GCSE results day 2020: King’s Ely records stellar results
King’s Ely has recorded another excellent set of GCSE results.
Some 92 per cent of results at the independent school were at grades 9-5, 60 per cent were at 9-7 - the old A*-A - and 38 per cent were 9-8.
Nearly one in five (19 per cent) were at 9, the top grade, with eight students achieving at least eight grade 9s and five managing 10 or more.
Among the highest achievers were George Collier, Matthew Danes, Eleanor MacGillivray, Otilia Salgado, Amelia Shaw, Mollie Egan, Harriet Froud and Philip Papafilippou.
Jonathan Shaw, head of King’s Ely Senior, said: “We are delighted, that after months of uncertainty, our students have been rewarded with some very well-deserved grades. Whilst the top performers often receive the headlines, we are equally delighted for pupils of all abilities whose hard work has been recognised. Our reputation for academic excellence continues to grow.”
All Year 11 students achieved at least a grade 4 pass in maths, with 59 per cent achieving 7 or above. And more than half of pupils achieved grade 8 or 9 in further maths.
Meanwhile, in English language, all students achieved at least a grade 4 pass, with 45 per cent achieving at least a 7.
More than 70 per cent of students achieved a grade 7 or higher in biology, chemistry, religious studies, Spanish, history, drama, music, Latin, Mandarin, fine art and textiles.
Sam Barber, from Cambridge, joined King’s Ely in Year 9 and is this year’s sixth form choral scholar.
After achieving grades 9-7 in all his GCSEs, he said: “I was thrilled when I opened my results! I am really excited for Sixth Form and have so many opportunities lined up already, not just with music but in the school’s outdoor education programme, Ely Scheme, as well, including working towards my Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”
Philip Papafilippou, who joined King’s Ely in Year 10, achieved grades 9-7 in all his GCSEs and will stay on at King’s Ely for sixth-form, along with most this year’s cohort.
Philip, who lives in Ely but is originally from Greece, said: “I’m really pleased with my results and can’t wait to start my A-level studies. I am studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at A-level. I don’t know exactly what career I want to pursue yet after school and university, but it will probably be in engineering.
“My family and I had to self-isolate in Greece during lockdown but the online teaching, resources and support provided by all my teachers was fantastic. I am really grateful for this.”
Eleanor MacGillivray, who lives near Newmarket, achieved a clean sweep of grade 9s in GCSEs and will go on to study maths, further maths, chemistry, physics and French at A-level at King’s Ely.
She said: “The support and opportunities I have received at King’s Ely since joining in Year 6 have been phenomenal. I am delighted with my results and would love to do a maths degree at university once I have completed my sixth-form studies here.”
With no exams sat this year, the results were based on teachers’ predictions.
John Attwater, principal of King’s Ely, said:“We must remember these GCSE results are a well-deserved reward for students’ hard work over the whole of their secondary education, not just the past exceptional few months.
“I am convinced their grades have been accurately determined using the expertise of their teachers and that they can be trusted by the students, and later by universities and employers, as a measure of pupils’ attainment and capability; nothing in the politics or media comment of the past few days should take away from that.
“Most importantly, their achievements have set a great foundation for A-level study and we are delighted to be welcoming them back in September alongside many new students to our largest sixth form cohort for some years.”
There were 36 students of 14 nationalities studying the intensive one-year IGCSE programme at King’s Ely. Those taking the IGCSE study it in their non-native speaking language and 96 per cent of the King’s Ely International (KEI) cohort achieved grades 9-4, with more than half at 9-7 and 11 per cent at grade 9.
Saya Tsutsumi, from Japan, was this year’s top achiever among the KEI students.
Matthew Norbury, academic director of KEI, said: “These international results bear testimony to the genuine resilience, fortitude and flexibility of our one-year IGCSE cohort, who had to return to their home countries under immense stress, many of whom had to quarantine alone and all of them were remarkable examples of true distance learners. They should be justifiably proud of all they have achieved.”