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GCSE results 2017

It has been another fantastic year for the GCSE students of St Helen and St Katharine. With an impressive 92% A*- A and 70% of grades at A*, St Helen’s has confirmed again its position as one of the leading girls' schools in the country. Nearly a quarter of students achieved a clean sweep of A* grades.

“We are extremely proud of all our Y11 students who have worked so hard over the last two years and today received the reward for their efforts,” stated Headmistress Rebecca Dougall. “Here at St Helen’s we aim to foster a happy environment with relationships built on kindness and respect. We know that the most lasting successes are based upon developing the self-belief and confidence of our girls whilst maintaining a tradition of high aspiration and academic achievement.”

This attitude is reflected in the generations of girls who attend the school. Lucy Conway was thrilled to receive her clutch of 10 A* today, not least because she had the high bar of her elder sisters’ example to follow. Sophie and Olivia have moved on to even bigger things since their own days at St Helen’s and the family are justifiably proud of their youngest member’s achievement:

“St Helen’s has really done it for us,” said Stephen Conway, Lucy’s father. “It keeps getting better and better. I mean with 10 A* it doesn’t get much better!”

Fellow student Ellie Kenrick did equally well gaining 10 A*. “These are fantastic results thanks to a huge amount of effort and support from the School,” said her mother, Liz Kenrick. “There is so much positivity and a strong can-do attitude. St Helen’s instils in the girls that the world is their oyster; if you want it just go for it and just do it – and they’ve just done it! This really keeps all the doors open for the girls.”

With outstanding sports, art and music facilities, an extensive extra-curricular programme, an adventurous programme of trips and excursions and excellent pastoral care, St Helen’s is not just an academic institution, but an educational environment that fosters passion and excitement about learning in the generations of girls who attend.

 “Once again our girls have excelled themselves,” concluded Head of Middle School, Helen Nash. “I am incredibly proud of their results and I hope they are filled with confidence in their own abilities as they move forwards to Sixth Form and A-levels. We can’t wait to see what they will achieve next!”

Last week saw the brilliant results garnered by the outgoing Sixth Form as they received their A-levels. 93% of students achieved A*-B grades with well over a third obtaining straight A*. 73% of grades obtained were A*-A, with 54% of girls receiving three or more A* or A grades.

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