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Exam Results

We are fortunate to have a talented group of teachers, supportive parents and ambitious students at Freemen’s and it is a winning combination. 

Roland J. Martin, Headmaster.

A Levels 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
A* grades 27% 31% 22% 26.6% 26.1%
A* / A grades 66% 65% 56% 69.9% 68%
A* to B grades 88% 89% 84% 89.4% 91.2%

Download full breakdown of 2018 subject results here

GCSEs 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
% of papers assessed with 9 35% N/A N/A N/A N/A
A* or 8-9 grades 63% 64% 53% 50% 51%
A* & A or 7, 8 or 9 grades 83% 88% 83% 81% 81%

Number of pupils gaining

10 or more A*, 8 & 9 grades

17 20 15 11 9

U5 Pupils achieving 5 or

more grades at A*-C or Grade 4 and above

100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

U5 GCSE pass rate (A*-C or Grade 4

and above)

100% 100% 100% 100%

99%

Download 2018 results by subject here

GCSE 2018
 

  • 35% of the 590 papers assessed numerically were the top grade of 9
  • 96% of all grades achieved were A*-B or 9-6
  • 83% of all grades achieved were A*-A or 7, 8 or 9
  • 64% of all grades achieved were A*, 8 or 9
  • 17 students gained 10 or more A*, 8 or 9
  • 100 % of students achieved 5 or more grades at A*-C (or grade 4 and above)

Following major examination reforms, the students and staff of City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead have had a challenging two years where they have had to negotiate an ever-changing education landscape under increasing levels of pressure.

Image of GCSE Results 2018 for City of London Freemen's School

“It is thanks to the hard work and commitment of our students, the dedication and professionalism of our teaching staff and the consistent collaboration of parents that the School is able to celebrate such impressive GCSE results,” Headmaster, Roland Martin, commented. “Being in the mixed economy of grades and numbers depending on subjects does not make for the easiest data analysis – as employers will no-doubt find in the future when they look at Curriculum Vitaes! However, we are delighted that 35% of the 590 papers assessed numerically were awarded the top grade of 9 while the percentage of examinations assessed at 9, 8, and A* overall from this group of students was an impressive 64%. This looks to have been another fantastic year at the School and I am hugely grateful to colleagues and students for their hard work and commitment.”

96% of grades at Freemen’s were graded at A*-B and 9-6 and an impressive 83% were assessed at 9-7, A* and A. These results become all the more remarkable when you consider that these same students have also spent the last two years starring in our various theatre and music productions, achieving sport success as part of our sports teams and regularly volunteering within the local community, not to mention all that they have accomplished in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF.

Infographic of GCSE Results 2018 for City of London Freemen's School

It is no wonder then given the increase in academic expectation and workload, that the press is consistently reporting on the mental health pressures facing young people. This is why the physical and emotional wellbeing of students has become an integral part of day-to-day life at Freemen’s.

Head of Upper School, Sophie Blair, who has been taking a Senior Leadership lead in this area, remarked, “There is no doubt that there is a great deal of pressure on young people as they build towards their first set of public examinations and we have been impressed at the resilience our pupils have shown this year. Freemen’s pupils have not only excelled themselves academically, but have also maintained perspective, supported their peers and prioritised their own emotional wellbeing over the last two years. We are hugely proud of every single one of them.”

Chairman Roger Chadwick OBE, Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School, at the City of London Corporation, was enthusiastic about this year’s outcomes. “After last week’s very impressive A Level results it was encouraging to hear more good news this week and to see that the excellent academic standards at the Freemen’s School have been maintained. We Governors know that an enormous amount of work goes into supporting pupils’ academic and co-curricular needs at the School and there has been a drive to strengthen the pastoral support for students at Freemen’s in recent years too, which we have been enthusiastic to support so that children are best prepared for their futures. My congratulations to students, parents and staff at the School.”

Everyone at Freemen’s looks forward to watching our GCSE students as they grow and make a difference in the Sixth Form.

For more information, go to the school’s website: www.freemens.org

a lEVEL 2018 

  • 88% of grades achieved were A* - B grades (-1% on last year, +4% on 2016)
  • 64% of grades achieved were A* / A grades (-1% on last year, + 8% on 2016)
  • 27% of all grades achieved were A* grades (-4% on last year, +5% on 2016)
  • 98% of grades achieved were A*-C grades (+2% on last year)

Students at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead are celebrating impressive A level results, despite the challenge of the exams changing to the new linear format.  88% of all grades achieved were A*-B, which represents just a 1% drop on last year and 4% increase on 2016. 64% of grades achieved were A* or A grades, while just over 1 in four grades achieved were A*.

Image of A level 2018 balloons for City of London Freemen's School

“This is the first cohort at Freemen’s and nationally to be set the challenge of linear A Levels since Curriculum 2000 was introduced, a significant challenge both for students and teachers across the country,” said Headmaster, Roland Martin. “Important to mention too that teachers across the country have been coping with significant change at A Level and at GCSE these last two years and I should like to commend colleagues here at Freemen’s and professionals nationally for the dedication that they have shown during difficult times for teachers”.

Last year’s cohort broke all records for the School in terms of A Level results and it is much to this year’s group’s credit that they have taken inspiration from those successes and pushed themselves to achieve such strong results. We should like to congratulate our students here not only on their impressive A level results, but also for the difference their contributions have made to sport, music and drama, as well as to the local community, while striving for this academic success: this is all part of the relevant education that we aim to provide at Freemen’s of which, of course, examination outcomes only play a part. It is inspiring to see what a group of well-rounded young people, extraordinary teachers, a very strong Sixth Form leadership team and collaborative parents can achieve when they work so closely together.     

We know that those students now leaving Freemen’s will not just take with them some great memories of their time with us. They will also feel more prepared and confident for the challenges that life may throw at them. We wish them every success for their futures.”

Infographic of 2018 A Level Results for City of London Freemen's

Roger Chadwick OBE, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School, commented, “Congratulations to all the students for achieving excellent A Level results. We know that a lot of hard work goes into preparing for these examinations and the students, staff and parents should be very proud. I am delighted that in a year when the School has benefitted from a successful Inspection outcome that staff at the School have managed to maintain such high academic standards.

The City of London Corporation is committed to providing access to world-class education and learning opportunities.

I hope the leavers – who I enjoyed meeting for a final time on Leavers’ Day - will be able to make the most of the experience that they have had during their time at Freemen’s and use it in the career path of their choice. I hope too that they will stay in touch with this special School.”

This is also the first cohort to leave Freemen’s following the introduction of its new Free Minds curriculum for the Sixth Form which offers students a broader experience of learning.

This Autumn, the school will begin the refurbishment of the Mansion House at the heart of Ashtead Park into a new Sixth Form Centre.

Picture of students on A Level Results Day 2018 at Freemen's, Surrey
Meet the real students behind the results. Read their stories here.
 

 

A level 2017 

  • 31% of all grades achieved were A* grades (+9% on last year and highest since 2011)
  • 65% of grades achieved were A* / A grades (+9% on last year and + 10% from AS Level results for the same cohort from 2016)
  • 89% of grades achieved were A* - B grades (+5% on last year)
  • 96% of grades achieved were A*-C grades ( equal to last year)

City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead is celebrating excellent A level results, recording some of its best results in the last six years.  31% of all grades achieved were graded A*, an 9% increase on 2016 results. 65% of grades achieved were A*-A, which represents not only  9% more A*/ A grades on 2016, but also a 10% increase from the AS level results this same cohort achieved last year, despite the second year of A levels being significantly harder than the first.

“These results are testament to the hard work that students and dedicated staff have put into this last year,” suggested Headmaster, Roland Martin. “We are fortunate to have a talented group of teachers, supportive parents and ambitious students at Freemen’s and it is a winning combination.

Results like these need to be put into the context of a busy School: the accomplishments these same students have made to sport, music, drama and socially in the School, as well as their contributions to the wider community, are equally noteworthy and we are all very proud of the leavers of 2017.

We wish those students now leaving Freemen’s further success as they continue their academic career and embark on life beyond education. ”

Infographic of Freemen's A Level 2017 results

Freemen’s has introduced a new curriculum for the Sixth Form which gives them a broader experience of learning and is about to begin a multi-million pound investment in Sixth Form learning and social spaces with the refurbishment of the Mansion House at the heart of Ashtead Park.

Gcse 2017
 

Record GCSE results for Freemen’s

  • Highest percentage of A* grades on record at the School 
  • 88% of grades achieved were A* or A grades (+ 4% on last year)
  • 64% of grades achieved were A* grades (+ 10% on last year)
  • 100% of students achieved 5 or more grades at A*/C

Students at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead have once again achieved record GCSE results, surpassing last year’s exceptional year. 64% of all grades achieved were A* grades, which adds 10% to last year’s record-breaking results.  88% of grades achieved were A* or A grades, surpassing last year’s record-equalling 83%.

Freemen’s curriculum supports every student through compulsory English Literature, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE as well as the mandated English Language and Mathematics.

"The press has been reporting for a week that this has been a difficult and erratic year for GCSE results and teachers and pupils in schools across the country have certainly been under increased – and frankly unacceptable – pressure these last few years to get their heads round a new set of reforms that have been implemented suddenly and haphazardly. With this national landscape in mind, the hard work that my colleagues at Freemen’s have put in to support the equally conscientious pupils in this year group has to be commended.

Having broken school records at GCSE last year, to go to greater heights this year is a phenomenal achievement and says much about the positive culture in this School: the ambition of its pupils; the support of parents; the professionalism of teachers; the leadership of the Academic Deputy Head, Heads of Department, Heads of Section and Heads of Year as well as guidance from Form Tutors.

Days like this certainly give cause for celebration and pride," Headmaster, Roland Martin suggested.

“We very much look forward to the start of the new school year, when we welcome back these students, along with some new classmates, as they embark on the next exciting stage of their lives.”

Infographic of 2017 GCSE Results for City of London Freemen's, Surrey

After record breaking results last year in both English Language and English Literature, there have been further improvements in 2017, with 71% A* grades at Literature (91% A*/A) and 45% A* at Language (89% A*/A). Drama has also seen notable improvement on last year (28% A*).

Freemen’s has introduced a new curriculum for the Sixth Form which gives them a broader experience of learning and is about to begin a multi-million pound investment in Sixth Form learning and social spaces with the refurbishment of the Mansion House at the heart of Ashtead Park.

A Level 2016 

City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead is once again celebrating following success in its A Level results. 

Infographic of 2016 A Level Results for City of London Freemen's, Surrey

83% of all grades achieved were A* / B grades, 55% were A* or A grades, while 22% were A* grades.

“We are delighted by this year’s A Level results and they are all the remarkable given what else these students have also accomplished in the School during their time, here. When you put such impressive academic performances alongside the contributions that these same pupils have made to the sporting, musical, dramatic and social side of the School, you get a picture of genuinely well-rounded young people, which is what a Freemen’s education is about,” suggested Headmaster Roland Martin, who has just completed his first year at the School.

“It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, with support from parents, that these students remain ambitious about what they might achieve in and out of the classroom.

"We wish those students now leaving Freemen’s continued success as they continue their academic career and beyond.”

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GCSE 2016 

Students at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead have achieved record GCSE results. 53% of all grades achieved were A* grades, which is the highest number ever recorded at the school. Similarly, 83% of grades achieved were A* or A grades, equalling the previous record set in 2012.

Download results by department here.

Infographic of 2016 GCSE Results for City of London Freemen's School, Surrey

“These GCSE results are outstanding and our students, staff and parents should rightly be proud of these achievements. Nonetheless, these percentages do not show the whole picture.

"It is particularly impressive that as well as studying English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, every pupil here takes a compulsory core of five subjects, including not only English Literature, but also all three separate Sciences. Over 50% of students obtained A* grades across all three Science disciplines. It is also worth noting that in a society that seems to have become sadly more linguistically insular, students at Freemen’s continue to excel at Languages - both Modern and Ancient.

"Then, of course, they also continue to flourish outside the classroom in sport, music, drama, as well as in community activities, which cannot always be reflected in exam grades,” suggested Headmaster, Roland Martin, who has just completed his first year leading the School.

“We look forward to welcoming the students back into the Sixth Form next week where we begin an exciting original curriculum here at the School, incorporating our challenging new Free Minds programme, alongside linear A Levels.”

Individual subjects saw some record results too.  A third of students gained A* grades in both English Literature and Language, with 77% achieving A*/A grades in English Language and 86% attaining A*/A grades in English Literature; our highest results on record.  100% of students achieved A or A* in DT Product Design.  There were A* grades for 90% of candidates studying German and 80% A* or A grades for Music students.

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 Previous results

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