2018 GCSE Results Success – JAGS girls excel in the reformed exams

2018 GCSE Results Success – JAGS girls excel in the reformed exams

24 August 2018

The girls at James Allen’s Girls’ School have produced an excellent set of GCSE results in 2018 with 75% gaining A* or equivalent (8/9) and 92% gaining A*/A, and a significant total of 24 girls achieved A* (or equivalent) in every subject they sat.  Equally interestingly, an impressive 56% of all JAGS results in the reformed and more rigorous GCSE courses were the new top grade 9.

The Head of James Allen’s Girls’ School, Sally-Anne Huang said:

‘It’s not often that a Head Teacher is lost for words, but I am unable to express how proud I am of our pupils and staff. To achieve these results at a point when GCSE’s have become more testing and rigorous is an indication of what JAGS girls and teachers can do, and a cause for celebration’

Amongst the most notable results are those in the STEM subjects, where grade 9 was achieved by 67% in Maths, 69% in Biology, 71% in Chemistry and 57% in Physics. Overall, A* results in the STEM subjects were 90% in Maths (98% A*/A), 91% in Biology, 93% in Chemistry and 84% in Physics.

Sara Glover, who steps down this year as Head of Maths, commented: 

‘The Maths grades achieved by year 11 are simply amazing!  This success doesn’t happen overnight, but is the result of a 5-year plan and very much a team effort.  I am thrilled for our pupils who worked so hard, they did all we asked and more.  I cannot think of a better way to conclude my 22 years as Head of Maths.”

Other highlights include 65% of results in Geography being graded 9, and 73% in Religious Studies.  Furthermore, of the 155 entries for Modern Foreign Languages, 89% were awarded A*, 91% awarded A*/A and 100% awarded A*/A/B.  Of these, four pupils are triple linguists with 100% A*/A results (11A*, 1A).

Pupil case studies

Charlotte Clare-Hunt, who achieved 7 9’s, 4 A* grades and the top mark in Advanced Maths, said:

‘I’m very happy with my results, which are better than I expected! I put it all down to the great teachers at JAGS and hard work.  I will be going out to dinner tonight to celebrate, and am excited to be starting my A-Level studies in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Latin at JAGS in the sixth form this autumn’  

Juliana Nowaczek is celebrating achieving 7 9’s and 3A* grades and credits the teaching staff for their support:

‘All the girls were nervous about the reformed courses, but the teachers gave excellent guidance and made it a positive experience.  I am overwhelmed and relieved by my results and will now study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics in the sixth form at JAGS.  My ambition is a career in STEM which gave me the motivation to work hard and I am delighted with my grades’

Lilliana Sierra, who is celebrating 7 9’s and 3 A*s, said:

‘I am relieved and even surprised by my GCSE results, and I am also really pleased for the teachers who worked so hard on our behalf.  They gave us a real sense of what to expect and how to revise. I found the revision tough at first, but after lots of practice I have the hang of it now!  I will study A-Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Music in the sixth form at JAGS and am excited to continue participating in the school’s music ensembles and choir.” 

Siobhan Eddie achieved 7 9’s and 4 A*, she said:

‘I am so delighted and proud that all the hard work has paid off, and am looking forward to staying at JAGS for my A-levels in    English, Spanish, Religious Studies and Latin. I am unsure what career I eventually want to pursue but am considering Law’       

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