GCSE – Full flush of A stars for girls

Girls at single sex girls’ schools across the country are celebrating A* grades in this morning’s iGCSE and GCSE results.

They include all the Year 11 girls studying ancient and minority languages at St Mary’s School in Cambridge. Everyone who studied Chinese, Greek, Latin, Italian, Arabic and Thai achieved A* grades.

At Woldingham School in Surrey Emily Moon and Lucia Keijer-Palau are celebrating 12 A* grades each. Four more students – Lucy Anstice, Sophie Harris, Madeleine Jobber and Susie Triffitt -achieved 11A* grades, while Sasha Brown, Charlotte Burrows, Ana Hunter and Susannah Peppiatt have 10 A* grades.

Sophie Aitmehdi and Sarah Sobka from Sheffield High School have ten A* grades each. Sophie sat three of hers – Arabic, Biology and Maths – a year early.

At New Hall School in Chelmsford Pippa O’Riley secured 12 A*/A grades and Lucy Ashfield has 11 A* grades.

Initial results from the independent schools represented by the Girls’ Schools Association suggest that GCSE and iGCSE results grades are keeping pace with, and in many cases up on, last year. At New Hall School in Chelmsford there has been a 50% increase in A* grades. At St Mary’s School, Cambridge the A* pass rate is up 4% from 2012, with 39% of GCSE and IGCSE grades awarded at A*. In Somerset, the A*-C pass rate is up 3% at Bruton School for Girls where more than 1 in 3 obtained at least 8 A*-A grades. Sherborne Girls’ School has had a record number of A* passes while at City of London School for Girls 96% of results are A*-A grades.

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