THOUSANDS of young people across Dorset and Hampshire have collected their new-style GCSE results.

They were awarded grades 9-1 in English, English literature and maths while other subjects were graded in the old A*-G.

The new 9-1 grades have been implemented in a bid to identify high-flyers. They will be phased in for other subjects.

Across England the overall pass rate dipped slightly.


  • BOURNEMOUTH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS All pupils met the old national gold standard of 5 GCSEs at A*-C /9-4 including English and maths. 64.13 per cent of all exams taken were passed at A or A*/ grades 9-7. A third of the year group achieved 10 or more As and A*s /grades 9-7.
  • BOURNEMOUTH SCHOOL 98 per cent of students obtained at least grade C or grade 4 in at least five subjects including English and mathematics. Overall 58 per cent of entries were graded A*/A (or equivalent). Two thirds of the year group achieved five or more A*/A grades (or equivalent), with 43 students attaining 10 or more results at this level.
  • ST PETER’S 76 per cent of students achieved five or more strong GCSEs (C or above) including English and mathematics. 86 per cent of the 240 students achieved a grade 4 or above in English, 80 per cent did so in mathematics and 78 per cent in both.
  • THE BOURNE ACADEMY GCSE performance is similar to last year. English and mathematics A* to C results remained stable at 69 per cent and 60 per cent respectively. Mark Avoth, Principal, said: “Particular congratulations to the students who achieved grade 9’s in English and mathematics as this places their result in the top 3 per cent of the country.”
  • GLENMOOR AND WINTON ACADEMIES 85 per cent of students at Glenmoor Academy achieved A*-C grades (4 or above) in both English and maths. At Winton Academy, 70 per cent of students achieved these grades. Newly appointed Principal Stuart Ingram, said: “I am particularly delighted for our girls at Glenmoor Academy who have achieved their best ever GCSE results.”
  • TALBOT HEATH National tennis champion Erin Richardson, 16, achieved six A* grades, and one level 9 for her mathematics, including 100 per cent score on all of her science papers. 100 per cent of girls attained five or more GCSEs, with almost 60 per cent of girls achieving an A and A*.
  • BOURNEMOUTH COLLEGIATE BCS celebrated another year of excellent academic and personal achievements with 85 per cent of pupils achieving grades A*-C and 97 per cent of all students passing maths. Over a third of all pupils gained top grades A*-A.
  • AVONBOURNE At Avonbourne, 59 per cent achieved a pass in both English and mathematics. Also 26 per cent achieved the English Baccalaureate. The college has one of the highest English Baccalaureate statistics in the borough after the selective schools.
  • LeAF STUDIO 56 per cent achieved at least a grade 4 (the standard pass) or above in English and maths – with maths seeing an 11 per cent increase on last year. In English more than half of the students (52 per cent) achieved at least the strong pass, grade 5. Footballer James Rapin netted the top possible grade 9 in maths and altogether has 11 A*s and As (or the equivalent).
  • OAK ACADEMY 40 per cent achieved the standard grade 4 and above in English and maths, an increase of 5 per cent on last year. More than half of all students (54 per cent) achieved at least the standard pass of grade 4 in maths, an increase of 10 per cent on last year. It’s a similar story for English, with 52% securing a grade 4 or above – an increase of 5% on last year.


  • POOLE HIGH Poole High School has achieved 80 per cent grade 4 and above in English and 78 per cent grade 4 and above in maths. Deputy head teacher Sian Phillips said she was absolutely delighted with this year’s results. Sophia Long, who turned 16 on results day, achieved an A* in chemistry, four As in biology, physics, I.T. and religious studies, a grade 7 in English literature, a 6 in English language and a 5 in maths.
  • POOLE GRAMMAR 88.4 per cent of our students achieved a grade 5 or above in both maths and English Language, 95.9% achieved a grade 4 or above in maths and English, and 99.4 per cent achieved at least a strong pass in maths. The Attainment 8 score per student, which measures results in certain GCSE subjects, increased from 68.74 in 2016 to 69.23 this year.49 students achieved at least 10 top grades.
  • PARKSTONE GRAMMAR 98 per cent of students achieved 9-4 in English and Maths. A staggering 66 per cent of all grades were A*-A or 9-7 with 15 per cent of grades at the top grade 9 in English and maths. 87 per cent of grades were A*- B, or 9-6. Helena Jackson and Carla Sheppard achieved grades A* or 9 in all their subjects.
  • CARTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL Staff at Carter Community School said they maintained the improvements made last year. Kai Taylor-Baines, collected her GCSEs on her birthday. She achieved 10 ‘good’ passes including an A*; n ST EDWARD’S 74 per cent of students achieved 5A*-C (9-4) including English and maths, a 15 per cent improvement on last year. 87 per cent of students gained 9-4 (A*-C) in English and 80 per cent gained 9-4 (A*-C) in Maths.”
  • CORFE HILLS Corfe Hills students are celebrating some of the best results in the school’s history. 68 per cent of students achieved grades 9 to 4 in both English and maths, up from 59 per cent last year. Head teacher Phil Keen said: “I am delighted that the hard work of students and staff has been rewarded with this excellent set of results.”
  • LYTCHETT MINSTER A record number of students achieved A*-C, including grades 9-4. 80 per cent of students achieved grade 4 or above in maths and 74 per cent in English. The overall figure for 5+A*-C (or equivalent) including English and maths was 67 per cent which represents a significant improvement on previous years. There were also a record number of A/A*grades (or equivalents).
  • MAGNA ACADEMY 55 per cent of students achieved a ‘strong pass’ (grades 9-5) in English, which is likely to be in the top 5 per cent nationally for progress in this measure. 42 per cent of students achieved a ‘strong pass’ (grades 9-5) in Maths. 64 per cent achieved grades 9-4 (a ‘good pass’) in English and Maths.
  • ST ALDHELM’S ACADEMY - GCSE results have shown significant improvement with 48 per cent of pupils achieving a standard pass of at least five GCSEs, including English and maths. Since 2015 the number of pupils achieving five GCSEs has risen by 30 per cent.


  • TWYNHAM -85 per cent of the students gained 9-4 (A*-C) in English and 77 per cent in maths. 73 per cent of students gained the equivalent of 9-4 (A*-C) in both, matching the school’s record results last year.
  • THE GRANGE - Students achieved 49 per cent of ‘good’ grades in English and maths – the equivalent of A* to B grades and 15 students out of 90 got top grades in at least half of the subjects that they sat. 100 per cent achieved a grade C and above in BTEC subjects.
  • HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL - More than 70 per cent of Highcliffe students achieved the key Grade 4 Pass grade or above in both English and maths. Nearly 75 per cent of students achieved Grade 4/Grade C passes or better in at least five different GCSE subjects. An incredible 19 students achieved the top A/A* or new 9-7 grades in at least eight subjects and 12 students achieved those top grades in at least 10 different subjects 


  • RINGWOOD SCHOOL - This year 77.4 per cent of our students have achieved a grade 9-4 in English and maths. The per cent of students achieving the old benchmark of 5A*-C including English and maths has also risen by more than eight per cent this year to 74.3%. The per cent of A*-C grades in almost all other unreformed subjects is higher this year than last year.
  • THE ARNEWOOD SCHOOL - There were 13 students who achieved five or more A* and As or the equivalent. In English 68 per cent achieved a grade 4 or above and in maths 64 per cent.
  • PRIESTLANDS SCHOOL - Forty per cent of all grades awarded were at A* or A. Ten per cent of grades awarded in English language, English literature and maths achieved the new Grade 9 (national average three per cent). 77 per cent of students secured the new standard pass (4-9) in English and maths.
    Seventy-four per cent of students achieved the original benchmark of 5A*- C grades including both English and maths at the new grade 4 and above. Nearly a quarter of grades were awarded A and A* grades or equivalents in English and maths, and 62 per cent of grades were awarded A*-B grades or equivalents.
  • BALLARD SCHOOL - Eighty-nine per cent of students received five ‘passes’ at A* to C grades (including English and Maths graded at 4 and above). Some 97% of pupils achieved grade 4 and above in Maths and 44% of candidates in IGCSE English Language were graded A or A*. 


  • QUEEN ELIZABETH’S SCHOOL - The percentage of students achieving grades 4 and above in mathematics and English was 71 per cent and 76 per cent.
  • FERNDOWN UPPER - Eighty-four per cent gained English grade 9 to 4 and 78 per cent in maths. Other subject highlights are 75 per cent A* and A grades for textiles, 57 per cent A* or A grades for ethics and 50% A* or A grades for French. Photography gained 100% A*-C for the second year in a row.
  • CANFORD SCHOOL - More than a third of all papers were graded A*, nearly three quarters A*/A and four out of five of all grades A*/B. Nearly two thirds of the cohort this year gained at least seven A*/A grades, with 58 pupils awarded at least eight A*/As, 43 pupils at least nine A*/As and 23 pupils an impressive clean sweep of ten A*/A grades.


  • THE BLANDFORD SCHOOL - Results remain in line with national standards. Head teacher, Sally Wilson said: “I am delighted for our students who have worked extremely hard in a year which has seen so much assessment and curriculum change including the introduction of the new numerical grades.”