Our students shine in their GCSE results: A spotlight on some our girls
Following a triumphant post-pandemic return to public exams, our students across the year have achieved excellent results across all subjects. Of the year group, 60% achieved 8-9s while a record 34% achieved 9s in their exams, smashing the national trend of a downfall in results this year. An impressive 20% of Year 11 students achieved straight 8s and 9s.
The school was especially pleased with the broad scope of subjects scoring excellent results. In the humanities and sciences, 58% achieved 9s in English Literature, 68% achieved 9s in Chemistry and 72% achieved 9s in Religious Studies (the department’s highest grades ever). Impressive GCSE results were also achieved in French, with 50% achieving 9s in the subject.
Blackheath High students will be going on to study a wide variety of subjects, from Economics to Computer Science to Textiles.
Celebrating their successes, Ms Argile, Acting Head at Blackheath High School, commented: “We are genuinely so proud of all our Year 11s for achieving such incredible GCSE results. Over the last couple of years our students have had to show amazing resilience in the face of very challenging circumstances, and they approached it all with unbelievable resilience so I’m ecstatic to see them have the opportunity to shine in these exams.
We are constantly looking for ways to engage our students in all subjects, not just in their favourite ones and I think this has been reflected in the consistency of their results across a huge range of subjects. We are looking forward to welcoming them back in September for the next stage of their education journey.”
Read below to hear from some of our GCSE students and their educational journey at Blackheath High School. See Results page for further insights.
Lovera achieved straight grade 9s in her eleven GCSEs: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English, English Literature, Religious Studies, Drama, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, German and Latin.
She is looking forward to joining the Sixth Form to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-level, along with an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on diversity and the underrepresentation of minorities in Medicine. Lovera plans to study Medicine at university.
Lovera joined Blackheath High School in Year 7 after receiving an HSBC scholarship and discovering that it is a special place for girls to become “confident, purpose-driven” students that “achieve their full potential”.
During her time at Blackheath High School, Lovera has particularly enjoyed sporting opportunities. She is a regular member of netball, cricket and rounders clubs and has relished playing matches against other teams. She was recently given a Participation in Sport Award for her sporting achievements.
Lovera has recently passed her Grade 6 London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exam with Distinction and plans to take Grade 7 next year. In Year 10, she completed her bronze Duke of Edinburgh. Lovera has also received silver and bronze Junior Mathematical Challenge certificates.
Lovera praises Blackheath High School’s engaging teaching style, acknowledging how teachers “balance note writing and studying with fun activities linked to the curriculum, so you tend to enjoy all subjects, even if they aren’t necessarily your favourite”.
Abigail achieved eight grade 9s and three grade 8s in her eleven GCSEs: 8s in Further Mathematics, English and Chinese; and 9s in Mathematics, English Literature, Geography, Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Music.
Abigail is going on to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at A-level. As part of her EPQ, she is considering looking at how religion and culture affected the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine. Abigail plans to study Medicine at university.
Abigail joined Blackheath High School in Year 7 out of a desire for a personalised teaching approach and a tight-knit community. She praises this environment for allowing her to grow her confidence and gain hands-on attention from teachers.
Since joining the school, Abigail has been an Academic Scholar. For Sixth Form she has also been awarded a GDST Academic and Music Scholarship, and the Tara Mohini Scholarship for Maths and Physics.
While studying for A-levels, Abigail plans to complete her Grade 8 Piano and Grade 5 Cello qualifications. Since Year 10, she has been a member of the school’s orchestra, Sinfonia, and in Year 11, she joined the string instrument group the Clara Schumann Ensemble.
Outside of class, Abigail has achieved LAMDA Grades 1 and 2. In Years 8 and 9, she was a member of the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) team, competing in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge.
Abigail has particularly enjoyed how school culture has “created motivation and determination, helping me realise that everything I do in my life, I should strive to do the best I can”.
Lara has shone in her GCSEs, particularly in English Literature where she achieved the top grade, 9. Lara is passionate about English Literature and will be taking the subject forward to A-level.
She is one of many Blackheath High School students who excelled in the subject, with 58% percent achieving 9s in their English Literature GCSE exams.
Lara is also looking forward to studying History and Textiles at A-level. Additionally, she will also take an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) focusing on the interconnections between history and fashion during the two World Wars.
Since starting at Blackheath High School in Year 7, Lara has taken part in many clubs and societies. Throughout her time at the school, she has thrown herself into the school community and become a peer mentor, a school councillor and a form captain.
Lara recently achieved Grade 8 in her London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exam. She says LAMDA has “helped me massively with meeting new people, speaking in public and working collaboratively in a team”.
With a passion for all things fashion, Lara put herself forward to be a designer at the school fashion show and also co-organised a vintage clothes sale, which raised over £500 for the school’s chosen charity, Rain on Me.
Lara is delighted with her results and thrilled that all the hard work paid off. She praises Blackheath High School for building up her academic confidence and for encouraging her to nurture her creativity through textiles and acting.