A Level & GCSE Results 2017

The 2017 public examination results at RGS High Wycombe were once again excellent this year.

GCSE Overview

At GCSE 99% of the boys in Year 11 obtained at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths. Overall, students scored 63.8% A*-A grades and excelled in the ‘core’ subjects of English Language, English Literature and Maths, where they averaged 72.2% for the new 9-7 grades (equivalent to A* and A grades). The results of our Boarders were even better, with 76% of all GCSE grades at A* and A, and 100% gaining five A*-C grades.

In the new performance measures, a large number of our boys gained the new ‘9’ grade (equivalent to a high A*) in these subjects. The School's results significantly out stripped the national rate for the new grade 9.

  • In Maths, 34.8% of our boys scored a 9 (compared with a national rate of 3.5%)
  • In English Literature, 26.3% scored a 9 (compared with a national rate of 3.3%)
  • In English Language, 16.7% scored a 9 (compared with a national rate of 2.6%)

If IGCSE had been included, our Progress 8 score would have put us in the ‘making better than average progress’ category. Combined attainment in English Language, Literature and Mathematics was strong and our combined Grade 9 score for these subjects was the highest for any boys’ school in the area.  

RGS has continued to teach IGCSE in English Language and Literature in spite of the knowledge that IGCSEs would no longer count in the league tables. This decision was made as they were regarded as more rigorous than their standard GCSE equivalent and would stretch our boys. IGCSEs are recognised by all universities in the UK and abroad and, clearly, a school achieving the results and Oxbridge success detailed on this page is a high-performing school.  

The ‘reformed’ GCSEs are more testing than their predecessors and we have decided to phase out IGCSE. (Phasing out rather than switching immediately has eased the transition for students and staff.) The current Year 11 will sit only English Literature IGCSE this year (all others now being standard GCSE). The current Year 10 and the years below will take the standard GCSE in all subjects. 

Summary of GCSE Results 2017

Subject

No.

A*

A

B

C

D

E

F

U

%A*/A

Art

28

2

5

11

9

1

0

0

0

25.0

Biology

184

55

69

46

11

3

0

0

0

67.4

Chemistry

184

54

50

50

24

5

1

0

0

56.5

Classical Civilisation

21

0

6

8

5

2

0

0

0

28.6

Computing

34

10

19

4

1

0

0

0

0

85.3

D& T

35

2

16

8

7

2

0

0

0

51.4

English Language

198

69

51

54

23

1

0

0

0

60.6

English Literature

198

100

51

26

19

1

1

0

0

76.3

French

186

48

56

49

27

5

1

0

0

55.9

Geography

152

59

42

37

9

4

0

1

0

66.4

German

29

10

11

7

0

1

0

0

0

72.4

History

137

20

38

46

26

5

2

0

0

42.3

IT Level 2

5

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

40.0

Latin

21

15

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

90.5

Mathematics

198

118

40

26

12

1

0

1

0

79.8

Further Maths

27

7

9

8

2

0

0

0

1

59.3

Music

17

1

6

6

2

1

1

0

0

41.2

Physics

184

67

68

35

11

3

0

0

0

73.4

Spanish

56

34

14

6

0

2

0

0

0

85.7

Sports Studies

44

11

11

14

8

0

0

0

0

50.0

Science

14

0

1

3

9

0

0

1

0

7.1

Science Add

14

0

1

5

6

1

0

1

0

7.1

Statistics

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

100.0

Arabic

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

100.0

Greek

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

100.0

Russian

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

100.0

Totals

1971

684

573

453

211

39

6

4

1

63.8

 

A & AS Level Overview

At A Level 73.9% of results were graded A*-B, with 48.2% being A*-A. The overall pass rate was just short of 100%. A record 50 students (more than 25% of the year-group) achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades. Among our Boarders, an outstanding 93% of A level grades were either A* or A. Seventeen of our students gained 3 A* grades or more, of whom seven achieved 4 A*s and two achieved 5 A*s.

At AS Level, the school had another excellent set of results, with 81% of grades at A -B.

Summary of A Level Results 2017

Subject

Entries

A*

A

B

C

D

E

U

% A*, A, B

Ancient History

9

0

3

3

2

1

0

0

66.7

Fine Art

6

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

100

Biology

57

8

12

16

8

8

4

1

63.2

Business Studies

18

1

5

4

6

1

1

0

55.6

Chemistry

53

8

15

10

13

5

2

0

62.3

Computing

13

0

8

2

2

0

1

0

76.9

D&T

11

2

5

1

3

0

0

0

72.7

Economics

49

7

12

17

8

4

1

0

73.5

English Lang/Lit

14

2

3

6

3

0

0

0

78.6

English Literature

23

6

7

6

3

0

1

0

82.6

French

18

2

5

6

4

0

1

0

72.2

Geography

39

2

10

19

4

4

0

0

79.5

German

7

0

4

0

3

0

0

0

57.1

History

31

4

8

11

6

2

0

0

74.2

Latin

3

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

66.7

Mathematics

123

33

48

22

5

3

2

0

83.7

Further Maths

35

16

13

5

0

0

1

0

97.1

Further Maths (add.)

8

6

0

0

0

2

0

0

75

Music

4

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

100

PE

11

1

1

4

2

2

1

0

54.5

Physics

38

4

10

14

7

2

1

0

73.7

Physics- Pre U

18

14

2

1

1

0

0

0

94.4

Psychology

26

1

3

7

10

3

1

1

42.3

Spanish

21

1

4

7

8

0

1

0

57.1

Arabic

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

100

Russian

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

100

School Totals

637

123

184

164

98

38

18

2

73.9

 

AS cohort

 

 

 

 

AS Level A-B

 

 

81

 

 

 

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71.8%
Number of 9-7 grades in Maths and English (A*-A)
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