RUGBY GCSE RESULTS: schools celebrate exam success

Hundreds of GCSE pupils across Rugby picked up their results today (Thursday).

Many schools in Rugby bucked the national GCSE results trend of lower results with some above-average scores.


Avon Valley school had its best ever GCSE year with 85 per cent achieving five A to C grades. Head teacher Don O’Neill commented: “I’m delighted with what everyone in the school has achieved this year. There’s also been a six per cent rise on those achieving A* to C grades in subjects like maths and English, meaning an attainment rate for core subjects of just under 60 per cent.

“I’m particularly pleased because GCSE examiners have been extra stringent this year in their marking. Despite this, we’ve had our best ever year and for that I’d like to congratulate the students and staff for their hard work.”

Avon Valley’s star pupils included Miranda Bishop-Timings with 1 A*, 8As and 1 B, Ellisha Patal with 7 A*s and 2As, Hirenpreet Kaur Mahal with 3 A*s, 5As and 2Bs, Harry Rawson with 5 As, 5 Bs and 2Cs and Nikola Nowak with 3 A*s, 4 As and 3 Bs.


Bilton School has seen another year of rising GCSE results as pupils and teachers celebrate their success.

Headteacher Patsy Weighill said: “Although there are still some results to come in and the possibility of remarks for some students who have just missed a higher grade, we are delighted with the outcomes for our students again this year.

Over the past three years the percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C grades has risen by nearly 30% to 89%. Those achieving 5 A*-C including maths and English has risen by almost 20% to 62%.

I am so proud of our staff and students who have worked really hard for these results. Against a national drop in performance in core subjects and with a cohort who had slightly lower targets overall, our results have risen for the third consecutive year. Our boys’ performance has also bucked the National trend with boys achieving just half a percent below girls.

We asked our students to ‘Believe in Bilton’ and made it clear that we believed in them. These results are a further indication of the rapid and sustained progress the school is making.”

Key achievements at Bilton School:

Miriam Milsom achieved 11 A* grades and 2 A Grades at GCSE and two grade A’s for AS Levels taken a year early in Spanish and Maths.

Sam Howells, who overcame personal tragedy to achieve 1 A* and 14 A grades

James Jankowski achieved 6 A* and 5 A grades

Sam Phan, runner up the Rugby FM student of the year achieved 8 A*, 2 A grades and 5 B grades

Kiera Bath achieved 5 A* and 9 A grades

Cameron Roberts achieved 11 A grades 3 B grades and a full A Level in ICT

A number of our students have achieved outstanding results despite personal tragedies, such as the death of a close relative, ongoing treatment for illnesses or difficult family circumstances where they are Young Carers. Bilton is a place where all of our students, whatever their ability or personal circumstances go on to achieve their full potential. Well done to all of them.”


Year 11 students at Rugby High School were also celebrating opening their GCSE results this morning.

Success was spread right across the year group: 74.9% of all entries were awarded A*-A.

Five students achieved 10 or more GCSE passes at A*: three of the five achieved a grade A in AS Level computer studies as well. All 95 students exceeded the government’s target of 5A*-Cs including English and maths.

Headteacher, Charlotte Marten, said, “We are absolutely delighted for our students who worked so hard to achieve these results. These girls are caring, public spirited young women with a broad range of interests: what we are celebrating today is just one facet of their achievement. Their academic success will ensure that they have a broad range of options in the future. Well done, Year 11. RHS is proud of you.”


Lawrence Sheriff students have achieved another excellent set of GCSE results.

100 per cent of student gained five or more A*-C grades, whilst around 70 per cent of students gained A*/A grades in English, maths and science.

Pupils Cameron Maclean and Jeeven Patel gained 10 A* grades, while Joe Davies, Pat Marriott, Raja Jhayyam, Tom Smith and Aaron Wright gained 9 A*grades.

Headmaster Dr Peter Kent said: “Well done to all students on a strong set of results. Pupils have worked very hard, supported strongly by teachers and parents. There is much to celebrate within these results.”


From a cohort of 130 GCSE candidates at Princethorpe College, almost 40% grades are at A* or A, and over 65% at grade B or better. 15% of candidates achieved at least nine A* or A grades.

There were many distinguished performances but the best individual results were from Hamish Ungless who achieved A*s in all 12 of his subjects.

Headmaster, Ed Hester, said that he was delighted with the excellent results which confirmed how far the school’s academic profile has continued to improve over the past few years. “It is marvellous to be able to celebrate such success and all credit goes to the pupils and staff for their hard work. Whilst we have a wide range of pupils it is particularly encouraging to see we had our biggest percentage of A* grades ever this year.” he commented. “I am delighted that the vast majority of this cohort will continue into our wonderful Sixth Form to study A-levels and will aim to complete our innovative Princethorpe Diploma,” he added.


This year saw more pupils than ever before being awarded A* grades in their GCSE examinations this year.

More than half the year group scored 10 A* or A grades, with an increased number scoring straight A* grades. One pupil scored an extraordinary 13 A* and one A grade passes.

Among these highfliers are local pupils Alice Zhao and Ben Van Laar, both from Rugby, who between them scored 21 A* grades this year. Both intend to complete their A Levels at the school.

In the national context of a decline in awarding of A* and A grades once again, Rugby’s success in top grades was particularly pleasing. Over 45% of all grades awarded were at A* and 79% were at A* or A, compared with 6.8% and 21.3% across the country.

Headmaster Patrick Derham, said: “This is a superb set of results for an exceptional group of pupils. Their success is a huge tribute to their hard work, and of the staff who support them.”