GCSEs – Girls Excel At STEM & Sheffield IT Star Is ‘One To Watch’

Girls at Girls Schools Association schools around the country are once again excelling in STEM subjects, as today’s GCSE results have proven.

IT star Nayana Dasgupta is ‘over the moon’ with her eleven A* grades and has also been awarded a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship, which is given to students who aspire to a career in engineering and related areas of technical design.

Nayana attends Sheffield High School (GDST) and was dubbed as ‘One to Watch’ at this year’s Everywoman Technology Awards.

In Manchester, Shazia Absar from Oldham was one of many pupils to receive a distinction in Additional Mathematics, along with nine A*s in her other subjects.

Shazia attends Manchester High School for Girls where half the year group opted to take Additional Mathematics and over 80% achieved an A* with distinction, A* or A.

She said: “All summer I’ve been hoping for good results but these are beyond anything I imagined! All the hard work has certainly been worth it and the teachers here have been so supportive and encouraging along the way. I can’t wait to become part of our School’s Sixth Form and will be studying Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Spanish with a view to one day pursuing a career in Medicine.”

Additional Maths takes maths study beyond the content of the GCSE Higher Tier. It introduces some of the mechanics and statistics topics that students will encounter in A-level Mathematics and acts as a ‘stepping stone’ between the two programmes of study.

Other high achievers include Amy Chambers from Exeter who attends The Maynard School. She peeled open her envelope this morning to reveal 10 A*s and an A in her Higher Project and is now looking forward to A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry with a view to a career in Engineering.

In Surrey, Eleanor Reffin, Verna Wang, Doris Chan, Coco Xia & Michelle Zeng achieved much-prized distinctions in the more demanding Certificate in Further Mathematics. They are among the third of the year group at Burgess Hill Girls who sat Further Maths and gained a total of 11 A*-A grades. Their top grades places them among the strongest mathematicians in the country.
Sophie Burgin from St Mary’s Colchester passed ten GCSEs with A*-A grades, and will now study A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, after which she hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Outstanding success for girls in STEM is a story that is repeated around the country with GSA schools consistently achieving remarkable grades in GCSE Science. Some of the success stories include…

Woldingham School is enjoying its best year yet for girls who opted to take the triple science award (two thirds of which were A* grades). Half will go on to take a STEM subject at A Level.

At Withington Girls’ School in Manchester half of the 52 entries in Further Mathematics were awarded an A* grade “with Distinction”.

At Heathfield School 100% of GCSE Biology grades were A*-B and 100% of Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Science Core and Additional Science were A*-C.

St Augustine’s Priory in Ealing has seen 63% of Science Double Award candidates achieve A*-A and 90% A*-B. Ninety seven per cent of their Science Triple Award candidates were awarded A*-B grades. The school’s specialist Science Centre accommodates both Double and Triple Award Science at GCSE.

Cranford House School is celebrating 79% A*-A grades in Triple Science. Headmaster Dr James Raymond said: “These are tremendous results, particularly for a non-selective school.”

In Bristol, Redland High has a 100% pass rate in many subjects including Biology, Chemistry and Physics with 91% A/A* in Physics.

St Mary’s Cambridge has 89% of Physics grades at A* – A and 85% of both Chemistry and Biology grades equally high.

At King Edward VI High School in Birmingham, four girls who were awarded Arkwright Engineering scholarships notched up 40 A* grades between them. The school has A* pass rates of 77% in Mathematics, 75% in Biology and 81% Chemistry and Physics.

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