Results 2020

GCSE Results

In a year like none other thanks to Covid-19, we are delighted to announce another year of stunning GCSE results for our Year 11 students, equalling or surpassing previous outstanding years. 

Half of all results are at Grade 7 (A) or better, and 19% of grades at Grade 9 (reserved for the top 3% of students nationally) and 33% of results were at Graded 8 or 9 (or the equivalent the old A*). Seven students scored at least 9 Grade 9s, of whom four scored 10.  A third of students achieved at least 8 GCSEs at Grade 7 (A) or better.

Over 25% of grades in Jewish Education, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Media, French were at Grade 9 – and the figure was 88% in Additional Maths.   Our ‘value-added’ score, measuring progress during students’ time at JCoSS, is by some distance our strongest ever.  The percentage of results at Grade 5 and above (a ‘strong pass’) has increased to 83.7%, 94.6% of results were at Grades 9-4 (the equivalent of an A*-C on the old system).

It is interesting that the list of top achievers above is more balanced than usual between boys and girls.  Among many outstanding individual performances – including in some cases GCSEs taken in previous years are those of:

Hannah Smith                    9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Joel Klein                             9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 A*

Harry Leibling-Blitz           9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Adam Tyler                          9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Dinah Lewis                        9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Eitan Richards                    9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Emma Segal                        9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Jessica Jacobs                      9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8

Ava Tish                                9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8

Nathan Hekster                   9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8

Miri Nogradi                        9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8

These grades reflect teacher predictions generated by a rigorous professional process that reflected all that teachers knew of each student’s work, progress and potential.  A tiny minority were moderated upwards by moderation, in line with other schools.

Headteacher Patrick Moriarty commented: ‘We rejoice at the excellent results that our students have achieved – both in raw outcomes and in meeting and exceeding personal goals.  They have faced huge uncertainty and difficulty since schools closed in March, and especially during the past week’s confusion over the awarding of results.  We are glad that their hard work and resilience, married to that of their teachers, has been properly recognised. 

As a school we have advocated strongly for the use of teacher grades, based as they were on a rigorous, professional and painstaking process.  We are pleased that the change of policy came in time to reward these students with clarity and greater fairness.  I am exceptionally proud of them all, and of my colleagues who have risen to the challenges of recent months so magnificently.’

A Level and Cambridge Technical Results

We are delighted to announce another record-breaking set of A level results, once again beating previous records.  Exams did not take place this year due to school closure, and grades have been calculated by exam boards using a statistic model to moderate grades provided by the school.  While any such system has its drawbacks it is gratifying that it has recognised the talents of our students.  Overall, 49% of grades were either A* or A, and 78% were at Grade B or above.  5 students scored A* in at least 3 subjects, and half of the A level cohort scored at least 2 A grades.  All 7 students who held offers at Oxford and Cambridge had their places confirmed.

Among many outstanding individual A level performances are those of:

Ethan Levenson (A*, A*, A*, A*)

Oscar Pollack (A*, A*, A*, A*)

Stefan Tucker (A*, A*, A*, A*)

Ben Conway (A*, A*, A*)

Ethan Baker (A*, A*, A*)

Joseph Pollock (A*, A*, A, A)

Eliana Stern (A*, A*, A, A)

James Saker (A*, A*, A, A)

Guy Nitzani (A*, A*, A)

Cody Roth (A*, A*, A)

Manny Smith (A*, A*, A)

Tal Cohen (A*, A*, B)

In vocational subjects, 70% of all grades were at Distinction (equivalent to an A grade) or better, with 88% of grades at Merit or better.   With some results still to arrive, outstanding performances included:

Talia Austen (Dist* Dist* Dist*)

Zak Pearson (Dist* Dist* Dist*)

Alex Rennick (Dist* Dist* Dist*)

There are many other students whose grades are stunning either as raw results or in terms of their personal achievement against challenging odds, or both.

Despite the uncertainties of the last 6 months and the awarding of grades, the vast majority of the year group have places confirmed at their chosen universities and are now set to embark on courses including Medicine, Maths, Engineering, Economics, the Arts, Business and Science at many prestigious institutions. Others are heading into employment or other routes.

Headteacher Patrick Moriarty commented:

‘This cohort have faced exceptional challenges and disruption to the end of their schooling, and we are both relieved and delighted that these excellent results recognise their huge strengths.  I salute the unstinting hard work done by them, their teachers and (given the strains of the past 6 months) their parents also. 

Denied many of the rituals of leaving school, many of these students have found creative and generous ways to contribute to society or to broaden their learning.  We are very proud of them all, and very pleased to have built on the successes that made us Sunday Times Greater London School of the Year for 2020 with even stronger results this year.

‘We take pride not only in the academic accomplishments of our students but in the qualities that have grown in them during their time at JCoSS.  They leave as accomplished Mensches, embodying the values of the school and the wider community, and ready to act as ambassadors for both as they step forward on the next phase of their journey.’