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Holcombe Grammar School Students Thrilled at GCSE Results

Holcombe Grammar School Students Thrilled at GCSE Results

Students from the high-performing Holcombe Grammar School (HGS) are delighted to be collecting another strong set of GCSE results today – with particularly good results in Maths and the Sciences.

A third of all GCSE results at HGS were a grade 7, 8, or 9 – equivalent to an A or A* – and in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, more than half of students achieved a grade 7 or higher. 90% of all GCSE students achieved a grade 4, which is a pass, or better, and 82% of results were a strong pass (grade 5 or better).

These results have been achieved in spite of this being the first year in which all GCSEs are at a new, tougher standard, including more challenging content and questions. Significant changes to grading have been introduced, while assessment is now based on exams only, rather than coursework. There have also been additional exam papers.

HGS students rose to these challenges, with an impressive 29 students achieving a grade 7 or higher (A or A*) in both English and Maths.


Outstanding individual performances demonstrating the highest levels of academic excellence include:

  • Johannes Sadler was the school’s top performer, with seven grade 9s, two grade 8s, and two grade 7s. His sweep of seven grade 9s is a staggering performance –a grade 9 is the very highest score possible, with the regulator predicting that only 5% of awards nationally will be this grade.
  • Not far behind were Ryan Ward and Elliott Odom, who both received an outstanding six grade 9s, as well as four grade 8s, and one grade 7;
  • And Thomas Tweedley, who achieved another remarkable seven grade 9s, as well as one grade 8, one grade 7, and two grade 6s.


Holcombe Grammar School is a member of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of 14 high-performing schools across the South East that prides itself on providing a high-quality education to all students.


Gwynn Bassan, Executive Principal at Holcombe Grammar School, said:

“Our students demonstrated their enormous determination and talent by achieving some fantastic results, and really proved their mettle by rising to the challenges of this year’s tougher exams. I wish all of them the very best of luck as they go on to their next big adventure.

“Achieving another set of great results this year would not have been possible without the incredible commitment and dedication of our invaluable staff, and ever-supportive parents. We are looking forward to building on these results and look forward to what the future holds.”