Students at Freemen’s once again prove their worth at GCSE despite exam chaos

In spite of the chaos surrounding GCSE exams this year, students at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead once again received outstanding GCSE results. 43% of all grades conferred were graded 9 and 72% of grades achieved were 8 or 9.

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20th August 2020 — In spite of the chaos surrounding GCSE exams this year, students at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead once again received outstanding GCSE results. 43% of all grades conferred were graded 9 and 72% of grades achieved were 8 or 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 43% of our students were awarded the top grade of 9 and I am delighted that, in spite a very challenging few months, pupils at Freemen’s have done so well.

“I am relieved for young people here, and those across the country, that our Government saw sense and made the decision to allow Centre Assessed Grades to be awarded to our students. I was always confident in the grades we recommended to examination boards and as importantly, I was under no doubt that we had stuck to the guidance to the letter and had not tried to game the system in any way. Colleagues have invested hours of work into providing accurate predictions and rank orders and our processes have been rigorous; above all, we have achieved fair and accurate prediction of performance based on data and information from those closest to the pupils - our teaching staff, who know their charges extremely well. I extend my thanks to colleagues at Freemen’s for delivering a process which has cemented a true reflection of our pupils’ attainment.”

Following the chaos surrounding A Level grades last week, Freemen’s made the unprecedented decision to accept all prospective Sixth Form applicants based on their interviews and predicted grades, rather than waiting for GCSE results to be published.

"Given the outcry following the publication of last week's A Level results, I took the decision to confirm all conditional offers held by candidates looking to join our Sixth Form as accepted, regardless of the outcome of GCSE results. This was absolutely the right thing to do given the circumstances,” suggested Mr Martin. "At Freemen's, our screening and interview process for potential Sixth Form students is rigorous and reliable. As an academically selective School with a proven track record in exam success, this demonstrates that as a school leader, I have the utmost faith in our own selection process. So many talented young people have been let down by the events of the last week, that we took matters into our own hands and have accepted all candidates we felt to be of a sufficient standard to study A Levels at Freemen's regardless of their GCSE results. This decision has removed much of the anguish our applicants were feeling and has enabled talented students make the move to A Level study, based on our rigorous application process alone."

Said Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School “After last week’s record-breaking 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, despite a series of upsets. We appreciate that an enormous amount of effort went into the Sixth Form bridging courses, 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 transition to the new state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre in Main House during the early part of 2021.

  • 43% of our students were the top grade of 9
  • 72% of all grades were 8 or 9
  • 91% of all grades achieved were 7, 8 or 9
  • 30% of students gained 10 or more 8 or 9 grades
  • 5 students achieved all 9s
  • 911 grades were awarded to our GCSE students
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We want children at Freemen’s to learn, to lead and to make a difference. We will do this by:

  • nurturing a community of learners – adults and children – who are ambitious about what they might achieve in and out of the classroom;
  • providing relevant opportunities for pupils to expand their horizons intellectually and socially; athletically and creatively; emotionally and spiritually;
  • establishing an environment at Freemen’s where everyone involved in the community is respected, trusted and supported;
  • encouraging responsibility and capability; honesty and reliability; pride and passion;
  • promoting determination and innovation; flexibility and adaptability; kindness and consideration;
  • fostering in our pupils the confidence, curiosity, independence and wisdom to succeed in the next stages of their lives.

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