Oxford High School students celebrate their GCSE results
This GCSE results day, the Oxford High School community comes together to celebrate a cohort of students who have achieved and gone beyond under the most challenging of circumstances.
12th August 2021 — Today, the Oxford High School GDST community comes together to celebrate the many and varied achievements of our Year 11 students. Whilst there is no doubt that their results continue the legacy of academic excellence at OHS, this year it is important to focus on more than just grades and statistics; it is a time to recognise a cohort of students who have truly gone beyond the curriculum and achieved under the most challenging of circumstances.
Oxford High School’s guiding principle is to empower every student to pursue their individual passions and causes, supported by their committed teachers. Over the course of their GCSE years, our Year 11s have truly embodied the spirit of individuality and giving back which characterises our school. This has included charitable initiatives: themed accessories days to collect money for Women’s Aid in the UK and the Red Cross in Lebanon; a student donating 41cm of hair to the Little Princess Trust and raising nearly £400 in the process; five students doing a six-day walking challenge on the Isle of Wight generating £800 for the Stroke Association; and a charity bike ride from Wales to Witney which raised £3000 for Cancer Research, completed by the three students in spite of the rather inclement weather conditions! Extraordinary personal successes have accompanied the charitable work, from the student who entered and won her category in the GDST Laurie Magnus Poetry Competition to another who achieved Gold in the UK Linguistics Olympiad and took part in the national final. This sample demonstrates that our students are forever giving us reasons to feel proud of them, and we recognise that today’s fantastic results are only the latest in a long list of accolades and endeavours.
Oxford High School would also like to take this opportunity to praise each and every one of our students on their tenacity and resilience in overcoming the obstacles of the last 18 months; with isolation and loneliness going hand-in-hand with the pandemic, it has not been a straightforward journey for most. Add to this the personal challenges some of our students have faced, from incidents of bereavement to cases of illness and family economic trials, and their results are all the more impressive.
From Marina Gardiner Legge, Headmistress of Oxford High School GDST:
“Congratulations to all students everywhere who are receiving the results of their hard work back this morning. They are a real testament to your hard work and dedication, of course, but also to the support of parents, school staff and Governors. We are really proud of your resilience and tenacity – qualities that will stand you in good stead as you continue to go beyond and make the most of all the opportunities available to you at a school where young women learn without limits.”
From Mari Girling, Head of Year 11:
“This is a lovely group of students who have really tried to stay cheerful and positive and look outwards even when they perhaps didn’t feel like it – well done to all of them.”
Our Year 11s certainly have bright futures ahead of them. More students than ever before have chosen to continue their education at Oxford High School Sixth Form and, bolstered by such excellent GCSE results, they now have the perfect launching pad to catapult them into the next stage of their lives, to A Levels and beyond. Based in our new Ada Benson Building, students will experience a Sixth Form programme built around their needs, with a dedicated support network to help them realise their aspirations. We look forward to seeing them thrive and flourish over the next two years.
At Oxford High School, we empower every student to forge their own path in the world. This Results Day, we come together to celebrate our students’ successes and choices as they stand on the threshold of their futures.
10th August 2021 — Oxford High School GDST would like to extend its congratulations to all pupils receiving their results today. Although Oxford High School’s results are absolutely in line with its usual excellence it is more important, today, to focus on the paths that our pupils are taking as they stand on the threshold of their futures and the obstacles they have had to overcome to reach this exciting moment of their lives.
These are not just grades; every one of our pupils has triumphed over loneliness, isolation and adversity to ensure that their futures are assured. They have demonstrated truly remarkable levels of determination, resilience and maturity through unprecedented times, supported by their teachers and form tutors, and today their hard work pays off as they prepare to embark on their next adventures – and what a variety there is!
Oxford High celebrates the individuality of every one of our pupils so that they feel empowered to make ambitious and daring decisions, and the breadth of this year’s choices is testament to this ethos. Several pupils have gained places across the United Kingdom for service-related courses such as Medicine, Social Policy, and Sociology and Engineering, with one particular pupil especially keen on improving the efficacy of blades for disabled athletes. On the commercial side, Business, Economics, Management, Law and Criminology are in the mix together with Medicine, Psychological Sciences, Biomaterials Engineering, Mathematics and Neuroscience all continuing the narrative of Oxford High School’s deservedly high scientific reputation. All these are known but the mission of Oxford High School to release every student’s authentic voice shines through so many of the other choices: Japanese and World Philosophies, Russian and Philosophy, Marine Biology, Chemical Engineering, Russian, Physics, Geography and Social Anthropology, Land Economy and truly the gamut from Art to Zoology. The new focus on languages and Art at the school is clearly reaping benefits with Art, Textiles, and History of Art all featuring this year. It is very exciting to see that such a wide range of languages (Japanese, Russian, French and German) features in students’ choice of degree, and that many students will be developing their awareness of the wider world further through the study of Politics and Environmental Science.
In terms of destinations, this September we have students starting in Oxford and Cambridge as well as most Russell Group universities, with Bristol, London (Kings’ and Imperial) Durham and Warwick being especially popular. At an international level, one of our students has chosen to study Engineering in Switzerland and another, a capped England under-21 football player, will be taking up a place at Hofstra University in New York: one of the top universities in the US for women’s soccer. Though many prestigious universities feature on the list of this year’s destinations, the focus at Oxford High is, and will continue to be on empowering every student to find the place that is right for them in line with their individual aspiration and ambition.
Marina Gardiner Legge, Headmistress, said ‘In one of the toughest years in living history students have battled through and provided strong and robust evidence to support every grade being awarded today whether at Oxford High School GDST or elsewhere. All tribute to all the school staff and parents who have supported this terrific group of pupils over the past seven years and encouraged and empowered them to go beyond the ordinary, to learn without limits, to find their own voices and be ready to embrace their futures. I am so proud of each one of them. Their joy, advocacy for themselves and others, and desire to make their positive mark on the world gives me huge optimism for all of us.’
Rachael Pallas Brown, Director of Sixth Form said, ‘It has been a real privilege to work alongside such a wonderful, dedicated and committed group of individuals. Despite the barriers of lockdown and the pandemic they have extended their knowledge and their reach far beyond A levels with successes ranging from contributing to academic journal articles, leading conferences with world-class speakers while also supporting others in both our school and the wider community through our peer mentoring programme, volunteering and raising money for a wide range of charities and organisations. Lucky enough to be members now of the GDST network that same support will continue to help them to network and grow throughout their careers, to embrace a future without limits’.