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2019 Academic Results

There is much to be proud of in the 2019 academic results and our young men have continued to perform at a high level in both the Cambridge and NCEA pathways and in the NZQA Scholarship Examinations.

Cambridge Assessment International Education

Our students continued to gain exceptional overall results in Cambridge examinations at rates which far exceeded international grade averages.

The A Level pass rate improved to 99.6% of all papers sat and the percentage of A*/A grades improved to 42.7% (that is, 42.7% of all papers sat gained marks of at least 80%). This represents exceptionally strong performance in what is arguably the world’s most academically demanding secondary school qualification.

The 2019 AS Level results, while remaining strong, were not as impressive as the A Level results. Nonetheless, the percentage of papers graded A was 23.6% and the pass rate of 91.4% is creditable.

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Auckland Grammar School students performed well in the 2019 Cambridge examinations, gaining 12 awards for performance at the highest level in specific Cambridge subjects. Their achievements were recognised at the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony on Thursday 20 February. The awards include:

  • 1 Top in the World Award
  • 6 Top in New Zealand Awards
  • 4 High Achievement Awards (Top in NZ but in subjects with limited entries)
  • 1 Best Across Award for the top student in NZ across four AS Level subjects

Of particular note, N.J. Chen of 7A earned the “Best Across Four AS Level Subjects” award, given to the top-performing student in New Zealand at AS Level. This is particularly impressive, given he only studied four subjects at AS Level in 2019 (his fifth subject was A Level Mathematics, where he gained a mark of 95%).

The School congratulates the following students for their exceptional performance:

Qualification

Syllabus

Student Name

Cambridge Award

AS Level

Design & Technology

B. Li

Top in the World 1=

A Level

Accounting

K.J. Daji

Top in New Zealand

A Level

Classical Studies

L.M. Creed

Top in New Zealand 1=

AS Level

Chemistry

L.A. Wong

Top in New Zealand

AS Level

Physics

L.A. Wong

Top in New Zealand

AS Level

Economics

N.J. Chen

Top in New Zealand

AS Level

Classical Studies

S.T. Miller

Top in New Zealand

AS Level

Economics

B.L. Lerner

High Achievement

AS Level

History

H.B. Marshall

High Achievement

AS Level

Accounting

M.F. Ibrahim

High Achievement

AS Level

Geography

S. Sangwar

High Achievement

AS Level

First Place

N.J. Chen

Best Across Four AS Level Subjects

NCEA

Our students continued to perform well on the NCEA pathway, with 71.7% of Form 7 NCEA students gaining NCEA Level 3, although our Form 6 NCEA students pass rate for NCEA Level 2 of 71.4% was below expectations and it is hoped that this cohort will lift their performance this year as Form 7 students.

However, this remains a solid performance given that our students study predominantly rigorous, academic subjects and standards which lead to comparatively high University Entrance rates for the NCEA cohort.

University Entrance

The most pleasing academic result of 2019 was the University Entrance pass rates for NCEA students, which went up from 59% in 2018 to 67.5% in 2019. This figure is much higher than overall national averages and also exceeds national averages for male students in Decile 8 – 10 schools, which currently stands at 53% 

This, combined with the Form 7 Cambridge cohort’s University Entrance pass rate of 98.8%, saw the School’s overall Form 7 Leavers’ University Entrance pass rate go up from 83% in 2018 to over 85% in 2019.

NZQA Scholarship

NZQA Scholarship results, although down on 2018 numbers, were still strong with 151 individual subject scholarships earned. This result means the School has maintained its place in the top three schools in New Zealand for NZQA Scholarship for the past nine years in a row.

Standout performances included M.W. Palmer (7 Scholarships, including 2 at Outstanding Level), K. Zheng (7 Scholarships), D. Zhu (6 Scholarships), N.J. Chen (5 Scholarships, including 1 at Outstanding level), W.Q. Zheng (4 Scholarships, including 2 at Outstanding level) and I.J. Mellis-Glynn who gained 4 Scholarships as a Form 5 student.

19 students in total also gained a Scholarship Award (gaining three or more subject Scholarships).

NZQA Scholarships were gained in an impressive range of subjects, including: Accounting, Agriculture & Horticulture, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Studies, Earth & Space Science, Economics, English, Geography, Health & Physical Education, History, Latin, Media Studies, Music, Photography, Physics, Spanish, Statistics and Technology.

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