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Numerical grading spells success for Coombe Girls’ School

Numerical grading spells success for Coombe Girls’ School

Predicted national volatility regarding results went undetected at Coombe Girls’ School as it maintained its exceptionally high standards of achievement despite the more rigorous and demanding specifications.

Coombe Girls’ School students rose to the challenge of changes to course content and the new system of numerical grading in English and mathematics introduced this year. 

Exceptional results include: 87% of our students achieved the new government demanding threshold in English and Maths, with more than 40% of the students achieving the numerical grade 7 or higher which equates to A/A*.

An outstanding 11% of all Coombe students achieved the new grade 9, designed nationally to recognise the very highest performing students. This outstanding success is replicated across all our subjects. 


  • 41% of students obtained the 7-9 grade in English
  • 39% of students obtained the 7-9 grade in Maths ( 11% of which were grade 9)
  • 49% A*-A in History
  • 50% A*-A in Drama
  • 46% A*-A in Chemistry
  • 40% A*-A in Biology
  • 35% A*-A in Physics
  • 45% A*-A in German
  • 36% A*-A in French
  • 90% of students secured a 4+ in Maths and 95% of students gained a 4+ grade either in English language or English literature.
  • Over 40% of all the school’s GCSE grades in Maths and English were a 7+, the equivalent to an A*-A grade.

Among a whole host of high achievers, notable commendation goes to Julia Fitch who has achieved a fantastic result of 7 A*s and 3 grade 9s; Alessia Ciocanea and Anne-Lise Cogoli-Bel also achieved outstanding results with each gaining 6 A*s, 1 A and 3 grade 9s.

The continued, upward success of its students is due to Coombe’s strong, balanced and academic curriculum, which has been firmly maintained, despite increased exam difficulty.

Today’s GCSE results show evidence of the ‘Coombe Factor’, that each student achieves significantly above average progress from their secondary school starting points giving high levels of value added to every student.

Andrew Platt, Head teacher commentsHere at Coombe the transition to the new examinations has been smooth, and this is evidence of the tenacity and commitment of the staff, parents and students. We are so proud of their amazing achievements today and throughout their time at Coombe. It has been a privilege to witness such a fantastic cohort display a boundless energy for learning and a positive approach to their studies. Every student should be extremely proud of their achievements. I look forward to welcoming students back to the Sixth Form in September but for now wish all our students a wonderful summer break.’

Enrolment to Coombe Sixth Form opened today from 9am with record numbers enlisting onto the wide range of subjects available to study at the top performing centre.