This has been a year like no other, with the entire education sector challenged in unprecedented ways.
Shrewsbury High School girls demonstrated confidence and resilience as they navigated a second GCSE and A Level exam season dictated by Covid restrictions.
The school is celebrating another year of excellent exam results with exceptional individual performances and girls exceeding their potential and rising to the challenge. At A Level, 91.4% of girls achieved A*-B as the upper sixth students built on their GCSE success from 2019, including a number of girls who achieved straight A*s.
Head Girl Eleanor achieved 10 grade 9s at GCSE two years ago and 4 A*s at A Level in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths. Deputy Head Girl Dani Hales achieved straight A*s in English, Geography and Psychology whilst also pursuing her athletics endeavours at the highest level. At GCSE level, 65% of the achieved grades were 9-7, with four girls achieving straight 9s and two girls, Phoebe and Rosie S joining only 322 students (out of 613,100) nationally to achieve 11 grade 9s – a remarkable achievement.
Headteacher Jo Sharrock said, “I am so proud of the achievements of all of our students, during what has been a challenging and unpredictable year. Whether learning from home or learning in school these students, supported by our superb teachers, have worked so hard to complete their A Level and GCSE courses. They adapted to online learning, they remained highly self-motivated, and when the government and the exams regulator replaced exams with a process based on Teacher Assessed Grades, which were highly scrutinised and quality assured at several stages by the exam boards, they worked hard and made the most of the opportunities to demonstrate their excellence across different pieces of evidence.
“Not once have they allowed themselves to be undone by the disruption, setbacks and abrupt changes of direction that have taken place over their two years. These young women have held their nerve, remained calm and alongside their academic work found time to advocate for change on important social and environmental issues whilst pursuing a whole host of other interests and pursuits.
“These wonderful young women and their teachers have faced the challenges of the pandemic with tremendous courage, empathy and positivity and been an inspiration to us all. They can now get excited about the bright futures that lie ahead.”
Find out more about the opportunities for all-through all-girl education from 4-18 at Shrewsbury High School at an Open Day on Saturday 2nd October.
Register at www.shrewsburyhigh.gdst.net