Record A*s at A Level for students at Wimbledon High School GDST
Students at Wimbledon High School GDST are today celebrating a brilliant set of results in their A Level examinations, with a record 30% of grades A*.
15th August 2019 — Students at Wimbledon High School GDST are today celebrating a brilliant set of results in their A Level examinations:
• A record 30% are A*
• 70% are A* - A
• 89% are A* - B
• 36% of the year group is going on to study STEM subjects at university
• 15% are heading to Oxbridge
Head Jane Lunnon said:
“If success were merely measured in A*s, then these girls have knocked it out of the park, with 30% of A* grades. However, school life is about so much more than that. They come to the end of their education at Wimbledon knowing they have participated fully in the life of the wider community, campaigning for various causes and using their voices for good. They have found interests and passions to last a lifetime.
“At a time when languages are seeing a national decline, I’m particularly delighted to see 100% A* - A in our French and Spanish entries this year. We’ve also seen 80% A* - A in Physics, 71% in Biology and 64% in Chemistry and one of our students is heading to study medicine at Imperial on a scholarship. With students also excelling in Music, Drama and Art, they are a wonderful year group, for whom we wish every success in the future.”
Deputy Head Girl, Gaia wins Cambridge University essay competition
19th October 2018 — Congratulations to Deputy Head Girl, Gaia (Year 13) for achieving first place in the inaugural Sixth Form Essay Competition, run by Compass Magazine (Cambridge University's Geography publication.)
With over 150 entries from schools around the country, Gaia's essay titled: 'How are climate change and the patriarchy creating a generation of child brides?' wowed the judges and stole first place. Congratulations Gaia, we can't wait to have a read of the essay.
Girls in Y11-13 raise £11,516 for Girls4Girls project in Sri Lanka
From 8th – 22nd July Señora Nullens and Ms Owens accompanied eight girls from Y11-13 on a life-changing Girls4Girls trip to Sri Lanka with Inspire Worldwide.
14th September 2018 — The team documented their amazing experiences through daily blog posts. They had the chance to go on Safari, visit an Elephant museum, undertook various workshops and decorated two state-run children's institutions whilst fully immersing themselves into the Sri Lankan lifestyle. Here are some quotes from them:
"During the journey everyone was captivated by the lush and varied foliage of the forests. Everyone was very excited when we arrived, met Mr Percy and he showed us his brand new beautiful guesthouse. His dining room and kitchen are on the third floor with panoramic views of the ocean. The chef cooked us an amazing meal for lunch of rice, dhal and vegetarian curry. After lunch we went to visit Ruhunu. We looked at the area where we are going to paint tomorrow we met some of the older girls. Our leaders commented on how brilliantly and naturally we started conversations with the girls and we are all really excited about getting started properly tomorrow." - Señora Nullens and Ms Owens
"After paint coat number 1, we headed back to our guest house for another amazing meal of curry and fresh fruit. Next we met the older girls again and began our very first Girls4Girls workshop in which we all sang songs, played games and equipped everyone with a bright yellow Inspire Worldwide bandana. Following this we took part in an arts and crafts session with Helen who works for the Their Future Today charity. We painted abstract pieces on canvas inspired by Gillian Ayers in which everyone’s individual personalities and creativity shone through. We learnt our second song of the trip with beautiful lyrics of connection and collaboration of women around the world: one world, one voice, one heart beating. On return to the guesthouse we were so shattered we couldn’t help having a well-earned nap and plate of noodles. It truly was a fulfilling day." - Phoebe and Rosie
"The Girls4Girls workshop today was incredible, our connections with the girls are strengthening day upon day. We are still in awe of the girls’ strength, beauty and grace, learning endlessly from them." - Gaia
Please read the letter below from Lynn Stanier CEO of Their Future Today to find out more about the impact the Girls4Girls workshops had on the institutionalised girls our students and staff were working with...
A big thank you! You raised an incredible £11,516.15
Dear Monique, Rebecca, Beth, Helen, Julia, Victoria, Alex, Eve, Maya, Gaia, Mimi, Phoebe, Rosie & Celia, and the very supportive parents of eight wonderful young women!
We just can’t say thank you enough for all your amazing hard work and efforts as part of the first Inspire Worldwide Girls 4 Girls programme in Sri Lanka. The first of its kind to work intensely behind the walls of two state-run children’s institutions.
The main objective was to highlight the plight and help 100 abused and traumatised young girls, locked up for their own protection having been cast out by their families, and denied the right to education until TFT began providing the school books, uniforms and vocational training projects a few years ago.
This idea was to take our educational support for some of the worlds most underprivileged and disadvantaged girls to another level, as well as give a deep insight, knowledge and understanding to girls living in an entirely different world on the same planet. We knew this Girls 4 Girls experience was not going to be for the faint-hearted.
We did not underestimate the courage, compassion and strength of character it would take to volunteer in a third world environment and endure 12 days of intense heat, in emotionally challenging conditions to share skills and friendship to psychologically and physically damaged girls, and try to give them a feeling of empowerment, self-worth, confidence and love.
The original idea was conceived way back in 2011, it took two Commissioners to persuade the government to give permission. It then took another three years in the planning with Inspire Worldwide, and two years with Wimbledon High School for this dream to come to fruition, and we hoped for some level of success. What happened has achieved more than we could have ever imagined.
You left behind so much more than the wonderful lasting legacy of a Bakery, which will not only provide life skills and vocational training to be enjoyed by the Senehasa girls, but also the little ones in Ruhunu next door, who will benefit greatly from chewing bread (not eaten before) which will help develop mouth muscles and improve their speech, one of the biggest problems there.
The funds you raised have also provided:
● Ventilation and installation of bakery equipment
● A bakery teacher for two years
● Art canvas, paper, paints and brushes
● Cakes and drinks for a farewell party
● Resources for jewellery and bracelet making
● The paints necessary to improve the main room for the babies. (Thanks to your hard work and great effort, it is now so much cheerier, cleaner and brighter with character murals and educational drawings.)
● Wall paints and decoration for a baby massage and physio room which was allocated after our ‘Raising standards’ training. (This gives a calm and quiet space for one to one treatment, away from the noise and hot sun).
● A sports coach for Senehasa girls
● Sanitary aid
● A fund to provide income generating equipment for girls leaving at 18 years old to help them become sustainable.
As a result of our planning in March, the Senehasa girls were allowed to paint the wall outside, which now looks really beautiful, and they are so proud of this achievement, and happy to have some time outside.
A little goes a long way in Sri Lanka, but the biggest legacy is far greater than money could ever buy.
The memories of shared poetry, the songs, the dancing, the laughter and love have left these sad not bad girls with hope, aspirations and dreams for the future. Some are asking how they can become teachers, doctors and even a surgeon, and suddenly there is a huge demand for school uniforms!
We sincerely hope you enjoyed your unique experience in Sri Lanka and thank you for your interest in visiting our other projects to keep children in families.The time is now to give these children a voice and for you to shout loudly.
On behalf of our Trustees and Patrons, I would like to formally invite the girls to become Ambassadors for Their Future Today, and help advocate change and the introduction of foster care for institutionalised children, so that all children get the chance to live freely, grow up in a family and go to school.
Just imagine without your visit, baby Akan’s future would have been bleak and uncertain, but now thanks to you he is to be adopted by Dulcima your translator, and her family!
Together we really can change the whole world for one child at a time,
Heartfelt thanks, warmest wishes and loving kindness to all.
Outstanding GCSE results - A*s and 9s for WHS students today!
Students, staff and parents at Wimbledon High School are once again today celebrating outstanding results at GCSE. Girls sat a mixture of IGCSEs and the new 9-1 GCSEs, with their increased content.
23rd August 2018 — 71% of grades are A*, 9 or 8 92% are A*, A, 9, 8 or 7 98% are A*, A, B, 9 – 5 100% are A*- C, 9-4
Jane Lunnon, Head of Wimbledon High School, said:
"I’m immensely proud of our girls. When the going got tough – and some of these courses really have stepped up quite a few notches academically – they got on with it and rose to the challenge. Amidst the talk of the stresses students felt under nationally, the girls kept calm and under the guidance of our brilliant teachers, have achieved outstanding success as a cohort and, more importantly, individually. These are girls who lead rich co-curricular lives, including Young BAFTA winning Sophia and Kat (for their winning games concept), top sportswomen and exceptional musicians."
Outstanding results at A Level at Wimbledon High School GDST – 70% A* to A and 9
Students at Wimbledon High School GDST are today celebrating an outstanding set of results in their A Level examinations, with 93% A* to B grades.
16th August 2018 —
Students at Wimbledon High School GDST are today celebrating an outstanding set of results in their A Level examinations:
· 27% are A*
· 70% are A* - A
· 93% are A* - B
· 100% pass rate
· Almost half of the year group is going on to study STEM* subjects at university
· 8 students are heading to Oxbridge
Head Jane Lunnon said:
“These are a phenomenal set of results, amounting to a 20% improvement in A Level grades in the past five years. They are testament to the hard work of the girls and the wonderful and inspiring teaching within departments.
“I am particularly delighted that within a cohort that sees almost half of leavers buck any unconscious bias as they head off to study STEM subjects at university, 38% of girls achieved amazing results combining STEM and Humanities. These are well-rounded, intellectually agile students who embody our holistic approach and who, with brilliant problem solving skills and a can-do attitude, will have so much to give to their academic courses and work beyond. We know they are destined for jobs and careers that we can as yet not even imagine, but where the creativity and resilience they have demonstrated in in their lessons and in their co-curricular life will enable them to go out into the world and shake it up.”