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Sibford celebrates Grade 9 results

24 August 2017


Sibford celebrates Grade 9 results


Edward Goundrey-Smith has become the first Sibford School pupil to achieve a grade 9 in both English Language and English Literature.

The new grade, which has currently only been introduced in English and Mathematics, is, according to Ofqual: ‘not the same as A*; it’s a new grade, designed to recognise the very highest performing students.’

Sibford School Head Toby Spence said: “The government has said that the introduction of the new scale is to inject more rigour into the exam system. We had been warned that there would be far fewer grade 9s awarded this year compared to the number of A*s that were awarded last year, so for Ed to achieve this new grade in both his English papers was a fabulous achievement.”

Alongside a wealth of A and A* grades, Sibford School students gained a total of five grade 9s … three in English Language and one each in English Literature and Mathematics.

In addition to his grade 9s, Edward achieved a grade 7 in Mathematics (equivalent to an old A grade), four A*s and three As.

He said: “I’m relieved .. and shocked. I didn’t know what to expect with the new grades but I certainly didn’t think I’d get two 9s”

Overall, Sibford students gained top grades (A* - A and 9 - 7) in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, Media, Music, PE, RS, Russian, Additional Science, Applied Science, Statistics and Textiles. Four Year 10 students also achieved A*s and As in General Studies.







Number of pupils



% 5+ A* to C



% entries A* to G






% grade 4 and above Maths: 76%

% grade 4 and above English (excluding ESOL students) 73%