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Following on from some great A Level results, the school is celebrating further success at GCSE, with the percentage of 5A*–C (inc. English & maths) at a fantastic 81%, and the school anticipating a very positive Progress 8 score (the new value added headline measure that takes over from 5A*–C EM this year – though the final score won’t be known for several weeks yet).

IGS has once again built on the achievements of the last few years, with results across all disciplines performing well above national averages for both raw attainment (actual grades achieved) and value added scores (where students’ prior ability is taken into account when comparing results to national outcomes), with many individual subjects further improving on their performance of last year.

Despite overall grades dropping at a national level, including top grades dropping for the fifth consecutive year, IGS has improved on last year’s GCSE results and has further increased its positive gap with national results. 39% of all grades achieved at IGS were awarded A*-A (19% above national), with two thirds being awarded A*-B (24% above national) and 85% overall at A*-C (19% above national). In total, 15 subjects improved their A*-A performance this year, with 16 improving their overall A*-C, which will mean similar expected improvements in value added results, building on the improving trend of recent years.

Headteacher Helen Williams said “This summer’s GCSE results have shown the huge range of success that students achieve at Ilkley Grammar School. Not only have our raw results improved and outperformed national averages again, but more importantly, value added scores are also set to be well above national and continue on an upward trajectory. These achievements, alongside our A Level results last week, show that IGS students, regardless of their starting points, meet the high expectations placed on them and achieve great levels of success.” She added, “When Ofsted visit us later this year, we will be in a very strong position to secure another favourable outcome, which will hopefully give full recognition of the outstanding and tireless work that both staff and students have consistently put in year on year since our last inspection”.

Top GCSE performer at the school was Harriet Day with 10A*s, followed by Isla Lury with 9A*s and 1A and Katrin Blears and Annie Edwards, each with 9A*s.




2016 GCSE Result Headlines (unvalidated)

Percentage of pupils who achieved C or above in English and mathematics (Basics measure)


Percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate


Percentage of pupils who achieved a C or above in GCSEs in 5 or more subjects


Estimated Attainment 8 figure (from unvalidated RAISEonline)


Estimated Progress 8 figure (from unvalidated RAISEonline)


Previous achievement and attainment information can be found at http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html

'A’ Level Results

Ilkley Grammar School students are celebrating another set of fantastic A Level results today, as the school yet again achieved results well above national for both attainment and value added achievement (where students’ prior ability is taken into account when comparing results to national outcomes). Once again this year IGS achieved over a 99% A Level pass rate, with 30% of all results being awarded at A*/A, over 60% achieving A*- B grades and 85% of all grades being at A* - C.

There were outstanding performances from a range of students, including Toby Cowell, Dan Hayes and Tommy Matthews who each achieved 4 A*s, Ben Haigh, Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Alice Saunders and Tom Stephens with 3A*s and 1A, Tom Hewitt who achieved 3A*s, Harri Pitches with 2A*s, 1A and a B, and Iso Hirst and James Inglesfield, who both achieved 2A*s and 1A.

This has meant a record number of students moving on to Oxbridge this year to study courses including Chemical Engineering and English, with again well over 80% of all students securing university places and other students moving on to a range of successful next steps including apprenticeships, further education, employment and gap years.

Helen Williams, Headteacher, was delighted at the range and scale of success. ‘This is another great set of results and onward destinations of which our students and staff members can be proud! We continue to see the huge pay-off for all the hard work and effort that goes into preparing for the exams each year as well as the support given to our students in applying for their next steps after IGS. Once again I’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all staff for their part in supporting and encouraging our students to achieve their Personal Best, as well as pay tribute to our 2016 Year 13 students for their outstanding achievements. We wish them all the very best for the future.’ 

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2016 A Level Result Headlines (unvalidated)

% A level students achieving A levels at grades AAB or higher in at least 2 facilitating subjects


% achieving at least 3 A levels at A*-E


Average point score per A level entry (grade)


Average point score per A level student (full-time equivalent)


Estimated L3VA valued score (generated from DfE shadow ready reckoner)

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Previous achievement and attainment information can be found at http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html

ALPS Report

The Alps report is a statistical analysis of an institution's A level and AVCE level results and shows a school or college how it is performing against a national benchmark. The report gives a clear and detailed analysis of the performance of an institution as compared to national benchmarks.

The report includes clear analysis, graphs and colour-coded charts. It shows the overall performance of the institution, the performance of each subject department and the individual performance of each student, as measured by incoming GCSE/QCA points.

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