GCSE results 2022
When it comes to public examination results, something extremely exciting is happening at Gad’s Hill School at present.
More than ever before, we are focussed on ensuring a level of outstanding academic rigour in pursuit of the very best outcomes at the end of the Upper Fifth. In recent years we have appointed a Pupil Achievement Lead, tasked with developing our ‘Stretch and Challenge’ programme – not just for the more able and talented children but for all our pupils. As the ability profile of our Upper School has increased dramatically in recent years, so has the breadth and challenge of our pathways to GCSE examination.
100% pass rates
The result of this focus has been a marked improvement in academic outcomes: our GCSE results in 2022 were our best ever, with twelve of our departments achieving 100% pass rates and eight of those achieving 100% at the more difficult Grade 5+ pass rate.
What is most impressive, however, is the value that we add to our pupils – at rates that few other schools can match.
What is Value Added data?
Like almost every secondary school in the country, we use standardised cognitive ability testing to predict how our pupils will fare at GCSE level. The CAT4 tests we use are standardised against the results of 25,000 pupils across the country and they provide data on what each child ‘should’ go on to get at GCSE, based on their ability.
What our 2022 GCSE results show is that our pupils at Gad’s Hill have vastly exceeded the indicative grades suggested by those tests. In every subject taken by more than two pupils, our pupils on average achieved above the grade predicted by standardised testing – and in almost all of those subjects they did so by more than a full grade. In Design Technology, on average, each of our pupils exceeded their predictions by almost two and a half grades!
|Subject||2022 GCSE||Subject||2022 GCSE|
|English Language||+0.8||Design Technology||+2.3|
|English Literature||+1.1||Food & Nutrition||+1.3|
And more than that…
Despite these excellent GCSE outcomes, we still believe that every bit as important as academic learning is what our teenagers learn about themselves as they grow into young adults. Self-confidence, resilience, teamwork, leadership and initiative are the personal characteristics that really improve life chances. To that end, alongside GCSEs our pupils also have the opportunity to leave Gad’s Hill with a suite of other qualifications that evidence the well-rounded people they are: Institute of Leadership and Management Diploma; BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development; LAMDA performing arts and first aid qualifications as well as the chance to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze and Silver level.
A full breakdown of GCSE results can be found below.