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GCSE and A Level Results 2017

The initial results are in and both sets of results are excellent. You can read about them by clicking on the links below.

2017 A level Results Press Release | pdf Document)
2017  GCSE Press Release| pdf Document)
Destinations for 2017 cohort | pdf Document
GCSE Results 2017| pdf Document)
A Level Results 2017| pdf Document)

Record breaking 2017 GCSE results for Croydon High School

Croydon High is celebrating a truly outstanding set of results achieved by their GCSE class of 2017. Almost three quarters of all exam grades awarded were A*- A making this the most successful GCSE cohort in the history of the highly respected Selsdon school.*
Headmistress Emma Pattison said, “We are absolutely delighted to be able to celebrate these stellar results with a group of such aspirational and inspirational young women. Their teachers could not be more proud of the hard work, dedication and focus that these grades represent, and I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank the staff here for their dedication and tireless support.  And, of course, to the parents, for the care and encouragement they have provided throughout. These girls have certainly thrown the doors wide open when it comes to making choices for their futures. ”
It has been widely reported that in the absence of AS level grades, top universities will be relying much more heavily on GCSE indicators when it comes to making offers.  
So with 40% of Croydon High girls awarded a remarkable 7 A* (or more) grades, these results also provide the girls with a springboard to go on to the very best universities in the world.
With a 100% pass rate, an impressive 91% of grades at A*- B and almost half of all grades awarded being A* the message is clear; this is a high achieving cohort at a high performing school.
With so many girls achieving excellent grades, it is impossible to credit them all individually, but special mention must made of Sharada Patel for her incredible 11 A*grades and Rebecca Willans, Anika Patel and Sienna Cornish who all achieved 10 A* and an A grade. Congratulations to you all, girls. 

Individual departments were celebrating too, with Drama, Art, Music and Latin all returning 100% A*- A grades. 
When analysing results, there is often the suggestion that boys outperform girls in science. With 72% of candidates awarded A* for Chemistry (89% A*- A), Croydon High girls certainly refute this claim.  Good news in the arts subjects too, with 83% of English Literature students, for example, awarded A*- A grades (59% at A*)  
It was certainly a case of “Bravo, fantástico and wunderbar” for the Modern Foreign Language students as 66% of all grades awarded in French, German and Spanish were A*.
As always, on results day, there are the stories behind the results and Sue Beck, Head of Key Stage 4, is very proud of the fact that so many of the girls have achieved outstanding results whilst performing at the highest levels outside the academic curriculum.
A* GRADES FOR SPORTS STARS. Twins, Freya and Flora McEwan, are to be congratulated on a string of impressive results, including A* for both of them in PE.  Those particular grades would not have come as too much of a surprise, as both girls are hugely talented sportswomen. Flora was recently invited to attend the England Hockey Performance Centre and selected to train with the Surrey U18 Hockey and Tennis squads. Freya, who achieved a hugely impressive 8A* and an A grade academically, is also involved in county level hockey and both girls excel in netball and tennis and are inspirational role models for the potential Croydon High sports stars of the future.

*Croydon High School follows the IGCSE curriculum in Maths and English therefore grades 1-9 do not apply.

Croydon High celebrating outstanding A Level achievement and diversity of ambition for their Class of 2017

Once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A Level and a fifth of all girls achieved straight A*- A grades. Over 38% of all grades awarded were A* or A, highlighting the number of highly aspirational girls in this cohort.

Croydon High’s Headmistress, Emma Pattison, and the staff at Croydon High School would like to congratulate all the girls who worked so hard to achieve such excellent results. It is not possible to tell every story, of course, but particular mention must be made of the following girls who were awarded straight A* or A grades. 

Fariha Baba, Laura Baliman, Alita Butcher-Wallis, Nicola Coulthwaite, Aleksa Grzesik, Caroline Ip, Carlotta Meyer, Olivia Ricketts, Louise Scrivens and Songyu Tang.

Currently a fantastic 77% of the cohort are leaving Croydon High to go on to their first choice destination – almost 50% of places at prestigious Russell Group universities.

Emma Pattison commented that this year she has been particularly aware of the breadth of experience and learning the girls have enjoyed during their sixth form years which has led them to make informed and diverse choices for their next steps.

“These are truly remarkable girls in so many ways. They have achieved excellent academic results whilst throwing themselves wholeheartedly into a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. During their years here, they have developed into compassionate and engaged young women who are ambitious for their future success and personal happiness.”
The Extended Project Qualification is a great example of enhanced academic learning. This award, representing an additional half an A Level, is increasingly valued by prestigious universities who believe it effectively showcases students’ research and presentations skills as well as their self-motivation and breadth of education. This year’s cohort opted to study a fascinating range of topics ranging from Alternative therapies for cancer to The trial of Oscar Pistorius. Results were as impressive as the subject matter, with 72% of the group awarded A* - A grades and over 97% A*- B.

Diversity of interest and ambition is celebrated at Croydon High, where every girl’s individual talents and aspirations are unique and enhanced by the school’s approach to teaching and learning.

As Emma Pattison explains, “Personalisation, with regards to learning, is a key part of the Croydon High experience. Teaching staff offer extremely high levels of individual support and really know the girls in their care. They work closely with the girls to develop their self-knowledge, which enables them to make good and appropriate choices in terms of their future plans."

For an excellent example of a girl who knows her own mind and aspirations, look no further than Alita Butcher-Wallis. Alita is a true all-rounder and a Senior Prefect who regularly wowed audiences with her dramatic performances and beautiful singing in school productions. She is also a successful debater and a strong campaigner for Human Rights issues. Despite being an obvious candidate for Oxbridge, Alita chose, instead, and was offered, a place on the perfect course for her – the highly regarded Liberal Arts degree at Exeter. Her remarkable three A* grades and an A* for her EPQ secured this offer. Congratulations Alita!

Laura Baliman is celebrating after confirming her place to read English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Laura’s A*AA grades, with an A* EPQ, reflect not only a huge amount of hard work and dedication, but also a genuine love for learning and passion for her subject. As Lauren Austen, one of Laura’s English teachers commented, “Laura is one of those students who comes to her classes filled with enthusiasm and opinion on texts she has read outside of the curriculum – she just has a really genuine love for literature and we have no doubt she will thrive at Cambridge.”

Laura said “'I am delighted to have achieved my dream of going to Cambridge University and it would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the teachers and community of Croydon High, who had faith in me through difficult times and helped me fulfil my greatest ambitions.'

Head Girl Fariha Baba, who has contributed so enormously to school life over the past two years (including running a spectacular Model UN event for the whole school the day after her last exam) is rewarded for all her efforts with two A* and two A grades and an A* EPQ. That all adds up to a place at Warwick to read Maths - where we have no doubt she will excel.
Caroline Ip is heading to St Andrew’s to read Art History, after she also gained A* AA grades and an A* EPQ. Caroline has achieved so much during her time at Croydon High, including chairing a highly acclaimed Sixth Form Conference on behalf of the National Council of Young Women and winning the regional final of the renowned ARTiculation competition; a nationally acclaimed public speaking initiative designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. Head of Art at Croydon High, Liz Smith, commented “Caroline’s A* in Art is richly deserved; she is a hugely talented artist who works so hard to extend herself in every aspect of her studies. She has a wonderful future ahead of her at St Andrew’s.”

Hiya Varma had her heart set on a career in Medicine from very early on. She attended the school’s MedSoc club regularly and spent her holidays working at Croydon University Hospital as well as hospitals in India. An EPQ on Gene Therapy and A* AB grades are sending her to Manchester to realise her dream.

For Mr and Mrs Coulthwaite, there was a certain sense of déjà vu as they celebrated with Nicola, who is their third daughter to attend Croydon High School. But Nicola was certainly not going to be put in the shadow of her high achieving sisters with outstanding results of her own. Her A* A* A grades, with an A* EPQ were richly deserved, after a school career where she has thrown herself in to so much. Her outstanding performances on the Netball and Hockey tour of South Africa and her consistent efforts in supporting the school - and especially the PE department -  at many events was greatly valued. Nicola is very excited to be realising her dream of studying Sport and Exercise Science at Bath. She said, “The teachers at Croydon High bring a new meaning to the phrase "bending over backwards for you. I am so privileged to have been taught there and I know that I have had the best set up possible for a life in sport!”

Many of the girls celebrating today have spent their whole school life at Croydon High, but equally there are those who joined the school later and have excelled. Olivia Dickinson, from Oxted, joined the Sixth Form and from the start, threw herself wholeheartedly in to Croydon High life. She became a Senior Prefect, achieved first place for her Economics essay in the Autumn Statement Challenge and regularly volunteered at the Croydon Contact centre for the elderly. Olivia’s mother, who was with her daughter as they collected her results said, “Olivia has flourished here at Croydon High – her confidence has really grown and most importantly, she has been so happy.”  Olivia is on her way to Birmingham to read Economics armed with AAB grades – and an A* EPQ. 

Being far from home made Songyu Tan from China more determined to make her mark at Croydon High. She arrived for Sixth Form with very little English, but worked hard to improve her language skills. “As a Chinese student, I made a real effort to mix with girls from other backgrounds,” said Songyu. She became a House vice-captain, volunteered for local charity Waggy Tails supporting disabled children and achieved A* AA grades which send her to Durham to read Natural Sciences.

Celebrating outstanding A Level results and a kaleidoscope of exciting destinations for their Class of 2016

Once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A Level and over 94% of students achieving A* - C grades.  

Croydon High’s outgoing Head Debbie Leonard is always proud of the academic results achieved by the girls, but this year has been particularly struck by the wide variety of choices this cohort has made – both in their subject options and their post sixth-form destinations. “This year, more than ever, we have been conscious of how truly impressive these girls are in so many ways. They have achieved excellent academic results and also extended their learning and life experience through our wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities.”
The Extended Project Qualification is a great example of enhanced academic learning. This award, representing an additional half an A Level, is increasingly valued by prestigious universities who believe it effectively showcases students’ research and presentations skills as well as their self-motivation and breadth of education. This year, a stunning 17 out of 18 Croydon High girls in Year 13 were awarded an A* or A in their EPQ – and 100% gained A* - B grades. This is an outstanding achievement.    
Debbie Leonard went on to say that the academic results, important as they are, only give a one dimensional view of every girl’s achievement in her school career. “This year group have particularly excelled in their ability to take on leadership roles within the school, seeking out work experience and networking opportunities and managing to maintain their different extra-curricular interests and zest for life throughout their rigorous A Level years.”

Individual approach to learning leads to diversity of choice and opportunity
It is this diversity of interest and ambition that the school is particularly celebrating, as it demonstrates that each girl’s individual talents and aspirations are unique and enhanced by the school’s approach to teaching and learning.

Director of Sixth Form, Jimmy Haidar explains, “Personalisation, with regards to learning, is not just another educational ‘buzz word” at Croydon High. We pride ourselves on how well we know each girl and importantly, how well they know themselves. This approach means that girls make choices- especially at sixth form - that enable them to achieve their goals in a way that is right for them.”

The school’s two Head Girls, Ellen Lennox and Tanya Dosanjh are examples of how different learning styles can both achieve success. Both girls are bright, dedicated and hardworking but have different approaches to learning and, obviously, different ambitions. Tanya opted to take four A Levels, Chemistry, German, Maths and Further Maths achieving A grades in all of them, which secures her a place at Exeter to follow her dream of studying Maths. Ellen chose to take three A Level subjects, Government and Politics, History and Maths and complemented this with an EPQ. She achieved two A* and two A grades and will be heading to Durham where she will be reading History.

Be it studying Medicine or Marketing, Theatre and Performance, Ancient History or Languages, more dreams are well on the way to being realised with some outstanding individual academic results for Croydon High girls. Girls have opted for subjects they love and not just those that ‘go well together’ and this has obviously helped them excel and go on to study subjects they are passionate about. 

For example, Sarah Garonne with an A in Maths and two A* grades in French and English will be reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter. 
Arunchana Maheswaran’s chosen subjects really reflect her strengths as well as her interests and her A* grades in Biology and Chemistry as well as A grades in Maths and German could take her anywhere. She is heading for UCL to read Medicine.
Sophia Ahmed, with two A* grades in Geography and Government and Politics and an A in History will be reading Geography at UCL 

Oxbridge Success
Shakira Mahadeva and Kirsty Bailey are both Oxford bound and both celebrating three A* grades. Shakira will be reading Biochemistry following her successes in Chemistry, Maths and Physics, while Kirsty, who also achieved an A* in her EPQ, will be reading French and Italian after her A* clean sweep in English Literature, French and Geography.  
Honor Clapp is also an Oxbridge success, heading to Cambridge to read Philosophy with A* grades in English Literature, History and her EPQ and A grades in RS and Biology.

Nursery Girls celebrating A Level success
Honor is one of a number of girls who have had the full Croydon High experience, joining as she did aged 3 in 2001 - the year the school’s Nursery opened. Shakira, mentioned above, is also a ‘Nursery girl’ as is Ysabel Cruickshank who heads to LSE to read Politics with A* grades in Government and Politics and English Literature and an A in German. Preeyah Purang is celebrating three A grades in Chemistry, French and Maths and an A* in Biology
Sarah Brock was working in the Nursery when it opened in 2001 and is still there now. She has always felt a special bond with these girls and so made a special trip in to school to be with them as they received their results. “It has been wonderful to be able to stay in contact and watch the girls grow and blossom over the years. I am absolutely thrilled that they are going on to do such exciting things.” 

Debbie Leonard, who took up a new post as Head of The Grange School in Cheshire in September 2016 took the opportunity to offer her very best wishes to new Head, Emma Pattison and the whole Croydon High community. “Wherever I go in the future, “she said, “there will always be a little piece of Croydon High in my heart – it is a unique school and a very special place.”

GCSE Success

Following the success of last week’s A level results in which 14.5% of all A levels taken at the School were awarded A*, Year 11 girls at Croydon High School are this week celebrating another very strong set of  results with 28% of GCSE grades at A* and 86% A*-B.  

An impressively large number of girls, 28% of the year group, were awarded a straight run of A and A*grades. The girls who achieved this remarkable statistic are too numerous to name individually, however, special mention should be made of Praveena Senthilkumar and Riana Patel who are both celebrating  near perfect results, 9 A* and 1 A grade.

New Headmistress, Emma Pattison, said, “I would like to congratulate all of our girls for the stunning effort and determination which has gone into achieving these results and also to recognise the support of their parents and the dedication of the teaching staff here at Croydon High.   It is a privilege to be joining a school where the parents, staff and girls all work so hard to ensure the girls triumph on results’ day.”

Assistant Head in charge of the curriculum, Mark Pickering, commented, “We are thrilled to report that as a year group and individually, our girls have achieved results that exceed expectations, and this is down to a great deal of hard work by the girls as well as the high quality teaching and individual support available to them.

Many of these girls came through our Junior school, some joining the Nursery aged just 3. This has clearly given them a strong academic foundation and there is a particularly close sense of community between all our Year 11 girls and their teachers. The school is particularly proud of its strong academic results because they follow a year of excellence in other spheres of school life. 

Emma James, for example, gained a fantastic 6 A* and 4 A grades. This achievement is all the more impressive given that this year, Emma has also played cello in the school orchestra, sung in the choir and spent a week this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe performing in the school’s  production of Jason and the Argonauts. As Corporal James, Emma is also a high flier in the local 66 Selsdon Air Cadets and plays rugby for Warlingham Ladies’ Under 18s. Having started in our Nursery, Emma now joins the Sixth Form to study Drama, English Language and Literature, German and History; she is a fine example of the all-round participation and excellence that Croydon High inspires.  
Carys Marsden also joins our Sixth Form having gained 6 A* and 4 A grades. Her artwork was one of the highlights of the Summer Exhibition and she is also a very talented athlete, so it is not surprising she gained A* in both PE and Art. Having competed this year in discus, hammer and javelin, she will be representing Blackheath and Bromley at the athletics UK Youth Development League National Final at the end of August. Carys has also been selected to go to Spain for the European Junior Inter-clubs Championship later in the year; a fantastic achievement in itself. 

Kassia Mahadeva can be extremely proud of her clean sweep of 6 A* and 4 A grades which suggest that as she moves into Lower Sixth, she will follow in the footsteps of her sister, Shakira, with whom she is celebrating; Shakira is one of the A level girls who last week gained straight A* grades, meaning she has secured her place at Oxford to read Biochemistry.

Congratulations to all girls in the GCSE Class of 2016 who have achieved and surpassed their grades …Croydon High is very proud of you all.

A Levels Summer 2015

Croydon High proud of their ‘all round’ high achievers at A level

Once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a  99.4% pass rate at A Level, with over 70% of students achieving A* - B grades.  

Head, Debbie Leonard, is always proud of the academic results achieved by the girls in her care, but this year she is particularly proud of the ‘all round’ accomplishments of the class of 2015.

“This year, more than ever, we have been conscious of how truly impressive these girls are in so many ways.  For example, over 50% of the year group opted to take on the Extended Project Qualification. This qualification, representing an additional half an A Level, is increasingly valued by prestigious universities and 72.4% of Croydon High girls were awarded an A* in their EPQ –  an outstanding achievement.

Mrs Leonard went on to say that the academic results, important as they are, only give a one dimensional view of every girl’s achievement in her school career. ” I have no doubt that as well as the usual crop of medics, lawyers, scientists and linguists, we have girls who will go on and achieve great things in many different walks of life. I hope and believe that the excellent all- round education they have enjoyed here at Croydon High will help them all realise their dreams.”

GCSE Summer 2015

There was so much to celebrate for Croydon High girls as they opened their GCSE results this year that it is actually hard to know where to start!

Top line statistics are outstanding:

  • 100% pass rate, with 100% achieving A* -C grades in English and Maths
  • 97.16% of all grades awarded were at A* - C
  • 39.02% of all grades at A* and 70.64% at A*-A. Both of these statistics show an outstanding 10% increase on last year’s impressive results
  • 92.45% A*-B grades in Maths and English
  • 75.47% A* - A grades in Maths  

Head Debbie Leonard said, “We are extremely proud of all our girls in achieving these excellent GCSE results. I would like to acknowledge their efforts and determination and also the support of their parents and the dedication of the teaching staff here at Croydon High. It has been a fantastic example of teamwork and I am delighted to see such potential realised – and in many cases -exceeded.

For more information on Exam Results and recent Destinations, please read one of the following

2016 A level Results Press Release | pdf Document)
2016 GCSE Press Release| pdf Document)
Destinations for last 5 years | pdf Document
GCSE Results 2015 Press Release| pdf Document)
A Level Results 2015 Press Release| pdf Document)
GCSE Results 2015| pdf Document)
A Level Results 2015| pdf Document)

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