Independent schools celebrate as they chalk up perfect pass rates

Tim Hands, Master of Magdalen College School

Tim Hands, Master of Magdalen College School

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OXFORDSHIRE’S independent schools celebrated another year of success in their GCSE results.

Magdalen College School, St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, Headington School, Oxford High School and Cranford House in Moulsford all saw 100 per cent of their students get five or more GCSEs between A* and C – including in English and maths.

Meanwhile 100 per cent of students at d’Overbroecks in North Oxford and at Abingdon School were also able to get five more more GCSEs between A* and C, with most of their students achieving this when English and Maths are included.

Tim Hands, Master of Magdalen College School, said “These marks show that MCS consistently delivers outstanding results despite the much-talked of turbulence in the national exam system. They reflect a year of hard work and tremendous achievement in and out of the classroom.”

Felicity Lusk, headteacher of Abingdon School, said: “Almost 80 per cent of all passes were awarded an A* or an A grade and across a wide range of subjects including English and Maths, the sciences, modern languages, history and Greek.”

At Wychwood School, Oxford, 90 per cent of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs between A* and C including English and maths, while this was achieved by 81 per cent of pupils at Rye St Anthony in Headington.

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8:49am Fri 22 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Funny, I used to think school education was about educating children, rather than the 'tick box' world of people-commerce and education factories, where the quality of education for children and young persons isn't necessarily reflected in how many passes and the grades which the children obtain - though probably not needing as much effort and involvement by teachers as when constant supervision of 'course work' went toward the end result? The irony of basing education on results, is that we use a similar system of 'highest marks' to elect our government and local councils, and look what we have to show for that - a Tory-led Coalition which has spent the past four years trying to demolish the public sector and privatise our NHS and schools, and a Labour-led Oxford City Council which seems hell-bent on replacing democracy and accountability, with autocratic socialism for which around 70% of those eligible to vote, didn't vote Labour!
Funny, I used to think school education was about educating children, rather than the 'tick box' world of people-commerce and education factories, where the quality of education for children and young persons isn't necessarily reflected in how many passes and the grades which the children obtain - though probably not needing as much effort and involvement by teachers as when constant supervision of 'course work' went toward the end result? The irony of basing education on results, is that we use a similar system of 'highest marks' to elect our government and local councils, and look what we have to show for that - a Tory-led Coalition which has spent the past four years trying to demolish the public sector and privatise our NHS and schools, and a Labour-led Oxford City Council which seems hell-bent on replacing democracy and accountability, with autocratic socialism for which around 70% of those eligible to vote, didn't vote Labour! Myron Blatz
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2:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Severian says...

LOL - it's easy to brag about your exam results when you have selective entry. And you can throw out kids who don't work!

I'm much more impressed by the schools which take everyone who lives in catchment and still get good results.
LOL - it's easy to brag about your exam results when you have selective entry. And you can throw out kids who don't work! I'm much more impressed by the schools which take everyone who lives in catchment and still get good results. Severian
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11:24am Sat 23 Aug 14

ockydoky says...

School fees are not necessary for good grades. It's all about the children themselves, good teachers, & parental support. Our daughter has just attained 11A*-A grades, in the state sector, with no fees paid, over her entire school career to date.
School fees are not necessary for good grades. It's all about the children themselves, good teachers, & parental support. Our daughter has just attained 11A*-A grades, in the state sector, with no fees paid, over her entire school career to date. ockydoky
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2:52am Sun 24 Aug 14

Severian says...

Congratulations to your daughter. Our three kids also went to the local comp (The Cooper School in Bicester) and got great GCSE grades at no cost to us. Bright kids will do well in most schools, and many of our state schools are doing a great job, despite what the Tory press says.

I have to laugh at all those parents who boast that they have spent over £100,000 getting their child through their GCSEs - it's pure snobbishness to waste their money that way. Meanwhile we are spending our money on a nice house and holidays with our kids :)
Congratulations to your daughter. Our three kids also went to the local comp (The Cooper School in Bicester) and got great GCSE grades at no cost to us. Bright kids will do well in most schools, and many of our state schools are doing a great job, despite what the Tory press says. I have to laugh at all those parents who boast that they have spent over £100,000 getting their child through their GCSEs - it's pure snobbishness to waste their money that way. Meanwhile we are spending our money on a nice house and holidays with our kids :) Severian
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