At Shiplake College we are very proud of the achievements of our pupils. As a school that has a broad admissions policy, taking into account all aspects of a pupil’s potential on entry, it is natural that our results will have a greater span than those schools who actively select according to academic ability.

That said, there has been an upward trend in GCSE and A Level results over the last ten years; a reflection of a greater focus on academic rigour. Many of our pupils achieve far higher grades than they were predicted to when they joined Shiplake College, with value-added at an academic and personal level a considerable strength of the school. The academic results from recent years are displayed below.

A Level and GCSE Results Summary


  2016 2015 2014 2013
A*-A 23% 21% 28% 18%
A*-B 53% 58% 56% 49%
A*-C 91% 88% 86% 76%
A*-C (5 or more) 93% 95% 87% 89%
A*-G (Pass) 100% 100% 100% 100%

A Level and BTEC

  2016 2015 2014 2013
A*-A 41% 36% 28% 31%
A*-B 64% 55% 42% 52%
A*-C 87% 74% 72% 76%
A*-E (Pass) 100% 99% 97% 99%

Please note that the College does not normally supply a breakdown of results by subject as some departments are limited in terms of numbers which can easily affect percentages. In addition, such data does not necessarily reflect any value-added scores, for example some significant achievements at both the upper and lower grade levels.

AS and A Level Results 2015-2016

Shiplake College has received its best ever A Level results, breaking records across the board. Not only has the percentage of results at the top end risen, with 41% A* and A grades compared to 36% in 2015, but the College has also achieved a 100% pass rate for the first time. Most significantly was the 13% rise of A*-C grades, up from 74% last year.

Headmaster, Gregg Davies, comments: “Naturally I am extremely pleased with this year’s record-breaking results. They are a reflection of a distinctive partnership between the pupils and staff, which includes crucial guidance regarding appropriate A Level and BTEC subject choices and admirable hard work and dedication from all involved. Those who took on the additional Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) also received some fantastic results, with Oscar Oglina and Emily Dewell both achieving an A*.

There are many stories of individual successes, including personal goals achieved at all grade levels. Of note are those who achieved all A*s and As: Ed Warren (Law, Warwick), Scarlett Martin (Psychology, Exeter), Oscar Oglina (Medicine, Bristol), Oli Riley (Theology and Religion, Durham), Sam Collett Fuzesi (Psychology, Southampton), James Fenton (Business Economics, Exeter) and Freddie Brady (Physics and Astrophysics, Bath).

Year 13 leavers are going on to a variety of educational establishments, with Exeter, Oxford Brookes and Newcastle remaining popular destinations. Degrees range from Criminology to Architecture, as well as many Business, Sports and Science related courses. Nearly 94% of all leavers are heading to the university of their choice, which makes this the most successful year to date!

This year also marks the first set of results attained by boys who joined the school in Year 7, when that year group was established in 2009. These boys all gained a high set of results, with a large number of A*, A, and Distinction* grades in their A Level and BTEC subjects.

Congratulations to the class of 2016 and I wish them every success for the next stage of their lives.”


GCSE Results 2015-2016

Shiplake College is once again celebrating another impressive set of GCSE results. Pupils have improved on the percentage of top results, gaining 23% A*-A grades, up from 21% in 2015. The percentage of A*-C grades overall has also increased from 88% to 91%.

Headmaster Gregg Davies comments: “This is another pleasing set of results. Our pupils have worked hard, applying themselves to the seriousness of these public examinations whilst showing great commitment to the many other co-curricular activities we offer. There are many departments celebrating 100% A*-C success, with 100% A*-A for those who took iGCSE Maths. It is a pleasure to watch our dedicated staff take as much enjoyment as the pupils and parents on results days like these.

Congratulations to Brett Fullard who achieved an impressive set of high-end grades, confirming his Academic Scholarship into the Sixth Form. Alfie Sheppard, Ryan Jones, Bilal Akeil, Tom Hallam, Will Bailey and Laurenz Claas also all attained a majority of A* and A grades.

I am extremely proud of all that our pupils offer the Shiplake community and look forward to watching them as they progress into the Sixth Form, sharing with them the next stage of their journeys.”

Pupils have strong self-esteem and are confident in their personal values, appreciating the sense of belonging and significance which the small community engenders.
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