GCSE Results 2018
We are thrilled to be celebrating pupils’ fantastic achievements in a set of outstanding GCSE results that highlight both the school’s continued academic excellence and its focus on providing an all-round education.
With the new GCSE curriculum and assessment model now in place across the majority of subjects, the school was particularly delighted to see a huge 85% of all grades were awarded between 9 and 6, the equivalent of Grades A**-B. Particular cause for celebration came as 65% of pupils’ grades were awarded at Grades 9-7, the equivalent of A**-A, marking a substantial 15% year-on-year increase in attainment at the very highest levels. This is a particularly impressive feat for a non-selective school.
Results proved incredibly strong across the board, giving real weight to the school’s focus on providing an excellent all-round education. As well as stellar success in core subjects such as Mathematics and Chemistry where in excess of a staggering 80% of grades achieved were Grades 9-7 (A**-A), subjects such as History and Physical Education were also represented brilliantly with 100% of grades at 9-8 (A**-A*), while Art, Drama and Music pupils scored a very impressive 100% Grades 9-7. In addition, the school’s initial analysis projected a value-added score showing that pupils at Cranford House can expect to achieve over 1.5 grades higher per subject than they would elsewhere.
Headmaster Dr James Raymond commented, “This is an outstanding set of results and reflects a great deal of hard work, talent and dedication from our wonderful Year 11 pupils. I am incredibly proud of all the pupils and staff for achieving such an excellent set of results, especially in the context of the most significant examination reforms for a generation.”
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School Prefect Elena secured a truly superb set of GCSE grades: nine Grade 9s and one Grade 8 (the equivalent of nine A** and one A* grades). A member of the Cranford House community since joining in 2007, Elena not only excelled academically but also capitalised on the myriad opportunities on offer, building excellent leadership skills in leading St Christopher House during her Year 11 studies, visiting Malaysia as part of an intrepid World Challenge expedition and playing Hockey at County and first team level during her time at school.
Sometimes one title isn’t enough. Year 11’s Alex revealed her many talents by ably fulfilling the roles of Music Captain, Prefect and Computer Science Captain during her final year at school. In addition to gaining Grade 8 Singing, Alex achieved an excellent set of GCSE results with a clean sweep of Grades 8 and 9 (Grades A**-A) across the STEM subjects of Computing, Mathematics and the three Sciences. This is particularly fitting as Alex was behind the letter that convinced Helen Sharman, OBE, to join the school for last autumn’s Space Day, as well as being Cranford House’s first ever pupil to study Astronomy GCSE!
A double serving of success was celebrated by twins Katie and Emillie who received a fantastic set of results, sharing 18 passes between them, including 10 at Grades 9 and 8 (equivalent to Grades A**-A). Aside from their studies, both girls are keen rowers who also excelled on the water during their time at Cranford House, enjoying notable successes that include scooping first place in the J15s coxed Quads at the international TVP Regatta, with their Shiplake Vikings team.
Our Head Girl Team, Ella, Mia and Nerea, all performed superbly in their examinations, racking up an amazing 31 passes between them, including 22 Grades 9-7 (Grades A**-A)! As well as providing fantastic leadership to younger pupils, all three girls made the most of the all-round education on offer at Cranford House, with Ella performing brilliantly in our Youth Speaks debating teams, Mia excelling herself in prestigious creative writing awards and Nerea showcasing her outstanding acting and singing skills both in school and in professional productions, while also securing Grade 8 Singing.
Dance Captain Catrin has enjoyed plenty of pre-examination success through her dedication in dance, both in and outside school. Catrin scored a very impressive GCSE tally of ten Grades 9 to 7 (Grades A**-A), as well as winning the Choreography Award in the national Dance Inspirations competition with her Dance Connections troupe and taking a lead role in the choreography and production of Cranford House’s annual Dance and Gymnastics Show. She has proved an inspiration to both her peers and the younger pupils who have attended her Dance Clubs.
Our two Equestrian Captains, Jessica and Harriet, are riding high after notching up 18 GCSE passes between them, 12 of which were Grades 9-7 (Grades A**-A). In addition to these superb results, both girls have excelled in their chosen equestrian disciplines. Harriet has had a stellar year in Eventing, which saw her emerging victorious at Stonar and making the long list to represent the Central Region in the Under 18 Championships. Meanwhile, Jessica has achieved the honour of being selected to represent Great Britain in the Dressage at the European Championships in Fontainebleau. Balancing international training with academic study and achieving success in both areas demonstrates tremendous commitment, flexibility and determination.