70% of boys achieved 10 A*-C grades; 91.4% came away with 5 A*-B grades and 97.9% of boys recorded at least 5 A*-C grades.
Three boys, Niall Woodward, Christopher Batterbee and James Seed received prestigious Arkwright Scholarships which will give them £600 towards their A level Engineering studies.