Congratulations to all our leavers on their very hard work in achieving some excellent grades. The proportion of exams graded A* - B is fractionally below 80%, the second best results ever for Dean Close School, and this is in context of reports that marking guidelines have been tightened.
We are delighted that 18% of all grades were at A* and warmly congratulate Tom Dyer, Wes Howell, George Ezenna and Wenhua Zhou, all of whom achieved three A*s or better.
There is just as much rejoicing over some pupils who were not among the A grades but have done hugely well to reach, and in many cases exceed, their potential and achieve their UCAS offers.
Deputy Head (Academic) Mark Tottman said "I am delighted with the way pupils and staff have delivered such a fantastic year of results."
GCSE candidates have also achieved the School’s second best ever results with 58.4% A*/A and a really impressive 28% A* and deserve many congratulations. One wonders what might have happened if the boards had not tightened the grading criteria this year.
Those taking Maths, RS and languages early did extraordinarily well, with 86% A/A* and 61% A*: promising material for the future.
The GCSE year group also managed to make national finals in netball and hockey, to perform a superb production of Calamity Jane and to hit a load of musical, artistic, sporting and social highlights, proving beyond doubt that you do not have to sacrifice grades to have a full and broad education.