Herts and Essex High School GCSEs: 'Girls' confidence has flourished amid uncertainty and disruption'
One girl at Herts and Essex High School achieved 11 GCSEs at the highest grade as the Bishop's Stortford secondary announced an "outstanding" set of results on Thursday (August 12).
Executive headteacher Cathy Tooze hailed the Year 11 cohort's "independence, initiative and self-reliance" which had grown out of the general uncertainty and disruption around education.
And Zoe Bradford, assistant head responsible for upper school, acknowledged a group of girls "whose confidence in themselves and their abilities has not only developed but has flourished".
Beth Parker was awarded a grade 9 in every one of her 11 subject. Four more girls – Morein Abdelmalek, Felicity Davenport, Lucy Kay and Emilia Payne Smith – achieved ten 9s while Eleanor Aylett and Lily Edwards got nine 9s and one 8 each.
Mrs Tooze said: "The disruption our students have suffered over the last 18 months cannot be underestimated. They've had a lot to deal with and we're delighted with what they've achieved.
"These results, which have come out of less than ideal circumstances, are testament to our students’ determination and drive. They have done themselves proud and we congratulate them all.
"Online teaching and learning was a challenge for students, staff and parents alike, and I'm extremely grateful to everyone who helped support, guide and encourage our students during such a strange and unsettling time.
"However, out of such uncertainty has grown an independence, initiative and self-reliance which might otherwise come at a later stage. Our students will begin their time in sixth form well equipped to tackle any hurdles they might encounter.
"We're delighted that the majority of the Year 11 cohort will be staying with us for their sixth form education and we look forward to seeing them mature and achieve still further."
Mrs Bradford said: "I've followed this cohort as they moved up the school and their progress has been impressive.
"When they started Herts & Essex in Year 7, no one could have anticipated what hoops they might have to jump through in the future and there's no doubt that the pandemic has had an impact on students both academically and pastorally.
"But the silver lining is that we've seen and experienced a cohort of students whose confidence in themselves and their abilities has not only developed but has flourished. It's been a privilege to have been alongside watching them mature and strive.
"I hope the celebrations on the back of these achievements are suitably congratulatory – they are very well deserved."
Beth Parker – 11 at grade 9
Morein Abdelmalek – 10 9s, one 7
Felicity Davenport, Lucy Kay and Emilia Payne Smith – 10 9s
Eleanor Aylett and Lily Edwards – nine 9s, one 8
Florrie Gee – eight 9s, two 8s
Zoe Bennett – seven 9s, three 8s
Christy Varghese – seven 9s, two 8s, one 7
Amelie Quinn, Maisie Smith and Kate Stoski – five 9s, five 8s
Pippa Ghijben and Kaitlin Johnson – four 9s, six 8s
Lana Grace Happy Winspear – four 9s, five 8s, one 6
Sophie Hayles and Ellayna Taylor – four 9s, four 8s, two 7s
Minnie Savage – four 9s, three 8s, one 7
Ruby Weemes – four 9s, one 8, five 7s
Charlotte Kirkham and Isabella Pickersgill – three 9s, six 8s, one 7
Eleanor Marklew, Beth Peart and Aniela Stoker – three 9s, five 8s, two 7s
Molly Dean – three 9s, five 8s, one 7, one 6