GCSE STEM success – including maths!

Despite national fears of a drop in GCSE maths grades, GSA pupils have performed well in both maths and other STEM subjects.

At St Swithun’s School an outstanding 83% of girls achieved an A* in further maths. At Howell’s School Llandaff (GDST) 48% achieved an A* in mathematics. At The Royal School in Surrey, A* – C grades in maths are approximately 50% higher than the national average.

It’s a similar success story around the country.

At City of London School for Girls, where almost half of pupils achieved 10 A*s or more, 88% of science entries were either A* or A. Individual successes include top table tennis player Tin-Tin Ho. Despite spending considerable time training and competing worldwide, including at last year’s Commonwealth Games, Tin-Tin has secured A*s in all her subjects.

Mohona Datti attends King Edward VI High School for Girls (pictured) which is enjoying its best set of GCSE results for over a decade. Mohona has mainly A*s in her GCSEs and is also celebrating being awarded a prestigious Arkwright scholarship. The scholarship is a national award that marks out Mohona as one of the top British engineers of tomorrow. She said:
“I was absolutely incredulous when I found out I’d won the Arkwright scholarship. It was totally unexpected. I’d put in weeks of work on my project, building an LED circuit that responds to sound and I was lucky enough to get through the initial aptitude test. I then got a final interview at Imperial College, London and one of our teachers, Miss Brown, gave me a mock interview beforehand which really helped. I’m doing maths, further maths, physics and economics at A level. Long term, I’m deciding whether I’d like to study computer sciences or physics. This has been a wonderful boost for me, whatever I go on to do.”

At Loughborough High School, where 71% of grades were A*/A, Irina Ferapontova is celebrating a clean sweep of 11 A* grades and is looking forward to studying maths, physics, chemistry and biology at A Level. Irina was part of the school’s orienteering team that represented England at the International School Sport Federation (ISF) Orienteering World Schools’ Championships in Turkey this April.

Girls in St Helen’s School (pictured above) are celebrating a ‘fabulous’ set of GCSE and iGCSE results. Their aptitude for STEM subjects is reflected in 73% of all grades in maths, science and computer science being A*, with 92% being A* or A.

In Bruton School for Girls, 93% of biology students gained a B grade or higher whilst in both chemistry and physics 87% of grades were A*-B, confirming the school’s growing reputation for encouraging girls in science.

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