2 March 2020
King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston is celebrating a prestigious accolade for two of its star pupils. This week the Royal Geographical Society named Alice Green, 16, from Selly Park and Noemi Jester, 17, from Moseley as winners of their 2019 Excellence Awards for outstanding results in the latest International GCSE Geography exams. The pair were among a tiny group of top-scoring candidates who achieved virtually full marks – an astounding 170 points – in their papers.
“I was very shocked, and just so happy, when I heard about this amazing award, as I thought the exam had gone terribly,” said Alice, who, like Noemi, achieved a full house of top grades at GCSE, “I love Geography, particularly as it’s so relevant to society nowadays and I specially enjoyed the topic of Coasts, finding out how the cliffs, estuaries and coastal landscapes had been formed.”
“I am really interested in how Geography affects health outcomes throughout the world,” said Noemi. “My parents are both doctors, as are Alice’s and I’m from three generations of medics. I hope to study Medicine at Oxford and long-term I’d like to do Paediatric Surgery. I was pleased with my GCSE grades – but the Excellence Award was the icing on the cake.” “Both girls are excellent geographers, very talented, hard-working and always challenging and asking questions,” said KEHS’s Acting Head of Geography Mrs Kate Cowan. “The IGCSEs have a really rigorous specification and great depth of material to study, involving detailed evaluation and interpreting resources. Last year 72 girls, almost the whole year-group, took IGCSE Geography and 86% of them achieved a Grade 9 – the equivalent of a super A*, so we’re really delighted with everyone’s hard work and dedication. Alice and Noemi’s awards are particularly exciting as it’s the first time anyone from KEHS has received one – and having two pupils from one school achieving something as prestigious as this is very special.”