After weeks of waiting, our GCSE pupils are opening their exam results to find that their hard work and commitment has brought success. With a third of grades at A*, the girls and boys have achieved an A* to C rate of 96%. Forty pupils have gained at least ten A* and A grades, including 14 who have gained ten or more A*s.
Headmaster Andrew Chicken said:
I am very pleased that the girls and boys have gained such excellent results and I hope they and their families will enjoy celebrating their achievements on this special day. Their results are well deserved and I look forward to seeing them progress further and make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead.
We caught up with some of the pupils as they got their results…
“I was immediately made to feel welcome here”
Georgia Burns is over the moon with her 10 A*s plus an A* with Distinction in Further Maths. An avid reader with ambitions to take English Literature at university, Georgia will be studying English Literature, Philosophy, French and Latin at A Level. The hard-working pupil plays viola in the various school orchestras, sings in the choirs and plays netball for the school. The only pupil from her primary school to join the First Year at the school, Georgia says:
I worked my socks off… I was hoping for good grades, but I am in shock! I was immediately made to feel welcome here. There is a great atmosphere and I have made friends for life.
Eleven A*s, plus an A* gained last year studying Astronomy as a co-curricular subject, have given Emily Howling the perfect start to her study of Physics, Maths, Further Maths and French at A Level. She is relieved and happy with her results and “looking forward to the sixth form”, after which she hopes to study Physics. Emily is spending the summer enjoying a series of musical opportunities – first on the school’s music tour to Italy, then on a visit to Belgium with the St Thomas’ choir, and finally a trip to Bury St Edmonds with the Bowden choir.
A perfect 11 A*s
Daniel Jones is “really relieved and happy”, having gained 11 A*s, including an A* with distinction in Further Maths, to add to the A* he received last year after studying Astronomy as a co-curricular subject. Daniel is now looking forward to starting his A Level studies in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics; with ambitions to study Chemical Engineering or Mathematical Science at university. Daniel has combined hard work with plenty of music as a member of 4 school bands and 2 choirs, as well as achieving his silver Duke of Edinburgh award. He is already working towards his gold Duke of Edinburgh award, having done a residential in Perthshire which Daniel describes as “really good, particularly meeting lots of new people.”
“I was hoping to do well, but this was a big shock. I feel very emotional.”
Sarah Stretton is so happy with her 11 A*s. Sarah has been at the school since Year 1 in the Junior School and has fully embraced the co-curricular opportunities, which she “loves”, listing her involvement in the school productions of Godspell and Oliver as “definite highlights and a great chance to work with older pupils.” The conscientious pupil plays in the First XI hockey team and says of winning the National Championships this year, “It was the best experience and such fun to be part of a really great team.” Sarah has just returned from the school music tour to Italy, which she says was really special, not least singing at St Mark’s cathedral in Venice. Sarah will be taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and French and thinks she will go on to study “something scientific, maybe medicine…”
Talented double bass player Alex Jones will be starting A Levels in German, Chemistry, Maths and Music following his 10 A*s and an A. He is a co-principal with the National Youth Orchestra and enjoyed the recent opportunity to perform with the orchestra in Berlin. Alex, who also plays with the school’s orchestras, hopes to study Music at university.
“I had lots of support with revision and organisation.”
Hannah Hughes is very proud of her 10 A*s and an A, saying:
I had lots of support with revision and organisation. The teachers have kept us motivated and my sister, who is just a year older than me, has helped too.I am just looking forward to concentrating on the subjects I really enjoy. Sixth Form life will be exciting!
Francesca Bailey “worked really hard, but still didn’t expect to achieve” her outstanding 9 A*s and 2 As. A member of the 2015 National Schools Hockey Championships winning side, Francesca loves playing hockey for the school but “really enjoys the academic side too.” The Grade 6 pianist hopes to go on to study Law once she has completed her A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and French.
Jess Carroll, also a member of the hockey First XI, gained 4A*s, 6 As and a C and is going on to study Art, Classics, Latin and Maths in the Sixth Form, with a desire to “work with Art and people in the future.” Having been at the school since the Infants, Jess says:
“I love everything about this school and am looking forward to trying new things in the Sixth Form such as Young Enterprise.”
Ben Hicks, with his 5 A*s and 6 As (one of which was in Astronomy – a co-curricular subject), is delighted and says, “I have done better than I expected!” Ben has found the extra revision sessions in some of his subjects really helpful. Having just helped on the Summer Activity Weeks, he is very much looking forward to Sixth Form life with its added responsibilities. Ben will be taking Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at A Level.
“Overwhelming and inspirational”
Georgia Curwen describes performing at St Mark’s cathedral in Venice during this summer’s school music tour as “overwhelming and inspirational.” Now, with 10 A*s and an A, and “very relieved and so happy to have the wait over” she is looking forward to studying A Levels in Classics, Latin, Maths and Music. After her A Levels, Georgia would like to go on to further study of Music.
Janet Hunter is “so relieved” to have 9 A*s and 2 As, scores which she knows are “exceptional”. She credits her teachers with always making extra help readily available. As she prepares to join the Sixth Form to study Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Spanish, Janet says she is “looking forward to more independence” and is thinking about studying Medicine at university. In addition to her schoolwork, Janet keeps busy playing the drums, climbing and playing hockey for the school.
More great results
Natalie Ho is “really happy” with her 11 A*s. Natalie, who plays piano and viola in the school orchestra, enjoyed taking part in this summer’s music tour to Italy and described singing in St Mark’s cathedral in Venice as “one of the best musical experiences possible.” Natalie hopes to go into Medicine by doing A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
A levels in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Geography now follow for Oliver Finch who is very pleased with his 4 A*s, 4 As, B and C. Keen sportsman Oliver plays rugby and cricket for the school teams.
Mona Amet was “so nervous this morning” about coming in for her results. Mona’s nerves turned to delight when she realised she had achieved 6A*s and 4 As. Chamber choir, chorus, concert band and wind orchestra have all kept Mona busy alongside her hard work. She is looking forward to starting sixth form, studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English; her ambition is a career in Medicine.
“Excited to start sixth form and really happy”
Molly Clark is “excited to start sixth form and really happy” with her results of 7 A*s and 3 As. She would like to follow A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Classics and Maths with further study of Biology.
Elicia Wilson is looking forward to studying Classics, Biology, Chemistry and Latin at A Level, and hopes to study Classics, then Law at university. Elicia achieved 2A*s, 5 As and 3 Bs.