GCSE joy for Withington Upper Fifth

The end to the weeks of waiting had finally arrived and it was a celebratory group of Year 11 pupils who gathered with parents and teachers at Withington Girls’ School today to open their GCSE results envelopes. It was no wonder there were lots of happy smiles, and some tears of joy too, with results that included four in five grades achieved at grade 9 or 8 and 27 of the cohort, or 34%, achieving all grade 8s or above.

Maya, Zunaira and Rosa celebrate achieving a full set of grade 9s

“We are so pleased for our pupils and it was wonderful to see them celebrating with one another as they look ahead to the exciting prospect of Sixth Form. The vast majority of our Year 11s have chosen to continue at Withington and they will be joined by a group of new students from schools across Greater Manchester and beyond, who have also excelled in their GCSE examinations,” says Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Haslam.

“Our pupils have shown remarkable depth of character and have been marvellous contributors to so many aspects of Withington life – they have been resilient, compassionate and caring throughout the challenges of the last two years and we look forward to watching them continue to develop and grow as they start their careers in Sixth Form. There are many exciting opportunities ahead.”

Paying tribute to the staff who have supported the pupils during the challenging years of the pandemic and this key Upper Fifth year, Mrs Haslam praised their dedication and commitment to supporting and encouraging all pupils and fostering the special atmosphere of opportunity and ambition in the school. ‘’Our staff have been outstanding throughout and I would like to thank them for all their dedication and all parents for their support.’’

Head of Year, Mrs Michaela Parker, expressed her pride in the 79 Upper Fifth pupils. “I’ve been their Head of Year for three years of their senior school journey and I’m delighted to be continuing as their Head of Year for Lower Sixth – they’re a wonderful group who have been very popular with staff and have displayed great maturity and commitment during their GCSEs. I wish them all the very best for their transition to Sixth Form.”

Open Days for entry to Withington Girls’ School will be held on Thursday 3rd November and Saturday 5th November – see www.wgs.org for more details on 2023 Admissions.

Food and Nutrition pupils achieved 12 9s and 2 8s