Another record breaker as Sydenham girls fly high with top GCSE results

On a gloriously sunny August morning we welcomed in our year 11s and parents to the Orangery to open their eagerly anticipated GCSE results. It was a delight to see so many happy faces as we saw another increase in results since last year, making this year our best set of results for year 11!

40.5% A* / 9-8 grades

70.2% A*-A / 9-7 grades

99.1% A*-C / 9-4 grades

We are proud of all our pupils and everything they have achieved despite the more rigorous GCSE assessments, and the co-curricular commitments of the year group which, though an excellent respite from revision, required the development of time management and focus. We hope that all our pupils now have the chance to relax fully before term begins again – we are looking forward to hearing all about Reading Festival and other experiences!

This year we have withdrawn from league tables as we believe that the added pressure of this fuels a frenzy which is not conducive to the best outcomes for pupils. We are delighted that our pupils can combine a growing social consciousness alongside the academic rigour required to achieve top grades that reflect their potential. We look forward to seeing them develop into sixth formers and valued members of society beyond Sydenham High.

– Mrs Woodcock, Headmistress

We would also like to say a special best wishes to Frances who, as well as collecting her GCSE results today, is celebrating her 16th birthday AND becoming British Champion in 400m individual medley! Balancing swimming training and revision requires grit and determination – a true GDST girl. Watch from 1:42:21 to see her triumph, coming back from 5/6th position! http://bit.ly/30pu9wx