GRAYS Convent are celebrating that 63% of their pupils achieved at least 5 A*-C passes at GCSE including English and Maths.
This remains well above the national average and places the Convent second in the Borough for straight GCSE results.
Headteacher Anne-Marie Brister said “We are delighted! At Grays Convent we offer a traditional and challenging curriculum with every girl sitting an average of 10 GCSEs. We do offer alternative courses in addition to GCSEs but we know that the academic foundations we provide for our girls serve them well in their future studies at Sixth Forms, Colleges and Universities”.
Former Grays Convent pupils Lize Stam and Elizabeth Mahoney both took up places at Cambridge University in September with many other girls gaining places at the top Russell Group Universities.
Anne-Marie Brister said “As a staff we find it so rewarding to know that we have helped so many of our pupils achieve their dreams. I am proud of our pupils and our teachers for the hard work and effort that takes place every day at the Convent to achieve these results and we are grateful too for the support of our parents who work in partnership with us to achieve the very best for their daughters”.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, said: “Our priority has always been education and improving standards and it is great to see we’re above average for pupils achieving the benchmark figure of five GCSE passes at A* to C including English and maths.
“Sixty percent of our schools achieved more than 20 per cent above the government minimum and three achieved 70 per cent or above.
“Only two – one academy and one maintained school – are below that level.”
He added: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to all the young people, their teachers and parents who have worked so hard. Education and improving standards and aspiration is our top priority and I want to thank everyone who has backed us up in that aim.
He also highlighted the performance of students entitled to free school meals. Cllr Kent said: “This is positive and improving. The rate of improvement has exceeded the national, our statistical neighbours and the East of England averages.
“This takes us into the top quartile for the first time in recent years.”
Boys’ performance fell by two per cent this year, mirroring the national trend, but girls improved their performance slightly.