GCSE stars shine bright

24th August 2017

The stars shone brightly for girls at leading Staffordshire independent school St Dominic’s Brewood – with 100 per cent passing at least five GCSE subjects at good grades and 39 per cent scoring top marks.

Delighted staff credit the hard work of students – along with increased mentoring and support from the school as they prepared to take on the tougher, new-look GCSE exams – for the stellar pass rate.

Thirty-nine per cent of the results were marked as A or A* or the new seven, eight and nine top grading for maths, English language and English literature.

Thirty-seven per cent received a seven, eight or nine in both English and maths – equivalent to A or A* – and 93 per cent counted both subjects among their passes.

Among the shining stars of the high-flying line-up were Rosie Nightingale, of Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, who gained 11 A and A* grades among her 13 passes, and Claire Beaumont, of Stafford, who notched up 10 A and A* grades – or the equivalent – among 11 passes.

They were closely followed by Prayerna Nanavati, of Stafford, whose 11 passes included nine at A and A*, and another six girls got nine As or A*.

“All 28 of the students have put in a magnificent performance, despite this year’s GCSEs being tougher than ever. We are so proud of them,” said St Dominic’s deputy head in charge of curriculum, Nikki Hastings-Smith.

“Yet again the school has achieved 100 per cent pass rate for at least five subjects at grades A* to C, which is an amazing record.”

Earlier this year, St Dominic’s Brewood – which takes boys and girls up to the age of 11 and girls only through to sixth form – was rated by the Department for Education as the “number one” school in Staffordshire for its GCSE and EBacc performance.

Top-line figures for St Dominic’s in today’s (Thursday August 24) results include 29 per cent achieving eight or more subjects at the top grades and three of the girls receiving a grade nine – the coveted A** equivalent – putting them among the elite of the country in English literature.

Mrs Hastings-Smith said: “The culture of our school is that we invest in not only academic performance but in nurturing students as individuals.

“Recognising the pressure that the new rigorous GCSE examinations would place on our girls, we have been preparing them very well over the past two years, so that they were equipped not only academically but also emotionally.

“Our students, from an early age, take part in workshops designed for them to find their own learning style and we support them through formal assessments, with a structured revision programme, so that they can gain confidence and get used to the new ways of assessment.

“Pupils each have a personal mentor and we encourage them not only to work hard but also to be nice to themselves and reward themselves with treats, such as having a takeaway meal after a revision workshop.

“This individual approach to learning has certainly paid off in achieving these stunning results.”

Prayerna Nanavati, aged 16, said: “Mentoring has been helpful to keep track of our work every week and target setting allows us to prioritise our workload and alleviate stress.  We know we have someone to turn to.”