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From STEM to English, SHS girls lead the way with GCSE results

22 August 2019

Students at Sutton High School GDST have achieved an exceptional set of GCSE exam results, with more than two thirds of all grades at 9–7.

GCSE results 2019

In the numbered system, grades 9 and 8 are equivalent to and go beyond the old A*, while grade 7 represents an A.

Once again, girls shattered any academic gender stereotypes by attaining the very highest grades for the full range of subjects. Across Biology, Chemistry and Physics, an average of 80% of grades were 9–7, with over 22% of girls being awarded a 9, the very top grade. Nationally, only about 4% of examination entries are given a 9.

girls on GCSE day

Taking all subjects together, over 18% of grades were 9s, with a quarter or more of students achieving the best possible grade in Biology, Computer Science, English Language, Latin and Religious Studies.

(Picture: Emily and Alex with their English teacher, Ms Dixon)Jenny and girls

(Picture: Ella with Mr Parkins, Head of English, and Dr Johonnett, who teaches Chemistry)Dr J and Mr Parkins

The proportion of grades at 9–7 was at least 70% in the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language and the three Sciences, along with Art, Computer Science, Geography, Latin and Religious Studies.

(Picture: Dhanushiyaa and Emily with their Maths teacher, Mrs Knight)Mrs Knight and class

Mrs Katharine Crouch, Headmistress, commented:

“I would like to congratulate students, parents and staff on their achievements. Our fantastic results today are further proof, if any were needed, that girls can and do excel in subjects right across the academic spectrum, from STEM to English.

“The numbered grading system was brought in to stretch the highest achieving students, and I am delighted that our girls have again risen to the challenge by gaining the very top grades in considerable numbers.

“We know that everyone has their own unique talents and academic strengths, and we design our curriculum to ensure that each individual girl achieves her personal best. It is always very rewarding to see the outcome of this approach on our results days.

“I now look forward to seeing how these talented students will flourish as they embark upon the next stage of their academic career.”

(Picture: Jessica, who achieved outstanding results in German GCSE, alongside Ms Fillingham, Head of Modern Foreign Languages)Ms Fillingham and student