Alex Hems: Head's Blog Aug 24, 2017
This morning our Lower 6th girls received their long-awaited GCSE results. The girls have worked extremely hard over the last two years and, from the looks on many of their faces this morning, have surpassed their own expectations. There has been much media attention given to the fact that the new GCSEs have been harder, and this year group will undoubtedly have felt nervous as the first cohort to sit the new examinations. The 9-1 grading for English and Mathematics has been designed to reward performance at the highest level, with fewer candidates expected to achieve a 9, the highest grade, than would have previously gained an A*, and we are therefore pleased that in this first cohort 9% of our entries were awarded a 9, with 3% achieving this grade nationally. 97% of our English and Mathematics results were at 9-4 compared with national figures of 68%. In the other subjects over three quarters of our girls' results were graded at A*-B.
We are delighted with the girls' achievements. GCSEs, as a two-year course, are designed to test a substantial volume of subject knowledge and the ability to analyse and evaluate at a sophisticated level. There has been a marked increase in subject content to be covered in Mathematics especially, but all these results are a testimony to hard work and dedication on the part of girls and their teachers. With these results under their belts, the girls are now in an excellent position to embark on their sixth form years, equipped not only with strong qualifications, but also with a work ethic which will stand them in good stead as they tackle the more complex demands of Higher and then Advanced Higher courses.
Mrs Alex Hems MA Oxon
Head, St George's School for Girls