GCSE results: King’s School

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Head master of King’s School Frank Hedley has spoken of his delight at pupils’ GCSE achievements despite “radical changes” to exams.

The changes include the removal of the ‘speaking and listening’ element from English, a reduction in coursework, and all examinations being taken at the end of the two years of study.

Despite this, 98 per cent of students at King’s achieved five or more GCSEs, including English and mathematics.

Mr Hedley said: “These superb results are the result of high a great deal of hard work on the part of students and staff alike. I am extremely proud of the boys, particularly as the national crackdown on grade inflation begins to have an impact and schools are warned to expect ‘volatility’ in results.

“At King’s we remain committed to a fully rounded education. The boys not only achieve well in external examinations, but are also articulate, well-adjusted young men with wide interests beyond their timetabled lessons combined with a commitment to making a positive contribution to society.

“I am particularly grateful for the tremendous support that has been given to the boys by teaching staff and by parents.”

This year, the top achieving students are:

* Benjamin Gott with 10 A*s and two As

* James Kelly with 10 A*s and two As

* Joshua Hubbard with 10 A*s, one A and one B

* Hayden Godfrey with nine A*s and three As

* Brendan Cox with nine A*s and three As

* Thomas Rudman with nine A*s and three As