GCSE results up despite year of change

Victoria College students are today celebrating a strong set of GCSE results with 40% of boys achieving at least one Grade 9, the highest possible in the new system and above the old A*.


In the first year that nearly all subjects moved to number rather than letter grades, 86% of the year group got a Grade 7 or above in one or more subjects. This is equivalent to an A, A* or higher.


Headmaster Alun Watkins said: 'These are impressive results and we are especially proud of our boys and our staff team today. It has been a year of added uncertainty because of the move towards the numerical grades for the first time in many subjects and I know students have anxiously awaited their GCSE results.'


A total of 85 students at Victoria College sat 841 GCSE exams across a range of subjects. Every student passed maths with a grade 4 or above and the overall pass rate for Year 11 was just a fraction under 100%. The 2018 results are up on the previous year.


Mr Watkins added: 'The percentages and grades are only part of the story today. These strong results show the resilience of the teachers in a time of change and the diligence and hard work of our boys. Congratulations to all and, of course, thank you to parents and families for their vital support along the way. Today's success means that nearly all boys who received their results will stay on at Victoria College to take A-levels.'


Number of students: 85

Number of exams taken: 841


Grade 7-9 (A* and A):                         46% of exams taken

Grade 6-9 (A* to B):                67% of exams taken

Grade 4-9 (A* to C):                94% of exams taken

Pass rate (A* to E grade):       99.9% of exams taken


Note: These results are provisional and may alter after appeals and re-grades.