We’re very proud and not a little overwhelmed to learn that we have been named the top girls’ school in the country in this year’s A Level Results, courtesy of The Times.
Of course, any pride we feel at this time must necessarily be tempered by the knowledge that achievements on this scale are never produced in a vacuum. Rather, they are the product of enormous effort over time, of collaboration, of support and, in the educational context, of a shared and single-minded love for learning in all its forms.
In this case, the first people whom we must credit are the outgoing Year 13s themselves. They’re a truly fantastic bunch whose fierce intelligence and dedication have always been balanced by a compassion and maturity beyond their years. Alongside them, thanks must go to their teachers, without whose inspiration, expertise and dedication the students would have been hard-pressed to thrive and excel as they did. Finally, credit must go to the parents of these students, who have cared so much, worried so much and sacrificed so much in order to ensure that their children feel empowered by their belief and support.
These Year 13s are a fantastic bunch, whose fierce intelligence and dedication have always been balanced by a compassion and maturity beyond their years.
This is a wonderful moment, a moment to cherish and remember not just among ourselves but with the many other GDST schools whose successes were also reflected so prominently in The Times‘ leaderboard. As to the future, we know that our results may not always look like this. But, whatever the outcome, we know that our school will always retain its spirit of ambition and originality, and our commitment to educating girls in fulfilling their potential as leaders, thinkers and creators will continue to grow.