Fifth Year Hamptonians and their families had a huge amount to celebrate on 2023 GCSE results day. In a year that saw the widely-publicised return to 2019 grading standards, Hamptonians excelled and in fact surpassed pre-pandemic results at the School.


  • 75% of all grades at 9-8 (formerly A*)
  • 929 grade 9s were awarded collectively, making this the most common grade received by Hamptonians
  • 91% of all results at 9-7
  • 71% of the year group recorded at least 10 GCSEs at 9-7 (formerly A*/A)
  • 36 Hamptonians chalked up nine or more grade 9s, among whom 19 boys were rewarded with ten very top 9 grades

These highly impressive outcomes reaffirm Hampton’s place among the UK’s most academically high-achieving schools, with well over half of the year group (62%) recording a clean sweep of 9-7 grades (formerly A*/A). A remarkable 22 Hamptonians were awarded ten or more grade 9s; no fewer than 54 pupils are celebrating straight 9-8 grades (previously A*).


There were individual success stories aplenty: chess maestro Rajat Makkar, an International Master and part of the Hampton team that won the English Chess Federation’s National Schools’ Trophy in June, secured excellent results, as did prodigious footballing talent Josh King. Josh was a star member of the victorious Hampton senior squad that brought home the U18 English Schools’ FA Trophy last May. He is now a Scholar with Fulham FC, where he has already spent time training with the First Team, and will soon be representing England Under-17s vs Spain.

Hampton’s musicians also performed very strongly indeed, with Music Scholars Edmund Ng and Declan Goh securing 22 top grades between them. Trombonist and chorister Aaron Corpaul achieved a remarkable set of 11 grade 9s.

Hampton’s J16 Second VIII rowers, Bronze medal-winners at this year’s National Schools’ Regatta, chalked up a superb 46 grade 9s between them. First XI cricketers Nat Taylor and Anuj Srivastav also enjoyed great results, with the latter achieving a full house of 10 grade 9s. Adam Gwynne (12 grade 9s) was one of several senior rugby squad members returning from pre-season training camp in Northern Italy to happy GCSE news.

The Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, offered his warmest congratulations:

“Today’s splendid GCSE results are testament to the hard work, enthusiasm and tenacity of this very talented group of Hamptonians. These excellent young men deserve the highest praise for their achievements and we are delighted for them, their supportive parents and their dedicated teachers.

Our Fifth Years have not only flourished academically, but also across all areas of School life while having lots of fun along the way. They have also subscribed fully to our guiding principle of aspiring to personal best while supporting those around them with kindness and respect. We now look forward to them continuing to thrive in the Sixth Form, when they will be taking on leadership responsibilities and playing important roles in the academic and co-curricular life of the School. 

Many congratulations, boys – have fun celebrating!”

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