No more nightmares for A* teens

PUBLISHED: 14:45 24 August 2010

Chloe Pembroke, Amy Murray, Rebecca Sharkey (left to right)

Chloe Pembroke, Amy Murray, Rebecca Sharkey (left to right)


A teenager at a Catholic school is “ecstatic” at receiving five A* grades in her GSCE results today after enduring months of nightmares in which she failed her exams.

Karolina Duda, Lola Ali, Head teacher Patricia Slonecki, Shakira Day, Lauren Hargrave, Hannah Atkins  (left to right)

Amy Murray, 16, of Garden Avenue, Bexleyheath, received five A*, six As and one grade B in her GCSE’s which she sat at St Catherine’s School for Girls in Watling Street, Bexleyheath.

Teenagers at the school broke the record by achieving their highest results yet and several of the girls have decided to study the International Baccalaureate exam in September instead of the traditional A Level which is regarded to be the equivalent of six A Levels.

Nationally, 22.6 percent of students who sat their GCSEs were awarded an A* and 69.1 percent of teenagers received a grade C or above.

Miss Murray who will begin her International baccalaureate qualification at Dartford Boys Grammar School in September said: “I’m speechless. When I saw my results I cried. I’m just really shocked.

“I had night-mares that I was going to fail and during revision time I felt that I was under working.”

She received her A* grades in English literature and language, history, religious education, and sport studies.

Rebecca Sharkey, 16, of Farwell Road, Sidcup, also sat her GCSE exams at St Catherine’s.

The keen linguist who would like to become a translator was awarded six A* and six A grades.

Miss Sharkey will also begin the International Baccalaureate in the autumn.

She said: “I was determined and I didn’t give up. When I hit a block I kept on going.

“I was predicted to get all As so I’m very, very happy.

“I’m passionate about languages which is why I chose to do the IB where I will be able to study three languages including Mandarin.”

Head teacher,Patricia Slonecki said: “I’m absolutely delighted with their results. They’ve done better than they were predicted.

“The staff have worked extremely hard and we worked with the girls individually.

Their great results are down to sheer hard work.”

She added: “It’s sad that they’re moving on but we’ve launched them into the next stage and they’re well equipped.”

Bexley council are expected to publish the borough-wide results later this afternoon.

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