Hereford Cathedral School students celebrate another year of excellent GCSE results today, with almost half of all exams awarded the highest grades of 9-7, and nearly a third of all grades at 9-8 (A* equivalent).

Fourteen exceptional pupils achieved all 9-7 (A*/A) grades, with 13 pupils boasting five or more top grade 9s.

In 11 of the school’s subject departments, over 50% of exams were awarded grade 7 and above (equivalent of grades A/A). Results for the Maths Department were outstanding with over 85% of grades in Further Maths at the very top grades A^/A/A. Music also continues to thrive at the school with 83% of exams awarded grades 9-7 (A/A equivalent). The Art Department also enjoyed similar success with 22 pupils achieving grades 9-7. Many of the GCSE art students will continue to study Fine Art and Textile Art in the school’s sixth form and are hoping to go on to match the success of this year’s leavers, who last week achieved 100% A/A at A-Level.

Headmaster Paul Smith is thrilled with the students’ results: “I am delighted to see so many pupils achieve or exceed their target grades. Congratulations to those academic high-flyers, each of whom have achieved a large number of the very top grade 9. However, I also applaud those pupils who might not have reached these dizzy heights of academic achievement, but who nonetheless have excelled in their GCSE exams.

“As ever, I am extremely grateful to the teaching staff who have been so supportive of the pupils. We now look forward to welcoming pupils back into the Sixth Form for the next academic year.”