Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed a fun and restful holiday. It is always lovely opening the door on the first day of term and seeing so many smiling faces. Everyone seems to have grown an extra inch or two – it must have been all that sunshine we had!
Firstly, we must congratulate all A-level and GCSE students on their fantastic results. With all the media hype about the reforms, it was wonderful to see the girls take it all in their stride while continuing to stretch themselves far beyond the classroom through their participation in our wide range of extracurricular activities. Each and every one of them certainly did themselves – and us! – proud.
In summary, at GCSE, the 91% 9-4 pass rate at More House is 24% above the national average of 67%. At A level, our pass rate rose by 6% to 100%. For more information on the changes to the GCSE grading system, please visit this website.
As a school, we will now spend time scrutinizing these results and ensuring that we put in place the best possible strategies to support the girls, thereby improving the results even further.
We would also like to wish our leavers all the best in the next few weeks, as they arrive at their various university destination or embark on foreign travels. We have girls going off to Exeter, Reading, Oxford Brookes, Arts Ed, Nottingham, Kent, Birkbeck, Queen Mary’s, Canterbury Christchurch, and the British Institute of Modern Music to study a whole range of courses from Geography to Mathematics to History to Politics to Criminology, to name just a few. Good luck to every one of you.
Aside from academic results, we would like to offer our congratulations to Aoife C for winning a gold medal at the London Youth Games for Indoor Rowing at the start of the summer holidays.
Well done as well to Cecily R, who has returned safely from her expedition to Ecuador with the Girl Guides. She was chosen alongside 14 other girls from the South East region to go on a three-week trip, where, amongst other things, they volunteered at a school for disabled children and helped renovate buildings in the rainforest. What an amazing experience for her!
A huge, warm welcome to all the new students and their families, as well as our new staff joining the school – welcome to the More House family. You will see and meet the following new staff around the school over the next few weeks: Miss Reid (Head of Religious Studies), Miss Henvey (R.S. and geography), Miss Kempin (English), Mr Young (history), Miss Calderwood (Director of Music), Miss Yate (art), Miss Inchenko (physics), Mrs Bunting (lab technician), Miss Newby (learning support), and Miss Tharma (school secretary).
The following staff have taken on new roles within the school: Mrs Cain (acting Head of History while Mrs Collins is on parental leave), Miss Wijay (Head of Biology and A-level science), Miss Davidson (Head of Chemistry and KS4 science), Mrs Mazewski (previously Seconi – Head of Physics and KS3 science), Ms Devine (Head of Art), Mr Robertson (ICT Coordinator), Mrs Hunt (Pre-A Coordinator), Mr Hegarty (Academic Enrichment Coordinator), Miss Reid (Spiritual Enrichment Coordinator), Miss Xiberras (Marketing Officer), and Miss Scotting (Communications Officer). Exciting times ahead for all!
Beyond the Classroom
We always encourage our students to broaden their horizons through extracurricular reading – for some inspiration on books to read, peruse this list from TES.
If your daughter loves STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), there are a few tickets left for the New Scientist Live exhibition on the 22nd and 23rd September in the Excel.
Have a lovely, restful weekend.
Mrs Leach and Mr Keeley