King's Worcester

22 August

King’s pupils achieve outstanding GCSE results and more

King’s Worcester pupils and staff are celebrating after Year 11 pupils achieved another set of excellent GCSE results. The headline statistics are impressive with 66% of entries graded 9-7 (or equivalent), 42% A*/9-8 grades and over 97% 9-4 grades (or equivalent).

There were outstanding results in creative subjects, with 9-7 grades achieved by 100% of pupils in Art, 86% of pupils in DT and 72% of pupils in Music. In addition, King’s pupils also excelled in STEM subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics – where well over 300 9-7 grades were awarded. Meanwhile strong performances were also seen in many other subjects, including Spanish, Latin, History and Religious Studies.

Reflecting on the results the Acting Headmaster, Jon Ricketts, said ‘We’re incredibly fortunate to teach such enthusiastic and dedicated children here at King’s. They have worked hard this year to produce some really fantastic results. With pupils on average taking 10 GCSEs and combined with all the co-curricular activities they enjoy at King’s, these results are a testament to their dedication to learning.

We are really proud of the headline results, but even more so of the individual stories and successes that many of these children have achieved throughout the year – whether it’s on the sports field, in the theatre or in the Cathedral, these results are yet another achievement to celebrate. We look forward to welcoming the pupils back in September to begin their Sixth Form journey with us. Well done to all.”

Unusually there were also four sets of twins receiving their results today at King’s. Olivia and Sophie Burden, Aston and Olivia Campbell-Kerr, Millie and Sophie Connor and Ellie and Lani Overfield, who between them received 83 GCSEs, with 75% of these being 9-7 (or equivalent). Sisters Ellie and Lani Overfield will be celebrating with their brother, Fletcher, who received an A and 2 B’s in his A levels last week. Lani said “It’s amazing. I’m ecstatic and really, really happy with my results. King’s is unique it’s one of a kind and I’m so grateful for the school and everything the teachers have done.”

Keen sportsman and musician Owen Preston was delighted with his results today after gaining 11 GCSEs grades 9-8 (or equivalent). Owen has successfully balanced his passion for rugby, cricket and music and also achieving impressive academic results. Last season he was a member of the Worcester Warriors Academy and this season has played in the King’s first cricket team, whilst also playing the saxophone within a number of the school ensembles. Owen was celebrating today with his parents and said “I’m thrilled to bits with my results. I’m relieved and so very shocked.” His parents were over the moon after sister Cerys received two A*’s and an A in her A levels last week. Dr Preston said “We are very proud and so happy he’s reached his potential. He’s truly got the grades he deserves.”

Owen was also joined by Tom Angell, who received 11 grades A*/9. Tom’s said “I’m thrilled with my results and I’m so shocked by how well I’ve done.” Tom’s mum added “We are absolutely thrilled and chuffed to bits, Tom has worked really hard and we are so very grateful to all the teachers.”

There were many other success stories too with a number of pupils achieving an almost perfect set of results, as well as those who surpassed their own expectations. In addition to Tom Angell, three other students received a clean sweep of top marks these were Ben Hale, Henny Hodges and Amy Yorke Brooks. Ben Hale was definitely on cloud nine after he achieved grade 9s and A*s across all of his 11 subjects. Ben follows his twin brothers impressive A Level results last week where they achieved 9 A*’s between them.

Talented sportswomen Georgie Thorp and Beatrice Beever, were ecstatic today as Georgie received 10 GCSEs including 9 GCSEs 8-6 and Beatrice received 11 GCSEs 9-8.  The pair, who have forged a formidable double act, were selected to row as representatives of the West Midlands. They then went to GB trials and Georgie was invited to a potential future representative camp, which she attended in April. In May the girls raced in their double scull at the National Schools’ Regatta, where they gained an impressive tenth place in the country. Georgie said “I’m so happy because I got all my predicted results. I got mostly As so I’m really happy and looking forward to starting my A Levels.”  Beatrice added, “I’m so excited too and really pleased with myself. I’m proud of how much work I have done and this has really paid off.”

Keen netballers Mia Matthewson and Sophia Winfield who play for the King’s First Netball team and also Worcester Seven Stars Nova Netball Academy received an impressive 20 grade 9-6 (or equivalent GCSEs between them). Mia was delighted with her results, after receiving 2 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 3 grade 7s and 3 Bs.


Two of the King’s Rugby First team, Matt Doughty and Matt Whiteside have just returned from the school’s summer rugby tour to South Africa and were over the moon with their results. With Matt Doughty, who also plays for Worcester Warriors Academy, achieving 10 grades 9-7 and Matt Whiteside who represents England in U16 Hockey obtaining 9 grades 9-7 and 1 grade 6.  Matt Doughty added “I’m so surprised, but pleased. I’m mostly pleased with my chemistry mark which was a grade 9.”

Aspiring engineers Toby Weymouth, Edward Cosson, Eli Edwards and Alex Checkley received 40 GCSEs between them and celebrated today after also being offered places on the nationally recognised and highly competitive after Artwright Engineering Scholarship programme. This programme is one of the most prestigious and sought after scholarship scheme of its type in the UK, designed to inspire and nurture school-age pupils to be the countries future leaders of the Engineering Profession. These pupils will benefit from valuable hands-on work experience, support for projects, personal mentors and invites to developmental events.

Duncan King, Academic Deputy Head added; “With an extraordinary 870 GCSEs graded 9-7, I am again impressed by the breadth and depth of the achievement of our year 11 pupils. Not all pupils find examinations easy and this cohort has worked exceptionally hard and fully deserve these results. Equally, the support also of our staff has been invaluable in providing both pastoral and academic guidance for these pupils and I would like to thank them for their ongoing commitment to helping each and every individual.”

We are delighted to be able to share the GCSE photo album from the day and also a selection of a few more student reactions below.