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Fantastic GCSE Results for St Mary’s Girls!

Year 11 students at St Mary’s School for Girls, Colchester, have achieved a stunning set of GCSE results. More than a fifth of the year group achieved seven or more A*/A grades, and there was an overall pass rate of 92%. Performance at GCSE has been consistently high at St Mary’s for the past five years, despite the fact that the school is non-selective on entry.

89% of the 54 St Mary’s candidates achieved a minimum of five A* to C passes, with 85% achieving five or more passes including Mathematics and English. There was a 100% pass rate in 13 subjects – Art, Biology, Chemistry, German, History, Italian, Music, Photography, Physics, PE, RE, Statistics and Textiles.

‘I am incredibly proud of our girls’ achievement at GCSE, especially as St Mary’s is a non-selective school’, said St Mary’s Principal, Mrs Hilary Vipond. ‘Their super results are a reflection of all their hard work, combined with the high-quality teaching, individual attention and the unwavering support of our very close-knit school community at St Mary’s. This means that girls are able to achieve their academic potential at our school, and enjoy doing so.’

In their most recent visit to St Mary’s The Independent Schools Inspectorate praised the ‘rich educational experience and very happy working environment’ enjoyed by the girls, aged 3 to 16, and boys, aged 3 to 4.

Twelve St Mary’s students – 22% of candidates – achieved seven or more A*/A grades and have secured places at their first choice of sixth form:
Charlotte Maclachlan, from Colchester, achieved eleven GCSEs, ten with an A* or A grade, after taking an additional subject after school. Charlotte will be taking a place at Colchester Sixth Form College to study A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Medieval History and Physics. She is aiming to study History or Economics at university.

Lucie de Gentile, who lives in Colchester, passed eleven GCSEs with A*/A grades and will study for A levels in Politics, Classics, English Literature, French and Economics at Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS). Having joined St Mary’s two years ago from France, Lucie said that the caring environment of St Mary’s helped her to achieve her excellent GCSE results. “It was like a fairytale!” she said.

Sophie Burgin, from Colchester, passed ten GCSEs with A*/A grades, and will also be going to CRGS to study for A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, after which she hopes to study and have a career in medicine.

CRGS is the sixth form of choice for Lucy Charles, who lives in Abberton, who will study Geography, RE, French and Biology after passing ten GCSEs with A*/A grades. She would then like to study Psychology at university.

Harriet Meade, of Kelvedon, achieved ten GCSEs with an A* or A grade and is yet to choose between the sixth form places she has been offered. She would like to study A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology with the aim of becoming a vet. “The encouragement from the teachers at St Mary’s, and their belief in you, really helps you to succeed,” said Harriet.

Hannaya Watts, from Great Horkesley, achieved nine GCSEs with an A* or A grade, and will take up a place at Colchester County High School to study Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Art, after which she would like to study vetinary science.

Both St Mary’s Head Girls achieved well in their GCSEs. Emma Lucas, of Coggeshall, achieved nine GCSEs with an A* or A grade and will continue her studies at CRGS, studying Chemistry, Biology, English Literature and Economics. She said, “The support from the teachers and the atmosphere of the school really helps you to succeed.” Megan Adamson, from Colchester, passed ten GCSEs, seven with an A*/A grade, and will study Maths, Further Maths, Economics, PE and Business at Colchester Sixth Form College. In the future she would like to work in business in London. “St Mary’s is amazing,” she said. “You are given the support to be what you want to be, rather than what you should be.”

Colchester Sixth Form College is also the choice for Sophie Grice, from Elmstead Market, passed ten GCSEs, eight with an A*/A grade. She will study RE, Biology, Philosophy, Psychology and English Literature at A level and would like to study and practice in law in the future.

After twelve years at St Marys, Aimee Patel, of Colchester, achieved 9 GSCEs, with eight at A*/A grade. She will continue her studies at Colchester Sixth Form College.

Jasmine Baker-Wells, of Holland-on-Sea, will study Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Maths at Colchester County High School after passing ten GCSEs, seven with an A*/A grade. She is interested in pursuing a career in nano-technology. Jasmine said that part of her success at St Mary’s was due to ‘everyone knowing each other and working together.’

Thamali Wijekoon, from Great Notley, will take A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Colchester Sixth Form after achieving nine GCSEs, seven with A*/A grade.

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