An amazing GCSE A*/A grade haul for Sheffield Girls’

The pupils and staff at Sheffield High School for Girls are celebrating outstanding GCSE results with 50 girls achieving the equivalent of at least eight straight A*/A grades.

This is the first year that pupils saw a mixture of letter and number grades, which have been introduced as part of the reformed, more challenging examination content.

In English, which was marked with the new numerical grades, Sheffield Girls’ were delighted that over 50 girls achieved grades 9-7 in both English Language and English Literature. In IGCSE Mathematics, 70% of the cohort achieved A*/A grades.

It was an outstanding year for languages with 100% A*/B achieved in Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Equally, in performing arts, the girls achieved 100% A*/B in Drama and Music.

Commenting on the results, Headmistress Valerie Dunsford said:

“I would like to congratulate all our pupils on achieving such an excellent set of results. It is wonderful to see the girls of all abilities doing so well and we are enormously proud of all of them.”

Saskia Huxham from Broomhill has achieved an amazing set of results with 10 straight A* grades. Saskia is a nationally ranked athlete, specialising in middle distance. She is currently placed 10th in the UK for Under 17 800m and has represented the county at numerous athletics and cross country events. She has also found the time to achieve Grade 7 with Distinction in Flute. Saskia has won an all- rounder scholarship promising her a place at Sheffield Girls’ Sixth Form.

Twins Alice and Lucy Buchanan from Fulwood have achieved a combined total of 21 A*/A grades. Alice, an accomplished actress, has gained a subject scholarship in Drama for Sheffield Girls’ Sixth Form and Lucy an outstanding gymnast, who has performed at numerous national finals in gymnastics and trampolining has achieved an academic scholarship for Sheffield Girls’ Sixth Form.

Pippa Crossland from Crosspool is excited for what the future holds as she prepares to move to Liverpool to take up her place at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Pippa achieved the equivalent of 10 A*-C grades in her GCSEs. Pippa has already begun forging her career as a singer songwriter having performed in a range of competitions and two years ago released a fundraising single for the Children’s Hospital Charity.