Non palma sine pulvere (no reward without effort), the school motto of Walthamstow Hall in Sevenoaks, felt particularly appropriate this morning when the hard work of students was rewarded by their GCSE results.

At Walthamstow Hall, 10 GCSE subjects followed the reformed syllabuses and 1-9 grading structures. In these 10 subjects 50% of results were awarded the highest 8 and 9 levels (equivalent to a high A grade, A* and above). 76% of results in these 10 subjects were awarded at grade 7, 8 or 9 (equivalent to A, A* and above).

In English Language, English Literature and Maths 82.5% of results were a 7, 8 or 9.

In the 11 subjects using the former letter grading scheme, 67% of results were A-A*. In the Sciences this increased to 70% A-A*. In subjects now considered more ‘niche’ in some schools, results were equally strong. In Music, German and Classical Greek almost all grades were A*s.

Combining all 21 subjects, 71% of this year’s grades overall are A, A*, 7,8 or 9.

Headmistress, Miss Stephanie Ferro said, ‘These results, in all subjects, are testament to the breadth, depth and strength of the curriculum here. Changes of syllabus and exam structure will always bring challenge but teachers, students and parents working in close partnership have produced results which will lay firm foundations for these young women as they go on to realise their dreams and aspirations.’

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