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Excellent GCSE grades achieved during a uniquely challenging academic year

Today’s GCSE results are the final set of grades in a uniquely challenging academic year. Everyone in the Bryanston community would like to congratulate our B pupils for their excellent GCSE grades. 

Like all pupils in the country, this year group were denied the opportunity to prove their ability in the traditional end-of-year examinations they had spent so long preparing for. But today’s results, like the earlier IB and A level results, show how hard each of them worked over the two years.

Notable success stories include Tom P, who was awarded grade 9s in all twelve of his GCSEs (last year, only 10 pupils out of 580,000 entrants achieved such an outstanding set of grades); and Freya P was awarded 9s in all ten of her GCSEs, another outstanding set of grades, and both are a reflection of their enormous ability, and the hard work they put in over two years. Ivor D and Evie P also stand out, having achieved ten grade 9s across their GCSE subjects. 

53.3% of our GCSE grades were in the top band (9-7), with over 90% being graded 9-5. 

Deputy Head Academic David James remarked: “These grades are a fitting end to a demanding year, for staff and pupils. What they show is how diligently our pupils worked since they started their courses last year. Above everything else, they also confirm what everyone knows about Bryanston: that our staff really know our pupils, and the grades we brought together for this cohort are a fair reflection of their ability, and ambition.”

This most recent set of grades is the latest in an outstanding set of academic results for Bryanston pupils. Our A*-C grade percentage at A level was 89%, with our A*-A percentage seeing a 20% increase on 2019; 43% of our A level pupils gained the top grades. And our largest ever IB cohort are celebrating an average point score of 34, with 52% of them achieving an impressive 35 points or above. And in our first year of doing the Extended Project Qualification 69% of our pupils gained A*-A and 100% gained A*-C. 

Headmaster Mark Mortimer commented: “As with the departing A2s, I am proud of this year group. Despite the difficulties of the past term and the uncertainty of the past week, they have remained optimistic and determined. As these grades show, they have huge ability, and the grades are, I believe, an accurate and fair reflection of the work they have all put in since they started their GCSE courses. It is not all about 8s and 9s: the great majority have fulfilled their potential, which is what matters most. They should be proud of what they have achieved, and excited by the prospect of returning for the Sixth Form.

“I also want to pay tribute to their teachers, who have, as ever, worked tirelessly and selflessly on their behalf.”