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Highest Number of 11 A*-C Pupils in Recent Years

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Pupils, parents and teachers in Bolton School Girls’ Division have been celebrating an excellent set of GCSE exam results, including setting a new record for recent years for the highest percentage of girls attaining at least 11 A*-C grades (74%). Ninety three per cent of girls achieved at least 8 A*-B grades. The number of top grades was up, contrary to the national picture, and almost 7 out of every 10 papers were graded at A* or A (up from 59.4% last year); 32.2% of papers were graded at A* (up from 29% the previous year). Nine pupils gained a full set of 11 A*s, they were Natasha Bagnall, Alice Robinson, Alisha Maini, Francesca Adams, Anjalii Anicatt, Sreya Coomer, Sonali Daniel, Kirsty Fielding and Chandrani Gupta. Three girls achieved A* with Distinction in their Further Maths GCSE - Shivani Manoharan, Chandrani Gupta and Francesca Adams.

As in previous years, the entire cohort (125 girls) achieved at least 5 A*-C grades. The percentage of pupils achieving at least 8 A*-C grades was also 100%, the highest it has been in recent years. The overall pass rate (A*-C) was 99.5% - up from 98.2% last year. 

A delighted Headmistress, Sue Hincks, said: “I offer congratulations to the girls and thanks to the teaching staff for supporting the students in achieving such an excellent set of results, which are up on last year in every respect! I know a lot of hard work has gone in to all the girls’ marks and I am especially pleased that 100% of the girls got their English, Maths & Science GCSEs. It is wonderful to see the girls’ exceptional results and I am delighted for them and their teachers that their talents and hard work have been so richly rewarded.”

Many girls have been involved with extra-curricular activities in addition to studying for their GCSEs. Ellie Broome has balanced sporting excellence with academic achievement: she is a member of the Cumbria Girls’ U18 Elite Golf squad and Junior Captain at her local club, as well as training with the England Lacrosse U19s Academy and playing for both the Lancashire Lacrosse U18 A team and the North of England Lacrosse team in the past year. A number of girls were also involved with sport in addition to their studies: Molly Dick and Georgina Owen also joined both the North of England Lacrosse and Lancashire Lacrosse U18 A teams, while Louisa Brophy, Millie Adamson and Alisha Maini played as Lancashire Lacrosse U18s.

Girls also achieved success in the arts. Johanna Mercer is a self-published author whose two novels, Demon Rose and Death by Your Beloved: Be Afraid of the Dark, are available on the Amazon Kindle Store. Her second book was published earlier this academic year, and since then she has been continuing with her writing in addition to her studies.

Zoe Stirzaker meanwhile juggled her GCSE examinations with rehearsals for a prestigious international music competition. She achieved Grade 8 Saxophone in the autumn term and shortly after formed the ‘NAMAHAZO’ Saxophone Quartet alongside two Year 13 pupils and an Old Girl of the School in order to enter the Strasbourg International Quartet Competition. The group made it to the semi-final round, held at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, this summer. The Quartet was the only British entrant to make it to this stage as well as being the youngest: particularly impressive as the competition was open to anyone under 35. Zoe also performed at the World Saxophone Congress and in Luxembourg with the School’s Saxophone Choir as part of their concurrent European tour. In addition to maintaining a high standard of musical performance, Zoe also achieved academic excellence: she received 9 A* grades and 1 A grade for her GCSEs.

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