GCSE Statistics 2019

Grading has now almost completely moved to using numbers, making historical comparisons difficult. The table below shows the grade distributions for all subjects in 2019 apart from English & English Literature (which remain letter grades for 2019) and some legacy grades from subjects that were sat by boys in previous years but need to be reported alongside other Year 11 results.

Grade 9 (%) Grades 9&8 (%) Grades 9-7 (%) Grades 9-6 (%) Grades 9-4 (%)
2019 42.1% 69.7% 86.6% 95.0% 99.3%

A note on numbers: a “4” represents a “standard pass” and has been set as the equivalent to the “C” grade awarded in previous years. A “7” is the equivalent of the previous “A” grade and grades “8” and “9” are the equivalents of the previous “A*” grade.

To offer some form of comparison, Abingdon’s A* rate over the 4 years before the number system started for us (i.e. 2014-17) averaged 57% and our A*/A rate averaged 85%.

Below are the grade distributions for English & English Literature (plus some subjects taken by this cohort in previous years and that were awarded using letter grades):

A*/A A* A A*/B A*/C
2019 87.1 58.3 28.9 98.5 100

GCSE 2019 (by subject)

Number Grade Subjects 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Candidates
GCSE letter equivalents A* A B+ B/C C DE EF
Ancient History 6 4 1 1 1 13
Art 7 4 3 4 3 1 1 23
Biology 71 43 30 14 6 1 2 167
Chemistry 66 50 30 4 11 2 3 1 167
Chinese 3 4 4 1 12
Computer Science 9 6 5 1 21
Double Science 1 13 4 6 3 1 27
Double Science 2 7 7 6 3 3 1 27
Drama 2 6 1 10 2 21
DT 17 11 11 9 5 1 54
Electronics 17 5 1 23
French 34 44 26 12 4 120
Geography 78 35 16 3 2 134
German 12 16 10 9 2 49
Greek 10 1 11
History 89 34 17 5 1 146
Latin 29 14 8 1 52
Maths 61 56 45 25 5 2 194
Music 4 10 2 3 1 20
Physics 81 46 24 8 3 4 1 167
RS 16 14 14 9 2 1 56
Russian 1 1
Spanish 18 13 7 2 2 42
Totals 651 427 261 131 53 13 10 1 1547
%: 42.1 27.6 16.9 8.5 3.4 0.8 0.6 0.1
Cumulative: 69.7 86.6 95.0 98.4 99.3 99.9 100.0

 

Letter Grade Subjects A* A B C Candidates
English 109 60 21 4 194
English Literature 107 59 26 2 194
German (in 4th year) 4 4
Italian (in 4th year) 3 3
Chinese (in 4th year) 12 12
Russian (in 4th year) 5 5
Totals 240 119 47 6 412
%: 58.3 28.9 11.4 1.5
Cumulative: 87.1 98.5 100.0

 

A B C D E U Candidates
Additional Maths FSMQ § n/a 29 10 6 4 1 3 53

§ The FSMQ is a free-standing Maths Qualification and does not count as a GCSE.

Figures as at 1 October 2019 and are provisional numbers (appeals still pending)

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GCSE Results 2019

Speaking about the 2019 GCSE results, the Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“The results are outstanding. Over half of the year group, were awarded all their grades at 7-9 and A*/A and 44 boys were awarded all their grades at 8-9 and A*. The results are the product of the students’ sustained commitment and endeavour and follow a superb set of A level results.

I’d like to congratulate the boys on their deserved success which will provide a strong platform as they move into the Sixth Form. This is a year group that makes the most of the wide range of opportunities at Abingdon and I have no doubt that they will continue to thrive as they take on the challenge of A Levels. My thanks go to our staff and to our students’ parents who have given the boys such dedicated and effective support.”

The results are excellent across the wide range of subjects taken at GCSE at Abingdon. Students performed particularly strongly in History with 60% of passes awarded the top grade (grade 9) (146 candidates), Geography with 57% of passes with grade 9 (134 candidates) and Physics with 49% of passes awarded a grade 9 (167 candidates). Maths and English continue to perform very strongly too, with 84.% of the Maths grades at 7-9 and 86% of the grades in English and English Literature at A* and A.

Very impressive results were achieved by the smaller numbers of candidates taking Greek with 91% grade 9 (11 candidates) and Electronics with 74% grade 9 (23 candidates). In the first year of Computer Science GCSE, an impressive 43% of the 21 candidates were awarded a grade 9.

Number sitting GCSEs: 194

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A Level Statistics 2019

Results by year

A*+A% A* to B% A* % A%
2019 69.4 90.2 30.6 38.8
2018 63.4 87 29 34.4
2017 63.3 84.1 27.5 35.9
2016 56.5 84.3 18 38.6
2015 62.7 90.6 24.1 38.6
2014 66.6 87.1 32.8 33.8
2013 62.9 90.4 25 37.9
2012 74 92.7 28 46
2011 66.2 90 25.9 40.3
2010 70.3 91.9 23.9 46.4

Figures as at 30 September 2019 (appeals pending)

2019 figures include AL equvalencies for Pre-U subjects and results for girls from St Helen’s taking Drama, DT or Economics

Results by subject

A* A B C D E U Candidates
Ancient History 2 3 5
Art 3 1 2 6
Biology 4 16 2 2 1 25
Business Studies 4 8 2 14
Chemistry 11 23 14 4 1 1 1 55
DT (including SHSK) 2 6 5 13
Drama (jointly with SHSK) 4 4 4 1 13
Economics (including SHSK) 16 22 9 2 1 50
English Literature 9 6 5 20
French (Pre-U) 4 2 3 9
Geography 6 20 8 3 37
German (Pre-U) 1 4 5
Greek 1 1
History 15 22 13 50
Latin 2 2 1 1 6
Maths 34 27 11 6 3 2 1 84
Further Maths 9 8 5 4 26
Persian 1 1
Politics (at St Helen’s) 9 6 4 19
Physics 12 17 4 7 2 42
Philosophy 3 3 1 2 2 11
Psychology 1 2 1 4
Religious Studies 1 1 2
Spanish (Pre-U) 8 2 2 12
Totals 156 198 106 33 9 6 2 510
% 30.6 38.8 20.8 6.5 1.8 1.2 0.4
Cumulative 69.4 90.2 96.7 98.4 99.6 100.0

Figures as at 30 September 2019 (appeals pending)

153 boys (and girls from St Helen’s included in Drama, DT and Economics).  AL equivalencies have been used for Pre-U subjects

Extended Project Qualification

A* A B C D E U
16 8 3 2 1 30

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A Level Results 2019

Number of boys sitting A Levels (including those sitting Cambridge Pre-U exams): 153

NB: A Level grade equivalencies have been used for Pre-U grades in the statistics below. Abingdon uses the Pre-U for French, German and Spanish. The percentages below include the results of girls from St Helen and St Katharine School in subjects which are either taught jointly (Drama) or solely by Abingdon teachers (Economics and DT).  

% of passes at grade A*: 30.6%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 69.4%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 90.2%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 96.7%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.6%
73 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A* or A

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“I congratulate all our leavers on this very strong set of results. As a year group, they’ve made a terrific contribution to all aspects of school life and I am delighted that they have been rewarded for their hard work and commitment. They have benefited from strong support from their teachers, who have worked with dedication, determination and expertise to ensure that they have been able to fulfil their potential. I wish all our leavers well as they set out on the next chapter of their lives.”

The 2019 results show students have achieved particularly well in:

  • Economics with 76% A*/A and 94% A*/B (50 candidates)
  • History 72% A*/A and 100% A*/B  (50 candidates)
  • Geography 68% A*/A and 92% A*/B (37 candidates)
  • Chemistry with 60% A*/A and 87% A*/B (55 candidates)
  • Mathematics with 73% A*/A and 86% A*/B (84 candidates)

Amongst subjects that have smaller numbers of candidates and performed very strongly, we have Biology with 80% A*/A and 88% A*/B (25 candidates), English with 60% A*/A and 100% A*/B (20 candidates) and Drama with 62% A*/A and 92% A*/B (13 candidates). Our MFL students did exceptionally well once again in the Pre-U examinations with half of 26 candidates being awarded D1 and D2 grades (A* and above A* equivalent).

Students also did very well in the popular and demanding EPQ. This year, over 50% of the 30 students achieved the top (A*) grade and 80% achieved A*/A.

An excellent set of A level and Pre-U results complete a very successful year for our 2019 leavers.

Abingdonians have a spirit of curiosity and adventure which underpins their time at school and it is exciting to see them succeed both academically and through the Other Half. Amongst our leavers we have highly accomplished musicians, award winning academics, international sportsmen, Arkwright Engineering Scholars and aspiring artists.

Many of the boys achieving these impressive results have just returned from a music tour of Hong Kong and Japan and over the summer, sixth formers also volunteered in Moldova, played rugby in Chile and Argentina, undertook Gold DofE expeditions and worked on community partnership projects. Individuals have represented the UK at the International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, played for the England U18 rugby team in South Africa, rowed for Great Britain in the Junior World Championships in Tokyo and performed together with the girls from St Helen’s at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Our Other Half not only develops skills but also confidence, leadership, independence and responsibility which also reap tremendous benefit inside the classroom. The 2019 academic results are testament to this and to our purpose of providing a well-rounded education. We thank the students for their commitment and contribution to Abingdon.

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GCSE Statistics 2018

Historical view (GCSE)

A* % A*+A% A* to B% A*-C
2018 58.3 84.7 96.6 99.2
2017 60.2 86.3 97.8 99.6
2016 60 87.5 98 99.6
2015 61.1 87.2 98 99.6
2014 48.1 79.4 94.6 99.3

2018 is the first time Abingdon is reporting in number grades for some GCSEs. The stats below cover Maths, Art, Drama, Greek, Latin, Music and RS:

% of 9s (top A*) % of 8-9 (all A*) % of 7-9 (A*/A) % of 6-9 (A*/B) % of 4-9 (A*-C)
2018 36.2 62.6 81.2 93.5 100

Consolidated results (using grade equivalencies for numbers):

A*% A*+A% A* to B% A*-C%
2018 59.2 83.9 95.9 99.2

2018 figures as at 6 October 2018 and are provisional numbers (appeals still pending)

GCSE 2018 (by subject)

A* A B C D E Candidates
Biology (iGCSE) 79 36 18 4 1 1 139
Chemistry (iGCSE) 100 28 6 4 1 139
Chinese  22 1 1 24
Ancient History 5 1 8 14
DT 10 22 7 3 1 43
Electronics 27 5 32
English (iGCSE) 108 46 11 2 167
English Literature (iGCSE) 96 49 17 4 1 167
French (iGCSE) 45 33 14 8 100
Geography (iGCSE) 59 27 20 1 1 1 109
German (iGCSE) 16 14 8 38
History (iGCSE) 49 32 18 2 101
Physics (iGCSE) 98 31 9 1 139
Science Dual Award 1 (iGCSE) 14 8 3 2 1 28
Science Dual Award 2 (iGCSE) 12 4 9 2 1 28
Russian 1 1
Spanish (iGCSE) 28 12 8 2 50
Totals  769 348 157 34 7 4 1319
%: 58.3 26.4 11.9 2.6 0.5 0.3
Cumulative:  84.7 96.6 99.2 99.7 100.0
Number Grades 9 8 7 6 5 4 Candidates
GCSE letter equivalents A* A B+ B/C C
Art 1 2 8 13 5 29
Drama 4 5 8 6 3 26
Greek 8 1 9
Latin 18 15 8 3 3 47
Maths (iGCSE) 76 44 26 13 6 2 167
Music 7 4 4 1 1 17
RS  15 23 12 8 3 61
Totals  129 94 66 44 21 2 356
%: 36.2 26.4 18.5 12.4 5.9 0.6
Cumulative:  62.6 81.2 93.5 99.4 100.0
Additional Maths FSMQ § n/a 43 14 2 3 2 64

§ The FSMQ is a free-standing Maths Qualification and does not count as a GCSE.

To see the UMS grade boundaries, please follow this link.

Figures as at 6 October 2018

GCSE Results 2018

Speaking about the 2018 GCSE results, the Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“This is another excellent set of results following the A levels last week. Half of the year group gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A, or the equivalent grades 7-9. I would like to congratulate all the boys and staff on achieving these impressive results.

Particularly pleasing is the breadth of subjects in which the boys performed well. English Language passes were at 92% A*/A and English Literature at 87% A*/A, and Maths passes at grades 7-9 (A*/A equivalent) were 87%.

Chemistry, Physics and Mandarin all recorded over 90% A*/A with Electronics a very strong 100% A*/A. All those taking Greek also gained 100% passes at grades 8/9 (A* equivalent).

These results represent a lot of hard work from boys and their teachers, they are very well deserved and an excellent foundation for further study. I look forward to welcoming the boys back to school where they will be the first to enjoy our new sixth form facilities opening in September.”

Number sitting GCSEs: 167

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

A Level Statistics 2018

Results by year

A*+A% A* to B% A* % A%
2018 63.4 87 29 34.4
2017 63.3 84.1 27.5 35.9
2016 56.5 84.3 18 38.6
2015 62.7 90.6 24.1 38.6
2014 66.6 87.1 32.8 33.8
2013 62.9 90.4 25 37.9
2012 74 92.7 28 46
2011 66.2 90 25.9 40.3
2010 70.3 91.9 23.9 46.4
2009 66.4 90.2 n/a 66.4
2008 64.1 86.9 n/a 64.1

Results by subject

A* A B C D E U Candidates
Ancient History 2 1 2 5
Art 3 3 6
Biology 14 13 16 12 3 58
Business Studies 3 2 2 1 8
Chemistry 20 23 18 4 1 66
Chinese 1 1 2
DT 1 4 1 1 7
Economics 7 21 13 4 1 46
English 9 2 7 2 20
French (pre-U) 7 8 15
Geography 6 11 9 6 32
German (pre-U) 5 5
Greek 1 5 1 7
History 14 19 7 40
Latin 9 4 2 15
Maths 38 34 20 9 3 3 3 110
Further Maths 12 12 8 2 4 38
Music 1 1 2
Politics (at St Helen’s) 2 5 4 2 13
Physics 9 16 14 5 44
Philosophy 3 1 1 1 6
Russian 2 2
Psychology 1 5 6
Religious Studies 1 3 1 5
Spanish (pre-U) 4 3 7
Theatre Studies (with St Helen’s) 1 3 4
Totals 165 196 134 53 14 4 3 569
% 29.0 34.5 23.6 9.3 2.5 0.7 0.5
Cumulative 63.5 87.0 96.3 98.8 99.5 100.0

Figures as at 9 October 2018

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A Level Results 2018

Number of boys sitting A Levels (including those sitting Cambridge Pre-U exams):
NB: A Level grade equivalencies have been used for pre-U grades in the statistics below.  Abingdon uses the pre-U for French, German and Spanish. 
171
% of passes at grade A*: 29.0%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 63.5%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 87.0%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 96.3%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.5%
Number of boys with 5 Grade A*s: 4
Number of boys with 4 Grade A*s or more: 10
Number of boys with 3 Grade A*s or more: 19
Number of boys with 2 Grade A*s or more: 45
79 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A or A*

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“I would like to congratulate our candidates on this superb set of results. Students and staff have risen ably to the challenge of the new A Level specifications. The results show strength across the board with boys achieving particularly well in History, gaining a remarkable 80% A*/A, alongside great success in STEM subjects and English, Economics and Latin.

I have been impressed by the hard work and commitment that these students have shown throughout their Abingdon careers. They are a talented cohort who have thrived in all areas of school life. There have been some remarkable individual successes beyond the curriculum, including first prize in the prestigious National Cipher Challenge, sponsored by GCHQ, and selection to the UK team for the International Biology Olympiad in Iran.

These young men are very well-placed to embrace the challenge and excitement of life after school and I wish them all the best for the future.”

The 2018 results show students have achieved particularly well in:

  • History, with 80% A*/A and 98% A*/B (40 candidates)
  • Chemistry, with 65% A*/A and 92% A*/B (66 candidates)
  • Maths with 65% A*/A and 84% A*/B (110 candidates)
  • Economics, with 59% A*/A and 89% A*/B (46 candidates)
  • Physics, with 57% A*/A and 89% A*/B (44 candidates)

Amongst subjects that have smaller numbers of candidates but still perform very strongly, we have English with 55% A*/A and 90% A*/B (20 candidates), and Latin with 87% A*/A and 100% A*/B (15 candidates).

Our MFL students did exceptionally well in the Pre-U examinations. All 27 candidates gained D2 and D3 grades – the equivalent of 100% A*/A – with all those sitting German (5 candidates) gaining a D2/A* equivalent.

Students also did very well in the increasingly popular EPQ. This year over 40% of the cohort achieved the top (A*) grade and over 70% achieved A*/A.

At Abingdon we encourage boys to put equal effort into their non-academic interests and, wherever these may lie, we will have something amongst the 120 extra-curricular activities that will capture their imagination. The diversity is impressive; this year students have built the ATLAS detector of the Large Hadron Collider in Minecraft, sung Choral Evensong at Dorchester Abbey and through our CCF, been selected to take on the role of Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet. We also have 35 sports to try, and boys play as part of a healthy lifestyle or to compete and to reach the top of their game alongside the eight international representatives, 30 regional and 70 county players this year.

As school resumes in September, excitement is building for the new Sixth Form Centre, library and Art department which will open its doors for the first time. Our Sixth Form will be transformed with the new Centre designed to mark the transition from Middle School. Students will have more independence and enjoy a relationship with the school and staff that more closely resembles university education.

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

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GCSE Results 2017

Number sitting GCSEs 171
% of passes at grade A* 60.2%
% of passes at grades A* and A 86.3%
% of passes at grades A* to B 97.8%
% of passes at grades A* to C 99.6%
% of passes at grades A* to G 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A*to C including English and Maths 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to G 100%
Number of boys with 11 A*s 5
Number of boys with 10 A*s or more 29
Number of boys with 9 A*s or more 53
Number of boys with 8 A*s or more 68
Number of boys with 7 A*s or more 82

81 boys (47% of the year group) gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A.

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“This is a quite superb set of results and I am delighted that the pupils’ hard work has paid off in such style. It is exciting to see very high levels of achievement across the board and this underlines the quality and commitment of the staff at Abingdon. The boys have certainly established a firm platform for continued success at A Level.”

Almost a third of the year group gained nine or more passes at grade A* and 81 boys gained all their GCSE passes at A* or A grades. Demonstrating the breadth of very high achievements across the 23 subjects on offer in Abingdon’s GCSE curriculum, a wide variety of subjects reported A*/A rates of over 85%, including English and English Literature, Physics, French, German, Spanish, Electronics, Greek, History and Latin. Almost all of the other subjects had A*/A rates above 80%.

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

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GCSE Statistics 2017

GCSE – historical view

A* % A*+A% A* to B% A* to C %
2017 60.2 86.3 97.8 99.6
2016 60 87.5 98 99.6
2015 61.1 87.2 98 99.6
2014 48.1 79.4 94.6 99.3
2013 53.3 84.1 95.9 99
2012 48.8 81.9 96.4 99.6
2011 46.8 81.6 96.9 99.8
2010 42.5 80.4 96 99.7
2009 41.6 78.1 95.1 99.1
2008 44.8 80.5 98 99.6
2007 34.7 75.7 95.6 99.2

GCSE 2017 (by subject)

A* A B C D E Candidates
Art  7 15 9 1 32
Biology (iGCSE) 87 34 20 3 144
Chemistry (iGCSE) 95 21 25 3 144
Chinese  16 5 3 1 25
Ancient History 6 3 1 1 11
DT 17 19 7 2 45
Drama 13 4 3 20
Electronics 15 1 16
English (iGCSE) 108 44 17 2 171
English Literature (iGCSE) 111 40 15 3 2 171
French (iGCSE) 60 37 12 1 110
Geography (iGCSE) 73 28 10 3 114
German (iGCSE) 23 5 4 32
Greek 8 1 9
History (iGCSE) 81 35 10 2 1 129
Italian 2 2
Latin 30 8 1 1 40
Maths (iGCSE) 103 41 26 1 171
Music 3 7 4 14
Persian 1 1
Physics (iGCSE) 95 36 12 2 145
RS  20 29 9 4 1 1 64
Science Dual Award 1 (iGCSE) 20 5 1 26
Science Dual Award 2 (iGCSE) 14 9 3 26
Russian 2 2
Spanish (iGCSE) 34 11 3 48
Additional Maths FSMQ § n/a 30 3 6 2 1 42
Totals 1031 447 196 32 5 1 1712
%: 60.2 26.1 11.4 1.9 0.3 0.1
Cumulative: 86.3 97.8 99.6 99.9 100.0

§ Most boys in the top Maths sets took the OCR Freestanding Additional Maths Qualification alongside their iGCSE in Maths.
As it isn’t a GCSE it is not included in the totals and percentages above.

Figures as at 17 October 2017; subject to change after marking appeals.

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To see the UMS grade boundaries, please follow this link.

A Level Statistics 2017

Results by year

A*+A% A* to B% A* % A%
2017 63.3 84.1 27.5 35.9
2016 56.5 84.3 18 38.6
2015 62.7 90.6 24.1 38.6
2014 66.6 87.1 32.8 33.8
2013 62.9 90.4 25 37.9
2012 74 92.7 28 46
2011 66.2 90 25.9 40.3
2010 70.3 91.9 23.9 46.4
2009 66.4 90.2 n/a 66.4
2008 64.1 86.9 n/a 64.1
2007 73.4 92.6 n/a 73.4
2006 63 90 n/a 63
2005 51 81.4 n/a 51

Results by subject

A* A B C D E U Candidates
Ancient History 3 3
Art 2 3 4 1 10
Biology 10 11 7 5 4 37
Business Studies 2 2 1 5
Chemistry 15 28 18 10 6 77
Chinese 1 2 2 5
DT 2 2 5 2 11
Economics 16 17 9 1 1 44
English 8 12 7 2 29
Maths 41 27 18 7 5 2 1 101
Further Maths 13 12 6 3 1 1 36
French (pre-U) 1 12 13
Geography 7 14 8 4 1 34
German (pre-U) 2 1 3
Greek 3 3
History 13 23 13 5 1 55
Latin 9 6 15
Music 1 1 2 4
Politics (at St Helen’s) 1 4 5 2 12
Physics 11 19 15 16 2 1 64
Philosophy 1 1 2 2 1 7
Russian 1 1
Psychology 2 3 1 6
Religious Studies 1 3 1 1 6
Spanish (pre-U) 4 5 9
Theatre Studies (with St Helen’s) 6 1 7
Totals 164 214 124 66 23 5 1 597
% 27.5 35.9 20.8 11.1 3.9 0.8 0.2
Cumulative 63.3 84.1 95.2 99.0 99.8 100.00

Figures as at 17 October 2017 ; 2017 figures subject to change on appeal
Figures include AL equivalencies for pre-U subjects

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A Level Results 2017

Number of boys sitting A Levels (including those sitting Cambridge Pre-U exams):
NB: A Level grade equivalencies have been used for pre-U grades in the statistics below.  Abingdon uses the pre-U for French, German and Spanish. 
181
% of passes at grade A*: 27.5%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 63.3%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 84.1%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 95.2%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.8%
Number of boys with 4 Grade A*s or more: 7
Number of boys with 3 Grade A*s or more: 18
Number of boys with 2 Grade A*s or more: 43
81 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A or A*

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“I would like to congratulate all our candidates who have achieved such a strong set of results, which reflect the hard work that our students have put into their studies, alongside their quite superb contribution to the wider life of the School. The results also bear testimony to the commitment and skill of the staff at Abingdon who guide our pupils with tenacity, intelligence and enthusiasm. I wish all our leavers well as they move on to the next stages in their lives.”

Almost half of the year group (81 boys) gained three or more A level passes at A* or A grades. Students performed particularly well in English and Economics where 90% of candidates achieved A* to B grades. These excellent academic results bring to an end an impressive year at Abingdon. 2016/17 has certainly lived up to expectation with this tremendous academic performance achieved alongside a wide range of extra-curricular accolades. Below are just a few examples, they demonstrate the hard work and dedication that the boys put in to all that they do.

  • Aspiring writers – nine students published the opening chapters of their books in an anthology, The Birth of a Book.
  • Engineers – two student teams won first and third place in the national Blott Matthews Engineering Challenge to design a mass-transit system connecting five London airports to the City.
  • Mathematicians – achieved sixth position out of all worldwide postal entries from schools competing in the Princeton University Maths Competition.
  • Journalists – the School’s student newspaper, The Martlet, won highly commended runner-up in the ‘Best Newspaper’ category and won ‘Best Newspaper Front Cover’ in the prestigious Shine Media Awards.
  • Musicians – selected for National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the National Children’s Orchestra.
  • Game designers – two sixth formers shortlisted in the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.
  • Sportsmen – national selection for students who reached the top of their game in a wide range of sports including hockey, fencing and canoeing.
  • Thespians – Much Ado and London Road, the senior productions with the girls from St Helen’s, wowed audiences in sell out performances.
  • Explorers – students volunteered, sailed, hiked, canoed, skied and represented the School across several continents broadening experiences of music, sport, language and culture. From an orchestral tour to Germany, cricket in Sri Lanka, volunteering in Moldova, rugby in Japan to the Cosmonaut Space and Leadership Experience in Moscow.

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

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Results as of 1 November 2017

GCSE Statistics 2016

GCSE – a ten year view

A* % A*+A% A* to B% A*-C %
2016 60 87.5 98 99.6
2015 61.1 87.2 98 99.6
2014 48.1 79.4 94.6 99.3
2013 53.3 84.1 95.9 99
2012 48.8 81.9 96.4 99.6
2011 46.8 81.6 96.9 99.8
2010 42.5 80.4 96 99.7
2009 41.6 78.1 95.1 99.1
2008 44.8 80.5 98 99.6
2007 34.7 75.7 95.6 99.2

GCSE 2016 (by subject)

A* A B C D E Candidates
Art  6 13 11 1 31
Biology (iGCSE) 94 40 9 143
Chemistry (iGCSE) 105 24 12 1 1 143
Chinese  19 6 1 1 27
Classical Civilisation 5 5 7 1 18
DT 5 21 12 38
Drama 6 7 2 15
Electronics 19 6 2 3 30
English (iGCSE) 109 42 26 2 179
English Literature (iGCSE) 104 55 13 6 1 179
French (iGCSE) 77 36 8 4 1 126
Geography (iGCSE) 69 29 5 103
German (iGCSE) 17 10 4 2 1 34
Greek 8 2 1 11
History (iGCSE) 67 48 17 3 135
Italian 2 2
Latin 49 14 3 1 1 68
Maths (iGCSE) 109 53 17 179
Music 3 10 7 20
Physics (iGCSE) 106 29 7 1 143
RS  29 26 14 69
Science Dual Award 1 (iGCSE) 27 7 2 36
Science Dual Award 2 (iGCSE) 20 11 3 2 36
Russian 2 2
Spanish (iGCSE) 30 3 2 35
Additional Maths FSMQ § n/a 38 9 6 1 1 55
Totals 1081 496 189 29 6 1 1802
%: 60.0 27.5 10.5 1.6 0.3 0.1
Cumulative: 87.5 98.0 99.6 99.9 100.0

§ Most boys in the top two Maths sets took the OCR Freestanding Additional Maths Qualification alongside their iGCSE in Maths. As it isn’t a GCSE it is not included in the totals and percentages above. In addition to the FSMQ results above, there was one U grade.

Figures as at 17 October 2016, and subject to change following marking review appeals.

GCSE Results 2016

Number sitting GCSEs 179
% of passes at grade A* 60.0%
% of passes at grades A* and A 87.5%
% of passes at grades A* to B 98.0%
% of passes at grades A* to C 99.6%
% of passes at grades A* to G 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A*to C including English and Maths 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to G 100%
Number of boys with 11 A*s 5
Number of boys with 10 A*s or more 22
Number of boys with 9 A*s or more 49
Number of boys with 8 A*s or more 66
Number of boys with 7 A*s or more 88

82 boys gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A.

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said:

“These results are outstanding. This year group has exceeded the record set in 2015 for the percentage of passes receiving A* and A grades, at a magnificent 87.3%. 22 boys gained ten or more A* grades and 82 boys, nearly half of the year group, received all their GCSE passes at A* or A. Equally impressive are the very many boys who have improved hugely on their January mock exam results to bring in a haul of very strong grades: a testament to the hard work that has taken place at home and at school.

There is real strength across all subjects. Chemistry and Physics see over two thirds of boys with the top A* grade, as do Spanish and Latin. All boys take English, English Literature and Maths and the results were once again excellent with 107, 104 and 109 A* grades respectively and of the 179 boys taking Maths iGCSE all received grades A* to B.

These results together with our inspiring extra-curricular offering reflect the superb balance that an Abingdon education provides.”

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

A Level Results 2016

Number of boys sitting A Levels: 139
% of passes at grade A*: 18%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 56.5%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 84.3%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 94.7%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.8%
Number of boys with 4 Grade A*s or more: 2
Number of boys with 3 Grade A*s or more: 7
Number of boys with 2 Grade A*s or more: 23
52 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A or A*

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said:

“This set of A level results sees almost 40% of the boys gaining A* or A grades in three or more subjects and complements the wide-ranging achievements of a talented year group. Their enthusiasm to seize the many opportunities available to them and their determination to work hard to achieve the best they can will ensure they have a very bright future ahead. I wish the boys and their families all the very best and I thank them and the staff at Abingdon for all their hard work.

These results illustrate that Abingdon does what it sets out to do very well – to provide the best in all aspects of education. This year students have reached the national finals of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition, the Institute of Financial Services Student Investor Challenge, the Institute of Charted Accountants National Business Game, BASE, the Air Squadron Trophy competition and the UK Young Enterprise competition.

Individuals have won a number of prestigious awards ranging from the inaugural Young Walter Scott Prize at the Borders Book Festival, an Organ Scholarship to St John’s College Cambridge, the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword and the De Havilland Medal for a member of the CCF and Oxford University’s National French Film competition.

Abingdon’s sporting reputation goes from strength to strength. In the international arena, boys represented their country at hockey, rugby, fencing, kayaking, triathlon and windsurfing and rowers competed for Great Britain and England this summer.  The Joint Head of School broke the World Record for indoor rowing 5000m and numerous boys play at county and regional level across all sports.

Over the summer boys are taking part in a myriad of activities including trekking in Vietnam, a geography fieldtrip to India, sailing in Greece, RAF summer camp and CCF adventure training camp plus DofE walking in Glencoe.

It is the seizing of opportunity and the determination to do their best that makes Abingdonians stand out. It has been my privilege to watch this A level cohort embrace all that is on offer at Abingdon and to see them mature as they have moved up the school. I wish them every success as they take the next step.”

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

Results as of 17 October 2016.

A Level Statistics 2016

Results by year

A*+A% A* to B% A* % A%
2016 56.5 84.3 18 38.6
2015 62.7 90.6 24.1 38.6
2014 66.6 87.1 32.8 33.8
2013 62.9 90.4 25 37.9
2012 74 92.7 28 46
2011 66.2 90 25.9 40.3
2010 70.3 91.9 23.9 46.4
2009 66.4 90.2 n/a 66.4
2008 64.1 86.9 n/a 64.1
2007 73.4 92.6 n/a 73.4
2006 63 90 n/a 63
2005 51 81.4 n/a 51

Results by subject

A* A B C D E U Candidates
Ancient History 2 9 5 1 17
Art 1 1 1 3
Biology 9 8 8 3 1 1 30
Business Studies 3 2 3 8
Chemistry 5 27 12 7 2 1 1 55
Chinese 1 1 2
DT 1 1 2
Economics 1 17 22 6 46
English 1 10 3 2 16
Maths 23 30 11 7 5 1 77
Further Maths 8 9 6 1 1 25
French 2 5 3 1 11
Geography 3 12 14 5 1 35
German 1 1 2
Greek 1 2 3
History 6 14 10 2 32
Latin 1 1 5 1 8
Music 2 2 4
Politics (at St Helen’s) 2 1 5 3 11
Physics 9 15 8 3 2 37
Philosophy 2 4 1 1 2 1 11
Russian 2 2
Psychology 2 1 1 4
Spanish 2 1 3
Theatre Studies (with St Helen’s) 2 2 3 7
Totals 81 174 125 47 15 8 1 451
% 18 38.6 27.7 10.4 3.3 1.8 0.2
Cumulative 56.5 84.3 94.7 98.0 99.8 100.00

Figures as at 17 October 2016.

GCSE Statistics 2015

GCSE – a ten year view

A*
%
A*+A
%
A* to B
%
A*-C
%
2015 60 86.9 97.9 99.6
2014 48.1 79.4 94.6 99.3
2013 53.3 84.1 95.9 99
2012 48.8 81.9 96.4 99.6
2011 46.8 81.6 96.9 99.8
2010 42.5 80.4 96 99.7
2009 41.6 78.1 95.1 99.1
2008 44.8 80.5 98 99.6
2007 34.7 75.7 95.6 99.2
2006 30.7 66.1 91.5 98.7

GCSE 2015 (by subject)

A* A B C D E Candidates
Art  8 9 10 27
Biology (iGCSE) 82 47 19 1 149
Chemistry (iGCSE) 102 35 11 1 149
Chinese  15 5 2 22
Classical Civilisation 5 4 4 3 2 18
DT 17 14 9 40
Drama 9 10 5 1 25
Electronics 8 6 1 15
English (iGCSE) 120 43 17 5 2 187
English Literature (iGCSE) 111 44 27 4 1 187
French (iGCSE) 80 31 17 3 131
Geography (iGCSE) 75 41 12 1 129
German (iGCSE) 22 10 9 3 44
Greek 9 1 1 11
History (iGCSE) 84 47 16 2 149
Latin 38 16 7 3 1 65
Maths (iGCSE) 116 56 15 187
Music 5 5 2 12
Physics (iGCSE) 116 31 2 149
RS  22 22 13 3 60
Science Dual Award 1 (iGCSE) 28 8 2 38
Science Dual Award 2 (iGCSE) 18 13 6 1 38
Russian 2 2
Spanish (iGCSE) 35 6 1 42
Thai 1 1
Additional Maths FSMQ § n/a 38 6 1 3 48
Totals  1127 505 207 31 6 1 1877
%: 60 26.9 11 1.7 0.3 0.1
Cumulative:  86.9 97.9 99.6 99.9 100

§ Most boys in the top two Maths sets took the OCR Freestanding Additional Maths Qualification alongside their iGCSE in Maths. As it isn’t a GCSE it is not included in the totals and percentages above. Not included in the FSMQ stats above is one U grade.

Figures as at 20 Aug 2015, subject to change following marking review appeals.

GCSE Results 2015

Number sitting GCSEs: 187
% of passes at grade A* 60.0%
% of passes at grades A* and A 86.9%
% of passes at grades A* to B 97.9%
% of passes at grades A* to C 99.6%
% of passes at grades A* to G 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C 100%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to C including English and Maths 98.9%
% of pupils gaining at least 5 passes A* to G 100%
Number of boys with 11 A*s 3
Number of boys with 10 A*s or more 32
Number of boys with 9 A*s or more 55
Number of boys with 8 A*s or more 73
Number of boys with 7 A*s or more 93

95 boys gained all their GCSE passes at grade A* or A.

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said:

“These results are truly exceptional. 60% of passes were awarded the top A* grade, which is the best result the School has ever had. A stunning 32 boys gained 10 or more A* grades and 95 boys, over half of the year group, gained all their GCSE passes at A* or A. What a superb achievement. Many congratulations to boys, staff and their families.

The results are tremendous across all subjects. In many, including Chemistry, Physics and Spanish iGCSEs, over two thirds of boys were awarded the top grade. Students taking Physics did particularly well with 99% of passes at A* or A and Spanish 98%. All boys take English and Maths and the results were excellent with 120 and 116 A* grades respectively and of the 187 boys taking Maths iGCSE all received grades A* to B.

Abingdon achieves an impressive balance, not only in terms of these excellent results across all departments but also between academic and extra-curricular activities where the same high standards prevail.”

This very talented cohort of boys will go on to study a wide variety of A Levels at Abingdon. There are 26 subjects currently available including all of the Russell Group’s ‘facilitating subjects’. We pride ourselves on meeting the vast majority of combinations of subjects that our boys wish to study, fitting the timetable around their choices rather than vice versa.

The boys will be the first to follow Abingdon’s new sixth form curriculum, which has embraced the changes to A Levels introduced at a national level, and will be completely ‘linear’ from September 2015. This means that there will be no AS examinations at the end of the first year. We are tremendously excited by the opportunities this offers and we are certain that the route we are choosing gives Abingdonians the best of all worlds – a breadth of rigorous academic study within a framework that has been freed from the limiting nature of the bite-sized, modular system giving sixth form pupils the space and time to explore their subjects properly.

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

A Level Statistics 2015

Results by year

A* % A % A*+A% A* to B% Average
Passes/Candidate
2015 23.4 39.0 62.4 90.4 3.3
2014 32.8 33.8 66.6 87.1 3.3
2013 25 37.9 62.9 90.4 3.4
2012 28 46 74 92.7 3.4
2011 25.9 40.3 66.2 90 3.4
2010 23.9 46.4 70.3 91.9 3.5
2009 n/a 66.4 66.4 90.2 3.4
2008 n/a 64.1 64.1 86.9 3.6
2007 n/a 73.4 73.4 92.6 3.5
2006 n/a 63 63 90 3.6
2005 n/a 51 51 81.4 3.4

Results by subject

A* A B C D E U Candidates
Ancient History 3 1 3 7
Art 3 3 6
Biology 5 9 10 3 2 29
Business Studies 2 5 2 9
Chemistry 14 22 17 3 2 58
Chinese 5 2 7
Creative Writing 1 1 2
DT 2 5 1 8
Economics 4 28 18 5 2 57
English 10 8 7 1 26
Maths 25 31 23 2 3 2 1 87
Further Maths 9 12 2 23
French 5 5 3 13
Geography 3 20 12 3 38
German 1 3 1 5
Greek 1 2 3
History 10 15 12 1 38
Latin 4 5 9
Music 1 2 3
Politics (at St Helen’s) 3 3 4 1 3 14
Physics 11 19 12 4 1 47
Philosophy and RS 1 2 6 2 2 1 14
Russian 1 2 3
Psychology 1 3 1 1 6
Spanish 3 9 2 14
Theatre Studies (with St Helen’s) 3 1 1 5
Totals 124 207 149 30 16 4 1 531
% 23.4 39.0 28.1 5.6 3.0 0.8 0.2
Cumulative 62.4 90.4 96.0 99.1 99.8 100.00

Figures as at 6 September 2015.

A Level Results 2015

Number of boys sitting A Levels: 161
% of passes at grade A*: 23.4%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 62.4%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 90.4%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 96.0%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.8%
Number of boys with 5 Grade A*s or more: 1
Number of boys with 4 Grade A*s or more: 7
Number of boys with 3 Grade A*s or more: 13
Number of boys with 2 Grade A*s or more: 27
67 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A or A*

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said:

“I congratulate the boys and staff on an excellent set of results that represent the culmination of much hard work over many years. Results such as these are not achieved lightly and the boys fully deserve recognition of their talent, effort and determination. I wish them all the very best for the future.”

17 August 2015

Following last week’s excellent set of A Level results, the vast majority of boys have secured their first choice for further education including Choral and Organ Scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge, the study of composition at The Royal Academy of Music, places at prestigious U.S. colleges and at a wealth of Russell Group universities and other impressive institutions. Boys will go on to study a wide range of subjects including: Medicine at Queen Mary’s, Birmingham, Southampton, Sheffield, Exeter and Bristol, Engineering and the Sciences at amongst others UCL and Imperial plus Economics and Law at the LSE. Exeter, Bristol and Durham remain popular for a variety of courses including Foreign Languages as are Oxford and Cambridge where boys have won places for PPE, Modern Languages, History, Geography, Economics, Engineering, Classics, Chemistry, Law, Computer Sciences and Music.

We also celebrate the success of sixth former Anthony Bracey who was part of the UK’s team of four who won the prestigious International Linguistic Olympiad in Bulgaria at the end of July. This was the first ever win for the UK, competing against 170 competitors from 79 countries.

This summer, sixth formers have run camps for children in Moldova, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, taken part in field trips to India and Honduras and our sportsmen have competed or trained in Australia, New Zealand, Rio, France, Greece, Slovenia and in the UK at Cowes. In the international arena, four Abingdon rowers represented Great Britain and England and an Abingdon pupil won the U18 Marathon Kayak Junior European Championships for Great Britain.

 

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.