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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust


2019 Key Stage 4 – GCSE/BTEC Headlines
  • Overall pass rate                72.7% 
  • English and Maths 9 - 4     68% 
  • EBacc                                     32.4% 

In the Summer of 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, along with all other schools, our students' grades were "centre assessed".  The results they were awarded were built on the robust professional judgement of their teachers and we are confident that these grades were as true a reflection as possible of what our students would have achieved.  The results were very strong and in line with the overall trajectory of the previous 4 years.  A greater proportion of students (58%) achieved a "good pass" in English and Maths than in previous years, and this is again in line with how Esher High School has been improving over time.  The DfE are not compiling or publishing school performance figures for the academic year 2019-20.  In keeping with this, and in line with many other Surrey schools (and others more widely) we will not be publishing our GCSE grades for Summer 2020.

As a result, our most recent achieved results are from Summer 2019, pre-pandemic, when they were significantly above average. Among reports that GCSEs were recognised as being harder than previous years, with a focus on the final exams rather than coursework, the reported national pass rate was 67.3% while 72.7% of all Esher High School entries were awarded this grade.  Added to which 23.5% of our students entries were awarded grades between 9 - 7, as compared to 20.8% nationally.

Headteacher Mr Boddington said of the results for 2019, "We were very happy with the results of the students.  Our students achieved really positive outcomes and built on the success of previous years, ably supported by their teachers and the expertise of staff in the school.  Overall 68% of students achieved grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, and their overall progress here was positive across their wide range of subjects.  We were particularly pleased that this enabled our students to go on to work and study on even more challenging courses or training that will enhance their life chances.  

There were individuals who achieved brilliantly as ever, with 10 students getting 3 or more grades 9 of which half were boys.  We are proud of our diversity and so are delighted that many of our disadvantaged children made great progress too, performing better than others nationally.

Our school continues to grow in strength and the results from both 2020 and 2019 highlight the firm academic and wider foundations that we are building here.  The long term trend is a positive one and we are providing a great education for all our students."

A detailed breakdown of Esher High School results and school performance for 2019 is available on the Department for Education website: