GCSE – Queen Margaret’s Sets the Standard for Girls in Sciences

GCSE – Queen Margaret’s Sets the Standard for Girls in Sciences

24 August 2017

Queen Margaret’s is celebrating its best GCSE results in recent years after revealing that an impressive 64% of all entries received grade A/7 and above, more than three times the national average. This shows that girls at the independent School near York are truly benefitting from their all girls education.
At a time when there is an emphasis on girls succeeding in the all-important Science subjects, Queen Margaret’s is leading the way, with 96% of girls achieving A*- A grades in Chemistry and Biology, and 100% of all Science entries gaining an A*- B grade.

Girls at the School engage in Science well beyond the normal curriculum; they recently welcomed world leading scientist Professor Sir Anthony Coates, in one of only two dates confirmed nationally, for a lecture on antimicrobial resistance. Teacher of Physics, Sian Thomas, believes that getting girls involved in challenging projects is also vital when it comes to the Sciences: “The Raspberry Pi project at Queen Margaret’s (part of which involved girls sending a teddy into space) is fantastic and can make a dramatic difference. It gives girls the confidence to see that they can solve problems in a very practical and exciting way.”

Overall, today’s outstanding results demonstrate that a Queen Margaret’s holistic education prepares girls for the future, whatever their aspirations might be. The Music results hit a high note with 100% of girls being awarded an A* or A grade. Other highlights include A* grades across the board for every girl taking a GCSE examination a year early and full marks for four girls in their Art and Design GCSE.
Queen Margaret’s Head, Jessica Miles says: “We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results. The girls worked exceptionally hard and I am really proud of them for successfully combining this with a wide range of extra-curricular achievements. The excellent results in a broad variety of subjects, particularly in Biology, Chemistry and Music, show the breadth of a QM education. My thanks to the wonderful QM staff who know the girls so well and inspire them to achieve. The mutual respect that exists within the entire QM community means that these girls will continue to thrive as they embark upon their A Level studies at QM.”

Having received their exceptional results, the Year V girls will continue their journey to independence as they go on to study A Levels within the School’s Sixth Form. A Sixth Form Open Evening will be held at QM on Thursday 16 November for girls wishing to join in September 2018.

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