2023 Brings Best Ever GCSE Exam Results For King’s Pupils

Records have been broken this year at King’s with its highest GCSE exam results, as 95% of all grades achieved were 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C). These results mark a substantial leap in performance compared to 2019 – the benchmark being quoted by the Government and in the media.

Over a third of all grades were awarded the highest grades 8/9 (A*), with over half of grades at 7 (A) or above – 30% higher than the national average.

Our ‘grammar stream’* achieved an impressive 62% of grades 8 and 9, with five pupils getting straight A*s across the board.

These impressive accomplishments come hot on the heels of celebrating a splendid set of A Level results last week, where notably, over 40% of ‘grammar stream’ pupils achieved the coveted A*/A grades, and over three quarters of all A Level grades ranged from A* to C. We are elated to see the vast majority of our pupils securing places at their chosen universities.

Ben Charles, Principal of King’s and Headmaster of the Senior School, said “Quite rightly, we pride ourselves on bringing out the best in each pupil and I am delighted that they have shown real endeavour and aspiration to achieve the results they deserve with the excellent support of their teachers. I am immensely proud of all that this cohort has accomplished both academically and through their broader contributions to the vibrant King’s community in areas such as sport, music, drama and outdoor pursuits. Today’s results are fantastic news for a talented and diverse cohort of pupils and I eagerly look forward to welcoming this exceptional year group back to the Sixth Form for the next stage of their life at King’s.”



Seb excels with perfect 9s

Seb secures impeccable 9s across the board, embodying the excellence of a King’s Scholar. From sports to class camaraderie, and engaging in a range of activities, from competitions to academic challenges, Seb has cherished every moment.

With a love for rugby and its team spirit, Seb said “we’ve been getting excited about pre-season for weeks – we’re a small squad but everyone really cares”.

“My teachers have been great, especially my form tutor, even Mr Charles (Principal) and Mr Smith (Senior Deputy Head) are really approachable”. Eager to delve into his favourite subjects in the Sixth Form – maths, further maths, physics, computing, or chemistry, Seb ponders diverse career paths, including engineering, computer science, finance, or medicine, keeping his options wide open.

Massimo’s multilingual mastery

Achieving 9s in all his modern languages – French, Italian and Spanish – is a testament to his exceptional linguistic abilities. Despite joining during lockdown, he thrived in King’s vibrant learning environment, particularly in languages where he found teachers to be incredibly friendly and supportive.

Excited about Sixth Form, Massimo looks forward to delving deeper into languages at A Level and relishing the newfound freedom of Sixth Form life. He’s enjoyed taking part in CCF (the Combined Cadet Force) and whilst not having been involved in the music at King’s as yet, he’s contemplating joining the choir this year to further enrich his King’s experience.

Standout 9 in drama

Delighted with her 9 in drama, Melissa is destined for the stage and beyond. She has loved performing in shows and musicals at King’s. “After-school rehearsals are a great way to relax at the end of the school day. They also give you a chance to make friends across other year groups”.

A true all-rounder, Melissa has earned King’s awards in music, drama and hockey. Yet it’s the close community that she cherishes the most. “What I love about King’s is that everyone has such close bonds – not only with friends, but also with the teachers as they are always there to help you.”

Taking on A Level Drama and Theatre, Melissa’s passion for the stage is undeniable. Her sights are set on a musical theatre degree, and we eagerly await her journey to stardom.

Ella’s dazzling 10

Ella, an all-rounder with artistic flair, acquires a dazzling 10 A*s. Carrying on a legacy at King’s as both her parents are alumni. Ella’s highlights include her involvement in the drama department’s tech society. She found joy in learning to row and cherishes the friendships formed at King’s. While considering a future in journalism, her path is bright with possibilities.

Bianca’s stellar success paves way to medical dreams

Bianca secures 10 A*s, becoming a King’s Scholar and is certainly on the right path to study medicine. Despite joining in Year 10, she’s made the most of her time at King’s getting involved in countless activities, highlights including school trips, the netball tour and the fun Colour Run. “Everyone has been so lovely – it’s just been such a great experience.”

Yahya reaps rewards

Yahya, a true sports enthusiast, reaps the rewards of his hard work with great GCSE results. Sports at King’s have been the highlight for Yahya, with a love for rugby, cricket, and hockey. He takes pride in having represented the school’s 1st team in cricket. Looking forward to the newfound independence of Sixth Form, he will continue his passion for sport studying PE alongside maths and psychology at A Level.

Boarding brothers thrive at King’s

Having only been at the school for just over a year, Ben and Harry are grateful for the significant improvement they have seen in their grades. “As weekly boarders, having structured Prep in the boarding house with tutors’ support has been really helpful”.

They’ve embraced the King’s experience wholeheartedly, making lots of new friends and enjoying plenty of fun activities with their new boarding family. Sharing a love for sports, hockey has been a highlight for them both. As well as a shared passion for DT, both are looking forward to larger design and technology projects at A Level. Ben and Harry are geared up for Sixth Form life.

Second home at King’s

Congratulations to Fran on her fabulous results who’s time in boarding helped her studies. “I boarded at King’s throughout my mocks and throughout the GCSEs period and I enjoyed it immensely. The boarding staff and boarders made me feel so welcome and I felt as though I fitted in immediately. Despite initially being anxious about staying away from home for an extended period of time the boarding house quickly became a second home to me and I became part of the boarding family. Being in the school environment helped me with revising for my GCSEs, it allowed me to have a focused mindset which was reinforced by the structure of the boarding house. The boarding staff are always on hand to help with revision as well as support during stressful times. I can’t thank the boarding house enough for all their help, I am genuinely so grateful for them all and I will always keep the friends I made during my boarding period.”

Star on and off the pitch

Nick’s excellent grades earned him an academic scholarship into Sixth Form. No surprise his highlights at King’s include opening his results today. Beyond the classroom, Nick is a keen cricketer but loves all school sports. He also enjoys the many after school clubs, particularly chess.

A true blue King’s pupil, having started in Reception, he is looking forward to the next stage of his life at King’s in Sixth Form. Nick has a bright future ahead with a career in finance on his radar, potentially via a degree apprenticeship.