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12 Aug 2021

GCSE Exam Results 2021


Bournemouth School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their GCSEs this summer. Overall, 69% of all entries were graded 9-7.  In English and mathematics, respectively, 76 and 73% were graded 9 to 7.  All students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including English and mathematics. The attainment 8 score was 74.3 (compared to 71.9, 73.0 and 69.7 in 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively). Over 86% of students achieved a strong pass (5 to 9) in the English Baccalaureate, which is indicative of the breadth and challenge of our Key Stage 4 curriculum (73% in 2019)


Most students completed 11 GCSE qualifications. From a cohort of 147, 33 students attained 11 GCSEs, with an average grade of at least an 8. Among the top performers were: Amir Shamsuddin, Louis Cunningham and Ramis Bhatty (10 x grade 9; 1 x grade 8), and Shawn Thomas, Charlie Neve and Angus Manning (9 x grade 9; 2 x grade 8).


This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher-assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the examination boards.  Students sat formal examinations towards the end of Year 11, which were marked and moderated by teachers to form the mainstay of the evidence upon which the grades awarded were based.


Dr Dorian Lewis, the school’s headteacher said: “We are immensely proud of the resilience, adaptability and achievements of our students. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students that the teacher assessed grades were determined in a fair and objective manner, using all of the evidence at our disposal. These outstanding results will enable our students to progress to further study or embark upon apprenticeships; we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.”