Pangbourne pupils achieve record results in new GCSE specification

23 Aug 2018 | Pangbourne College |
23 Aug 2018 |
Pangbourne College

Pangbourne College is celebrating superb GCSE results today as its pupils produced a 93% pass rate, with 41% grades 9 - 7 under the new specification (equivalent to A* - A).

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Pangbourne College is celebrating superb GCSE results today as its pupils produced a 93% pass rate, with 41% grades 9 - 7 under the new specification (equivalent to A* - A).

Of all this year’s results, 12% were grade 9 and 27% grades 9 and 8. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science were the standouts. One-third of pupils achieved grade 9 in English Language and English Literature, and 58% achieved a grade 9 or 8 in English Language.

Head of Key Stage 4, Mrs Sam Greenwood, commented on the results, saying: “The number of grades 8 and 9 achieved in English, Maths and Science are phenomenal.The pupils achieved a record pass rate at GCSE level here and equalled the second-highest percentage of 9 to 7 (A* - A) ever achieved by the College.

“It shows that the College is progressing and adapting to the new style GCSE. As a result, the pupils have managed to achieve top grades in doing so; it’s very impressive and encouraging for the future.”

Students taking individual Sciences performed superbly: Physics had a pass rate of 100% with 65% grades 9 to 7, Biology had a 100% pass rate, and Chemistry had a 97% pass rate. Students who took Combined Sciences also performed well, and Head of Science, Mr Stewart McKane, said: “I am delighted with the performance across the board in a much harder exam than previous years. Pupils have done incredibly well and the teachers have done a fantastic job to get every pupil the best outcome that they could get.

“The results are exceeding our best expectations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the Combined Science results are also incredibly pleasing.”

The star performers from this year’s group included Daniel Gosney and Kelsey Shi, who both achieved six grade 9s and one A*, Tia Duffy with six grade 9s and an A, Sherry Shi with five 9s and an A*, and Hamish McNaught who received five 5 grade 9s. Twins Robert and Freddie Siebert also did excellently, with seven grade 9s and ten grade 8s between them.

Daniel, who is going to join the Lower Sixth at Pangbourne next year, spoke about his results, saying: “It was a great surprise, a lot of it is really down to the teachers because they’ve really helped me from the get-go. The year here overall has been great, really good fun, and definitely a step up.

“I am really looking forward to Sixth Form here now. I am thinking of studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and P.E., it should be good!”

Tia echoed Daniel’s joy, saying: “I did really well, I’m so pleased! I’m definitely looking forward to starting Sixth Form now and trying new subjects I haven’t done before. But I’ve got Reading Festival first tomorrow, so I’m going to have a celebration with my friend’s there!”

Headmaster of Pangbourne, Mr Thomas Garnier, also commented on the achievements at GCSE level this year: “We are very happy with the results and the ratio of grades at the top end is extremely impressive. Our teachers have worked hard with a challenging new specification and our pupils can take great pride in the way they have applied themselves this year.”

Breakdown of results:

Grades 9 -7 / A* - A :  41%

Grades 9 - 4 / A* - C : 93%

Grades 9 - 4 / A* - C (five or more) : 96%

Grades 9 - 4 / A* - C (five or more, including English and Maths) : 90%

Grades 9  - 1 / A* - G - 99.7%

Number of entrants: 76

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About Pangbourne College

Pangbourne is a vibrant boarding and day school community, perfectly balancing strong Service values with a dynamic, modern outlook and ‘real world’, unpretentious, inclusive attitude. Pangbourne offers a robust and rewarding academic and creative curriculum, exceptional pastoral care and a huge range of opportunities and challenges beyond the classroom. This combination provides girls and boys aged 11– 18, with the individual attention, resources, space, self-esteem and ability to exploit fully their natural potential, benefiting both themselves and others, in a friendly, relaxed campus environment. 

The College, set in 230 acres of West Berkshire countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers a wide range of academic, sporting, musical, dramatic and artistic opportunities to all pupils.


“The personal development of Pangbourne’s students is outstanding, meeting the College’s aim to develop the character of all students. This is supported by an excellent, broad curriculum which enables students to progress academically and supports the development of the whole individual.”

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“A distinctive school that puts huge emphasis on self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. Caring and supportive, Pangbourne buzzes with activity and encourages every pupil to have a go and get involved.”

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