A Level Results

Upper Sixth students from King’s College were celebrating excellent A level results last week, continuing the growing success of the last few years.

The pass rate was 99% (grades A* to E) whilst one school record tumbled; 23.1% of papers were graded A*, which is the school’s best ever performance. 48% of papers were graded A* or A, which is only marginally lower than last year’s record of 49%. 70.2% of papers were at A*, A or B.

Achievement in British public examinations at this level confirms the status of King’s College as one of the very best British schools in Europe and compares very favourably with UK-based top independent schools and highly-selective state grammar schools. Our standards not only exceed the UK state sector by a wide margin, but they also place us well above the UK independent school average for A* and A grades. According to OECD PISA tests, UK independent schools are the top-performing schools in the world.

Headmaster Mr Andy Rattue commented: “Behind the statistics, results of this quality do not happen by accident. They are the result of consistent hard work by the students themselves, supportive families and the professional approach and expertise of our top academic staff over many years. Learning is a long game, and our Primary teachers must share the credit for these results with their Secondary colleagues, since so many of our children have been with us since Early Years. These results are all the more remarkable when you consider that many of our students are not native English speakers and they are competing directly against their contemporaries in the UK. I offer them my heartiest congratulations! It is also good to know that they are thoughtful and socially responsible young people with interests beyond the classroom and strong leadership skills which will stand them in very good stead for university and in their future careers. We hope that they will stay in touch with us and remain part of the King’s family”.



King’s College has again achieved excellent results in the 2014 IGCSE and GCSE examinations.

46.3% of passes being at A*/A grade.
91% overall pass rate (A*-C grades)
100% of candidates achieved 5 A*-C grades.
“These excellent scores continue the pattern set by our A Level students,” said Headmaster Andy Rattue.  “They show what can be achieved by motivated pupils, first-rate teachers and supportive parents. The results are all the more remarkable when you consider the number of syllabus changes this cohort has had to endure, alongside the reduction of modularity and the UK Government’s explicit agenda to make GCSE more difficult. Many UK schools have experienced big variations in their GCSE results this year.”

Beneath the headlines, one remarkable statistic is that every single King’s pupil achieved a pass grade (A*-C) in IGCSE Mathematics which is such a vital enabling subject. Moreover, there were superb performances from several departments such as Economics, French and History where two-thirds or more pupils achieved A* or A grades.


KS2 NCT test results

Alongside very good performances at IGCSE A Level, it is excellent to know that we have strong academic potential lower down the school as demonstrated by the Key Stage 2 SAT’s results. “Congratulations to the children themselves and to Mrs Paula Parkinson and her team!” added Headmaster Andy Rattue.

We had all-time record performances set within Maths (by a significant margin) and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and our second-best ever year within English Reading.  The expected level of attainment in the UK is 4.0 in each area and thus we are well above the UK norms and averages.  Indeed, 95% of Year 6 pupils achieved a 4.0 or better in Reading and 98% achieved a 4.0 or better in Mathematics.  Thus, this is our best-ever SATs year to-date.