Pupils were celebrating their results today – the first cohort to take GCSE exams for three years.
Over 58% of all GCSE grades were 9s this year; 81% were an 8 or 9, and 94% were graded 7 to 9.
Mrs Bingham praised the students and teachers for their hard work and for achieving such successful results. “I am so impressed with how our students have risen to the challenge following the disruptions of the pandemic over the past two years – they deserve every success. We look forward to seeing what they go on to achieve next as they continue to forge their own paths in the Sixth Form and beyond.”
One student, Zoya, received her GCSE results whilst in Hungary, where she is currently in training for the new fencing season. The 16-year-old was selected to represent England in this year’s Commonwealth Fencing Championships, winning a silver medal in the Cadet Women’s Épée Team competition last weekend. Today, she was celebrating another achievement: a clean sweep of ten GCSEs at the top grades (7/8/9), with the majority awarded the very highest grade 9.
Zoya commented: “Fencing teaches you to deal with stress and how to be resilient. Given the upheaval of the pandemic, these skills were really helpful when preparing for my exams. I’m very grateful to the support of my teachers at South Hampstead for enabling me to balance my academic studies with my sporting commitments.”
Zoya is continuing her studies at South Hampstead Sixth Form, with A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology. She is keen to study Medicine at university, so has spent the summer doing internships in hospitals as well as pursuing her fencing.