Sunday, 14 August 2022

12 A*s for Emily who studied during lunch breaks

EMILY WILSON achieved A* grades in all 12 of her GCSEs.

EMILY WILSON achieved A* grades in all 12 of her GCSEs.

The 16-year-old, of Upper Bolney Road, Henley, started studying ancient Greek in her lunch periods so that she could take up another subject, music.

“I was not expecting all A*s so I am really happy,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting even an A in music because I only started in September.”

She is a pupil at the Abbey School in Reading, one of a number of independent schools in South Oxfordshire and Berkshire that recorded impressive GCSE results.

All 110 Abbey pupils achieved at least five passes at grades A* to C including English and maths and 52 per cent of all exam papers were awarded an A* grade, a school record.

Ciara Buckley, also from Henley, achieved 11A* grades. Headmistress Barbara Stanley said: “We’re delighted for the girls and their richly deserved success.

“As a year group, they have achieved so much both in and out of the classroom, with sportswomen, actresses, politicians and musicians, among many other talented girls, all proving that they can balance their studies with excelling in their wider interests.”

At Queen Anne’s School in Caversham all 53 girls achieved at least five passes at grades A* to C including English and maths.

Ninety-seven per cent of grades were A* to C and 60 per cent A* or A. Eighty per cent of grades in English, Latin and the sciences were awarded A* or A.

Lara Sharrock, 16, from Checkendon, achieved 12 A*s and an A grade and will study A-level chemistry, English, biology, psychology and geography. She said: “I really didn’t know what to expect but I am thrilled to have achieved such amazing grades.”

Jessica De Mulder, 16, of Highmoor Road, Caversham, received 11 A*s and an A grade and will study A-level chemistry, physical education, maths and biology.

Jessica, who is a member of the England under-19 England lacrosse team, said: “I am really happy to have done so well.”

Twins Isabel and Rebecca Beech, 16, from Emmer Green, were awarded five A*s, 14 A grades, two Bs, a C and a D between them.

Rebecca said: “The school library has been my home for the past three months so all my hard work definitely paid off.” Sophie Grundy, 16, from Henley, was awarded six A*s and three A grades.

Headteacher Julia Harrington said: “The girls have worked exceptionally hard to obtain top marks which will provide them with the perfect springboard to commence their A-level studies in September.”

At Hemdean House School in Caversham, 83 per cent of the 12 pupils achieved at least five passes at grades A* to C including English and maths, compared with 81.8 per cent last year.

Head girl Monique Skeete, of Jefferson Close, Emmer Green, achieved nine A*s and one A grade.

“I was shaking when I opened my results and my mum was nearly crying,” she said. “I never expected to get A*s in some of the subjects, especially ICT.”

Monique will now study A-level French, German, English language and business studies at The Henley College.

Corrie Knowles, 16, of Russet Glade, Emmer Green, achieving five A grades and six Bs.

“I was expecting straight Bs so I was very surprised to have so many As,” she said.

She will now study A-level biology, geography, photography and physical education.

Miranda Longworth-Krafft, 16, of Church Road, Caversham, was awarded four A grades and six Bs.

“I am really pleased with because I expected quite a few Cs and maybe a D in maths but I actually got a B,” she said. “I have got everything I need for next year.”

She will study A-levels in biology, psychology, geography and art at The Henley College.

Headteacher Joanne Harris said: “The students have worked really hard, supported by the staff, and they deserve to be really pleased with what they have achieved.”

At the Oratory School in Woodcote, 87 per cent of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, compared with 96 per cent last year.

The proportion with English and maths was 85 per cent, compared with 91 per cent last year.

Five of the 86 candidates achieved eight or more A* grades compared with one pupil last year. Fourteen achieved eight or more A* or A grades, three more than 2012.

The school’s joint top scorers were Oli Davies, from Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, and Ashleigh Mungur, from Kintbury, who both achieved nine A* grades and two As.

Alexander White, of Russet Glade, Emmer Green, was the third best performer, achieving nine A* grades, and a B.

The 16-year-old said: “I guess I was pretty happy with how I did. I didn’t know what to expect.”

Alexander will remain at the school to take A-level maths, French, physics and chemistry. He is considering a career in engineering.

Callum James, from Whitchurch Hill, achieved three A*s, seven A grades and a B.

Callum, 16, said: “I could probably have done better but I think I’ve done okay considering I didn’t really revise properly.”

Director of studies David Forster said: “There’s a lot of pressure these days because it all matters more than it used to. The boys get nervous because it could affect their A-level choices.

“They really had their noses to the grindstone, especially in the month before the exams, and it paid off. We are very pleased with their achievements.

“Art has been a strong subject for us, as ever, but the results this year are also especially pleasing in the core subjects of English, maths and the sciences.”

At Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, all 98 students achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

Seventy per cent of exams were awarded A* or A grades.

Headmaster Michael Windsor said: “This is a very strong set of results, among the best that the school has achieved.

“The candidates are to be congratulated on their hard work and commitment.”

At Shiplake College, 90 per cent of the 72 pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, nine per cent more than last year.

The proportion including English and maths increased from 70 per cent to 83 per cent.

Jamie Mottram, from Stoke Mandeville, and Harry Chapples, from Beaconsfield, achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades.

Headteacher Gregg Davies said: “I am delighted that our results continue to rise, as has been the case for the last eight years. It is pleasing to see that initial added-value scores show that pupils have achieved at least a grade better than they were projected to when they joined Shiplake.”

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