RELIEF and jubilation greeted results day at Chichester High School for Girls today (August 21).
The school was once again above the national average – with 62 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades including English language and maths.
Standout student was Stella Swain, 16, from Arundel, achieving 12 A* grades and one A.
Her A* grades were for history, Latin, English literature, philosophy and ethics, chemistry, biology, physics, art and design, French, religious studies, English language and maths.
She also achieved an A grade for statistics.
“I’m really relieved,” she said. “I was a bit nervous. It’s a lot of anticipation really. I just wanted to know how I had done. I’m so pleased.”
She went on to say: “At the time I was pleased to get the exams over and done with. Most of them went okay and there weren’t any disasters.
“It’s really hard thinking back now because it seems so long since the exams.
“I was quietly confident in some of them.
“I was really surprised at how well I did in chemistry.”
She will continue at the high school’s sixth form from September, studying English literature, history, Latin and philosophy and ethics.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve loved it here it’s been great, it really has. I’ve made so many good friends.”
Head teacher Yasmin Maskatiya praised Stella and all the other students.
She said there was a ‘good relationship’ between the students and the teachers.
“It’s something we’re very proud of and increasingly contributes to the good results we’re getting,” she said.
She added: “These students that do stay on into the sixth form, they’re staying in a sixth form that’s really starting to deliver some good results – and record results last week.”
Another GCSE high flier was Lucy Keartland, who achieved six A* grades and six A grades.
The A* grades were for history, biology, physics, French, English literature and citizenship.
“I was so relieved,” she said. I couldn’t really believe it at all and my mum cried quite a lot which added to it.”
For a full report and pictures, see next Thursday’s Observer (August 21).