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Currently, GCSEs are graded on a letter scale – ranging from the A* to F. The new GCSE courses that will begin in September 2015 will be graded on a number scale, ranging from 1-9. 9 will represent the highest possible grade, whilst the U/‘ungraded’ result will remain for candidates who do not reach the minimum standard in a given subject.


It is not enough for your child to simply choose the right combination of subjects at GCSE. It is also essential that they are able to attain outstanding results in those subjects. Our education strategy is based on what your child’s hopes are for university, as well as for their career. We are aware that there are particular “core” subjects (in addition to the required Maths and English GCSEs) that students should focus on in order to pursue certain university degrees and career paths in the future. When speaking to your child, we will emphasise what these subjects are for them. We then have additional services, such as academic coaching, that we can offer your child to guarantee that they reach their target grades in whichever are their specific “core” GCSE subjects.