GCSE success celebrated at Queen Anne’s

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Queen Anne’s School are delighted to be celebrating an excellent set of GCSE Results with 64% of grades at the coveted top grades 9-7 (A*-A).

English grades are among the outstanding GCSE results at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.

A superb 44% of English Language students and 43% of English Literature students achieved grade 9 with Anna Spellman, Head of English saying: “This year’s English Literature and English Language results are outstanding! I am so proud of the students who have shown such commitment to English throughout their five years with us. Their success today, despite the disruptions of the pandemic, is truly remarkable. I cannot thank our exceptional English teachers enough.”

Four students achieved an impressive total of seven grade 9s, along with eight students receiving a full set of 9-7 (A*-A) grades. Keira Barton, from Warfield, achieved an exceptional seven grade 9s and three grade 8s, giving her a superb springboard to her chosen A Levels in Psychology, Geography and History. Joanna Ayeni, a full boarder from Essex, received seven grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7. Joanna will be studying Computer Science, Physics and Maths at A Level. Issy Kelly, from Reading, is celebrating a fantastic set of results with seven grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7. Issy is a member of Queen Anne’s School Twilight Dance Company who participated in several dance competitions in her time at the school and recently returned from the Queen Anne’s Lacrosse Tour to the USA.

Queen Anne’s students continue to deliver strong outcomes in STEM subjects with Maths results counting a total of 10 students at grade 9 and sixteen at grade 8. Biology excelled with thirteen students achieving grade 9 and eleven achieving grade 8. The creative arts also saw a set of excellent grades with 79% of students studying Drama securing grade 9-8. Among them is Ella Barker, from Surrey, achieving grade 9 along with other grade 9s in Biology, Physics, English Literature and English Language.

“I am very proud of this year’s GCSE cohort, who have overcome challenging times to achieve an exceptional set of results that will propel them into their next step in education".

Queen Anne’s School is known for its excellent music provision, with approximately two thirds of girls learning an instrument. The state-of-the-art Scott Music Centre with a professional recording studio, an ensemble space and two recital halls opened in 2019. Twins Jaey and Juny Suh’s GCSE results are one of their many incredible achievements since studying at the school, as both international boarders from South Korea were also awarded their post-grade 8 diploma (ARSM). Juny achieving her ARSM in violin and Jaey in flute; Jaey then went on to achieve her ATCL diploma, an achievement usually reached in the first year of an undergraduate degree. Jaey also accomplished a superb 98% in her Maths GCSE and Juny achieved 97%. They will be pursuing their talents in music and have received the Queen Anne’s Society Sixth Form scholarship. Lara Lancaster, from Wargrave, also received the Queen Anne’s Society Sixth Form Scholarship after achieving eight grade 9s and two grade 8s.

Linda McGrenary, Director of Middle School, said: “The students approached these exams with resilience and kept focused on the end goal. I am so proud of how hard they worked, and they are now in a great position as they move into Sixth Form.”

Many girls will be studying some of the six new A Level subjects at the school, now taking the total number of A Level choices to 29 plus the EPQ. Emily Day, from High Wycombe, who achieved a 9 in Biology, an 8 in Physics and a 7 in Chemistry, will be developing her scientific knowledge by studying Environmental Science at A Level. Lucy Triptree, from Lower Shiplake, achieved 100% 9-7 (A*-A) and will be one of the first to study A Level Media at Queen Anne’s.

“I am very proud of this year’s GCSE cohort, who have overcome challenging times to achieve an exceptional set of results that will propel them into their next step in education. They have shown dedication, determination and enthusiasm throughout their GCSEs and I look forward to seeing them flourish in their A Levels and beyond.” said Head of School, Elaine Purves.

Find out more

If you are considering Queen Anne’s School, find out more at our Annual Open Morning on Saturday 17th September. Details online at https://www.qas.org.uk/

Leighton Park celebrates GCSE success

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“Students can look forward to entering the Sixth Form with confidence” says delighted head teacher

Leighton Park students had a lot to celebrate with their 55% 9-7 grades outstripping the Teacher Assessed Grades last year by more than 5% with an overall pass rate of 96% for grades 4-9.

The school’s strengths in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) and Music have once again been reflected in the results. Student averages for 9-7 grades were as follows: Computer Science 89%, Physics 88%, Chemistry 74%, Biology 65%, Maths 60%, while 95% of Music grades were 9-7. Leighton Park is an International Baccalaureate World School and languages also did well with 100% of Mandarin grades at 9-7 and 66% for German.

Esther Bodkin, with eight 9s, an 8 and an A* said: “I’m very happy. I’m interested in going to Oxbridge and this is a good first step.” Esther’s mum, Justina, added: “She’s worked really hard and we feel really proud of her. The school was really organized through the pandemic and teachers went out of their way with extra support in the lead up to the exams. I’m really pleased they were able to do live exams as these are such important skills.”

Another proud mum, Julia, whose daughter Millie Charlesworth achieved all 9-7 grades, said: “It’s been brilliant. I’ve been absolutely delighted. Millie loves it here. She has remained very calm through all her GCSE’s and worked really hard. She has had amazing support.”

Head of Years 10, 11 & Pre-Sixth, Sally Saunders, understands the challenges this year group have faced with the disruption to their two-year course caused by the pandemic. “I’m so proud of our students. They have developed incredible skills and shown such tenacity to improve on last year’s results under such difficult circumstances. The exam boards, teachers, examination officers and so many others have worked really hard to bring back live exams – which I think is really important. The skills our students have developed in the last year will set them up for success in the future.”

Leighton Park students had a lot to celebrate with their 55% 9-7 grades

The first cohort of film makers taking the BTEC Creative Media Production were pleased with their strong results. Jack Mancey, who achieved a distinction, enthused: “I enjoyed the freedom and creativity of the course. It felt like I was gaining real life skills. I’m planning to take the Level 3 Digital Film and Video Production course in the Sixth Form.”

Laurel Taylor, who also gained all 9-7 grades, added: “I’m really pleased with the results and did well in all the ones I’m taking in Sixth Form.”

Matthew LS Judd, Head of Leighton Park said: “These students should be very pleased with their achievements. The absence of live external assessments over the last two years, disrupted learning due to national lockdowns and all the uncertainty that the pandemic brought has tested their metal. I pay tribute to their tremendous grit, character and resolve. They can now look forward to entering the Sixth Form with confidence. I would like to thank the whole team at Leighton Park for their remarkable dedication. They are true professionals, going above and beyond to support each individual. A Leighton Park education is about much more than exam results but it is heartening to see their work validated in this way.”

Leighton Park has received several accolades in the last two years. The most recent UK Government analysis shows that the school’s Sixth Form leavers achieve the best academic progress in Berkshire, while the Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded it Double Excellent in January 2022 – the highest possible attainment for an independent school. The School was awarded Best Co-ed School 2021, South East England in the Education and Training Awards, while also picking up the national Independent Schools Association (ISA) Award for Outstanding Local Community Involvement for the second year running. In 2020, the school won the national Award for Excellence in STEAM Education – reflecting the school’s strong reputation for teaching creative problem-solving – combining the analytical skills from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), with creativity from the Arts.

Find out more

If you are considering Leighton Park as a secondary school option, find out more at our Annual Open Morning on Saturday 24th September. Book online at https://www.leightonpark.com/visit-leighton-park/ or contact Admissions via [email protected] or 0118 987 9608.