Straight grade 9s in nine GCSE subjects for Burgess Hill Girls pupil

23 Aug 2018

A further eight girls achieve 100% grades 9-7 (A*/A)  

Star student Selina Wang gained 9 Grade 9s, a further A* and a Distinction in Level 2 Further Mathematics.

Selina’s amazing achievement comes as a study published by Cambridge Assessment in May predicted that only 200 so-called ‘star pupils’ in the country would get straight Grade 9s.

Selina’s grade nines were in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Chinese and History.

Modest, ambitious, independent and determined as well as a talented pianist and linguist, Selina gained a Gold in the Advanced British Linguistics Olympiad. She represented the UK team at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Prague in July. She also qualified for the Mathematical Olympiad in which qualification is via the individual challenge competitions. Of the 2,000+ entries, only 500 students qualify for the Olympiad competitions. ‘She’s a remarkable girl,’ said Burgess Hill Girls head Liz Laybourn.

 A further eight girls achieved 100% Grades 9-7, A*/A: Isabelle Flower, Olivia Gunn, Olivia Player, Charlotte Hinton, Niamh McNeill, Emma Naunton, Cathy Tong and Rose Wainner.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn acclaimed pupils and staff for a ‘superb grades across a wide range of subjects’.

Over half (51%) of all entries were graded 9/8 or A* and a massive 74% of all entries graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 10% increase on last year. 62% of the cohort gained at least seven or more grades 9-7 (old grades A*/A). Amid concerns over the marking and grading of the new, harder GCSEs, the class of 2018 have confirmed that Burgess Hill Girls continue to perform at the highest level.

The 100% Grades 9/8 (old grade A*) in Computer Science challenge the widely-held perception that the subject is ‘too hard’ and is more popular with boys than girls. In an all-girls environment subjects are free from gender stereotyping. Computer Science is an increasingly popular subject.  Across all STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) 79% of all entries were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 9% increase on last year.

Burgess Hill Girls achieved highly across a wide range of subjects. 92% of entries in creative subjects were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A) and in the new tougher English Language GCSE assessed solely by examination 71% gained grades 9-7. Burgess Hill Girls achieve on average one GCSE grade higher than their baseline indicator demonstrating the value the school adds to each individual pupil.

Ms Laybourn said she was delighted with all the girls’ results: “We believe in challenging each individual to be ambitious and achieve the highest grades of which they are capable. Teachers work hard, going above and beyond, to ensure that girls meet these high standards and reach their full potential. Yet again, this year’s results prove that the Burgess Hill Girlsexperience adds significant value to each and every girl. Not only have they achieved superb grades across a wide range of subjects, the girls have also taken full advantage of the amazing opportunities that the school provides on the sporting, creative and enterprise fronts.”

Photo:  Selina Wang