GCSE Results: pupils celebrate exam results AND extra-curricular success
This year’s GCSE results from Girls’ Schools Association schools demonstrate the independent sector’s strength in producing all-rounders.
Alice Phillips, president of the Girls’ Schools Association, said:
“Employers and their representatives are crying out for schools to equip their students with more than a string of exam passes. Schools that provide that extra and enable pupils to develop an interest in the wider world, at the same time as studying for exams, are becoming increasingly important.”
At St George’s School in Ascot, charity fundraiser and actress Lottie Hughes achieved 3 A*s, 4 As and 3 Bs in her GCSEs at the same time as raising £15,000 for Cancer Research, taking the lead role in a play at the Lyric Theatre in London, and touring four Spanish cities with the school choir. Lottie, who is dyslexic, is also goal keeper for her school netball team.
In York, supporting girls with extra-curricular interests is part and parcel of school life at The Mount School. Rowan Palmour is the reigning U17 girls’ North East high jump champion and an accomplished musician. Nevertheless, she gained 9 A*s and 1 A in her GCSEs. Caroline Rosenzweig achieved 9 A*s, 1 A and an A* in further maths as well as winning first prize at the Engineering Inspiration Competition in June and reaching the regional finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks national public speaking competition. Her ambition is to study Engineering at Harvard University. Meanwhile Eleanor Dook, who represents England in international karate, is given plenty of encouragement to manage her academic studies around a busy training schedule. Eleanor has 7 As, 2 Bs and 1 C in this year’s GCSEs.
Francesca Millar from Redland High School netted 11 A*s at GCSE despite a busy year balancing her academic studies with her part in the school’s theatre company, which took its production of Medea to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Francesca is one of the school’s music scholars and composed all of the music for the production, earning winning reviews for her ‘expertly judged compositions.’
A Derby High School pupil has achieved top marks in her GCSE exams despite a gruelling swimming schedule. Becky Jones scored five A*s, three As and two Bs as well as spending 10 days in Zambia teaching schoolchildren to swim alongside her sporting idols Rebecca Adlington, Joanne Jackson, Ross Davenport and Melanie Marshall. Becky also represented England in the Tri-Nations Challenge competition in Glasgow in April and took part in the National Youth Championships two weeks ago in Sheffield. Her training schedule involves being in the pool for up to 16 hours a week and getting up at 4.30am.
At St Mary’s School in Cambridge the arts have equal importance with STEM and language subjects. 100% of GCSE students achieved A* – A grades in this year’s art GCSE, 94% in music and 92% in drama. The school also has an Artsmark Gold Award from the Arts Council England in recognition of the quality of its arts provision throughout the school.