2014 was a record breaking year for A level and GCSE pupils.
A-Level students achieved the second best ever results in the history of the school, with 70% of A level exams graded at A*- A, 93% at A* - B and half the cohort achieving at least three A grades. 50% of the cohort of 152 pupils achieved three A grades or better and 30 pupils secured four A grades or higher. UCS is particularly proud of Alex Smith, Oliver Tesh and Marc Huttman for obtaining a clean sweep of four A*s this year. Headmaster Mark Beard commented, “In a year when A level results are predicted to fall nationally, our pupils have bucked the trend and accomplished top results while also enriching the life of the school through tremendous contributions to Music, Drama, Art and Sport. I would also like to thank our staff for their never-ceasing efforts and UCS parents for their support this year.”
At GCSE pupils achieved the school’s best ever GCSE results this year by over two points from last year’s record success. 88% of exams were graded at A*-A and over 60% were marked at A* alone. A third of the cohort of 124 pupils secured 9 A*s or higher and 20 pupils received 10 straight A* grades. Commenting on these achievements, headmaster Mark Beard said, “The GCSE profile is increasingly seen by both universities and employers as an indicator of work ethic and determination of character, and our boys rose to the challenge. They worked extremely hard and have been rewarded with delightful results. In particular, I was thrilled for one pupil who underwent liver transplant surgery in the spring but was nonetheless able to sit four GCSEs, obtaining two As and two Bs. I am always impressed by our pupils’ maturity, their commitment to school life and the respect that they show for one another. These accomplishments are extremely well deserved.”