An impressive 87% of our pupils achieved at least five grade 9 to 4 passes (including English and Maths), placing us well above the national average for comparable schools, and significantly above similar schools locally. In fact we had 28% more grades 9 to 4 than the national average and 27% more grades 9-7 (A*-A).
The core subjects of Maths and English performed particularly well, with 97% of pupils passing both subjects, and the traditionally difficult Physics achieved a 100% pass rate. There were many other subjects that achieved a 100% pass rate, including: Additional Maths, Art, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, German, Geography, Music, and Spanish.
Many of our pupils have exceeded their expectations too with 71% of pupils gaining at least one grade between 9 and 7 (A*-A) and 44% gaining at least one grade 9 or 8 (A*). Around a tenth of the School’s pupils gained these highest grades in 8 or more subjects, a particularly impressive achievement.
Andrew McCleave, Headmaster at Ballard School, said:
“Ballard pupils are hard-working and resilient young people who aspire to achieve academically, and do so with humility and altruism. I would like to congratulate our students not only on their impressive GCSE results but also for their enormous contributions to our school. We firmly believe in an holistic education and we have been fortunate with the leavers of 2019 that so many of them have been keen to develop in all arenas of school-life. We are extremely fortunate to have a talented and dedicated group of staff, such supportive parents and ambitious students at Ballard, and it’s a winning combination. Our 2019 GSCE results celebration concludes my first year as Headmaster of Ballard and I could not be more proud or privileged to lead this outstanding and inspiring community.”