Our rising stars buck national GCSE trend

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Along with the August temperatures, Sydenham High GDST saw its GCSE results continue to rise up the grade scale.

Top grades further increased with almost a third (32 per cent) of Sydenham High students scoring an A* and 63.2 per cent achieving either A* or A.

More than 80 per cent of grades in six subjects were A*/A, including STEM subjects: Biology (91 per cent); Statistics (89 per cent); Chemistry, Physics and Drama (86 per cent); Latin (83 per cent).

Overall 86 per cent of grades were A*-B and 96 per cent were A*-C – both up on 2015 and bucking the trend nationally.

Success was a family affair for three students picking up their results.  Identical triplets Kate, Louisa and Sophie Hanton scooped a total of 26 A* between them, including STEM subjects, plus 5 As.

Triplet Kate and three other students – Alex Lindsay, Maddy Telford and Betty Townley – all achieved a clean sweep of 10 or more A*s in their chosen GCSE subjects.

Headteacher Kathryn Pullen said: “I couldn’t be more delighted that our girls have done so well, giving them a wonderful springboard to their A levels. They’ve worked extremely hard with their teachers to reach these heights and I can’t wait to see what successes lie ahead for them.

“Teaching and learning is something we do with our students, not to them or for them. We set high expectations, provide a strong academic framework, and instil confidence in each and every student to achieve their best.  As a result they have done both themselves and Sydenham High proud.”

Below is a photo gallery of the morning as it happened….