GCSE SUCCESS ROUND-UP
Alderley Edge School for Girls
Alderley Edge School for Girls continues its celebrations. The School is delighted to report huge success at GCSE – particularly in the light of uncertainty over the newly reformed GCSE examinations and with the majority of subjects now reporting numerical rather than letter grades. The percentage of equivalent A/A* grades achieved by students this year has increased, with almost 45% of all grades being awarded at this highest level. Achievement in the Sciences is outstanding at the School with 90% of all grades in the separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics being at the very top level of A and A* and 75% of all grades in Computer Science and Statistics being either A or A* equivalent. 67% of grades in Further Maths GCSE were also at grade A or higher. Furthermore, students have achieved fantastic results in Art subjects with 77% of all grades, for instance, being equivalent to either an A or an A* in History and over 70% achieving at this level in Art. Almost 10% of the year group were awarded A and A* grades across the board and congratulations, in particular, go to Aditi Chandana from Wilmslow who achieved 9 equivalent A* grades (7 being at the new Grade 9) and a grade A^ (higher than an A*) in Further Maths GCSE. Shanice Donatien from Prestbury attained 8 equivalent A* grades (with 9 grades in five of her subjects). Sophie Kay from Knutsford celebrates 9A* grades (with 4 of these being at Grade 9) and Maggie Khoryati from Mobberley attained 9A* grades (with 7 of these being at Grade 9). Lucy Ferris from Alderley Edge celebrated her 6 Grade 9s as Dalia Halwani from Wilmslow and Hattie Rigby from Congleton achieved a fantastic clutch of A, A* and 9 grades. We know that they, alongside the other girls who achieved so well this year, will continue to flourish with their A Level studies.
Anyone interested to know more about single sex education or the Sixth Form at Alderley Edge School for Girls should attend the Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 11 October from 6.30pm or contact the School on 01625 583028 for more details.
Cheadle Hulme School
It’s been another set of impressive GCSE results for students at Cheadle Hulme School (CHS), who are celebrating with 68% of grades awarded at A*-A or 9-7. 40.4% of those grades were A*, 9 or 8; 5 students were awarded an outstanding 11x A*s or higher, with over 10% of students achieving 9x A* or higher. 7 students received grade 9s in all relevant subjects. Topping the School’s results table, Jack Nolan and Kirsty Dickson led the way receiving 12 A* or higher (A^ is higher than A*). Peter Langton also scored highly achieving 11x A* or 9 grades with Oscar Cooper receiving 9x A*s or 9s and 2x 8s, with Lydia Wong achieving 9x A*s or 9s and an 8. Also celebrating high scores, 100% of Music and Greek grades achieved were graded at 9-7, and 100% of Drama grades were awarded A*-B.
Ellesmere College is once again celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. A third of all grades at the College are the top grades of nine to seven or A* and A. In particular International GCSEs continue to be successful, with subjects such as English seeing over 50 per cent of grades at nine to seven, A* and A equivalent. Stand out performances from Shropshire-based students were from Sarala Chatterjee, of Ellesmere, who achieved four A*s, two A grades and two level nine’s, one level eight and a B. Also of Ellesmere, Charlie-Anne Williams gained four A*s, one A, two level nines, two level eights and a level five and Molly Tumelty achieved one A*, three As and two level nines plus a level eight and three sevens. Ananya Chezhian, of Chirk, achieved three A*s, one A, and three level nines plus two level eights and a six. Sam Zakers of Nantwich gained three As, three Bs, two level nines and a seven and a six. For students who travel further afield to study at the prestigious Ellesmere College, Mimi Quinton, of Coalville in Leicestershire, secured three A*s, three level nines, four eights and a seven, while Rodrigo Anton Garcia, whose home town is Madrid, Spain, swept the board with four A* grades and five level nines. And some pupils in year nine and ten are also celebrating having completed some early GCSE’s and First Certificates in Languages, Finance and Religious Studies.
Visit www.ellesmere.com/ for more information about the school, a co-educational independent school for pupils aged seven to 18.
Manchester Grammar School
Jack Hayhurst, 16, of Wilmslow, found he had achieved eight A* grades and two 9 grades – a superb performance. It has been another superb year for MGS boys sitting their GCSE examinations, with 91% of all grades at A*-A or 9-7 level, and 68% of all grades at A* or 9/8 level. 32 pupils achieved straight 9-8 or A* grades, and 98 pupils gained seven or more 9-8 or A* grades. The new 9-1 numerical grading scale for certain subjects – which replaces the old A*-G system – makes the 9 grade the most prestigious in the country, broadly equivalent to a grade above A*, and only a handful of pupils across the country will achieve it, making the achievements of those MGS boys who obtained grade 9s even more remarkable. The GCSE results follow outstanding A-level results by MGS boys last week, with 36% of all grades at A* or the Pre-U equivalent, 69% of grades at A*s, As or the Pre-U equivalent, and 90% of grades at A*, A or B or the Pre-U equivalent. This level of performance puts MGS in a very select group of schools nationally.
There were a number of exceptional performances from MGS boys from the Didsbury area. Daniel Bourne, 16, achieved seven A* grades and three grade 9s. Haris Qadri, 16, achieved eight A* grades and two 9 grades.
A Knutsford pupil, Harrison Kaye, 16, discovered he had been awarded eight A*s and four 9 grades – the highest possible grades he could have achieved. He even achieved a perfect 100% in his Chinese examination.
Manchester High School for Girls
Pupils at Manchester High School for girls had plenty to celebrate, with superb results across a broad range of subjects and a third of students attaining grades 7-9 (A-A*) in all of their GCSEs. Hibah Kamran (16) from Whalley Range proved it’s possible to shine in both STEM subjects and languages by achieving the highest grades possible across the board. Hibah, who gained nine GCSEs at grade 9, was delighted with her results. Manchester High School for Girls student, Lydia Butt (16) from Didsbury, achieved eight grade 9s and one grade 8 (A*) at GCSE.
Manchester High welcomes external applications to join its Sixth Form. This is normally conditional upon students achieving at least a grade 7, or A, at GCSE in the subjects they wish to study, good passes in English and Mathematics and at least four GCSEs at grade 7 / A or above. The next Sixth Form Open Events are on Wednesday 26th September and Thursday 11th October. Visit www.manchesterhigh.co.uk for more details.
Stockport Grammar School
GCSE students enjoyed celebrating their outstanding results. 58% of grades awarded were A* to A or 9, 8 and 7 and 30 pupils achieved nine or more of these top grades. Amongst the success stories were Lauryn Howard, Pippa Brown, Zahra Butt and Phoebe Micklefield, who won first place in the national Alan Turing Cryptography Competition organised by Manchester University. Between them, the quartet achieved 27 A*s (including one with distinction), nine 9s, an A, two Bs and a 7. Keen sportsman Sameer Javid worked hard for his seven A*s, two 9s and an 8 and is looking forward to starting A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Thomas Cope was “made up” with his three A*s, an A, two Bs and an 8. Thomas, who enjoys cricket and playing the piano, will go on to study Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. Beth Taylor, who plays netball for Leeds Rhinos, was delighted with her eight A*s, a 9 and an A. While England team skier Millie Cowell was overjoyed to secure a mix of A*s, As, Bs, 8s, 7s and 6s after combining studies with her intensive training programme.
The Grange School
As the GCSE landscape shifts, one thing remains unchanged – students at The Grange, Hartford continue to master the challenges and achieve excellent results. Despite reports that the new system would make the top grades a rarity, one in four of all of The Grange’s entries were at Grade 9 and over half of all entries were achieved at Grade 8 or 9 (the two most challenging grades). With only 732 students obtaining a clean sweep of the top grades nationally, three students at The Grange have achieved grade 9s across all of their GCSE subjects. After the success of last week’s A Level results, the Grange’s academic pedigree continues to impress. Almost 70% of all Science entries were at either Grade 8 or 9. Over two-thirds of Physics results were at the top two grades, whilst Chemistry’s results were outstanding with 97% at Grade A* or A. Whilst the new examination reforms suggested that Grade 9s could be more elusive in the Humanities, 34% of all students achieved the top grade in Geography, History or Religious Studies. Leading the way was Religious Studies, with 87% of Grange students achieving a Grade 8 or 9. Not to be outdone, four out of every five entries were Grade 7 or higher across the different Visual Arts specialities offered by The Grange. In these subject areas, students gained almost one whole grade on average, surpassing expectations. Hot on the success of having one of her GCSE landscape paintings bought by Lostock TATA, Lauren Davey achieved all Grade 8 and 9s at GCSE. In the newly introduced 3D Graphics course 100% of students achieved the equivalent of a Grade A or higher. 14 of the students have just returned from Borneo with the Biology department, conducting surveys of rainforest species and observing orangutans in the wild. With 88% Grades 7 to 9s between them, these students have shown dedication in the classroom and in the field. Such is typical of life at The Grange, incorporating a diverse range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities. Not content with their success on the water, The Grange rowers surpassed themselves with over four in every five grades at the equivalent of a Grade A or higher. Sebastian Paisley, who attended the GB J16 sculling camp in Nottingham earlier in the year, achieved all Grade 8s and 9s including the highest mark in GCSE Further Mathematics.
The King’s School
The King’s School’s students produced a stellar set of GCSE results, with pupils and staff celebrating a steep rise in the very best grades. This year 27% of all grades were at 9 or 8, formerly the A* grade, up from 20% last year. A huge 47% of all grades are at 9 – 7, or A*/A. Some three quarters of all grades were at 9 – 6 (A* to B), while 97% were at 9 – 4 or A* – C. A quarter of pupils got at least nine 9 – 7 grades; seven students achieved 10 grades of 9 or 8; 43% of pupils got at least five 9 – 7 grades, while 60% of pupils got a 9 or 8 in at least one subject.
Withington Girls’ School
The reformed GCSEs have seen Year 11s at Withington Girls’ School achieve 43% of results at the elite Grade 9 and 11 pupils attain an exceptional clean sweep of at least eight Grade 9s; eight also with the very top A* Distinction in Further Mathematics. Three pupils achieved 10 Grade 9s plus A* Distinctions in Further Maths. Sixteen pupils, or one-in-five of the cohort, achieved Grade 8s and 9s in all their subjects, many with an additional A grade or higher in Further Mathematics. In the new numerically-graded examinations, some 46 (58%) of the Year 11 pupils at Withington earned Grades 7 or above in all their subjects, equating to A* to A in the pre-reformed grading system. The GCSE results follow the record-breaking 41% of A-Levels achieved at the top A* grade last week and 15 Withington students set to start their studies at Cambridge and Oxford universities in the Autumn.
Open Days for entry to Withington Girls’ School will be held on Thursday 8th November and Saturday 10th November – see www.wgs.org for more details on 2019 Admissions.
Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited