Exam Results | St Helen's

Exams were cancelled in 2020 following the closure of schools and colleges to most students, as part of the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Students at St Helen’s have nevertheless received GCSE, AS and A Level grades as well as grades for the Extended Project Qualification.

Schools and colleges submitted to the exam boards their judgement of the grade a student would most likely have received if the exams (and any non-exam assessments) had taken place. The exam boards asked schools and colleges to develop these centre assessment grades (CAGs) in line with Ofqual’s published guidance.

As a result of this process, students at St Helen’s were awarded the following grades:


  • 33.8% of A Levels graded A*
  • 68.8% of students achieved A*-A
  • 91.4% of grades awarded A*-B
  • 97.7% of grades awarded A*-C
  • 47.9% of our Year 13 students achieved A Level grades comprising only A* and A grades
  • 66.2% of our Year 13 students achieved AAB grades or better at A Level (the minimum grade profile typically required to study many competitive courses at leading universities)


  • 92.9% of AS Levels graded A*-A
  • 100% of grades awarded A*-B
  • 100% of grades awarded A*-C

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 

  • 41.7% of grades awarded A*
  • 83.3% of students achieved A*-A
  • 100% of grades awarded A*-B
  • 100% of grades awarded A*-C

GCSE (overall)

  • 40.5% of students achieved grade 9
  • 69.3% of students achieved grades 9-8
  • 90.3% of grades awarded 9-7
  • 98.9% of grades awarded 9-6
  • 13% of students achieved 9 or more grade 9s
  • 27% of students achieved 7 or more grade 9s
  • 23 students were awarded the FMSQ Additional Mathematics qualification, all achieving grade A (the highest grade)

Any comparison with previous years’ results must be made with caution, as these grades are the result of teacher assessment rather than performance in the examination room.

These were particularly challenging and uncertain times for our students, and we are proud that their dedication and hard work over their full GCSE and A Level courses has enabled them to achieve such a well-deserved and strong profile of results.