Prior’s Field pupils and Godalming locals Daisy Phillips and Alexandra Shaw were today celebrating excellent GCSE results…and national sporting success.
Between them the two students achieved a total of 15 A*s and 4 As. Just a few weeks earlier Alexandra, who is a year young for her age group and excels at track and field, was selected as one of 350 athletes nationally to compete at the 2016 School Games; she will take part in the 300m and 4x 300m relay at the Loughborough University event that promotes athletic stars of the future. Daisy, a member of Prior’s Field’s on-site tennis academy, who works to a tailored school timetable catering for her coaching and tournament needs, was ranked 7th in Surrey, 17th in the South East and 61st nationally over the summer, in the 16 and under category.
28% of grades at the Godalming day and boarding school for girls were A*, 55% A*-A and 79% A*-B. In a year group of 69 girls, 19% of girls achieved straight A*-As. Departments celebrating today included Latin, with 100% of pupils achieving A*-A; Art, 72% A*-A; Maths, 83% A*-B, two thirds of the group having taken the GCSE six months early; Science, 84% of girls gaining A*-B. During the autumn term, Science, Music and Technology departments will take ownership of a new, state of the art combined centre opposite the Sixth Form House.
Prior’s Field Head, Tracy Kirnig, commented, “We are 100% proud of all our students and the fact that, at Prior’s Field, they learn to balance the pressure of exams with other interests and talents. Our girls want to work hard and, supported by dedicated and inspirational staff, they achieve to their highest potential. The confidence and fulfilment they derive from activities outside the classroom make them more rounded as individuals and more resilient to the demands of study and life beyond.”
It was not just pupils who were celebrating heights of success this summer: Head Tracy Kirnig completed the newly launched Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge, climbing all 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro.