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GCSE Results Day

‘71% 9-7 and 45% 9-8 headline another set of outstanding results’  


Year 11 students and staff at the High School for Girls are celebrating excellent results today with 20% of all grades achieving the new top grade 9 and 45% at grade 8.  Nearly three-quarters of all entries were graded at 9-7 in the challenging reformed GCSEs.    The fantastic performance of the students was highlighted by 50 students achieving ten or more A, A* or 9-7 grades.   Particularly impressive results in Art, Geography and Biology are worthy of special mention.  65% of all Art entries achieved the maximum 9 grade.  85% of all entries in Biology and Geography were graded at 7 or above. 

Amelia Griffin achieved 10 A*/9-8 grades: “I couldn’t sleep last night, my body was tired but my mind was wide awake!” Amelia is looking forward to studying A Levels at the High School Sixth Form and would like to study at Oxford before moving onto a career in Quantum Physics.  Harriet Sanderson also achieved 10 A*/9-8 grades. This was despite balancing the demands of a netball career which requires her to train most evenings and weekends as a member of the U19 Severn Stars squad.  Harriet was “amazed with my results!  I just can’t stop smiling!”  No time to celebrate for Harriet though as she has been invited to trials for England Netball next week. 

Headteacher Claire Giblin said “Our Year 11 students have performed fantastically and achieved individual outcomes to be proud of in this year’s examinations. It is testament to both the students’ hard work and the quality of teaching that we have seen such fantastic progress being made by the entire year group. With 71% of all grades at 9-7 and 45% at 9-8, they have demonstrated the importance of commitment and application in everything they do. We are all very proud.”

Twins Remi and Maya Shah-Thornley couldn’t face the tension of opening their own results so they swapped envelopes and read the grades to each other.  Remi achieved five grade 9s and three grade 8s. She said: “I am really happy with the results. I am looking forward to doing A-levels in maths and economics at the High School but not quite sure what else yet.” Maya got an 8 grade in Art and Design and 7s in Geography and Biology.  She said: “I will go on to take A-level Biology and Geography and possibly Psychology.”

The High School was recognised as the best secondary school in Gloucestershire for the second year running in the Real School Guide 2018.  Headteacher Claire Giblin, who came into post in January, said “This is an exciting time for our successful Year 11 students as they move onto the next stage of their academic careers.   At the High School Sixth Form, we are thrilled to be moving to a new Sixth Form Centre next year.  The new accommodation will enable us to provide the very best facilities and opportunities to our senior students whilst continuing our proud tradition of producing outstanding results and well-rounded individuals, fully prepared to take on the next stage of their lives.”

Assistant Headteacher: Progress and Achievement, Tom Mannion said “It has been a privilege to work with this year group who have achieved such fantastic results.  There is a strong community ethos at the High School and this has been demonstrated in how closely Year 11 have worked with our dedicated staff and the support they have provided each other. They have contributed hugely to the school and local community and very much deserve their success.  Congratulations!”

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