29% of GCSE Papers are A*
Thursday, 21 August 2014
This year 29% of all GCSE exams sat at Bolton School Girls’ Division were graded A*.
Six girls achieved the impressive haul of 11 A*s; they were Mary Aiken-Wood, Fiona Cooper, Alexandra Hopkinson, Amy Lyons, Emma Rayner and Georgia White. A further three girls – Nuala Fowler, Sarah Ibberson and Tayyibah Khalid – achieved at least 10 A* grades. Two girls secured 9 A*s, Charlotte Bodger and Iman Orths and another seven girls achieved at least 8 A*s; Hannah Chow, Amy Hadjinicolaou, Laura Hainey, Amy Kadowala, Amba Karsondas, Isabelle Pearce and Saamin Cheema. 23% of girls secured at least 11 A* or A grades and 63% achieved at least 11 A*-C grades.
Pupils, parents and staff gathered in the Great Hall to celebrate an excellent set of GCSE results. Headmistress Sue Hincks said: "We were interested to see how the GCSEs would turn out, now that there are no modules or coursework elements and we were delighted with the girls’ results. The percentage of A* grades remains very high and the value added scores of each individual girl are impressive."
Overall, 98.2% of papers were graded A*-C and 59.4% were marked at A*-A. 100% of girls achieved at least 5 A*-C grades (including English and Maths), 90% of pupils secured at least 5 A*-B grades and 86% of girls achieved at least 8 A*-C grades
There were many individual success stories. Iman Orths came away with 9 A*s and 3 As whilst juggling a burgeoning career as a musician, having recently performed in Liverpool for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, sung live on the BBC Asian Network and at the BBC Studios for Children in Need 2013. Amy Hadjinicolaou achieved 8 A*s, 3 As and a B, whilst playing tennis for Lancashire. Bethany O'Donnell (5 As, 6 Bs) also secured a highly prestigious Arkwright Scholarship which entitles her to £600 for her A level Engineering studies.