Results Day 2017 – GCSE

Examination Highlights 2017 

Headmaster, Stephen Neate, was extremely pleased with this year’s outstanding set of GCSE results.  The pupils sat a mixture of reformed and legacy GCSE qualifications, reputably harder than in previous years.  English and mathematics are numerically assessed for the first time with the majority of universities accepting a grade 4 (standard pass) for entry to higher education. 78% of the cohort achieved at least grade 4 in both of these subjects and are therefore well placed to continue their studies post-16.

A strong performance across the whole curriculum gives our students real choice post-16. This is a talented and able year group who, with the support of their teachers and parents, have realised their potential both inside and outside the classroom. Sport, drama and music have all received excellent support from these students and many of them have featured in our 400th anniversary celebrations.  Two thirds of the students have been awarded the DofE Bronze Award and, along with our Sports Leaders, have made significant contributions in the local community.

We are very proud of our students’ successes, but even more importantly of the skills, determination and character they have continually shown us.  At a time when the national media are reporting these are the hardest GCSEs since 1980, it is even more pleasing that the students have achieved these results.


  • Top 22 students amassed 200+ A*/A or equivalent GCSE grades between them.
  • English and Mathematics – 84% of students gained a grade 9 to 4. A creditable 32% grade 9 to 7 in Mathematics and 24% in English.
  • 20 students in this cohort who took Mathematics GCSE in Year 10 (a year early) all achieved A*/A
  • 16 Express set Mathematics students in Year 10 all gained grade 9-8 (A**/A*)
  • 75% of students secured two or more passes in Science, nearly two thirds of the cohort passed three sciences, 44% of these passed with top grades A*/A
  • A similar figure achieved A*-C in humanities
  • Ebacc subjects – 47% passed A*- C
  • Early champagne moments – A*/A 49% French, 37% Biology, 46% Chemistry,48% Physics. Geology 100% A*-C

Outstanding performances – all students achieved 8+ A*/A

Allen Thomas

Anderson Dominic

Blowers Marcus

Clarke James

Cozzi Frederico

Davis James

Davies Robert

Dixon Cameron

Elliot Alex

Fossey-Warren Frederick

Hall Samuel

Haider Ali

Lacey Adam

Martin Thomas

Metz Neo

Myott Finn – top scholar

Orton William

Sherring Thomas

Slark Felix

Waller Aaron

Willcocks Ben

Wilkinson Max

Wilkinson Sam


GCSE Results Table 2017



Note for 2017:

The results on the national league tables are not a true reflection of the performance of last year’s GCSE cohort.  A number of our students who took the Accelerated Mathematics course in Year 10 could not have their Mathematics grade of A* counted in national league tables as they are not on the new GCSE scale of 9-1. This means our figure for 5+ English and Maths was depressed by 12% and a similar figure for EBacc and those entering EBacc.  Next year’s league tables should be a more accurate representation of Richard Hale performance as our examination results will all be included and we will not be disadvantaged by our early entry top set Maths students.


Performance Table Actual
% Students achieving 5 or above in English and Maths 48% 61%
% Students achieving 4 or above in English and Maths 65% 77%
% Entering EBacc


48% 60%
% Achieving EBacc


32% 44%
Attainment 8


48.5 50.6