In Summer 2017 Elmhurst students achieved fantastic academic results, alongside their exceptional dance work, proving just how multi-talented they are. The school sets challenging targets for itself in relation to GCSE achievement especially, and we aim for 85% of students to achieve 5 or more A*-C grades (or equivalent) including English and Maths, and 35% of all entries at A*/A. Last academic year, then, students achieved 87% and 35% and therefore met these targets. These are the second-best results the school has had since it moved up from Camberley (beaten only by last year’s slightly more excellent results) and we are delighted the efforts of the hugely hardworking students (and staff) paid off so well.
Highlights included Maths, where almost 50% of students achieved A*-A grades, and Religious Studies where all students achieved a grade B or above. The results in English were perhaps the most interesting, given that this was the first year of the reformed GCSEs, and therefore new grading system. One student in English Literature was awarded the new highest level, a 9, the equivalent to an A** and given to only the top 3% of students nationally. And despite a fall nationally in the number of the highest grades given to students in English Language and Literature, Elmhurst actually increased its percentage of A*-A equivalents (levels 9-7).
At A Level, results were also very impressive with 97% of all entries being passed (at grade E or above). The average points score per student at A Level rose from 137 to 153, the equivalent of almost half a grade, and in terms of students achieving the highest grades, 24% gained an A* or A, an increase of 10% on 2016. Furthermore, 76% gained a grade C or above compared to 62% last year. Considering most of these improved grades come on the back of new, reformed A Levels, designed to be more rigorous with far less emphasis on coursework and with terminal assessment at the end of a two-year course, these are fantastic results and again testament to the hard work of the students, as well as teachers who are often offering extra help outside of the classroom.
At both GCSE and A Level, therefore, these are results to be proud of. But as ever, there is still work to be done we will strive to outperform these superb results next year.