GCSE results day finds St Mary's girls resilient, ready and raring to go

20 August 2020 was a much anticipated GCSE results day for girls at St Mary’s Senior School, Cambridge, following a school year that has tested character and academic capability in equal measure.

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20th August 2020 — St Mary's is proud to say the resilience they instil in students from an early age has shone through. Their 2020 results continue to represent the high academic standards they expect, but equally impressive is the ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude the girls have adopted as they prepare to embark on the vital next stage of their education.

Their headline GCSE results are:

• 45% A* grades (9-8)

• 66% A* - A grades (9-7)

• 95% A*- B grades (9-5)

• 99% A*- C grades (9-4)

Results were strong across the board, from languages to sciences:

• 88% achieved A* in Music, 75% achieved A* in Mandarin, and 68% achieved A* in Biology

• 100% achieved A*-A in Latin Language, 86% achieved A*-A in Geography and 84% achieved A*-A in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Equipped with these stellar results, alongside the breadth of St Mary’s skills, values and attitudes, the class of 2020 is ready and raring to go. St Mary's wishes all their leavers well and can’t wait to welcome many girls back to St Mary's Sixth Form, where their provision for supporting A Level studies – either face-to-face or as remote learning – is in robust shape.

Alongside celebrating academic successes today, they would also like pay tribute to all the other qualities these amazing young people have shown us. In an uncertain and rapidly changing world, results alone are not enough – it is character that will enable our girls go on to achieve their ambitions in the coming years.

Eliza Murphy celebrated 11 9s (equivalent to high A*s) and can’t wait to move up to our Sixth Form in a few weeks. She commented: “I’m really looking forward to starting Sixth Form at St Mary’s, having greatly enjoyed my past five years at the Senior School. I am so grateful for the wonderful community and incredibly supportive teachers that have enabled me to achieve my goals. My A Level choices are English, History, Latin and Theology and I can’t wait to get started in September!”

Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge, Charlotte Avery comments: “I am so proud of each and every one of our students today. They reacted to the Covid-19 curveball with resilience and brilliance. As our classrooms were replaced by remote learning, our girls surprised us with the creative and innovative ways they found to work collaboratively and to connect as a community. I look forward to seeing what these amazing young people achieve next.”

About St Mary's School, Cambridge

In our dynamic, supportive school community, every girl is known, valued and inspired. Founded in 1898, we offer an education built for girls, that allows their intellectual and social confidence to flourish.

A St Mary’s girl is known for her confidence and curiosity, her community spirit, her agile mind, her resilience and drive. Our approach to learning empowers girls to aim high in life, to follow their dreams and to make a positive contribution to society.

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