12 August 2021
St Mary’s GCSE cohort of girls, have, like their peers all around the country, faced enormous educational challenges and disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The girls have been fortunate in that their lessons continued throughout the various lockdowns through our robust and well-received online ‘Calne Connected’ platform. The school is very proud of how the girls have adapted and showed their resilience and flexibility in face of these unsettling times.
St Mary’s is delighted that the external quality assurance process undertaken by the individual examination boards on behalf of Ofqual once again validated their Teacher Assessed Grades, with not a single grade being changed.
As in previous years, this year’s results have been superb for the students, and they congratulate all the girls who have worked so hard over many years to achieve these well-deserved grades, and in such difficult circumstances. Their UV (Year 11) girls numbered 56 and they achieved a total of 564 GCSEs between them. Among the outstanding results are those of the Olsoff twins, Amelie and Celeste, with a clean sweep of 20 grade 8s and 9s between them.
There is an excellent breadth of GCSE-Level subjects offered at St Mary’s. In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and the Sciences, girls also study Art, Classical Civilisation, Drama, French, Geography, German, Ancient Greek, History, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Religious Studies and Spanish.
To prepare the girls for the next stage of their education, near the end of term the Year 11s enjoyed a Sixth Form Preparation Programme. They took part in a Q&A with the inspirational feminist author and BBC news anchor, Katty Kay, live from Washington DC, and spent time together developing mindset skills in a Smirk Experience workshop. Other activities included a Leadership Day and a trip to Oxford to learn more about university life. The girls gained practice at time management and responsibility whilst commencing their EPQ, ECDL and Independent Work alongside the academic rigour of A Level taster lessons. This followed on from our annual Sixth Form Fair which this year takes place on Saturday 18th September, and is open for new girls wishing to join St Mary’s Calne in the Sixth Form.
Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: ‘Congratulations to the girls on their impressive set of GCSE results, which they fully deserve. It has been a very bumpy road – but they have managed to navigate their way admirably and we wish them the very best as they continue their journey into the Sixth Form. We must, of course, also thank the teachers and pastoral staff who have worked tirelessly and gone above and beyond to support the girls throughout this challenging period and enabled them to reach their potential.’