The official GCSE DfE league tables were released last week and AGGS once again cemented its place as one of the top schools in the country.
Based on a measurement of the number of students achieving 5 or more A* – C grades including English and maths and on the English baccalaureate score, the school was placed third in the tables.
This is a tremendous success and our thanks and congratulations must go to all staff, students and parents.
Ms Gill, Principal, said: “The school has a long standing history of being one of the highest performing state schools in the country, but our achievements are only possible thanks to the tremendous hard work of the staff, the continued support of our parents, and of course the commitment and dedication of our students.”
On Friday 15th January, the Year 9s took part in the Ryman’s National Enterprise Challenge. The challenge this year has been set by Theo Pathitos and it is to come up with the best school based business idea, born from the fact that Theo used to run the school tuck shop.
By taking part in this challenge not only did the girls enjoy the experience but also gained skills in creativity, management, entrepreneurship and team work, all attributes which are essential in today’s world.
The winning team was Whoops from 9-2 and consisted of Isabella, Sarah, Tabitha, Grace, Tiffany, Laura. They will now go onto the National Final in June to compete against over 250 schools. We wish them the best of luck.
Last week, the whole of Year 8 took part in the Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.The Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition which encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people. In addition to encouraging an understanding of business and enterprise, participants also develop a number of transferable skills such as confidence, team work, meeting deadlines, clarity of expression, lateral and creative thinking and flexibility and adaptability.
Students learnt about businesses, business principles and then applied them by playing an online business simulation game during which they produced, marketed and sold one of five products. Each team still has the opportunity to play the game as many times as they wish until the closing date of 12th February 2016. The team’s highest profit over all the games is then taken and the top five scoring schools are then invited to the Regional Finals.
Massive congratulations to team 3 which has the highest net profit of £12,262,271 but this could all change. Good luck to all teams.
Last week we also welcomed Young Enterprise who came to introduce the Tenner Challenge which the whole of Year 7 are going to be participating in during February and March. In teams they have to generate as much profit as possible within a month, starting with £10 initial investment
During the session they were introduced to basic business skills by playing a bead game. They had to buy raw materials (beads) and then produced jewellery and then sell the bracelets. Enterprise skills used during the day included leadership, negotiation, teamwork, creativity, time-management, and communication.
The feedback that we have received from the year group has been very positive. We wish all of year 7 good luck with their forthcoming challenge.
On Wednesday 6th January, we were delighted to welcome back our 2015 Year 13 leavers, for their A level certificate presentation.
It was a hugely enjoyable afternoon; we were delighted to see so many former students return to share in a celebration of their superb achievements and update us on their adventures since leaving school. Staff at AGGS are incredibly proud of them all, not only of their academic success, but also of the wonderful young women they have become.
As they embark on the next stage of their lives, we wish them health, happiness and success and hope that they will stay in touch with the school in the future.
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