Hayesfield Girls hit the high notes with Exam success

The new rigorous and more academic GCSE exams were no barrier to success for girls at Hayesfield. The Year 11 cohort smashed through all past school records of achievement, which were already at an all-time high in 2017, with 70% of all students gaining a Strong Pass in the Basics of English and Maths and 86% gaining a Standard Pass. 85% of students gained 5 or more GCSE passes at Grade 4 (Grade C) and above, including English and Maths.

We couldn’t be any happier today for such a delightful year group. Our students have risen to every challenge the exam boards have thrown their way – they have shown to others the dizzying heights that can be achieved by being ambitious, hardworking and determined to succeed. Quite simply, they have performed brilliantly and we couldn’t be prouder. We are delighted that 88% of all GCSE grades awarded to students at Hayesfield were at Grade 4 or above and 41% at Grades 7 and above (A/A*), which is double the published national figure of 20.5% – these figures showcase our students’ achievements.

Students showed academic excellence across the board, with 62% of students achieving a Standard Pass in the English Baccalaureate, the Government’s benchmark for high-achieving schools, and 47% gaining a Strong Pass – over double the National Average of 22% in 2017.

One quarter of all students at Hayesfield achieved 8 or more top grades of 7-9 (A/A*) and a staggering total of 128 prestigious Grade 9s were awarded to students. Top achievers include: UKMT Maths Challenge and Spelling Bee Champion, Katie Zhang (10 Grade 9s, an A*and a grade A in AS level Global Perspectives); Nadia Ford (7 Grade 9s, 2A*, 2 Grade 8s and a grade B in AS level Global Perspectives) and Georgia Fulljames (8 Grade 9s, an A* and 1 Grade 8).

In addition, Phoebe Bacchiocchi, Nell Winbolt, Rebekah Cooke all achieved 11 GCSEs at Grades 7-9. Sophie Gilbert, Georgia Baptist, Sophie Bale, Clara Phelps, Lily Fry, Amy McEwan, Katie Pearse, Mia Stevens, Isabella Walker, Lauren Fysh, Robbin Younger, Lizzie Claridge, Megan Lewis, Lottie Martindale all achieved 10 or more GCSES at Grades 7-9. Lauren Walker, Sophie Elliman, Sophia Kyprianou, Charlotte Adams, Serena Ashley, Lorna Pearson, Evie Woodford, Lily Adams, Rosa Boursin, Isabelle Kimber all successfully gained 9 or more GCSE passes at Grades 7-9.

Director of Achievement for Year 11, Mrs Eaton, said, “Our staff and students put in many extra miles to achieve these outstanding results. Students embraced opportunities offered to them, with many attending Saturday and holiday workshops and after-school revision sessions. I’d also like to thank our Sixth Form Peer Mentors, who worked with the younger students to encourage, motivate and support their journeys to success. It’s been a whole-School effort!”.

Annette Hayton, Chair of Governors added, “Hayesfield has high expectations of all its students and these excellent results show the positive impact of this approach. But great results like this would not be possible without the hard work of students and staff so congratulations are in order for all.”

These GCSE results are the keys that will now unlock the doors to students’ bright futures. Our students are super excited to be coming back into our Sixth Form in September, where we can continue achieving ambitions together. More happy times for Hayesfield!

Emma Yates

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