GCSE Results – truly outperforming!
23rd August, 2018
Congratulations to last year’s Fifth Form on a sensational performance at GCSE this summer.
Pupils (and parents!) nationwide have been waiting anxiously for this year’s results, particularly as many subjects would be presenting for the new more challenging GCSE for the first time. However, Merchiston pupils and their teachers have certainly risen to the challenge – and as a school we can celebrate a set of results which meet, and in many cases exceed, our traditionally very strong performance at this level.
Reformed subjects are now marked on a numeric 1-9 scale, where a 7 equates to an A, an 8 to an A* and, going some way beyond the old A*, a 9 is reserved only for the most exceptional of candidates.
Almost half of the papers which our pupils sat this year were marked against these new demanding criteria. Of these, 81% received a grade equivalent to an A or higher, with a full 32% achieving the very exclusive 9 – an achievement matched by only 3.6% of boys nationwide.
Among a number of success stories, the Merchiston English Department, which has a long-standing traditional of excellence at this level, performed particularly well in the new papers, delivering a spectacular 52 grade 9s across their two papers: indeed, in the English Language paper every single pupil achieved the equivalent of an A or higher.
These outstanding performances also sit in the context of a fantastic broader whole school pass rate (A-C and equivalent) of 98% and 92% in the reformed and unreformed GCSEs respectively; an outstanding 96% overall.
Well done everybody, and enjoy the final days of a well-earned summer holiday – truly outperforming outperformance!