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

Last Updated on : 23rd August 2018

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, including Hetty Arnfield from Putney and Josephine Sawyer from Wandsworth.

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 42 grade 9s, 26 grade 8s and 13 A* grades – a total of 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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