Results at the top end were the best since the record-setting year of 2016. 58.8% of pupils achieved grades 8 and 9, with more 9s (30%) than 8s. Twenty-six pupils in total had straight 9s or 8s, and 71 (37% of the year group) achieved 9–7. English, Classical Greek and Religious Studies provided results with over 70% grades 9 or 8 whilst over half of the English Language candidates secured grade 9, building upon the department’s excellent performance in 2018.
Pupils’ overall performance was in line with expectations this year, especially given the uncertainty caused by changes to curriculum and other criteria. 19% of pupils achieved A* equivalent, 46.5% achieved A*A and 79% A*AB. Amongst these results were a number of individual successes, with just under a fifth of the year group securing the equivalent of straight-A grades or better. Twelve pupils achieved three or more A*. Thirteen subjects saw over half their candidates achieve an A grade or better with particular success seen in Art, Drama & Theatre, German, History, Music and Philosophy & Theology, where 60% or more of all candidates secured A grades or better.