22nd August 2019 — There were smiles and tears of joy as girls celebrated an amazing set of GCSE results together.
In the second year since switching to the new 9-1 grading system, an incredible 34.1 per cent of all GCSEs taken at the School were graded as a 9, the highest possible level. Twenty-three girls achieved 10 or more 8s or above and four secured straight 9 grades – an outstanding achievement. The proportion of all exams taken graded at the equivalent of 8 or above was 57.3 per cent while 76.7 per cent were at a 7 or higher and an impressive 40 girls achieved 10 7s or above.
In our Year of Languages, there were excellent results in both Modern and Classical Languages, with 81 per cent of all exams taken graded at 7 or above and 61 per cent at 8 or higher. There were also fantastic results in both English Language and English Literature, with 78 per cent and 68.3 per cent at 8 or above respectively – equivalent to an old A*. Nearly 57 per cent of all English Language papers were graded at the highest possible 9 grade, while two-thirds of those taking History also scored the top grade.
Georgia, who joined Headington in our Prep School, achieved 9 in all 10 of her subjects. She said: “It’s a really fantastic end of two years of excellent teaching and teachers.”
Hannah was one of the 23 girls at Headington who achieved 10 or more 8s or higher, with one 8 and nine 9s. She said: “I’m extremely happy. I wasn’t expecting what I got, I couldn’t expect more.” She will be taking the IB programme at Headington, studying Chemistry, Biology, German, Economics, English and Maths.
Head of Year Alexia was also celebrating a string of top grades, including four 9s. She said: “I’m overjoyed, so relieved that all the hard work finally paid off. I’m super excited about the Sixth Form, I can’t wait to do the subjects I love.” She will take A Levels at Headington in Geography, History and Politics.
While many of the girls chose to find out their results in the privacy of their own homes before joining their friends at school to celebrate, Caitlin decided to open hers in the hall in front of her teachers and classmates – she was rewarded with eight 9s, an A* and an A. She said: “I didn’t know what to expect but I thought I may as well just open it, there’s nothing I could do to change it. I’m really happy and I’m excited about being in the new Sixth Form Centre which looks really good.”
Elena arrived supported by her older sister Bethany, who picked up her IB results from Headington in July. Elena juggled her studies with hospital treatment for ulcerative colitis and achieved an excellent string of results, all at 7 or above. She said: “I did better than I expected and I’m really happy, I’m looking forward to Sixth Form.”
Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “We are delighted to see so many girls with so much to celebrate today. The new qualification system is hopefully becoming clearer now it is starting to be bed in and it is heartening to see so many of our girls seeing their efforts recognised at the very highest level with the new grade 9. We select our girls based on academic potential and it is brilliant to see the tremendous progress they have made, many far exceeding their predictions on entry.
“Of course, behind all the statistics are lots of individual success stories featuring an awful lot of very hard work, from both girls and staff, and we are so pleased for each and every one of them.
“Results are only ever one part of the pictures and as always we have worked hard to ensure our wonderful girls can enjoy a sensible balance between study, home life and relaxation. We congratulate them all today – well done!