Best Ever GCSE Exam Results for Dunottar

24th August 23

Following on from last week’s A-level celebrations, pupils at Dunottar School were today receiving outstanding GCSE results across all subjects. 12 per cent of all grades attained were grade 9 and 53 per cent the top grades 9 to 7. This is particularly impressive as our pupils comprise a range of academic abilities.

Headmaster, Mr Mark Tottman, said, “I am incredibly proud of Dunottar pupils for achieving our best ever GCSE exam results and our positive value-added scores demonstrate that pupils studying at Dunottar are likely to achieve better exam results than if they had studied the same course elsewhere.

This is a fantastic year group who have demonstrated Warrior Learning characteristics across all areas of school life: in our extensive co-curricular programme, volunteering, charity work, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, trips aboard, participation and performance sport and music and drama productions. I am delighted that our Warrior Learning approach enables pupils to achieve grades well beyond expectations and thrive in a collaborative, creative and fun learning environment. I look forward to welcoming them, along with our new Sixth Form joiners, to the next stage of their education in our Sixth Form.”

These results continue to secure Dunottar’s place as a first-choice independent school in the area. Our state-of-the-art Sixth Form centre provides a dynamic environment that prepares pupils for university education. With small teaching groups, personalised support and exceptional pastoral care, pupils not only achieve excellent A-level results but develop into role models and leaders with a strong set a values and self-belief – ready for an exciting life beyond the school gates.

Advaith Bali, a talented County Cricketer, gained a stellar set of results (9 grade 9s). He said, “I am really pleased with my grades – all my hard work has paid off. I am so grateful to the teachers for their support and the opportunities Dunottar has provided. I am now looking forward to studying A-levels in Business, Physics, Maths and Further Maths in the Sixth Form and vice-captaining the First XI cricket team to victory!”

In recognition of our success, the Independent Schools of the Year Awards has shortlisted Dunottar for ‘Co-Educational Independent School of the Year 2023’. The Good School’s Guide has described Dunottar as, “as small school with a big heart” and a review by Muddy Stilettos as, “a senior school

with pastoral care and students support at its core.” In July, we were awarded the prestigious ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’, testimony to our commitment to an holistic education – prioritising our students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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