A Level Results 2023
After the torrid years of Covid, with exam uncertainties and consequential grade inflations, the
A Level results grade profile this year has returned closer to those experienced during pre-Covid times. For those taking their A Levels this year, this was their first experience of public examinations because Covid cancelled their GCSE exams. As such, there has inevitably been uncertainty and trepidation, but the Churcher’s students have proved once again quite how exceptional they are.
Comparisons with results from the immediately preceding year are less valid because of the Covid adjustments that were made to grades. For non-Covid adjusted years, this year we have our highest ever percentage at the top A* grade, with thirteen students achieving an exceptional three A* grades or more.
With four off to Oxbridge and five medics, the top academic echelons are very positive indeed but it is not just about the academically able. A Level grades are a passport to the next stage and for any school the most important statistic is that students have the necessary grades to follow their aspirations, whatever, wherever they be.
With universities oversubscribed, and therefore offers harder to come by and often at a higher than ever level, the assumption was that there would be a great deal more disappointment this summer, but not for the Churcher’s students despite their ambitions being particularly high. Of those who have applied and holding offers: 81% made their first choice, with a further 12% their second.
One has to admire the resilience and determination of all A Level students countrywide, but there is clearly something quite extra special about this year’s, largest-ever, cohort from Churcher’s College who have accomplished extraordinary things in exam halls, on the stage, in studios, on the sport pitches, on expedition; in fact, in all areas. What a delight it has been to be associated with their remarkable success story!
GCSE Results 2023
As we pull back from the Covid-adjusted grade boundaries, newspaper headlines are highlighting a very dramatic drop in top grades at GCSE nationally this year, but this is clearly not the case at Churcher’s. The students are bucking the national trend with yet another highly complimentary set of results.
Overall, the Churcher’s GCSE exam success compares very favourably indeed with last year and on the pre-Covid levels as well; almost half of all the GCSE exams taken at the exceptional Grade 9 or 8 level. Despite all the Covid disruption over recent years, the students here have coped remarkably well and now can enjoy rich and very well-deserved reward for all their brilliant efforts.
As ever there are some quite exceptional stars with seven enjoying all or almost all Grade 9 in their eleven GCSE exams. But what sets many apart at Churcher’s is that not only do the students achieve huge success in exams but they also are particularly impressive outside as well with honours galore on stage, in the concert hall, on the sports pitches and in challenging adventurous activities. It is not surprising that we have a record number wishing to join the Sixth Form here from outside and, from September, we expand to have a two-form entry into Reception year group in our Junior School to try and cope with increasing demand.
The sunshine has arrived in Petersfield, literally and metaphorically.
Simon Williams, Headmaster