Press Release: Magnificent 7s - One quarter of all reformed
GCSE grades were 7s, 8s and 9s!

Congratulations to every student in year 10 and 11 at The Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School in Chester for the excellent grades achieved today.

The two years of focused hard work brought Religious Studies success for year 10, with 77% of students achieving a grade 4. Year 11 then topped this with 83% of our students achieving grade 4 and above in English.

A quarter of all the grades achieved were at 7 or above. Headteacher Ian Wilson said, “I am delighted to see so many excellent individual performances.

We are proud of all of our students including those who achieved magnificent grade 7s, 8s and 9s and those who, while not necessarily obtaining the highest grades, secured ones that demonstrated significant progress in their journey through secondary school.”

These results are not Lucky 7s but a reflection of the hard work of students, the support of their families and the dedication and commitment of the Bishops’ staff.

For the third year in a row, students have secured the top grade 9s in English, Mathematics and the Sciences due to positive relationships and the school’s STEM Assured Status, the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) achieved 31% of their grades at 7 and above, or equivalent.

Furthermore, creative subjects achieved some incredible top grades with 24% of grades from Art, Drama and Music at grade 7 and above. A wide variety of talent and achievement has been joyfully recognised this morning.

KS4 Performance Tables

Key stage 4 (KS4) results


Progress 8 score


Attainment 8 score


% pupils achieving a strong pass in both English and Mathematics


% pupils entered for the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc)


% pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate


Ebacc average point score


Staying in education or entering employment


Outstanding Results

Outstanding results were attained by:

Elizabeth (6 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s and 1 grade A); Rafael (6 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8 and 2 grade 7’s and 1 grade C); Eve (5 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7 and 1 grade A); Charlotte (6 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade B); Holly (4 grade 9’s, 4 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7, and 1 grade B); Seb (4 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade B); Sam (4 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8, 3 grade 7’s, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade B); Annalise (2 grade 9’s, 4 grade 8’s, 2 grade 7’s, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade B); and Peter (4 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7, 2 grade 6’s, 1 grade 5 and 1 grade A).

The school was also delighted with students who achieved well beyond their estimated grades including: Charlotte, Charlotte, Maks, Lottie, Ellie, Yamina, Lydia, Sadie, Katy, Jamie, Jake Doig, Tom, Lauren and Joe. Best wishes to all examination students as they plan for the future and their next steps towards “life in all its fullness” John 10:10

Siblings Peter and Katie achieved notable success across GCSE and GCE, respectively with Peter gaining top grade 9s across mathematics, separate sciences and computer science whilst Katie gained A, B and Distinction in Art & Design, Film Studies and Food and Nutrition. Peter will continue with his studies at The Bishops’ Blue Coat Sixth Form whilst Katie will go on to study Production Arts for the Screen at University of Arts, London.

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Press Release: A Wide Range of Success

Sixth Form students at The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School are celebrating a wide range of successes. The challenging and enriching courses have made the most of individual strengths leading to Edinburgh, Bristol, degree level apprenticeships and the University of Cambridge.

This year’s results showed how well students are prepared for further education and employment with 63% of all grades awarded being between A*-C. This year sees students embark on top university courses from arts to technology and also to prestigious degree level apprenticeships with organisations such as Airbus.

Head Boy, Rupert achieved four A* grades in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and will go on to study Engineering at Cambridge University.

Head Girl, Georgina gained an A* in Geography, A in Design Technology and B in English Language and Literature and will to go complete a degree level apprenticeship in Project Management at Raytheon.

James achieved an A* in Mathematics and three grade As in Biology, Physics and Further Mathematics and will go on to complete degree level Accountancy apprenticeship.

Head of Sixth Form, Stephen Moffatt, said “We pride ourselves on nurturing all our students through their journey with us and supporting them as they choose their future pathways.
This year we celebrate a wide variety of higher level studies. William will study Adult Nursing at Chester University, Luke will begin as a degree level engineering Apprentice at Airbus, Charles will study Geography at Bristol University and Esme will study Performance Costume Design at Edinburgh University.”

“Our students thoroughly deserve their success following two years of hard work and commitment. Today proves that our 25 different study programmes and enrichment courses open the doors for students to progress to the full range of further education and employment opportunities. I value all of our students for the role they played in our Sixth Form community and we them every success in the future.”

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