Examination Results

Our junior pupils are prepared for any 11+ examinations both at maintained and independent schools, although the majority choose to transition into our Year 7.

In the past year pupils have been offered places at Heckmondwike Grammar, Crossley Heath, North Halifax and Bradford Grammar Schools, as well as many being awarded academic scholarships as they transition into our Year 7.

Our students study a wide variety of GCSEs, and we assess their potential on entry into Year 7 using the University of Durham CEM centre assessments. These compare pupils to National standards and predict GCSE performance. Each year we add approximately 1 grade per subject on to these predictions between years 7 and 11.

Examination Results 2018


As in previous years, we are delighted with the GCSE results secured by our hard working Year 11. Alongside the students who achieved the higher grades, including the elusive new grade 9, we are equally proud of those individuals who have surpassed their targets and gained of results that were beyond expectation, proving Hipperholme is a school where individuals flourish!


In terms of percentages, the number of pupils gaining the equivalent of 5 GCSE’s grade 9-4 has increased from 80% in 2017 to 96% in 2018, this also meant a rise in the number achieving 5 GCSE’s 9-4 including Maths and English.


The year also saw individual pupils gaining outstanding results and departments bucking the national trends and delivering performance way beyond that seen nationally.


Pupils with outstanding individual results include:

  • Sophie Noble gaining the equivalent of 8 A and A*’s in the new 9-4’s with two amazing grade 9’s
  • Zainab Sajjad the equivalent of 8 A’s and A*’s with 4 grade 8’s and 1 grade 9
  • Isabelle Williams the equivalent of 4 A’s to A*s with 2 grade 9’s
  • Nichola Backhouse the equivalent of 6 A’s to A* to add to an A gained in Art which she achieved a year early giving a total of 7 subjects in the 7-9 range with one grade 9.


On a subject level, there were 3 departments that achieved a 100% pass rate, but it is worth looking at the unbelievable results achieved by MFL (modern foreign languages).


Both French and German achieved a 100% pass rate, with 25% achieving a grade 9 in French and 22% achieving a grade 9 in German. Compared to the fact that, nationally, only 5% of MFL students achieved a grade 9, it puts the performance of Mrs Crossan (French) and Frau Tyne (German) into the realms of truly outstanding.

Leavers’ Destinations

Up until 2016, our A Level students applied to study a broad range of subjects including Business & Finance, Criminology, English, Psychology along with many others. The following universities are just a sample of the destinations in the past three years:

York University

Northumbria University

University of Huddersfield

Manchester Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University