Our rising stars buck national GCSE trend
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….