24.08.17 : GCSE Results 2017
The GCSE results have been released and it is excellent news for our Year 11 pupils.  St Leonards has achieved another strong set of results underlined the school’s continued excellent academic reputation, with 39% of all GCSE/IGCSE grades being A*/A.  This number is also expected to increase following remarks.
These beaming pupils above scored 89 A*s or As between them. A special congratulations to the following students who each achieved 8 or more A*/A grades: Ben Clark, Roma Dhasmana, Eleanor Greenwood, Sonika Jaiganesh, Molly Kavanagh, Lily Li, Tom McBarron, Aenghus McGregor, and Eve Wedderburn.
Ten Year 11 students who had already taken their Maths GCSE early, (they completed this in Years 9 and 10) sat the SQA Higher exam alongside their other GCSEs, receiving impressive results, with 9 of them achieving A grades.  One boy, Iain McKechnie, took the Higher exam when he was only 14 years old. These students are now well placed to study Higher Level Maths in the Sixth Form as part of their International Baccalaureate Diploma.
There has been particular success for our younger students, who have aced their exams early.  This year, 16 Year 10 and 1 Year 9 pupil (Duncan Bouchard) sat the new GCSE Maths exam which is marked on a new 9 (the top) to 1 (the lowest) scale. A ‘9’ is effectively an A** and only 3% of candidates achieved this mark. In our cohort, 13 (82%) achieved either 7, 8 or 9, equivalent to either an A, A* or an A**. Duncan outstandingly achieved a ‘9’.
"This is an impressive and an excellent way to start our new school year", Headmaster Dr Michael Carslaw comments. 
“I am delighted for all of our pupils, and their teachers, who have worked very hard to achieve such a strong good set of results. All of our candidates deserve enormous credit for their efforts, and I am thrilled that our earlier year groups are stepping up to take GCSEs, and Highers at an earlier age, always challenging themselves, and the results show that they are rightfully rewarded for their efforts.  This is an excellent way to return to school and I now very much look forward to watching our Year 11 class progress into Sixth Form to begin their next challenge, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the best possible preparation for university and their future lives ”.  

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