There were smiles all around at Fulham Cross Girls’ School after the pupils achieved another outstanding set of GCSE results this year.
One of the standout star performers was Ginna Al-Zubaidi who scooped an incredible eight grade 9s.
Grades are awarded from 9 to 1. With 9, 8 and 7 ranging from what would have been A* to A in the old system, and 4 being similar to a C.
Ginna, 16, who was nominated the school’s most academic student of 2019, will now go on to study A-level Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Latymer Upper in Hammersmith.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Ginna. “I was not expecting to get such an incredible set of results. My teachers have been amazing. They were there to support me through the tough times when I felt I couldn’t do it.”
There were more screams of joy as Noor Khan and Amal Mohamed Ali opened their envelopes.
The classmates will be going to study their A-levels at Putney High School together after their terrific haul of grade 9s.
Noor, 16, scored seven 9s and two 8s while Amal collected three 9s and four 8s.
But it was a sleepless night for Noor ahead of the results day.
She explained: “I couldn’t sleep last night as I waited for my results. All that hard work has finally paid off though and now I’m excited to go and study for my A-levels with my friend Amal at Putney High.”
Headteacher Denise Fox was delighted with her students’ results. “I’m so proud of all our students, teachers and parents after another fantastic set of results this year. It’s great to see our girls going on to the colleges and sixth forms of their choice to continue their studies,” she said.
The school’s English department, which was shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement’s English Team of the Year award, achieved an 80% pass rate (grades 5 and above) and 40% top grades (7 to 9).
Meanwhile the RS (religious studies) team, achieved an 81% pass rate and 49% top grades.
The hard work has not gone unnoticed as the head of RS, Ms Hosp, has been shortlisted for the Pearson Secondary School Teacher of the Year. She will be hoping to add it to her prestigious London Secondary School Teacher of the Year for Raising Attainment accolade. Finally, History achieved a fabulous 70% strong passes with 43% at top grades. One of the History teachers, Ms Brown has been shortlisted for the Pearson Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year award - 50% of India’s class achieved grades 7 -9.
There were also a strong set of pass grades across the sciences – 93% for physics, 90% for biology and 83% for chemistry.
There were 2 sets of twins in Year 11, all of whom exceeded their target grades with Athena and Aphrodite Allawan achieving an amazing 10 top grades (7-9) between them. Hanan and Huda Abdillahi, our other set of twins also achieved 16 passes between them.
These students have all done exceptionally well, but Fulham Cross prides itself on being a fully inclusive school which welcomes girls in the local area regardless of their starting points and we are just as delighted with the progress made by other students who have achieved significantly above what was expected for them. For example, Marwa Mahamed arrived in Year 7 and Alice Andzane arrived in Year 9 speaking no English whatsoever, both girls achieved 8 GCSEs with Alice managing to achieve 5 top grades.
In addition, one of our prefects, Belul Beinmet missed over 25% of school due to medical issues but still managed to achieve 8 passes, organise the leavers’ assembly and regularly cook cupcakes for the staff. There are countless other examples of young women at Fulham Cross who have worked hard and achieved grades that they should be very, very proud of, just as we, as a school are remarkably proud of them