Record 54% of grades at A*/A
Record 190 modules awarded 100%
A quarter of grades at A* or 8+
24 students achieve at least 9 A*/As or equivalent
Record 95% of grades at A*/A for twenty New Hall 11-year-olds who achieved Level 1 GCSE in their Politics Academic Projects
Record 83% of grades at A*-B or equivalent
100% GCSE success rate
Students are celebrating the school’s best ever GCSE results. A record 54% of grades are at A*/A and a record 190 modules awarded 100%. A number of students are celebrating 100% overall in their Science GCSEs. A quarter of grades have been awarded at A* or 8+, an increase that bucks the national trend.
Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said: “Students from both our Girls’ & Boys’ Divisions have achieved excellent grades, with an almost equal number of girls and boys among our top performers. This demonstrates once again the success of single-sex teaching for this age group. These fantastic results and New Hall’s success as the TES Independent School of the Year show the strengths of Catholic independent education and reflect the quality and breadth of the curriculum at New Hall. It has been a joy to celebrate with students today.”
Top performing girl, Charlotte Gordon (former student of White Court Primary School), was thrilled to have achieved outstanding results across the board, achieving 8A*s and three 9s, including perfect 100% scores in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and 100% modules in French, Spanish and Theology. Charlotte has combined her workload with a number of co-curricular activities, including obtaining her Full Colours for hockey and achieving her Grade VII in piano earlier this summer.
Top performing boy Phineas Allen (former student of Perryfields Junior School) achieved 7A*s, three grade 9s and one A grade, including 100% scores awarded in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Theology.
Head of Girls’ & Boys’ Division, Suzanna Minnis, said: “I am delighted to be celebrating such an impressive set of results with our students today. It has been wonderful to see their perseverance and persistence being rewarded with these fantastic results. We are immensely proud of all they have achieved.”
Outstanding achievers include many boarding students: Anya Cook, former student of Ursuline Preparatory School, (7A*s, 2As and three grade 8s), Jacob O’Ceallaigh, former student of English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, (7A*s, two grade 9s, one A and one grade 8), Daniel Skells, former student of Holmwood House, (6A*s, 2As and two grade 8s), Molly Thompson-McVicar, former student of Chelmer Valley High School, (6A*s, one A and three grade 8s) and twin sisters and former students of The Dragon School Anastasia (5A*s, one A, three grade 7s and one B) and Alexandra Clarke (4A*s, 3As, two grade 8s and one grade 7).
Head of Boarding, Elizabeth Searle, said: “Freed from a daily school journey, our boarders can concentrate on academic study while having extra time to invest in their co-curricular interests and talents, such as music, sport or drama. With structure and routine, they have every opportunity to realise their potential, both academically and socially.”
New Hall Preparatory Division is also celebrating a record 95% of grades at A*/A for twenty 11-year olds who achieved Level 1 GCSE in their Politics Academic Projects. 100% gained A*-B. Mr Moulton, Head of Years 3-6, said: “At New Hall we have the youngest cohort nationally for this qualification and this is the second year running that we are celebrating top grades. We are very proud of the hard work and commitment of these pupils. Political Science is one of the fastest growing subjects nationally in public examination entries and New Hall is leading the way in ensuring that education in Politics, Citizenship and British Values starts in the primary age range. This fosters among pupils a real interest in current affairs and engagement in community projects.”
New Hall is also celebrating record results in the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) qualifications. In the Senior Divisions, 202 students were entered for assessments, up to Grade 8 Public Speaking. There was 100% success rate with 79% receiving distinction and 98% at distinction/merit. Mrs James, Head of LAMDA, said “These results are sensational and I am very proud of all that has been achieved. For 139 students to achieve distinction is outstanding. The LAMDA courses are incredibly valuable educationally, since they enable students to build confidence in public speaking and communication skills that are vital in so many careers.” New Hall Preparatory Division was also celebrating record numbers of pupils entering LAMDA qualifications, with a 100% success rate.