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Girls relish new, harder GCSEs – 46% of all Woldingham grades at A*/9-8.

Published Tuesday 28th of August 2018 10:51:07 AM

Girls at Woldingham School have excelled in the new qualifications for the second year running. 15 girls achieved an outstanding nine or more A*/9-8 grades. GB athlete, Charlotte Alexander, has achieved an outstanding nine GCSEs at the very highest grades of 9/A*. Motivated and highly organised, Charlotte successfully juggles her academic studies with a rigorous training programme; Charlotte represented Great Britain at the European Athletics Under 18 Championships in Hungary, shortly after finishing her GCSE exams. Among Charlotte’s other sporting achievements this year were winning silver in the English Schools 3000m and becoming the U17 National 3000m Champion. In 2017 Charlotte won the U15 girls' Mini London Marathon, breaking the course record. Previous winners of the Mini Marathon have included double London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah. Mirroring their A Level counterparts, Woldingham’s GCSE cohort have shattered gender stereotypes with first-class STEM results: 67% of the GCSE Sciences were at the top A* grade. Woldingham pupils similarly defied the national downwards trend in languages which proved popular as options and saw outstanding results: our girls tallied up over 80 of the highest grades and an average of 40% at grade 9. In total, Woldingham girls notched up 647 A*-A and 9-7 grades. Over half of the year group achieved seven or more A*-A/9-7 grades. Headmistress, Mrs Alex Hutchinson, said: “Woldingham students have been utterly unfazed by the new GCSE grading system; they have embraced the curriculum change and achieved yet another first-rate set of GCSE results in qualifications designed to be more challenging than in the previous system. Our Year 11 girls typified the Woldingham ethos – community-minded, supportive and ambitious, whilst at the same time ebullient and tremendous fun to be around - I am immensely proud of them. I am also hugely grateful for the commitment, knowledge and sheer hard work our teachers have put into making the change to reformed GCSEs so successful. The last two years have seen unprecedented pace of change across the public examination system and these superb results are testament to our staff’s expertise and unfailing dedication.” Head of Year 11, Mrs Rachel Whitton, commented: “I am particularly pleased that such stellar results were achieved alongside a commitment to the range of opportunities available at Woldingham. Our GCSE students were such a strong community and their support for each other alongside their work ethic were a powerful combination. I wish them every success in their Sixth Form studies.”
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