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Thursday, 23 August 2012
Pupils, staff and parents celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results at Bolton School.
In the Boys' Division, 26.1% of all papers were graded A*, which was a slight increase on last year. 60.1% were graded A*-A and 85.4% were graded A*-B. Two boys achieved 10 A*s, Zuhayr Adia and Waqqas Patel. A further eight boys attained at least 9 A*s. All boys met the government's benchmark pass rate of a minimum of 5 A*-C passes, including English and Maths.
Headmaster, Philip Britton, said: ‘Outstanding GCSE grades open up excellent choices for the future. Amidst all the facts and figures of a results day, it is important we all trust our instincts that it is actually all about the boys and what choices they have open to them with the results they have been able to achieve. This is especially so in the STEM subjects where today we celebrate an average A* percentage of 37% in those subjects and in Modern Foreign Languages. Every boy studies a language at Bolton and across our four languages of Russian, German, French and Spanish we have 100 A* grades today. I am very pleased indeed for all the boys and their teachers who can celebrate such success.’
As ever, there were many individual success stories in the cohort. Fahad Ali, who is Bolton’s Youth MP, achieved 10 GCSEs (an A*, 7 As, B, C). Andrew Green, who competed for the GB team in the sailing Laser Youth Radial World Championships in Australia this summer, achieved 7A*s, 2As and a B. Josh Butterworth (9 A*s, A) and James Chia (7 A*S and 3 As) were both involved in the Scouts and offered much good service to the local community. Athlete Andrew Keat, who earlier in the year set a new Bolton School record (1:59.88) of under 2 minutes in the 800m at the Greater Manchester Games, achieved 7 A*s and 3 As.
There was also much celebration in the Girls’ Division, where there were many individual success stories with 13 girls obtaining a full set of 11 A* grades; a further 3 girls obtained 10 A*s, 4 girls obtained 9A*s and 2 girls obtained 8A*s. All in all, 44 girls out of 110 got only A* and A grades.
Headmistress, Sue Hincks, congratulated the girls and staff on all that they had achieved, despite media predictions that it was getting harder than ever to attain the highest grades. She said ‘We are particularly proud of our success in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and in Modern Foreign Languages as these are areas which the government has identified as strategically important for the future. In the Sciences, the number of girls achieving A* or A grades was 90% in Chemistry, 81% in Physics and 80% in Biology. In Maths, 63% of grades were A* or A. In Design Technology, 77% of the girls achieved A* or A grades. In Modern Foreign Languages, which is compulsory for the girls at Bolton School, the overall percentage of A* and A grades was 68%, with 82% of girls studying French gaining the top two grades.’
Miss Hincks also pointed to the range of extra-curricular activities undertaken by the girls in the current Year 11. They are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, music, drama and sport. Many also give up their time to serve the community, with a very large percentage of the year group taking part in the National Citizenship Scheme this summer.
Juggling top level sportsmanship with their studies were Emily Harper (11 A* grades) who plays lacrosse at Lancashire and national levels, Jennifer Heyes (8 A* and 3 A grades) who is a member of Bolton United Harriers and recently won Under 17 Female Athlete of the year with them, Ellena Owen (11 A*s) who is a member of the North of England Lacrosse squad and Lydia Walker (10 top grades, including 5 A* grades) who took part in the National Finals of the English Schools’ Relay and is competing in the National Schools’ Biathlon this year.
In Science subjects, two of the top performers were Tejal Shanbhag (11 A*s) and Jennifer Heyes (8 A* and 3 A grades), who were both recently announced as winners of the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship for Design Technology. Tejal has also done work experience with BAE this summer, as well as exploring the engineering behind modern mobile communications alongside The Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by Cardiff University. Olivia Edwards (10 A* and A grades) is another girl intent on being an engineer and has recently done a week-long course in Marine Technology at Newcastle University.
Flautist, Holly Holt (8 A* and 3 A grades) is a member of the Halle Youth Orchestra.
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