Bucking the Trend: Examination Success in STEAM Subjects at St George’s School

Bucking the Trend: Examination Success in STEAM Subjects at St George’s School

9 August 2018

The students of St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh are celebrating another excellent set of examination results this year as they learned their SQA examination results earlier this week.

The Head, Mrs Alex Hems, commenting on the results said:

‘These results are a superb achievement for a delightful and hugely talented year group who have contributed so much to school life during their time at St George’s. It is testament to the girls’ exceptional intellectual curiosity, resilience and diligence, and also to the commitment, professionalism and inspiration of the teaching staff at St George’s.

‘I am particularly pleased that they have managed to secure such a strong set of subject grades in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Increasing the number of girls studying in this area is an important objective for us.

‘25% of our leavers are going on to study STEAM subjects at university. Computing, Pharmacy, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Actuarial Science, Graphic Design, Art and Design, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, and Design for Textiles are just a few of the courses being studied in these fields.

‘As a girls’ school where there is no influence from gender stereotypes, we offer excellent careers advice, work experience opportunities, and exposure to positive female role models all of which help to promote equal opportunities in STEAM related industries.

‘We pride ourselves in being able to provide a bespoke portfolio of courses for each girl that suits her needs and aspirations.

‘Our academic curriculum is a unique mix of GCSEs at 16 followed by Highers and Advanced Highers in Sixth Form. The academic rigour and flexibility that this blend of the two systems gives ensures breadth whilst developing the valuable study skills and work ethic these courses require.’

At Higher level this year, the school attained an impressive 95% pass rate (A-C grade) (national pass rate 76%), maintaining the school’s record for passes in recent years. 58% of examination passes secured were at A, and 83% achieved an A or B grade. 22 (21%) students received all A grades in Higher examinations and 35 (33%) achieved 4 or more A grades in all the examinations they sat.

At Advanced Higher there was an excellent 98% pass rate (A-C grade) (national pass rate 80%), with 65% of grades awarded at A and 86% of grades awarded at A or B grade. 15 (10%) students received A grades in 3 or more subjects.

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