Bolton School Senior Girls

Climbing Champion Zoe Scales GCSE Heights

Indoor climbing champion Zoe Grainger has scaled the GCSE heights to achieve two grade 9s, five grade 8s, two grade 7s and two 5s in this year’s exams.

Zoe, who attends Bolton School Girls’ Division, has won the Liverpool Hangar U16 Indoor Bouldering Competition and the U16 Manchester Climbing Centre’s Indoor Bouldering League. She came fourth in this year’s national BMC Youth Climbing Series grand final, in which she was the top competing girl to represent the North West and Lakes region. Zoe is coached by and climbs for the DEPO Performance Academy.

Zoe says: “I’m over the moon, I can’t believe they’re so high. I worked hard for my exams, even while I was climbing I was reciting for my French oral.”

Zoe now plans to study psychology, economics, religious studies and government & politics at A level and is currently training for the indoor climbing nationals in September. If she does well in the nationals, she hopes to get onto the GB development team.

Bolton School Girls’ Division Headmistress Sue Hincks says: “This year’s GCSE results are among the best Bolton Girls has ever had.”

The school has a 48.2% pass rate at grades 9-8, 23.1% at the very top grade 9, and 69% at grades 9-7. In the new grading system, grades 9 to 7 are broadly equivalent to the old A* to A grades.

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