September 16 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Glowing GCSE results above the national average were maintained at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington.
Although the school in Donegal Street declined to release any precise figures, headteacher Jo Dibbs said that students scored above the average for England and Wales in all key measures, including the benchmark five A* to Cs with English and maths.
And among the students, there were 34 year 11 girls who achieved at least three grades marked A* to A.
Deputy headteacher, Tina Southall, said: “Whatever their results, all the girls worked hard for them. That’s what we do as a school, we find their talents, grow them and enable students to achieve more than they thought they could.”
But for some the relief of good results did still not settle their nerves as they begin the search for places at colleges and schools offering A-levels.
Aissato Falcoeira, 16, who wants to study science A-levels at City and Islington College, said: “I’m quite scared, even with some As I just don’t know if my grades are good enough”.
Michelle Obama visited the girls school in 2011 and made an impassioned speech to the assembled girls.
Micah Daway, 16, who received As in her English and science exams, made a return trip to Washington DC with a group of girls from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson the following year.
She said: “Visiting the White House was so inspirational but GCSE revision was so difficult. You had to be diligent and get yourself in the mood for it.”
The headteacher, Jo Dibb, said: “We are so very proud of the achievements of our students who have shown, once again, that they can achieve as highly as girls in any school in the country.”
She added: “The school prides itself on a rigorous academic curriculum which allows students to progress to the best universities and careers.”