22 August 2019
Headmistress Barbara Elliott was pleased to announce that 84.81% of all grades were 9-7, while 63.75% were 9-8.
Four pupils achieved 100% Grade 9s, with Lily Blue Harper collecting 11 in total, including Greek.
Lily, who has been at Channing since she joined Reception in the Junior School, was part of the first cohort to take the full course in Greek, and has chosen English, German and Latin for A level, with a view to studying Classics at University. “All the teachers at Channing have inspired me and taking Greek was a natural progression from Latin which I have always enjoyed”
Jaya Ayyalaraju joined Channing in Year 10 from Australia where the education system is based on assignments rather than exams. She attributes her results to the inspirational teachers at Channing and the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions that helped bring her up to speed with her peers. Not only is she delighted with her grades, Jaya also learned to drive during her summer holiday in Australia, so she and her family will be enjoying a double celebration today.
Rebekah Treganna’s story is the latest chapter in the Channing story for her family, with a cousin (Lucy) and mother counting themselves as alumnae. Rebekah achieved all top grades with a particularly high 9 in Classics. She was full of praise for Mrs Sarah Elliot, Head of Classics, “who always goes the extra mile. Her passion rubs off on us all!”. Not surprisingly, Rebekah hopes to study Classics, Biology and German for A Level.
Olivia Ferraro overcame serious health issues, so was delighted with her results, especially a Grade 9 for Biology and 8s in History and Physics. Mrs Elliott was a huge inspiration to her when she was feeling at her worst, telling her: “you can do it!” and she felt that this support was instrumental in her achievement. “I really felt this school was on my side.”
Jacqui Newman, Director of Studies reported: “These excellent grades throughout are the result of sustained hard work and an appetite for achievement evident among these Year 11 pupils. All GCSEs are now on the new grading system of 1-9, with 7-9 being equivalent to the old A-A*. The important difference is that while A*s were frequently awarded by examining bodies in the past, a Grade 9 is now much harder to achieve, therefore we are delighted to celebrate this noteworthy set of results”.
The school’s focus on STEM was evident in Biology, Chemistry and Maths with 100 Grade 9s in those subjects. “Science, Technology and Maths are fundamental to the education we offer pupils at Channing and the department will be further boosted by the arrival of full time Head of Engineering in September, adding to the STEM provision. Our Future Technologies conference was a resounding success last year and we look forward to preparing girls to redress the imbalance in this historically male-dominated sector,’ said Assistant Head Dan Grossman.