Colston’s Girls’ School celebrates GCSE exam success

Colston’s Girls’ School is celebrating excellent GCSE results, with many exceptional individual performances. The grades achieved illustrate that CGS students can achieve real success whatever their starting point when they arrive at the school.

88.1% of students achieved grade 4 or above in English and maths (83.5% in 2017) and the school is expecting to achieve a significantly improved Progress 8 score.

The new grade 9 across all subjects is intended to identify students who are performing at a high academic standard. In this context, CGS is very proud of the achievements of Salma Hashim, who achieved seven grade 9s; Elle Radford, Nimmy Joseph and Nour Tazaoui, who all achieved six grade 9s and Maya Dejaegher, Abi Ndosi and Hester Penny, who each achieved five grade 9s.

Salma, who is planning to study maths, further maths, physics and biology and hopes to go into medicine, said: “I am so happy, I wasn’t expecting these results. The teachers have really helped us with the new GCSE courses, which have a lot more content.”

Nour and Abi are also aiming to study medicine at university and were delighted with their results. Abi joined CGS 18 months ago and had some catching up to do – but her hard work paid off.

Jana Ali, Martina Tancock, Kirsty Brocklebank, Lucy Britton and Tegan Rickwood all made outstanding progress between Year 7 and their GCSE results achieving, on average, two grades above expectation.

Lucy said: “I can’t believe my results – especially in further maths and Russian. I was in the bottom set in maths when I started in Year 7 but my teachers have helped me so much.”

Lucy plans to join the new co-educational V6 Sixth Form opening at CGS next month and will initially study maths, physics, chemistry, English Literature and history. “I would love to go to Oxford University,” she said.

Outstanding performances were achieved across a range of subjects, with a grade 9 achieved by 43.8 per cent of sports studies students; 33.3 per cent of religious studies (RS) students; and 18.8 per cent of music students. Students in RS, food and nutrition, sports studies, history and English Literature all achieved significantly above expectation. Across maths and biology, thirteen students achieved a grade 9 and English continued to be a major strength of the school with 93.3 per cent of students achieving grade 4 or above. Nine students achieved a grade 9 in chemistry.

Principal John Whitehead said: “These superb results are a just reward for all the hard work and dedication of students. They also reflect the effort made by teachers in making sure that lessons are personalised and of a consistently high standard. The whole school community is working together to inspire confident, ethical and compelling individuals with the aspiration and qualities to shape a better future for all.”