We are academically strong and our pupils perform very impressively in public examinations. Our pupils’ GCSE and IGCSE results for 2017 were outstanding: 81.5% of all GCSE and IGCSE entries were graded at A* or A. This achievement placed us in 19th position in the national table of nearly 240 Independent Co-educational Schools listed in The Times (August 2017).
We were also able to announce a tremendous set of GCE A Level and Pre-U results in 2017. Against a backdrop of national uncertainty relating to the impact of public examination reform, our pupils rose magnificently to the challenge.
A Level and Pre-U
In 2017, the proportion of entries graded at A* was tantalisingly close to the IPS record of 25.1% while 84.1% of entries were graded at A*-B, making these results our second-best ever. When measured by the average number of UCAS points per pupil, our Leavers of 2017 were the most successful in the history of the School, with the average pupil winning 161.7 points.
IPS is unusual in that the nearly all of our Upper Sixth pupils enter for an Extended Project Qualification and here outcomes were even more spectacular: 73% of these projects were graded at A* or A. Overall, a quarter of our candidates attained three A grades or better in their A Levels and, as a consequence of their success, they moved on to an impressive range of universities including Oxford, Durham, the LSE, KCL, Edinburgh, Warwick and Bristol.
We are intensely proud of the efforts of our Upper Sixth and look forward to hearing of their ongoing success at university and beyond.
GCSE and IGCSE
After the splendid success of our A Level candidates, we were thrilled to report that those pupils who took IGCSE examinations in the summer of 2017 gathered an outstanding collection of grades. Just as our A Level candidates broke the School record for the proportion of GCE papers graded at A*, so too did our GCSE candidates as 54% of all entries were awarded the highest grade. 82% of examinations were given either an A* or an A and no fewer than 14 pupils achieved nine A* grades or more.
We were delighted that our pupils’ endeavours were so handsomely rewarded and as we welcomed them into our Sixth Form they had good reason to feel enormously confident as they contemplated the next phase of their education.