Following strong A Level results last week, pupils at Cheltenham College are celebrating their GCSE and IGSE success, with many outstanding individual performances. Overall, 56% of all papers were graded A* or A and 83% at A*-B. Four pupils - William Moss, Toby North, Alex Hall and Xavier Houben - achieved A* grades in all their subjects and 15 pupils achieved 8A*s or more.
All pupils sat the International GCSE (IGCSE) in Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, Geography and History alongside GCSEs in other subjects. Academically more rigorous than their GCSE counterparts, these examinations require pupils to study, understand and question more deeply. Some IGCSEs are not, however, recognised by the Government's Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and may therefore be automatically excluded from official school league tables.
Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster of Cheltenham College commented: "I am extremely proud of the hard work shown by our pupils and this is reflected in their GCSE performance. Many of the subjects were tested using the International GCSEs in place of the standard GCSE examination. The IGCSE is a highly demanding examination which challenges pupils in how they think and apply their learning and not just in their knowledge of individual subjects. These results will give them excellent preparation for A Levels, as well as top university courses."