GCSEs: Southfield School

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Southfield School in Kettering is celebrating its best-ever results in GCSEs.

A total of 72 per cent of students picked up at least five A*-C grades, including English and maths, significantly up on recent years.

Southfield School, Kettering

Southfield School, Kettering

Three students – Estelle Bennett-Neild, Katy Corr and Naomi Dixon – each earned nine A*s among their results, while Rosie Crocker, Katy Hayhurst, Emily Lear and Romy Osborne all achieved eight A*s.

Estelle, who is planning to study history, French, English and politics at A-level, said: “I think I did pretty well. I want to do humanities or languages (at university) but I haven’t really finalised it yet.”

Julie Goswell, headteacher of the Lewis Road school, said she was delighted with the results, particularly in the context of a national overhaul of exams. She added: “Everybody was very cautious about what things would look like today.

“I am sure we are in line to be one of the most improved schools in the county.”

Southfield is one of only two non-independent all-girl schools in Northamptonshire and says it is continuing to demonstrate the value of single-sex education through its 46 per cent pass rate in EBacc subjects.

It also says that, despite national concerns about the attainment of disadvantaged students, Southfield has narrowed the gap in attainment for its Pupil Premium (PP) students, boasting a 29 per cent increase in the number of PP students gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and maths.

Deputy Head Steph Braines said: “Both of these figures place Southfield significantly above national averages published in 2013. We have always believed that results based on first entry are the fairest measure of attainment and it is an approach which is now paying dividends.”