International swimmer and Talbot Heath pupil, Harriet Perfect, achieved eight GCSEs, alongside her intensive training and Olympic trials earlier this year. She is currently ranked third in the country for 200 backstroke and recently qualified for the European championships. Other national sportswomen who celebrated GCSE glory were national footballer Ella Pusey, who attained nine GCSEs, alongside her classmate and tennis ace, Emilia Smythe, who represented the UK in tennis recently. Over half of all grades at the Rothesay Road school were A and A* across the curriculum.
National Youth Orchestra viola player and leader of the Wessex Youth Orchestra, Helena Bartlett, scored nine A and A* grades; she was one of ten girls in the year group who achieved straight A and A*grades. Others included Sophie Griffiths, who attained 100% on each of her history papers together with fellow student Eleanor Graham. Full marks were also awarded to Emily Berridge for Latin and Ellie Burrage for Drama; both girls scoring 100% on their papers. Mrs Holloway said how impressed she was with the girls’ achievements adding, ‘so many have shown all-round excellence with their results, particularly those who are balancing outside commitments with academic ones. Congratulations go to all of our GCSE students.’