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Excellent GCSE results for Taunton School Students

Posted: 24th August 2023

GCSE Results Day 2023

Taunton School’s Year 11 students have achieved superb GCSE results this year despite the national trend of declining top grades and a return to 2019, pre-pandemic, grade distributions.

An impressive 52% of grades awarded were 9 – 7, a very significant increase in comparison with 2019. These are results of which the whole year can be proud. Amidst the many stories of personal success, three students managed the extraordinary feat of a clean sweep of 9s. Matilda Ruthven, Elizabeth K, and Ben Seddon achieved an astonishing ten grade 9s each in their exams.

In Music an outstanding 100% of grades were 9 – 7 and a remarkable 95% of Biology grades were awarded a 9-7.

Overall, 17% of all grades awarded were a 9 and a third of results were a 9 – 8.

Taunton School’s highest achievers were:

  • Matilda Ruthven, Elizabeth Kemmish, Ben Seddon 10 x 9s
  • Oscar B, Rosie Seddon, Lily Bramston 8 x 9s, 1 x 8, 1 x 7
  • Szymon Wi 6 x 9s, 3 x 8s
  • Kamilya B 7 x 9s, 1 x 8, 1 x 7

Headmaster James Johnson said: “I am extremely proud of the hard work and determination our Year 11 students have shown throughout the two-year GCSE programme.”

“Amongst the eye-catching, headline figures, we should always be mindful of the numerous examples of individual achievement and personal triumph, with many students celebrating grades that will have exceeded their expectations and serve as just reward for their perseverance.”

“Congratulations to the students and to all our staff who have supported them and contributed to this success.”

At Taunton School International, 40% of our students achieved grades 9-7, a similar result to the cohort of 2019.

The top performing international students were:

  • Will S from China achieving 4 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7 and 1 grade 5 
  • Sasha K from Russia achieving 1 grade 9, 3 grade 8s, 3 grade 7s and 1 grade 5 
  • Huseyn I from Azerbaijan achieving 4 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 1 grade 6 
  • Omar A from Azerbaijan achieving 3 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s 
  • Florian S from Germany achieving 2 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 3 grade 7s and 1 grade 6 

Several subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Art, Further Mathematics, Computer Science and Media Studies.

Camilla Bryden, Head of Taunton School International, said: “These results are very pleasing with some students achieving top grades despite the national downward trend. It has been a challenging year for this cohort of international students who are suffering the unfortunate consequences of the lack of consistent education and social interaction due to the pandemic. They should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. All our staff should be congratulated for their efforts in supporting these students to achieve their successes.”

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