Staff and pupils at the school are delighted with another year of excellent GCSE results, notwithstanding some disappointment caused by the problems with English results nationally. We have maintained our exceptionally high proportion of pupils achieving the equivalent of five or more good GCSE qualifications (grades A*-C) as well as our exceptionally high percentage of pupils achieving the equivalent of three or more qualifications at grades A* and A. We are particularly pleased to have achieved our best ever results in the top grades in GCSE exams (excluding equivalents) as well as our best ever results in the English Baccalaureate.
Parents will be aware from the extensive media coverage that English results, nationally, have been the cause for great consternation and debate. Like many other schools across the country, Denbigh has been affected by this situation, with a number of pupils failing to obtain the expected grade C in English due to changes in the way marks were awarded during the course of the year. Our 5 or more good GCSE A* to C grades, including English and mathematics, would have been a new high of 69% instead of 63% had the grade boundaries remained as they were in the January assessments. We would like to reassure parents that we are pursuing this matter very vigorously with relevant bodies.
There have been many, highly deserved, outstanding individual successes with some students obtaining A*/A grades across the board. The combined effort of staff and students has again ensured that our young people can face the future with confidence and that we can be very proud of our school.
Well done to all the students who worked so hard to get these excellent results and many thanks to parents, governors and other members of our wider community for their support, interest and encouragement without which such achievements would not be possible.
Here is a summary of the examination results over the last 3 years:
5+ A*-C overall
5+ A*-C including English and mathematics*
3+ A*/A grades
3+ A*/A grades (GCSEs only)
* Would have been 69% if the grade boundaries had remained as they were.
**The English Baccalaureate is comprised of passes at grades A*-C in GCSE English, mathematics, two science awards, a modern language and either history or geography.