GCSE grades continue to rise at Tougher Minds’ partner school

GCSE pupils at Tougher Minds’ partner school Colfe’s have again broken records for top grades, with 55% attaining A or A* and 96% A*-C.

A third of pupils at the South-East London based school achieved A* or A in at least nine subjects.

Girls outperformed boys this year with 75% of all their grades at A/A*. Latin was the top performing subject with 21 of the 23 pupils gaining A* or A.

This is the third year in a row when the proportion of A/A* grades at GCSE has risen at Colfe’s. Only a week ago the school also gained record A level results.

“If you look at the pupils who gained A/A* in their GCSEs, those who made most progress since the mock exams in January followed our Tougher Minds programme”, said Tougher Minds Director Jon Finn.

“We’re delighted that the Tougher Minds approach has once again been shown to have had a positive impact on young people’s education and development. We look forward to continuing our work at Colfe’s”.

The school’s Headmaster Richard Russell was also delighted with the results: “This is real progress, when government ministers have been warning families to expect lower grades in 2014″, he commented.

“Fully 20 of our pupils achieved A* and A grades in every exam they took, which sets them on track for the top universities in two years time.”

Colfe’s GCSE pupil Amal Weatherell – who benefitted from the Tougher Minds training and received seven A* and three A grades – commented: “I’m so pleased that I’ve proved that I can do it and proved just how much you can improve; for example I got a D in RS in my mocks and I got an A* in the real thing.

“I think that’s down to the Tougher Minds programme which really helped me set targets and focus.”

Jon Finn and Professor Jim McKenna have adapted and led the delivery of the Tougher Minds techniques at Colfe’s. The school has already extended its collaboration with Tougher Minds for a further year.

At A level this year, more than 50% of exams at Colfe’s were graded A* or A, and a third of candidates achieved AAA or better. Over 85% of pupils secured places at their first-choice universities, including two at Cambridge (both to read Law and one at Oxford (English.)

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