National Youth Orchestra musician Polly Barlett has attained a soaring set of GCSE results alongside her wide-ranging musical commitments. The 16-year-old student from Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth achieved seven A* and two A grades, having just returned from the BBC Proms where she played principal second oboe. Sixteen girls in the year group achieved academic excellence having gained full marks in papers across a range of GCSE subjects. Sara Memon attained ten A* grades, including 100% in Spanish, whilst Chloe Larby attained 100% for her English GCSE as well as accomplishing eight other A* grades and an A. Sports champions also performed superbly: U18 National Football star Lowri Fernyhough attained eight A* and two A grades, including 100% in Geography, whilst a string of A grades were awarded to the captain of the national championship winning tennis team Eleanor Baker. Sophia Haine also a national tennis player and currently ranked ninth nationally in the U16s attained eight GCSEs. Already a bearer of a Gold certificate for the Intermediate Maths Challenge earlier in the year was mathematician Jing Yeung who achieved A* in Mathematics, alongside her nine other GCSE A* and A grades.
Angharad Holloway, the Head, commented, ‘I am very proud that our pupils are able to perform at the top level in their studies while performing at the highest level in a wide range of fields. The multi-talents and excellence of education at Talbot Heath has been clearly reflected through these grades once again.'