St Swithun’s bucks national trends at GCSE

Following on from record-breaking A level results last week, pupils at St Swithun’s have now achieved excellent GCSE results, particularly in maths and science. An impressive 73% of entries for French, German and Spanish were awarded A* while 68% of chemistry and over 50% of maths and biology entries were also awarded the top grade. Girls at St Swithun’s opt for these subjects in large numbers; indeed, chemistry is the most popular optional subject at GCSE level with 93% of girls choosing it.

“Overall, 52.3% of entries were awarded A* and 82.1% of entries A* or A (compared with the national average of 21.3%),” said Jane Gandee, headmistress of St Swithun’s. “However, inconsistent marking appears, for the first time in a number of years, to have affected one or two subjects. We intend to seek results enquiries as a matter of urgency.

It is a pleasure to see the girls’ enthusiasm for their learning resulting in such strong results and we are looking forward to seeing how they blossom in the more challenging environment of the sixth form. “

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