Saltus Grammar School is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with 98% of the Year 11 students achieving 5 or more passes at Grades A*-C, with 93% achieving 5 passes including English and Maths.
This builds further on last year’s 89% pass rate and places Saltus Grammar School well above the UK national average;
A spokesperson said, “Despite reports from the UK of a decline in the number of students achieving As and A*s, following tough examination reforms, Saltus students achieved a record number of top grades. Of particular note are Nalani Dowling and Daniel Oatley who both achieved 5 A*s and 4 As.”
Head of School Claire Charlemagne commented: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. This is great news for Saltus and reflects the tremendous effort that has been put in by students, backed by a great team of teachers who were determined to maximise student potential, giving them the results they deserve.
“I’d like to congratulate the students and thank the teachers for their hard work and commitment. This success stretches across the whole spectrum of ability too which is really important to us at Saltus. This is a great way for Ted Staunton to finish his career at Saltus and for me to step into the role.”
Students in the Saltus Graduate Years Programme also achieved outstanding results in the College Board’s Advanced Placement examinations. This programme covers work at the level of first-year university courses and offers students the opportunity to gain college-level skills in a high school setting.
More students take AP examinations worldwide than any other exam. Success in the AP exams can earn placement, credit or both in many North American universities, as well as in universities in 28 other countries. AP examinations are graded between 1 and 5, with 5 being the highest grade possible.
This year, six students were recognized as AP Scholars, with a further five students attaining AP National Scholar status – the highest designation you can achieve. This award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on 5 or more of these exams.
The students achieving AP National Scholar status are:
- Miles Cave with 7 passes (2 Grade 5s, 3 Grade 4s, 2 Grade 3s)
- Peter Cooper with 6 passes (5 Grade 5s, 1 Grade 3)
- Mark Godfrey with 8 passes (3 Grade 5s, 3 Grade 4s, 2 Grade 3s)
- Benjamin Sayers with 7 passes (2 Grade 5s, 3 Grade 4s, 2 Grade 3s)
- Xiaoyu Sun with 7 passes (4 Grade 5s, 1 Grade 4, 2 Grade 3s). Xiaoyu also achieves the AP International Diploma for passing more than 5 exams in 3 or more subject areas.
AP Scholar with Distinction
- Leandra Stracquadanio with 7 passes (1 Grade 5, 2 Grade 4s, 4 Grade 3s)
AP Scholar with Honours:
- Nicholas Bergquist with 5 passes (2 Grade 4s and 3 Grade 3s)
- Jonathan D. Scott with 4 passes (1 Grade 5, 2 Grade 4s, 1 Grade 3)