Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn is celebrating its students GCSE results after 84% of them achieved grades 9-5 in English and Maths, whilst 76% achieved the English Baccalaureate.
The English Baccalaureate recognises achievement in a range of academic and challenging subjects. It is awarded to students who achieve grades 9-5 in English, Maths, Science, a modern foreign language and History or Geography. Nationally, around a tenth of students achieve the English Baccalaureate.
This was the first year when new tougher exams in important subjects such as Science, Languages, History and Geography – assessed using a 9-1 grading system – were completed by students across the country. A grade 5 or higher is considered a “strong pass” whilst a grade 4 is considered a “standard pass.” Tougher exams in English and Maths were introduced a year earlier.
Humaira Toorawa achieved the top grade 9 in eight subjects – as well as one Grade 8, two A*s and a Grade A. She said:
“I am really humbled that my friends and I have done so well. These exams were so challenging and stressful, so we are really thrilled to have secured excellent grades. We simply could not have achieved this without the support of our amazing teachers.”
The GCSE results come just a week after the school achieved excellent A Level results – with 99% of A Levels completed at A*-C – and exceptional outcomes in vocational courses, with 85% completed at ‘DDD’ Distinction grade or better.
Mufti Hamid Patel, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said: “These really are life-changing outcomes for our amazing students, particularly when you think about the new, tougher exams. Our parents, staff and students really make us proud. As well as securing fantastic grades, we want our young women to have excellent character, be responsible citizens and serve their communities passionately.”