GCSEs pave the way for future career success

GCSE results can be the gateway to a future career path while many students manage to balance both their academic pursuits and career aspirations with a very full and successful extra-curricular life.

Thanks to two grade 9s, two grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6 at GCSE, Aiden Davey from St Mary’s Colchester is all set to study A levels in textiles, physics and maths and already has her sights on her future career as a stage costume designer. She said:
“I am looking forward to taking on new challenges, St Mary’s has given me the confidence to know I can succeed!”

Lana from Kent College, Pembury, has accepted a place at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, and will join her school’s sixth form after the equivalent of straight As and A*s in her GCSE results. She said:

“I felt ecstatic when I saw my results. I have been working so hard for so long, it was just the best feeling in the world to see I had passed everything. I would like to thank Mr Ashton and Miss Bruce for giving me great advice. Thanks to them I applied to the Royal College of Music and will be studying a very busy programme there every Saturday. I really can’t wait.”                                                     

Budding engineer and Arkwright Engineering Trust scholar Beth Spooner from Sheffield Girls’ High School gained 10 A*-A/9-7 grades with straight A* grades in physics, chemistry and biology.

Musician Alyssa, who attends The Maynard School in Devon, gained five grade 9s and five grade 8s as well as pursuing a busy performance schedule. She is currently studying for grade 8 clarinet, also plays the saxophone and piano, and is a member of numerous choirs and orchestras, including the Devon Youth Symphony Orchestra. Alyssa has also performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios and osts her own hugely successful website – https://fictionforteens.com – where she posts regular reviews of the latest book she has read; this is proving to be a useful tool for fellow teens and their parents alike. Alyssa will now study history, economics and maths at A level.

Three athletes at  Lady Eleanor Holles School are happily balancing their sporting career with their academic studies. National championship competitors Erin Cavanagh,  Katherine O’Connell and Freya Shaw have each achieved 10 A*-A grades. Erin is a member of the GB Gymnastics team and a two times British champion; she qualified for the British Championships Final and is trialling for the World Championships. Katherine is a member of the U19 National Academy for Lacrosse and represented the U19C team at the Home Internationals and on the England Tour to US. Freya qualified for the British Swimming Championships International Meet for 100m and 200m Butterfly; she is ranked in the top 25 in Britain for 100m fly and has made international finals for 200m fly and 200m individual medley.

In Bristol cricketer Maddie Hughes from Redmaids High School is celebrating 10 A* grades and 1 A just after taking part in two winning matches for Gloucestershire against Wales. She said:

“I’m ecstatic! I can’t believe it. Cricket has been keeping me busy this summer and taking my mind off the results, but I’m just so happy with how I’ve done.”

Football runs in Silvana Flores’ family. Her father Rubén Flores is a former Atlante player and another relative Marcelo Flores plays for Arsenal. Silvana attends Ipswich High School and currently plays for Essex. She has her eyes set on gaining a place in the English national football team. Like so many talented students in GSA schools, her other great success is her ability to maintain an equilibrium between her studies and sporting dreams. Silvana has received 9 GCSEs at grades A*-A/7-9.


Overall, GSA schools have done exceptionally well in this year’s GCSE results with many schools achieving their best results ever despite the new 9-1 grading system.


These are just some of the GCSE results stories from our schools today. Read more in our School News section or on individual school pages.


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