DPS 2015 GCSE Results Summary
2015 Headline Figures
95% of pupils achieved 5 or more A*- C¹passes
75% of all results were ‘B’ or higher
44% were ‘A/A*’ grades
420 GCSE subjects taken in all
77% of pupils passed the 5 English Baccalaureate subjects
(Full GCSE courses only. ¹ includes English and Maths)
Note: These results are currently ‘raw’ and may be amended should any appeals procedures be successful.
DPS pupils raise their ‘gold standard’ pass percentage to 95% (89% in 2014)
This year’s results in some aspects again reflect the national picture where for the second year the impact of the linear examination changes have had an impact on results in some subjects. Most pleasingly, all 44 pupils (100%) of our Form 5 cohort passed at least 5 GCSE subjects at ‘C’ grade or better, with almost 40% of students achieving 5 or more A/A* grades. Perhaps more impressively for a school that is not highly selective, over 75% of all examinations taken were ‘B’ grades or better.
- A good number of individuals had outstanding results with 9 pupils, achieving an excellent 8 ‘A’ grades or better in the full GCSE subjects that they sat. These achievers were, in alphabetical order: Poppy Beaumont, Joe Chapman, Izzy Gordon, Ella Guimaraens, Milly Jones, Will Prior, Sorcha Smith, Charlie Taylor and Floss Willcocks.
- Of these there were a number of truly exceptional achievements: Poppy Beaumont passed all 10 of her GCSE subjects with A*’s and Floss Willcocks achieved 9 A*’s and 2 ‘A’ grades having taken an additional GCSE in Music. Both these girls also passed their Maths FSMQ with an ‘A’. Fantastic results!!
- This was also the first year that pupils studied for their ECDL ITQ level 2 Information Technology qualification. All students, 100% of cohort, passed each of the 4 exam units to achieve the equivalent of a GCSE ‘B’ grade with many candidates averaging over 90% in their modular results.
- Only 23 results (5.5%) of the 420 GCSE examinations taken were below a ‘C’ grade pass, and 19 of these were ‘D’ grades. This is similar to last year (26 results) and partly reflects the change towards a linear examination process which has impacted on some candidates.
- GCSE ‘Added Value’ (GCSE grades relative to CATS predictors) is once again expected to be real feature for a number of pupils once further analysis has taken place.