With throats still hoarse from the cheers that marked last week’s excellent A Level results, our girls, staff and parents were celebrating once again this morning with almost 70% of GCSE results achieving A*or A grades!
Headmistress, Miss Jacqualyn Pain, comments: “I am so proud of each and every one of our brilliant girls and teachers. A clear testament to the phenomenal hard work and commitment that is demonstrated year after year, these excellent results reveal that almost 90% of our girls’ grades were A* - B!
I am delighted to report that over 30% of our girls achieved straight A’s, nearly one half gained eight or more A* - A grades and almost one third achieved at least ten A* - A’s!”
Congratulations to Mala Pandit who gained 11 A*’s and said: “I am so pleased and grateful for the help and support my school game me, without them I could not have achieved this. I am really excited about going in to the Sixth Form.”
A* - A grades are the result of over 70% of our Maths grades and almost 90% of the Statistics grades. Science students followed a winning formula with A* - A grades representing over 80% of Physics grades, over 90% of Chemistry grades and 95% of Biology exam results.
100% A* - A grades spells success in any language, which is exactly what our Chinese and Latin students achieved this year, while Textile students created an equally brilliant picture with 100% of their results at A* - A.
Miss Pain comments: “Our staff and pupils are ambitious and aspirational, we work hard to equip our students with a love of learning which we are confident plays a pivotal role in motivating and driving them to exceed all expectations.
Our ground-breaking Thinking Skills programme is part of our commitment to fostering success, creativity, a spirit of enquiry, developing a thirst for learning and strength of mind.”
Congratulations go to Isabella Seale who achieved 6 A*’s and 5 A’s and comments: “I am so delighted and relieved. I am grateful to my family and my teachers who have supported me so well.” Her beaming mother, Barbara, added: “We are thankful to both Isabella’s past Heathfield teachers and now her Northwood College GDST teachers for giving her such brilliant support over the years.”
Miss Pain said: “The education of girls lies at the heart of our vision. Academic rigour and excellent exam preparation are a given – we believe that our girls deserve the opportunity to grow as individuals, assume leadership roles, take responsible risks, develop lasting friendships and excel in a dynamic environment that caters for all their needs.
Our Year 11 girls will go on to benefit from a personalised, academically strong curriculum and robust enrichment programme in the Sixth Form which is designed to enable us to develop courageous, independent-minded and resilient young women; fully equipped to lead fulfilling and successful lives in this fast-changing world.”
Well done Georgia Bostock who gained 9 A*’s and 2 A’s would like to enter the world of engineering when she leaves University. Georgia comments: “I was so scared and now I am so so so happy!” Her father added: “I cannot believe it! I am so proud of Georgia.”
Congratulations to Nana Owusu-Addo who gained 11 A*’s and would like to enter the world of Medicine when she leaves University. Nana commented: “I am shocked! I thank god and I thank my teachers, I am so happy.” A very proud mother said: “I thank god, I am so happy for Nana and so proud. Both my girls have done so well, it is overwhelming!”.
Miss Pain comments: “In the Sixth Form the girls will have the advantage of the GDST’s unique Career-Start programme which offers excellent work placement opportunities, training workshops and seminars, face-to-face and up-to-date careers advice, and an individual careers report and plan that we will devise in collaboration with a specialist careers advisor.
Girls have the chance to attend the annual Young Leaders’ and Oxbridge conferences and for those who want to read medicine or law, the GDST runs courses to help prepare for specialist admission and aptitude tests.”
Being a member of the UK’s largest Education Charity, the GDST, means that Northwood teachers benefit from the most up to date educational resources, training and support network; and that the girls have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of scholarships, competitions, awards and prizes, as well as, profit from a spectrum of GDST learning initiatives, training, seminars and workshops.
At GCSE and A Level, GDST pupils outperform not just the general population of schools, but specifically those from the rest of the independent school sector and in recent years almost 80% of GDST students going on to university did so at Russell Group universities, such as, Oxford and Cambridge.
Congratulations to Janvi Parmar who achieved 5 A*’s and 3 A’s and is looking forward to studying Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Religious Studies in the Sixth Form. Janvi, who would like to enter the world of medicine when she leaves University commented: “I was really nervous and now I am really happy!”.
Her proud father added: “I am grateful to Northwood College for Girls who have pushed Janvi to achieve her ultimate potential.”
GCSE STATISTICS FOR 2015
No of girls entered for GCSEs: 82
% of passes at A* 36.14
% of passes at A*-A 68.35
% of passes at A*-B 88.02
% of passes at A*-C 96.43