Record breaking GCSE Results
Year 11 has achieved the best GCSE results (in terms of % A* and A grades) for many years. 70% of all GCSEs taken by this year group have achieved an A* or an A. This is a significant increase from last year and even beats the summer 2015 total by more that 3 percentage points. Well done Year 11, this is an exceptional achievement! Within this total, nearly a quarter of students (35) achieved all A* or A grades (or 9, 8 or 7 for English and Maths). National predictions for the elusive grade 9 suggested that only a few per cent in each cohort will achieve this gold standard of GCSE in English and Maths (the nicknamed A**). Well, Year 11 bucked this trend by achieving 26 grade 9s in English Language (18%), 16 in English Literature (11%) and 23 in Mathematics (15%). Well done to those students and these departments for delivering these marvellous results. In other benchmarks their success continues, they have achieved 100% 5 A-C grades (or 9-4) including English and Maths and have scored an average grade of an A per GCSE.
To say I am delighted with these results is an understatement. This year group has worked exceptionally hard to turn a lacklustre set of mock results into the best results that we have seen in the school for a long time. What delights me the most, is that these results show how aiming high, responding to feedback and never giving up delivers the kind of outcomes that we all believed were possible. In doing so, this year group have built a wonderful platform from which they can launch into their A level courses or other further study. I know that most will be returning to us and I am sure that staff will agree with me when I say how much I am looking forward to working with them for another two years. They have demonstrated that Southend High School for Girls is most definitely a place where they can both enjoy learning and achieve highly. I am sure that they will find their journey through A level with us, equally as fun and hopefully as fruitful.
F Brierley - Headteacher