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GCSE exam results tomorrow

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GCSE exam results will be available from school  tomorrow – Thursday 24th August – from 9.00am. 

Good luck everyone!

In the meantime, the Government (via Ofqual) has published information for GCSE results day explaining the changes to grading and what these mean. See the information for pupils  here  – Mrs Morgan will also have copies available tomorrow.



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Happy smiles as Year 13 receive A Level results!

It may have been raining outside this morning, but there were sunny smiles in the hall as our Upper Sixth leavers celebrate another good year of A Level results and their next steps into the worlds of higher education and further training.  Mr Crump says:

“Our hard-working Year 13 girls can be proud of their achievements. They are a multi-national year group and we wish them well as they head off to universities in England and beyond – from Newcastle to Canada – or to their chosen workplace-based training.  I am delighted that all those applying to university have gained places on their chosen courses again this year –  something in which the school takes great pride – with  subjects as diverse as geography, animation, paramedicine, equine management and international development.”

The percentage of passes from A*- C has jumped up by twelve per cent on last year’s total – 73% compared to 61% in 2016 – so there is cause for celebration across the board.

Mr Crump added:

“Of course it’s not just about exam results, important and pleasing as they are. We hope our young women leave this school with well-rounded personalities, achievements in many areas and familiarity with leadership, hard work and high personal aspirations – these are the qualities every employer looks for in a rapidly-changing and uncertain world.”

Pictured below, left to right:  2016-17 Head Girl Anna, who will be studying Politics and English Literature at Newcastle University;  Emily, who is off to Royal Holloway College to study geography and Khloe,  who is heading for Brighton to study paramedic practice.

Deputy Head girl Tami, in the second picture,  has been offered places at  York University in Toronto and the University of Ottowa to study International Development as a step towards her ultimate ambition –  to open maternity clinics and paediatric centres in Malawi to help women with obstetric fistulas and premature babies. Tami received three good A Levels and an A* for her Extended Project Qualification,  for which she composed The Bluest Eyes, a song on black women’s self-image. Tami gained  the maximum 100% marks and you can  listen to her powerful song here.

 

 



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GCSE exam results tomorrow

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Reminder – GCSE exam results will be available from school as follows:

Year 11:   9:30am

Year 10: 10:30am

Good luck everyone!


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Celebrating GCSE Success

Hethersett Old Hall GCSE candidates have celebrated another year of success in the GCSE and IGCSE examinations.

Headline news is another increase in the top grades, A and A* – last year just under a third of passes were at these grades – this year the percentage has grown to 37%, just over 5% better.

Mr Crump commented: ‘There has been a lot of change in public examinations recently and the shake-up in A Levels and GCSE currently being implemented has made all of us – teachers, parents and pupils – slightly worried about standards and changing goalposts. However, we believe that our excellent teaching, small classes and focused, hard-working pupils enable our school to do the very best academically, despite a changing assessment landscape.

This year we have seen an increase in the percentage of passes at the highest A and A* grades and again we have pupils for whom all passes were at A* and A. The BBC is reporting a slight fall this year in the highest grades nationally – this is one trend we are very happy to buck!

Statistics, of course, don’t tell the whole story; we have, for example, welcomed two pupils into Year 11 this year. Having missed one year of the two-year GCSE course, they have taken fewer exams – but I am delighted to report both girls included the highest grades amongst their achievements. Well done to them both for their success in a relatively short space of time.’

Year 10 have also had examination results, in their case for the core science GCSE examination. With 75% of grades in the top A* to B band, we congratulate them on their achievement and wish them well for the second year of their courses.

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GCSE exam results tomorrow

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GCSE exam results will be available from school as follows:

Year 11: 10.00am on Thursday 21st August
Year 10:
11.00am on Thursday 21st August

Good luck everyone!


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A Level students jump for joy

From law to prosthetic limbs – Hethersett girls go for higher education places across the country!

Today we gave out A Level results to Year 13, a small group of young ladies with remarkably diverse talents. We are delighted that this year we achieved a 100% pass rate at A Level, an improvement on last year, and we congratulate all of our candidates on their hard work and achievement – not only those gaining the coveted A* grades. A Level Results 2014SMThis year’s cohort includes sportswomen and scientists, potential lawyers and linguists – and one student who is determined to help disabled people by specialising in prosthetic engineering, an unusual but laudable choice of career path.

That all of our girls are able to aspire to such higher education choices is a testament to the support they receive at HOHS in selecting appropriate courses and in completing their application form (including  the all-important personal statement) and to the detailed references provided by the school in support of candidates.

This year the applications have been bolstered for some active girls by their achieving their Sports Leaders Level 3 qualification, worth a valuable 30 UCAS points towards admission to chosen courses. The EPQ, a project-based qualification much valued by university tutors for its focus on independent research, has also been a popular choice of qualification, with achievement again reaching A* level.

These results are a fitting reward for all the hard work of the candidates and their teachers (not forgetting the support of parents!) resulting in almost two-thirds of passes this year at the higher grades A* – C, and almost a third gaining A* to B.

We wish all of our girls well as they embark on the next stage of their education, confident they will make a real contribution to tomorrow’s world as compassionate, committed and well-educated citizens.

Stephen Crump
Headmaster

See all the photos here.

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GCSE exam results tomorrow

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GCSE exam results will be available from school as follows:

Year 10: 11.00am on Thursday 22nd August
Year 11: 10.00am on Thursday 22nd August

Good luck everyone!