Girls' Schools Association - Latest Posts for Media & News http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/ This section of the website provides access to the latest news about GSA and recent press and media coverage. For all press enquiries please contact:Rachel Kerr, GSA Communications Manager – rachelkerr@gsa.uk.com en-gb Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:16:00 +0100 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:16:00 +0100 GCSE Results – girls do well in sciences and languages http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gcse-results-andndash-girls-do-well-in-sciences-an/ Girls who attend girls’ schools have performed outstandingly in today’s GCSE results, with particular success in sciences and languages. A random selection of results from Girls’ Schools Association member schools include the following: At City of London School for Girls, 96% of entries achieved grades A*-A and a quarter received 10 A*s or more. In Languages, 98.5% of entries achieved A*-A grades while in combined sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) over 77% scored A* grades. At... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gcse-results-andndash-girls-do-well-in-sciences-an/ Girls who attend girls’ schools have performed outstandingly in today’s GCSE results, with particular success in sciences and languages. A random selection of results from Girls’ Schools Association member schools include the following:

At City of London School for Girls, 96% of entries achieved grades A*-A and a quarter received 10 A*s or more. In Languages, 98.5% of entries achieved A*-A grades while in combined sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) over 77% scored A* grades.

At Redland High School, 98% of pupils’s GCSE entries have been awarded at least one A* / A grade and a quarter of all pupils have received 10 or more A* / A grades. Eighty per cent of all pupils studying biology, chemistry or physics achieved the top A* / A grade. Every GCSE student has been awarded at least one science subject at grade A* – C and in languages the A*/A pass rate is 70% (90% in Spanish and German). Student Francesca Millar achieved 11 A* grades.

Eighty one per cent of GCSE entries at The Maynard school achieved A* or A grades in physics, and 71% of these top grades were in mathematics. Two students, Olivia Crawford and Isabel Kidner, are celebrating 10 A*s each.

At Croydon High School, over 85% of all entries were graded at A*- B, with 96.67% achieving A* to C grades. In maths, 88.4% of entries awarded A* to B grades. All girls at the school take all three sciences and are celebrating a 83.9% pass rate at grades A*- B. The languages pass rate is 100% A* – B in German and 92.5% and 83.3% A* – B in French and Spanish respectively.

In York, The Mount School is celebrating the fact that 100% of pupils passed five GCSEs with grades A*-C. Top achiever Caroline Rosenzweig (9 A*s, 1A and another A* in further maths) already has her sights set on an engineering degree at Harvard.

And in Lancashire, 98% of students at Moreton Hall have achieved five or more passes at A*- C and 91% of grades awarded for separate sciences were A*-A grades.

President of the Girls’ Schools Association, Alice Phillips, said:
“These results show, yet again, that girls’ schools are a powerful environment for enabling girls to do well in traditionally more difficult STEM and languages subjects.”

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GCSE Results: pupils celebrate exam results AND extra-curricular success http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gcse-results-pupils-celebrate-exam-results-and-ext/ This year’s GCSE results from Girls’ Schools Association schools demonstrate the independent sector’s strength in producing all-rounders. Alice Phillips, president of the Girls’ Schools Association, said:“Employers and their representatives are crying out for schools to equip their students with more than a string of exam passes. Schools that provide that extra and enable pupils to develop an interest in the wider world, at the same time as studying for exams, are becoming inc... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gcse-results-pupils-celebrate-exam-results-and-ext/ This year’s GCSE results from Girls’ Schools Association schools demonstrate the independent sector’s strength in producing all-rounders.

Alice Phillips, president of the Girls’ Schools Association, said:
Employers and their representatives are crying out for schools to equip their students with more than a string of exam passes. Schools that provide that extra and enable pupils to develop an interest in the wider world, at the same time as studying for exams, are becoming increasingly important.

At St George’s School in Ascot, charity fundraiser and actress Lottie Hughes achieved 3 A*s, 4 As and 3 Bs in her GCSEs at the same time as raising £15,000 for Cancer Research, taking the lead role in a play at the Lyric Theatre in London, and touring four Spanish cities with the school choir. Lottie, who is dyslexic, is also goal keeper for her school netball team.

In York, supporting girls with extra-curricular interests is part and parcel of school life at The Mount School. Rowan Palmour is the reigning U17 girls’ North East high jump champion and an accomplished musician. Nevertheless, she gained 9 A*s and 1 A in her GCSEs. Caroline Rosenzweig achieved 9 A*s, 1 A and an A* in further maths as well as winning first prize at the Engineering Inspiration Competition in June and reaching the regional finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks national public speaking competition. Her ambition is to study Engineering at Harvard University. Meanwhile Eleanor Dook, who represents England in international karate, is given plenty of encouragement to manage her academic studies around a busy training schedule. Eleanor has 7 As, 2 Bs and 1 C in this year’s GCSEs.

Francesca Millar from Redland High School netted 11 A*s at GCSE despite a busy year balancing her academic studies with her part in the school’s theatre company, which took its production of Medea to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Francesca is one of the school’s music scholars and composed all of the music for the production, earning winning reviews for her ‘expertly judged compositions.’

A Derby High School pupil has achieved top marks in her GCSE exams despite a gruelling swimming schedule. Becky Jones scored five A*s, three As and two Bs as well as spending 10 days in Zambia teaching schoolchildren to swim alongside her sporting idols Rebecca Adlington, Joanne Jackson, Ross Davenport and Melanie Marshall. Becky also represented England in the Tri-Nations Challenge competition in Glasgow in April and took part in the National Youth Championships two weeks ago in Sheffield. Her training schedule involves being in the pool for up to 16 hours a week and getting up at 4.30am.

At St Mary’s School in Cambridge the arts have equal importance with STEM and language subjects. 100% of GCSE students achieved A* – A grades in this year’s art GCSE, 94% in music and 92% in drama. The school also has an Artsmark Gold Award from the Arts Council England in recognition of the quality of its arts provision throughout the school.

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STEM A Levels - Nigerian girl’s engineering dream comes true & Formula One studies pay off http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/stem-a-levels-nigerian-girls-engineering-dream-com/ A girls’ school education has paid off for two would-be engineers. Tolulope Taiwo-Ashaju (‘Tolu’) from Nigeria has a place to read Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, thanks to five A* grades at A Level and an education at a UK Girls’ Schools Association school. Tolu came to the UK with a vision to study engineering. Approximately half of women in Nigeria can read and write, compared to 72 percent of men, so success at this level in a STEM subject is a huge achievement. Both... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/stem-a-levels-nigerian-girls-engineering-dream-com/ A girls’ school education has paid off for two would-be engineers.

Tolulope Taiwo-Ashaju (‘Tolu’) from Nigeria has a place to read Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, thanks to five A* grades at A Level and an education at a UK Girls’ Schools Association school.

Tolu came to the UK with a vision to study engineering. Approximately half of women in Nigeria can read and write, compared to 72 percent of men, so success at this level in a STEM subject is a huge achievement. Both countries want to increase the number of female engineers; in Britain only 8.5 per cent of engineers are women, the lowest percentage in Europe.

Tolu sat A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics at St Catherine’s, Bramley which is an independent girls’ school near Guildford. As well as five A*s, she has also been awarded a Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (CCEIT) Scholarship. Her ambition is to qualify as a Civil Engineer so she can use her skills to work globally and make a positive contribution to life in Nigeria. She said:
There is still so much in store for civil engineers in Nigeria. I would like to see vast improvements in the buildings and structures in certain regions of sub-Saharan Africa, dive into the realm of materials and find alternatives to the composites already in use.”

Meanwhile, studying Formula One technology for her Extended Project Qualification has helped Charlotte Gilmore (‘Lottie’) gain a place studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.

Lottie, from Burgess Hill School for Girls in Sussex, gained an A* in her EPQ plus A* Grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics an A in AS level Further Mathematics. She hopes to gain a scholarship with Land Rover or The Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Tolu’s and Lottie’s STEM success is the tip of the iceberg in Girls’ Schools Association schools where over 55 per cent of girls take at least one STEM subject at A Level. They are 75% more likely than other UK girls to take Maths A-level, 70% more likely to take Chemistry, and two and a half times as likely to take Physics. This year girls from GSA schools have continued to punch well above their weight in STEM subjects.

Girls Schools Association president, Alice Phillips, said:
The proportion of girls from GSA schools who have sat and passed STEM A Levels with high grades this year is a clear sign that a girls’ school environment is one of the most effective ways of eradicating the gender stereotyping that prevents so many girls in this country from realising their potential.

Individual STEM Success Stories

Individual student success stories include Clare Rees-Zimmerman from Sheffield High School who has nine A Levels under her belt – including six A* grades in STEM subjects – and an unconditional offer to study Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge.

Kumiko Kawato from Alderley Edge School for Girls in Cheshire achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades and will now read Physics at Imperial College, London. Kumiko, from Japan, started her UK education in year 10 with a limited knowledge of the English Language.

Five girls from St Leonards-Mayfield School in Sussex are heading off to study STEM subjects at Cambridge University. Moji Agboola will read Engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Ellie Cox – a finalist in the UK Young Scientist of the Year competition – will read Medicine at Emmanuel College, Jenny Shepherd will read Engineering at Emmanuel College, and Ella Strudley will read Natural Sciences at Clare College. Half of all St Leonards-Mayfield’s year 13 girls who took Mathematics were awarded A*, 80% got A* in Further Mathematics and 75% of Physics grades were A*.

School STEM Statistics

Some of the GSA schools at the forefront of STEM success include The Abbey School in Reading where 31 girls are now going to study STEM-related degree subjects.

All the girls who took Further Mathematics and/or Physics at Farnborough Hill in Hampshire achieved A* grades.

At St Mary’s School in Cambridge 70% of girls have an A* or A in Mathematics this year and 100% A*/A in Further Mathematics. Headmistress, Charlotte Avery, said:
Our single-sex environment leads to more diverse subject choices by our girls who are confident choosing Physics alongside Photography, Chemistry alongside Classical Civilisation, and Mathematics alongside French.”

At Moreton Hall in Lancashire 64 per cent of Year 13 students chose STEM subjects as part of their A Level portfolio following the opening of a new Science Centre at the school. At Gateways School near Leeds all A2 candidates entered for Maths, Further Maths or Physics walked off with an A* or A grade. At Redland High School in Bristol half of all the girls in Year 13 sat at least one STEM A Level and 75% of all STEM grades achieved were grade A* or A. At St Swithun’s School in Winchester 100% of Physics candidates achieved A*/A grades and 90% of all entries in Maths were graded A*/A.

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GSA Welcomes Nicola Morgan Appointment http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gsa-welcomes-nicola-morgan-appointment/ The Girls’ Schools Association welcomes the appointment of Nicola Morgan PC MP to the role of Secretary of State for Education. GSA president, Alice Phillips, said: “The fact that Nicola Morgan will retain her role as Minster for Women bodes well for joined-up thinking on gender inequality in some areas of education, particularly the under representation of girls amongst students who pursue STEM subjects. We know that there has been a will to do this in government for some time; let’s... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gsa-welcomes-nicola-morgan-appointment/ The Girls’ Schools Association welcomes the appointment of Nicola Morgan PC MP to the role of Secretary of State for Education.

GSA president, Alice Phillips, said:
“The fact that Nicola Morgan will retain her role as Minster for Women bodes well for joined-up thinking on gender inequality in some areas of education, particularly the under representation of girls amongst students who pursue STEM subjects. We know that there has been a will to do this in government for some time; let’s hope that Ms Morgan’s appointment will provide the way. Our schools have considerable success in redressing gender stereotypes and we would be happy to begin a dialogue with Ms Morgan on these issues.”

Girls who attend Girls’ Schools Association schools achieve a disproportionately large share of the top grades in STEM subjects. They are 75% more likely to take Maths A-level, 70% more likely to take Chemistry, and two and a half times as likely to take Physics.

Approximately 1 in 20 girls taking A-levels attend GSA schools, but around 1 in 4 of the Physics A* grades go to them. Of all the Physics entries from girls, 13.4% come from GSA schools (above the 5.2% baseline), but they are awarded 25.9% of the A*s and 20.5% of the A or A* grades.

In Chemistry, girls at GSA schools comprise 8.9% of entries, but they are awarded 19.8% of the A* s and 15.4% of A or A* grades. In Further Maths, girls at GSA schools comprise 15.9% of the entries, but they are awarded 24.7% of the A* grades and 20.1% of the A or A*s.

Data based on 2012 examination results.

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GSA teacher represents England at World Netball Championships http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gsa-teacher-represents-england-at-world-netball-ch/ A GSA school teacher is representing England in the indoor netball world championships in South Africa this month. Roger Marshall is deputy head at St Swithun School’s Junior School. He’s been preparing for months and is now in Johannesburg awaiting the start of the games. As well as teaching netball at St Swithun’s, Roger also coaches his local netball team, Winchester Squall, which he established and which draws players from many schools in the Winchester area. Indoor netball welco... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/gsa-teacher-represents-england-at-world-netball-ch/ A GSA school teacher is representing England in the indoor netball world championships in South Africa this month.

Roger Marshall is deputy head at St Swithun School’s Junior School. He’s been preparing for months and is now in Johannesburg awaiting the start of the games.

As well as teaching netball at St Swithun’s, Roger also coaches his local netball team, Winchester Squall, which he established and which draws players from many schools in the Winchester area.

Indoor netball welcomes men playing in men-only or mixed teams and Roger has gained his place in the England mixed team following trials earlier this year. He said:
“At the grand old age of 41 I had thought my chance to represent my country on a big stage such as this had gone, but am over the moon to have been selected and to have one last stab at playing sport at international level”.

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We need more doctors – so train more medics http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/we-need-more-doctors-andndash-so-train-more-medics/ Sixth formers should be given the chance to turn their vocations into careers; there’s a big difference between being a doctor and an engineer, says Caroline Jordan, Headmistress of Headington School in The Telegraph, 19/5/14 “Few people are lucky enough to have a very clear idea about what they wish to do in life – a vocation. For some it might be teaching, for others dancing or the arts. For many of our students, their vocation is to be a doctor. It is not an easy path. It re... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.gsa.uk.com/news/we-need-more-doctors-andndash-so-train-more-medics/ Sixth formers should be given the chance to turn their vocations into careers; there’s a big difference between being a doctor and an engineer, says Caroline Jordan, Headmistress of Headington School in The Telegraph, 19/5/14

Few people are lucky enough to have a very clear idea about what they wish to do in life – a vocation. For some it might be teaching, for others dancing or the arts.

For many of our students, their vocation is to be a doctor. It is not an easy path. It requires extremely hard work, years of training (and the debt which is likely to follow that) and a combination of excellent scientific skills and the kind of nature which will lead to a good ‘bedside manner’. It is clearly not for everyone. However, as a result of read more

Listen to Caroline discussing this topic in more depth with Tim Ecott of Voice of Russia UK.

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