Increase in top grades for St Swithun’s pupils in challenging I/GCSE curriculum

Girls at St Swithun’s School, Winchester are celebrating excellent examination results.

Top I/GCSE grades at St Swithun’s School in 2019
Top I/GCSE grades at St Swithun’s School in 2019

22nd August 2019 — Girls at St Swithun’s School, Winchester are celebrating excellent examination results, with 30.0% of entries achieving the top grade 9 and 60.2% graded 9/8/A*, both increases from 2018 and compared to the national averages of 4.5% and 11.2% respectively. 80.8% of all results were graded 7/A and above, compared to 20.8% nationally. Half of the students achieved seven or more grades 9/8/A*, with 12 pupils gaining grades 9/8/A* in all their subjects, three of whom achieved straight grade 9s.

At least 40% of results were at grade 9 in eight subjects, including biology, design and technology, drama, geography, German, Greek, history and music. In these and a further two subjects, food preparation and nutrition and French, more than 90% of results were grade 7/A or higher.

Pupils at St Swithun’s follow a challenging curriculum at GCSE level. Research has shown that the overwhelming majority of applicants to the most competitive universities take both a modern language and a humanities subject to GCSE level, and this year 97% of girls at St Swithun’s completed a GCSE in both a modern language and one of the humanities (Classical civilisation, geography, history and religious studies). In fact 40% of pupils earned qualifications in two or more humanities and 40% similarly in two or more modern languages. Impressively, in modern languages 71.9% of all grades were at 9/8/A* and 89.8% at 7/A and above, and in the humanities 67.1% of grades were at 9/8/A* and 84.6% at 7/A and higher.

Headmistress Jane Gandee said “I am delighted with the achievements of the girls across the challenging I/GCSE curriculum. This is a cohesive and friendly year group which has excelled in all areas of school life in a typically understated way. As well as hardworking and committed students, their numbers include award-winning musicians and composers, international sportswomen and talented actors. They thoroughly deserve their success and we look forward to welcoming them into the sixth form in September, where I am sure they will continue to make a broad-ranging and energetic contribution to school life.”

About St Swithun's School

St Swithun's School, Winchester is set on an impressive and attractive campus of 45 acres overlooking open countryside, and offers girls exceptional teaching, sporting and recreational facilities. The school offers day, weekly boarding and full boarding options for 509 girls aged 11-18. Situated only 50 minutes from London by train enables London based families the flexibility of a country based boarding or weekly boarding school for their daughters within easy reach of home. There is an adjoining Prep School for 200 pupils with girls aged 4-11 and a co-ed nursery.

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