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Examination Results 2017

The school is incredibly proud of the levels of examination success that our students achieve. For the Summer of 2017, our headline figures for GCSE were outstanding, with performance in almost every key attainment measure significantly above the national averages. The 2017 summer season saw students sitting the new Grade 9-1 GCSEs for the first time in English and Mathematics. These were new GCSEs with different and more challenging content for students. All other GCSEs continued to use the 'legacy' grading system of letters (ie: A*, A, B, C etc)

In the new GCSEs, 82% of all students achieved a ‘good pass’ (Grade 4+) in English and 75% of students achieved a good pass in Mathematics. Both of these measures are significantly above the national averages for these subject areas, as was the percentage of students achieving a ‘strong pass (Grade 5+). We are also delighted that a number of students achieved Grade 9 in both of these subjects and that 43% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate (compared to 24% nationally).



Boswells Grade 4+

National Grade 4+

Boswells Grade 5+

National Grade 5+

English Language





English Literature











There were also a number of outstanding results in other GCSE subjects that were also significantly above the national average (these subjects are not ‘new’ GCSEs and still use letters for grades). Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Spanish, German, Physical Education, Business Studies, Computer Science, Statistics, Dance, Music, Media Studies and Religious Education all achieved A*-C grades well above the national average. It is also extremely pleasing to note that 28% of all grades in these GCSEs were awarded at A*/A grade and 79% at A*-C grade.  In a national context where GCSE grades are falling across the country and and grade boundaries and pass marks are being pushed even higher, it is very pleasing to note that our students, once again, are bucking this trend.

Our A Level results were outstanding and equalled best the school has ever achieved. 55% of all grades awarded were at A*-B, 84% of all grades were at A*-C and 99% of all grades awarded were pass grades in the 30 A Level subjects that the school offers. Our BTEC Level 3 results were also outstanding with no student achieving less than a ‘Distinction’: 67% achieved a Distinction* and 33% achieved a Distinction.


See below for a more detailed breakdown of our 2017 Examination Results

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