With 40% of all grades awarded an A* (or equivalent) and nearly two-thirds of all examinations graded at A* or A, the pupils will have much of which to be proud. Across all qualifications taken on the new and more challenging 9-1 specifications, nearly half of all grades were at 8/9 level.
At the very top end, 26 pupils gained the equivalent of a complete spread of A* and A grades across all their subjects and 82 pupils gained at least one of the new, much sought-after grade 9s (a grade designed to reflect the very highest levels of scholarship).
As with the A Level results, the high achievement is demonstrable right across the board, from the 15 A* grades in Music and the 23 A*s in Design through to spectacular performances in the three sciences, each producing over 80 A* and A grades from the cohort, and notable successes for candidates in the challenging discipline of Physical Education.
Languages, both Ancient and Modern, continue to be a real strength and it is particularly pleasing to see Spanish and German producing such excellent results against a background of declining interest in the languages elsewhere in the UK.
These fantastic results will certainly be the signal for celebration on the part of the pupils but more importantly, they will provide an impressive foundation as they embark upon the variety and challenge of a Sixth Form career at Shrewsbury School.
Headmaster Leo Winkley paid tribute to all the pupils and staff whose love of learning and shared endeavour has led to this excellent crop of GCSE examination results. With a bright array of A Level and Pre-U courses now in prospect, as well as the wider opportunities of Sixth Form life, they can embark on the new level of study with great confidence.
For details of results by subject, please see A Level, Pre-U and GCSE results 2019 in detail.