Pupils at Wells celebrated impressive GCSE results on Thursday, with the top A* grade awarded for over a quarter of all examinations taken by the students. Over half achieved A* to A grades, with almost 80 per cent of all grades achieved by Wells students A* to B grades. The pass rate was 99.9 per cent.
Molly achieved 11 A* grades, whilst Susanna and Catherine, both students who have focused on their instrumental music, received 10 A* grades. 31 pupils, over a third of this year’s cohort achieved at least seven or more A* and A grades, including Lolwa, Samuel, Jack, Charlie, Torsten, Lily, Meadow, Flora, Maxim, Thomas, Natalie, Rebecca, Miranda, Flora, Jane, Jason, Angus, Isabella, Gemma, Alasdair, Madeleine, Samuel, Daphne, Tom, Alanna, Rebecca, Jasmine and Indigo.
Wells achieved success across a variety of subjects this year, with particularly good results in the creative arts, where almost half the cohort achieved A* grades in art and in music; and in the sciences, where 41 per cent received the top grade in biology, 40 per cent in chemistry and 44 per cent in physics. Two thirds of the cohort gained the top two grades in English literature, with 90 per cent gaining A* and A grades in Latin.
Over a third of this year’s cohort have specialised in music whilst juggling their studies, with many achieving very good academic results, whilst dedicating considerable time to musical performance and practice. Other students have only been in the UK for a short time and have achieved significant results after only one year of study. Many pupils have juggled academic work with other commitments in drama, art, outdoor education such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, or in sporting arenas, both inside and outside school.
Principal, Elizabeth Cairncross said, “Of course we’re proud of all this significant achievement and all the support from so many, staff and families, which has enabled our students. And some of them know that they may not have achieved enviable numbers of ‘top’ grades, but can nevertheless be very pleased with the fruits of hard work and commitment in areas they found challenging.”