Bright Stars for a Bright Future in Single Sex Education

24th August 2017

We’re celebrating a fantastic successful day of brilliant GCSE results and looking forward to welcoming all of this success into our Sixth Form.

Taking into account the new grading system in some subjects, the school boasts a stunning 47% of grades at A* or its equivalent, which is up on last year’s figure, and the highest achievers are remaining here for Sixth Form. Head, Julie Keller, commented: “I am so very proud of our girls and absolutely delighted at this amazing set of results. The girls have risen to change and challenge, and come out on top.”

More girls at the school have gained the top grades this year with 25% awarded the equivalent of 8 A*s or more, including an amazing 8 girls who actually received 10 A* or equivalent grades. Overall the pass rate at the school is 100% with 99% at A* to C grades, and the girls and staff are justifiably thrilled.

Particular successes this year are in Design Technology where 100% of grades are at A/A* and also Drama, Food, Geography, History, Latin and Music where 100% of grades are at A* to B, showing the extent and diversity of the excellent teaching and learning provision at the school.

The new GCSE grading system for Maths and English subjects has caused quite a stir and some concern among pupils and parents, but we have taken this in our stride and come up trumps with 25% of Maths results and 25% of English Literature results achieving the illusive grade 9 at the top of the numerical system.

Many of the highest achievers at GCSE are girls who have been with us since Junior School, some right from Reception, including Phoebe Turner and Tanisha Rajah who are both awarded 10 A* grades, Miriam Ali and Georgina Greenhill with 9 A*s apiece, and Abbie Law with 8 A*s.

These exceptional results come at the end of the first full year for Julie Keller as Head, and prove that she and her team have done an incredible job in steering these girls towards academic success. Julie is passionate about the school and its provision of an all girls’ education, saying: “I still maintain that a single-sex education for girls is totally appropriate and I feel that today’s results prove just that.” Commenting on the Sixth Form uptake, Julie adds: “Retaining our highest achievers just goes to show that our Sixth Form is the very best place for them to continue their education; they recognise that, and it’s why they’ve chosen to stay.”

The ‘whole school’ approach is championed by the Head who summarised the day, saying: “Our girls have everything they need here to succeed from start to finish – expert, dedicated teaching and learning in an exciting and supportive environment. I couldn’t be more proud of them right now.”

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