24 August 2018
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. In particular, this year’s results show that modern foreign languages are alive and well in GSA schools. Despite the previous downward trend nationally, girls throughout the country are bucking the trend and celebrating GCSE results in a wide range of languages. The classical languages also continue to thrive.
At the Royal High School in Bath, over three-quarters (76%) achieved an A*-A grade in GCSE German and, in French, more than seven in ten achieved an A*-A grade (71%). Students also performed well in Italian (100% A*-A) and in Spanish where two-thirds of the pupils achieved the top grades of A*-A.
At Kent College in Pembury, 67% of girls who sat Latin achieved a Level 9, while all of the others achieved the equivalent of an ‘old’ A grade.
In Cambridge, St Mary’s School students of Spanish, Mandarin and Latin all have plenty to celebrate. Spanish passes are 82% at grades A*-A or equivalent. Mandarin as a foreign language has a pass rate of 86% A*-A or equivalent, and all 100% Latin entries are at A* or equivalent.
Over 90% of GCSE entries by students at Cheltenham Ladies College in an impressive range of languages – German, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, French, Japanese and Russian – were awarded A*-A / 9-7 grades.
Of the 155 entries for modern foreign languages at James Allen’s Girls’ School, 89% (102) were awarded A*, 91% were awarded A-A* and 100% A*-B. Of these, four pupils are triple linguists with 100% A*-A results (11A*, 1A).
In York, 70% of grades in Spanish and Chinese at The Mount School were A*-A or 7/8/9.