Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

25 Aug 2017
St George’s Celebrate Excellent GCSE Results

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The students and teachers of St George's School for Girls in Edinburgh are celebrating another year of exceptional achievement, having learned their GCSE examination results.

In the new 9-1 grading for English and Mathematics, which has been designed to reward performance at the highest level, 9% of the first cohort of entries were awarded a 9, compared with 3% achieving this grade nationally. 97% of English and Mathematics results were at 9-4 (4 equates to a pass) compared with national figures of 68%.

In the other GCSE subjects over three quarters of the girls’ results were graded at A*-B against a national average of 42%.

Mrs Alex Hems, Head of St George's, said:

‘We are delighted with the girls' achievements. There has been much media attention given to the fact that the new GCSEs have been harder, fewer candidates were expected to achieve a 9, the highest grade, than would have previously gained an A* and we are pleased that 9% of the first cohort of entries were awarded a 9.

‘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.

‘Our academic curriculum is a unique mix of GCSEs at 16 followed by Highers and Advanced Highers in the Sixth Form. The academic rigour and flexibility that this blend of the two systems gives ensures breadth whilst developing the valuable study skills and work ethic these courses require.

‘We start secondary education in P7 which is a year earlier than many other schools in Scotland, which allows us to provide three years of broad general education before pupils enter the start of their examination years in S3. We have implemented the GCSE curriculum as we wanted to offer a course that was designed specifically as a two-year course that would provide more content and greater academic challenge.

‘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.’

If you would like to find out more about St George's, we are running Open Mornings on Saturday 7 and Wednesday 11 October. Book here or contact admissions T: 0131 311 8008.
  


  

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