Sixteen-year-old twins Honor and Arthur Reynolds are among pupils at Glenalmond College who have performed exceptionally well in this year’s GCSE exams - with 37% of results achieving 9 - 8 grades, equivalent to A*.
The impressive results saw 56% of Glenalmond pupils achieving A*- A grades (or 9 - 7), with pupils performing particularly well in Science, Maths, English and Modern Languages.
Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College, extended his congratulations to pupils and staff for all the hard work and commitment which went into achieving such strong results.
“Clearly this has been a very challenging time for staff and pupils and we are delighted that, after an anxious wait for their results, our pupils have performed so well in their GCSEs,” said Dr Alderson.
“Education at Glenalmond is about teaching in a way that genuinely inspires pupils to do well and achieve consistently high academic standards. Our small class sizes are also key to ensuring our pupils achieve their full potential.”
Dr Alderson, who took over the role of Warden at Glenalmond at the end of March, said he had been hugely proud of the way staff and pupils worked together in the final term of the 2019/20 academic year to ensure the school’s online learning delivery was a huge success.
“Something which is very evident is that while the GCSE results highlight how well our pupils are performing academically, they are doing so while taking part in a huge range of other activities. These range from sport and CCF to drama, art and music which make such a vital contribution to their personal development, and which ultimately contribute to their success in the classroom” observed Dr Alderson.
This week’s strong GCSE results follow excellent Higher and A-Level results. Glenalmond pupils achieved a 100% pass rate in 24 subjects in their A-Levels. In total, 36% of pupils’ A-Level results were A*-A, with 67% A*-B.
Gareth O’Neill, Glenalmond Sub-Warden (Academic), said the exceptionally strong results were a reflection of the standard of the teaching by the school’s academic staff.
“We are now really seeing the benefit of the pioneering Learning Project we introduced several years ago to build on our teacher excellence through a whole-school programme of continuous professional development.
“This ensures our staff are constantly up-to-speed on all the latest teaching approaches and innovations to ensure individual pupils get exactly the right level of support they need,” said Mr O’Neill.