St John’s bucks national trend as boys outperform girls in record-breaking GCSEs

Written by Peter Davison on .

Clockwise from top left: Ollie Kanisius Pocock, Issy Farrell, Alex Knighton and Greg Rogan Rea Clockwise from top left: Ollie Kanisius Pocock, Issy Farrell, Alex Knighton and Greg Rogan Rea Boys have outperformed girls in their GCSEs at St John’s Academy in Marlborough this summer – bucking a national trend that goes back more than 25 years.

And amid national reports that the number of pupils getting a C grade or above has fallen to the lowest level for almost 10 years, following government reforms, St John’s actually smashed its record for top GCSE grades, with a third of all grades being A*s or As.

Overall, 71 percent of students achieving at least 5 A* to C grades including maths and English language or literature.

More than 30 pupils achieved at least 10 A or A* grades including Max Brown, Dan Collins, Ollie Davies, Isabel Farrell, Freddie Good, Lucy Harton-Carter, Alex Knighton, Selwyn Lilley, Charlie Major, Isobel Mason, Joe Perdue, Asher Sandbach, Ruby Soellner, Sam Taylor and Anna Wren.

Meanwhile Charlotte Jackson, Jocelyn Drew, Max Brown, Thomas Dore and Isabella Hutton all beat their targets by two grades in every subject.

The highest fliers include Ollie Kanisius Pocock, Greg Rogan Rea, Jacob Smith (10 A*s and 2 As) and Matt Snell (also 10 A*s and 2 As).

Ollie got 12 A* grades – an achievement he described as “pretty good” and “better than expected”. He’ll be studying maths, physics, economics and geography at St John’s with a view to studying economics at Durham University.

Greg achieved 11 A*s and an A, and will go on to study German, classics and two more from a shortlist of physics, maths and French at St John’s.

Alex Knighton was delighted with her nine A*s and two As. She’ll be studying German, French, biology, chemistry and maths at St John’s with a view to using her language and science skills to practise medicine abroad.

And Issy Farrell also hopes to head abroad, to conduct conservation work. Her eight A*s and four As will lead to her studying biology, chemistry, maths and history at St John’s, which will help to get her there.