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In the week following the publication of the Year 11 exam results, data was collected from Independent Schools Council
 schools covering a total of 37,913 candidates. This is based on the first provisional data and is subject to change due to appeals
and remarks. Visit for more details.
Year 11 Exam Results 2018 Summary
Over 60% of entries awarded A*/A or 9/8/7 - three times the national average
 This year’s GCSE and IGCSE results from ISC
schools show that 62.6% of entries were
awarded either an A*, A, 9, 8, or 7 grade
Candidates took on average 9.5 entries, and achieved an average points total of 64.5, which corresponds to one A* and eight A grades. The average entry result was 6.8, which is closer to an A than a B.
The chart on the right shows our schools’ overall performance using the common grade boundaries of A and 7, C and 4, andGand1.
The charts below show the detailed breakdown for A*-G and 9-1 GCSEs and IGCSEs.
100 80 60 40 20 0
      (nationally 20.5%).
            50 40 30 20 10
Entries from ISC schools 25 Entries from all schools1 20
A/7 C/4 G/1
1 Source: The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) (GCSEs only) ISC’s figures include GCSE and IGCSE results
      15 10 5
           A* A B C D E F G U
0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 U
Note: 543 ISC schools entered candidates for 9-1 GCSEs/IGCSEs
The proportion of GCSE and IGCSE entries from pupils at ISC schools: IGCSE entries
Nearly half of all entries were IGCSEs
ISC schools reported the results for 167,490 IGCSEs and 191,202 GCSEs. IGCSEs therefore account for 46.7% of Year 11 entries.
Pupils typically take a mixture of GCSE and
IGCSE subjects and in 2018, the vast majority
of pupils (84.4%) obtained at least one IGCSE result.
    ...and 85% of GCSE entries were for the reformed 9-1 GCSEs
GCSE entries
Art and Design
Citizenship Studies
Classical Greek
Combined Science (Double Award) Computer Science
English Language
English Literature
Food Preparation and Nutrition Geography
Physical Education
Religious Studies
   In 2017, reformed 9-1 GCSEs were introduced in England in three subjects: English Language, English Literature, and Mathematics. This year a further 20 subjects were reformed.
Reformed GCSEs now account for 85% of all GCSE entries at ISC schools.
 English Language
 English Literature
                                                            w the sector performed
Year 11
Nearly two thirds of GCSE entries at Independent Schools Council (ISC) schools were awarded an A/7 or higher, according to research published earlier this month (September).
This year’s Year 11 exam results data, collected from 549 schools (representing 37,913 candidates), reveal:
• 62.6% of entries were awarded
than three times the national
average of 20.5%.
• Over 95% of entries received a
C/4 grade or higher, a 0.5% rise
compared to last year.
• 87.7% of candidates obtained
at least one A*/A or 9/8/7
• 73.7% of candidates gained at
least one A* or 9/8 grade.
• The average number of GCSEs
• 20% of entries achieved a grade 9 this year, double that of last year and more than four times the national figure.
Barnaby Lenon, chairman of
ISC, said:
“The independent sector can celebrate another set of fantastic GCSE results this year. A fifth
of entries achieved a grade 9 in their results, a very impressive achievement”.
...and in Scotland
Data from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) reveals that 68% of pupils studying foreign languages have achieved a Higher grade A.
The data, collected from SCIS’s 74 member schools, shows that 72% of students achieved a Higher grade A in Mandarin, while 72% of those studying German, 69% of those studying
French and 63% studying Spanish also achieved an A.
Scotland’s independent schools saw an improvement on 2017 results across the board, achieving 96% of National 5, 95% of Higher and 93% of Advanced Higher A-C passes across all subjects.
Commenting on the results, John Edward, Director of SCIS, said: “Congratulations to all students receiving their SQA results today. I am thrilled to see Scotland’s independent schools achieve such outstanding results that have topped last year’s yet again. It is particularly encouraging
to see so many pupils flourish in languages. Languages provide young people with enhanced communication and adaptability skills, a deeper cultural awareness, as well as opening up
a world of job opportunities which means that providing children with the opportunity to learn a new language from a younger age is paramount.”
Other Higher results for students across Scotland’s independent schools include:
• 56% achieved a grade A in English; 95% achieved an A-C pass
• 61% achieved a grade A in Maths; 93% achieved an A-C pass
Year 11 Exam Results 2018 Summary
an A/7 or higher. This is more
taken per candidate is 9.5.
• 52% achieved a grade A in 92% achieved an A-C pass
• 56% achieved a grade A in Chemistry; 93% achieved an A-C pass
• 56% achieved a grade A in Biology; 93% achieved an A-C pass
Edward concluded: “Independent schools in Scotland have a track record of academic excellence and this is reflected once again in this year’s results. Smaller pupil/teacher ratios and significant investment in teaching facilities attracts some of the best teachers from across Scotland and beyond and this is reflected
in the pupils’ outstanding exam performance.”
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