22 Aug 2019

King’s Rochester is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results and outstanding achievements by pupils today.  With 26% of all grades at 9-8 (A*) and 88% of all grades at 9-4 (A*-C), pupils have continued to flourish after the shift away from coursework-based qualifications to the new linear exams and numbered grading system.

28% of pupils outperformed their predicted grades with an average increase of 1 to 3 grades.  This means, pupils have achieved higher grades at King’s that they might have done had they gone to School elsewhere. The top 40% of the year (comparable to a grammar school cohort), achieved 54% of their grades at 9-8 (A*) with 93% at 9-6 (A*-B).

With top performers all gaining a clean sweep of grades 9-7 (A*-A) there were many stories of individual success.

Leading grades were attained by Pedro Moniz Gomes with 9 x 9-8’s (A*), Adam Snelling with 9 x 9-7’s (A*-A) and after a busy year of concerts and fixtures, Music and Sport Scholar, Maili Cumming achieved a wonderful 10 x 9-7s (A*-A).

As the world’s oldest Cathedral Choir School, we are delighted with the success of our former Cathedral Choristers, all achieving A*/A in their music examinations. The Music department achieved 100% of all grades at A*-B. (Please note that currently the Music examination is still graded rather than numbered).

Keen athlete Xavier Smitherman-Cairns who celebrates all grades at 9-7’s (A*-A) overcame injury this past year, to excel in both his sporting and academic commitments. He recently joined the Saracens Under 16 Elite Rugby Player Development Group, a testament to his resilience, performance, and ambition.

With excellent results across all subjects, this has been another outstanding year for a range of departments. Art achieved nearly 30% of grades at 9 and core subjects English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics this year achieved 25% or more of all grades at 9-8’s (A*).

Mr Ben Charles, Principal of King’s Rochester said, “I am absolutely delighted for the pupils who receive their GCSE results today. Their achievements are testament to their hard work and dedication and I am enormously grateful to the staff for guiding them through these last two years of study. We celebrate their success together with their families as the pupils move through to the next phase of their King’s careers in the Sixth Form.”