Harrow’s outgoing Fifth Form achieved the best GCSE results in the School’s history, with 64.5% of grades at 9, 8 or A*.
98% of entries used numerical grades, with 39.2% of these graded 9 – the highest possible outcome, achieved by 4.5% of entries nationally in 2018. The percentage of grades 4 or higher was 99.4%, with seven boys achieving ten or more grade 9s. 29 boys attained ten or more grades 9, 8 or A*, with 54 acquiring nine or more grades 9, 8 or A*.
At A level, nearly one third of all grades were the highest possible, meaning that - for the third year in a row - the A* rate exceeded the School’s average since the grade was introduced in 2010. 49% of Pre-U grades (for the majority of modern foreign languages and History of Art) were awarded either a D1 or D2 (the highest two grades available and equivalent to an A* or higher).
This year’s leavers will be taking up places at seven of the world’s top ten universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford and Chicago, and at six of the eight Ivy League schools in America. Others have secured places at the UK’s most academically selective universities, such as Imperial, Durham, LSE and UCL.
Among some of the individual successes were:
- Ostap Stefak (Newlands 20143), who achieved a total of six A* grades in A-level Economics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Physics, and Russian. He will be going to Harvard;
- Pasa Suksmith (Elmfield 20143) who will be taking up a place at Cornell after achieving A* grades in A-level Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, while simultaneously achieving A grades in both A-level Japanese and Statistics; and
- Andrew Zhou (Lyon's 20143), who scored an A* in Maths and Further Maths, and was ranked in the top 50 for Maths in the whole of the UK. He also gained A* grades in Chemistry and Physics, and will be taking up a place at Trinity College, Cambridge to read Mathematics.