20th August 2020 — Despite the unprecedented year, students at RGS Newcastle have excelled by achieving exemplary GCSE results. 89% of GCSE grades were 7-9 (equivalent to the old A-A* grades) with 71% of GCSE grades being 8/9 (equivalent to the old A* grade).
The 2019/20 Year 11 cohort, made up of 140 students, are to be congratulated on the tremendous effort they have displayed despite the circumstances they have encountered due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Of this group, 16 students achieve straight 9s across their GCSE subjects, with 11 of these securing 11 GCSEs at grade 9.
In particular, the school is immensely proud of the seven means-tested bursary students, who this year collectively secured 72 GCSEs across 17 different subjects. Three of these students secured 11 8/9s (equivalent to the old A* grade).
Means tested bursary students, who represent 5% of the RGS student population, are all exceptional young people, from families who would not be able to attend the school without the philanthropic support of benefactors.
Despite discovering that they would no longer sit GCSE exams due to the Government’s enforced school closures, all Year 11 students began remote transition learning, in preparation for the beginning of their A Level subjects in September alongside the 39 students who will be joining the RGS Sixth Form for the new academic year.
Geoffrey Stanford, Headmaster, said: “This has been a very tough year for all, especially those in exam year groups, or looking towards concluding GCSEs or A Levels next summer. These tremendous GCSE results, based on the assessments of teachers who know our students best, are a good reflection of both the effort they have put into their studies over the years and their ability. They continue the consistently high academic achievements year on year at the RGS.”