GCSE 2011: Eliza’s A-star

Withington Girls' School Headmistress Sue Marks with some of her pupils, none of whom scored anything less than a B grade. Photo contributed.
Withington Girls' School Headmistress Sue Marks with some of her pupils, none of whom scored anything less than a B grade. Photo contributed.

OUTSTANDING achievement at GCSE level by a High Peak student has helped cement Withington Girls’ School’s status among the country’s elite schools.

Eliza Rooney was one of six pupils at the south Manchester independent school to score 11 passes at A* grade.

Overall, the school’s pupils achieved a pass rate of 100 per cent at A*, A and B grades, of which 97.1 per cent were A* and A grades and 78.8 per cent were straight A* grades.

Withington candidates take the tougher International GCSE in maths and of the 75 entries, 58 achieved A* grades. Overall, out of 770 exam entries, 602 won A* grades. Every entry in music and drama – five and 15 respectively – secured A* passes.

Headmistress Sue Marks said: “These are amazing figures and they come as a result of hard work by pupils and staff. I am delighted for all of them.

“Much is written about how ever-improving results are due to pupils taking softer options, but all our girls took and gained A*, A or B grades in maths, English, science and at least one modern foreign language.”