Knutsford pupil celebrates outstanding GCSE results | Knutsford Times

Knutsford pupil celebrates outstanding GCSE results

By on August 24, 2018


A Knutsford pupil from The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) is celebrating a perfect set of GCSE examination results.

Harrison Kaye, 16, arrived at MGS today to discovered he had been awarded eight A*s and four 9 grades – the highest possible grades he could have achieved.

He even achieved a perfect 100% in his Chinese examination.

It has been another superb year for MGS boys sitting their GCSE examinations, with 91% of all grades at A*-A or 9-7 level, and 68% of all grades at A* or 9/8 level. 32 pupils achieved straight 9-8 or A* grades, and 98 pupils gained seven or more 9-8 or A* grades.

The new 9-1 numerical grading scale for certain subjects – which replaces the old A*-G system – makes the 9 grade the most prestigious in the country, broadly equivalent to a grade above A*, and only a handful of pupils across the country will achieve it, making Harrison’s achievement even more phenomenal.

When he was just 11-years-old, Harrison scored 162 on his Mensa IQ test, which was higher than Bill Gates. Anything above 140 is considered genius.

He said: “I’m so relieved but also very very happy! It’s been a long process but I feel great today – in fact I think I’m in a state of shock! I got an A* with full marks in Chinese which I’m hoping to study at University – I’d love to attend British Columbia in Vancouver.

“Today I’m going to enjoy lunch with friends and then dinner with my family.”

The GCSE results follow outstanding A-level results by MGS boys last week, with 36% of all grades at A* or the Pre-U equivalent, 69% of grades at A*s, As or the Pre-U equivalent, and 90% of grades at A*, A or B or the Pre-U equivalent.

This level of performance puts MGS in a very select group of schools nationally.

The School’s High Master, Dr Martin Boulton, said: “I am delighted with the outstanding results our pupils have once again achieved, and pleased that their talent and hard work have been rewarded. I would also like to thank all the School’s staff for helping our boys realise their academic potential.”

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