Downend sisters share limelight at Redland High

Published on: 01 Sep 2014

Olivia with Lucy and Francesca

REDLAND High School is looking forward to another high-achieving year after exam success in the summer of 2014.

The school saw some excellent results at both A-level and GCSE, with the Gaitonde sisters, from Downend, among the top performers.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia found out that she had achieved 11 A* grades at GCSE, just a week after her sister Rachel was awarded four A* / A grades at A-level.

Olivia’s straight A*s in were in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geography, history, English literature, English language, Latin literature, Latin language and Spanish, and she is now embarking on life in the sixth form at Redland High.

Rachel, who received 12 A* grades at GCSE two years ago, gained A* grades in chemistry and maths and A grades in geography and physics and is about to start a degree in geology at the University of Southampton.

Two other girls, Francesca Millar and Lucy Mercer, also achieved 11 A* grades at GCSE.

High fliers at A-level included Gloria Lau and Madeleine Tickell , who both achieved four A* grades, including the Extended Project Qualification, securing their places at their chosen universities, Cambridge and York respectively.

Madeleine Taylor-Laidler will also take up a place at Cambridge having achieved three A* grades in English Literature, French and German while Olivia Cheek notched up three A * grades in chemistry, biology and mathematics after balancing her studies effectively with the duties of head girl.

Even the school’s teachers made the headlines this summer, with a photograph of them jumping for joy at their students’ successes.

At both GCSE and A-level, the school bucked national trends by recording high numbers of girls studying science and achieving excellent results.

Nearly half of all pupils sitting their A-levels at Redland High studied at least one of the three science subjects (physics, chemistry or biology) and over 75 per cent of the grades awarded in these subjects were top A*/A grade.

At GCSE, more than 80 per cent of girls studying biology, chemistry or physics achieved at A*/A grade.

This follows a successful year for the Science Department at the school in which four students achieved the prestigious Gold CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) Award.

Redland High School also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a skills-based qualification that develops the independent research skills of students and is viewed by leading universities as the qualification that gives a student’s application the edge. All candidates taking the EPQ achieved top A*/A grades for the third consecutive year.

Headmistress Caroline Bateson said: “I am delighted that this year has been another outstanding year for the school. There is certainly no shortage of girls interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at Redland High and we are proud to see our pupils excelling right across the curriculum. We wish them well as they progress on to the next stage of their lives.

“Once again we are celebrating some fantastic results across the curriculum.”

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