HALF of all GCSE grades awarded to Rugby School pupils were A*s – the best performance in the school’s long history.
All but ten per cent of pupils scored an A* or A in English, while 80 per cent of all grades were A* or A – despite a declining number of top grades being awarded nationally.
The cohort of 28 Drama students achieved 20 A*s and 8 As, and 63 per cent of Physics candidates achieved A*s – closely followed by Biology with 60 per cent and Chemistry at 58 per cent.
A total of 19 pupils secured 10 A*s or more, and 43 pupils achieved eight A*s or more. More than half the year (78 out of 145) achieved at least nine As and A*s.
Among the leading performers were Emily Warwick from Rugby, Zengani Nyirenda from Fife and Stefano Antoci from Milan, all of whom achieved 11 A*s in their core subjects with an additional A* in their Independent Research Projects, which counts for half a GCSE.
Rugby School head teacher Peter Green said: “This is an excellent set of results, reflecting the hard work and drive of pupils and teachers alike. To have half of all entries graded at A* is an outstanding achievement.”