GCSE Results Day 2015 live: top grades drop for fourth year in a row following efforts to fight grade inflation

The Telegraph, 20.08.15, live report on GCSE results day, Brighton CollegeKing's College School, WimbledonSt Mary’s College, and Wellington College  feature.

Congratulations go to 'straight A triplets' from the Redmond family, pupils at St. Mary’s College in Crosby. Francesca, Nicholas and Elise achieved an impressive 36 top-grade GCSEs between them - 25 A* passes and 11 A grades.

Overall, St. Mary’s saw a significant rise to 90 per cent in the number of pupils who achieved five A*-C grades, including English and maths.

St. Mary’s College principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: “This is a very pleasing set of results which reflects both the hard work of our pupils, and the support they have received from staff and parents throughout their time at the school.

“Achieving excellent results at GCSE level is a great foundation on which young people can build future success at A-level, at university and in their chosen careers."

The great-granddaughter of Alexander Fleming - famous for his discovery of penicillin - has earned herself seven As, two A*s and one B at GCSE, with the A*s in physics and maths.

The 16-year-old, Flo Fleming, from Brighton College, said that she was “planning to go on to study physics, business studies, maths, and Spanish” but admitted she “had no idea” for the future yet.

Nearly every girl at Brighton College took physics GCSE this year, with 100 per cent of students achieving an A* or A grade.

Despite spending 100 days of the year representing his country on the waters, Robbie King has still found time for 11 A*s.

Today, Robbie - a pupil at King's College School in Wimbledon - swapped his sails for a superb set of GCSEs, scoring A*s in all of his subjects, including 98 per cent in both maths and physics.

The Wellington Academy - sponsored by leading independent school Wellington College - today announced the school’s best ever GCSE results, with 50 per cent of students achieving five GCSE grades of A*-C (including English and maths), up from 37 per cent last year.

Outgoing master of Wellington College, Sir Anthony Seldon, who was instrumental in setting the school up, said: “Following a truly impressive set of 6th Form results last week, this is a great day for the community.

It was always going to take us time to turn the school around. We do not have, like some academies, a pool of highly able talent to draw from. The community in rural Wiltshire from which our students come has not had a history of high academic success. That is precisely what we are now bringing. I would encourage more independent schools to sponsor academies or start free schools, following the lead of schools like Canford and Eton.

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School, Wimbledon, has joined the ranks of those voicing their support for GCSEs. Speaking to The Telegraph he said:

"GCSEs improve the general standard of classroom discipline across the UK, and are a godsend to those parents who need the distant threat of poor results to encourage their children to commit to anything beyond their computer or mobile phone. A survey widely covered in the media earlier this year showed that 5-16 year-olds already spend an average of 6.5 hours a day in front of screens.

No one looks forward to sitting an exam but a public exam is part of a system that reminds children that there something to achieve. The GCSE works as a qualification that you can carry with you for life. If you take that away from teenagers you risk their lives becoming unkind, less structured and more vulnerable to a sense of cosmic boredom. It would be much harder to motivate teenagers through the middle years of the school system without a measure of their progress."

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