It was time for further celebration at the High School today as our talented Year 11s collected an excellent set of GCSE results.  Once again our girls have risen to the challenge of harder examinations with a third of all papers graded 9-8 (A*) and over half of all grades awarded 9-7 (A*/A) and considerably higher than the traditional national average of 21%.

Nationally around 5% of grades have been awarded at Level 9 and our pupils have achieved 15% at this impressive level, with 9 girls achieving straight 9-7 (A*/A) and Eleanor Pryce-Boutwood achieving a clean sweep of grade 9 in ten GCSEs which is just remarkable and makes her one of select group of only 293 students nationwide.  Superb!

Of course every single one of our pupils has grades to be proud of today with 97% papers graded 9-5 (A*-C). Their grades reflect a great personal achievement demonstrating their talent, hard work and resilience in the face of a long exam period and tougher specifications.  Whatever our girls’ starting point we want them to aim high and we support each of them to exceed their expectations.

Headteacher Jo Sharrock commented – “I am immensely proud of each and every one of our year 11 girls and delighted that they have gained an impressive set of GCSE results whilst also contributing so much to their community and the extracurricular life of the school.  They are just remarkable and the way they coped with stress of the long exam season was exemplary.  Tribute must also be paid to our superb teachers who were with them every step of the way and I am sure the girls will join me in thanking our wonderful academic staff for their expertise, care and commitment. We are particularly pleased that we have once again proven success across the curriculum with girls excelling in all disciplines.  Particular congratulations to Music and Latin who had 100% 9-7 grades.  I am delighted that the majority of the girls will join our thriving sixth form to take an exciting array of courses and continue their journey with us.  They will benefit hugely from our incredible GDST network of brilliant women and we are so excited to support them as they plan for adventures beyond the town walls”.