GCSE rate at fee-paying schools rises, bucking national trend

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The GCSE pass rate for private school pupils rose this year, bucking the national trend which saw the biggest drop since the qualification was introduced.

Some 94.7% of entrants were awarded grades of at least a C, new figures show - a climb of 0.2 percentage points on 2015.

By contrast the national average fell by 2.1 points to 66.9%.

Over a third (34.5%) of GCSE entries from fee-paying school pupils were awarded the top grade of A*, almost five times higher than the equivalent UK-wide level of 6.5%.

And 61.9% of entrants achieved grades A to A* - over three times the national average.

The figures, compiled by the Independent Schools Council (ISC), are based on data from 552 independent schools across the UK.

They include the international GCSE (IGCSE) qualification as well as the standard GCSE.

Barnarby Lenon, ISC chairman, said: “To see an increase in independent school grades across the board is excellent news and testament to all those working hard in our schools - and of course to the young men and women who sat the exams having built towards them for a number of years.

“Set against a decrease in numbers nationally and in an environment where there are efforts to halt grade inflation, this is particularly impressive.”

Julie Robinson, ISC general secretary, said: “Once again, the value of an independent education can be seen through the achievements of the students in our schools.

“GCSEs might not be the most popular of exams - and some commentators have questioned the validity of public examinations at this point in a student’s education.

“However, our schools put much emphasis on the core subjects of English, maths, sciences and languages, much-prized by universities and employers, so these exams continue to be a formative stepping stone for our pupils.”

This table shows the GCSE results for 2016 in UK independent schools, by


It is based on data provided by the Independent Schools Council. Many

independent schools now sit IGCSEs in some subjects. The ISC does not

differentiate between these and GCSEs, so all are included in this table.

Schools are ranked by the proportion of exam entries awarded A or A*.

Where two schools have the same percentage score, ties are broken by the

average GCSE points score achieved per candidate.

From left to right after school name, the columns show: number of

candidates for exams; percentage of exam entries awarded grades A or A*;

percentage of exam entries awarded grades A* to C; average points score

per candidate.

Yorkshire Area West

School No. Sat % A/A* % A*-C Ppc

Wakefield Girls’ High School 107 74.92 98.99 485.38

Bradford Grammar School 125 71.07 97.06 525.82

The Grammar School at Leeds 184 65.36 96.35 508.21

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School 101 64.50 95.37 455.80

Gateways School 26 60.87 96.57 420.85

Silcoates School 80 38.96 91.22 424.20

Hipperholme Grammar School 33 38.24 91.54 442.73

Woodhouse Grove School 103 34.54 90.46 396.74

The Rastrick Independent School 4 11.76 75.00 338.50

Yorkshire Area East

School No. Sat % A/A* % A*-C Ppc

Hymers College 111 65.94 96.32 524.25

Pocklington School 93 60.13 96.28 507.13

Hull Collegiate School 62 39.66 86.75 480.26

Yorkshire Area North

School No. Sat % A/A* % A*-C Ppc

St Peter’s School 111 76.11 98.21 528.09

Queen Ethelburga’s College 74 67.86 97.50 442.49

Ampleforth College 105 62.60 97.65 503.36

Queen Margaret’s School (York) 57 61.02 95.72 484.16

Harrogate Ladies’ College 49 50.36 91.41 412.41

Bootham School 83 48.30 88.77 490.60

Scarborough College 40 47.05 93.67 417.03

The Mount School (York) 33 44.74 85.29 462.73

Ashville College 85 42.81 90.02 452.84

Queen Mary’s School (Thirsk) 19 40.56 91.11 445.58

Yorkshire Area South

School No. Sat % A/A* % A*-C Ppc

Sheffield High School GDST 99 68.36 99.22 532.95

Birkdale School 69 57.27 97.97 481.33

Hill House School 68 50.72 95.89 446.16