23rd August 2019 — • 34% of the 980 papers assessed were the top grade of A* or 9
• 99% of all grades achieved were 9-5
• 82% of all grades achieved were A*, A, 7, 8 or 9
• 59% of all grades achieved were A*, 8 or 9
• 16% of students gained 10 or more A*, 8 or 9 grades
• 4 students achieved all 9s
Following the recent major examination reforms, the students and staff of City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead achieved another year of outstanding GCSE results. 34% of all grades achieved were A*/9 grades and 59% of grades achieved were A*, 8 or 9; the modal average for the cohort is Grade 9.
Headmaster, Roland Martin, commented, “These GCSE results are outstanding, and our students, staff and parents should rightly be proud of these achievements. We are delighted that 34% of the 980 papers assessed were awarded the top grade of A*/9 and I am delighted that in a difficult context – eight out of ten school leaders condemning the increased difficulty of GCSE examinations and the impact that they have had on students – that pupils at Freemen’s have done so well.
It is particularly impressive that as well as studying English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, every pupil here takes a compulsory core of five subjects, including not only English Literature, but also all three separate sciences: it’s a traditional curriculum which is under review. I am hugely grateful to colleagues and students for their hard work and commitment throughout the year.”
“In the context of these solid results, it must not be overlooked that our students continue to flourish outside the classroom in music and drama, as well as achieving success as part of our sports teams and regularly volunteering within the local community, not to mention all that they have accomplished in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF, which cannot always be reflected in exam grades,”
Supporting students in maintaining a balance between academic studies and emotional and physical wellbeing is an important part of day-to-day life at Freemen’s. This has become a key priority for the School and no doubt has played a part in the success story of this year’s GCSE results.
Head of Upper School, Sophie Blair remarked, “There is certainly a great deal of pressure on young people as they build towards their first set of public examinations and we have been impressed at the resilience our pupils have continued to demonstrate. Freemen’s pupils have not only excelled themselves academically, but have also maintained perspective, supported their peers and prioritised their own emotional wellbeing over the last two years. We are hugely proud of every single one of them.”
Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School, was enthusiastic about this year’s outcomes. “After last week’s very impressive A Level results it was encouraging to hear more good news this week and to see that the excellent academic standards at the Freemen’s School have been maintained. We appreciate that an enormous amount of work goes into supporting pupils’ academic and co-curricular needs at the School and there has been a drive to strengthen the pastoral support for students at Freemen’s in recent years too, so that children are best prepared for their futures. My congratulations to students, parents and staff at the School.”
We look forward to welcoming the students back into the Sixth Form at the start of the new academic year, where they will begin an exciting original curriculum at the School, incorporating the Free Minds programme, alongside their A levels studies.