August 28, 2008
Early Success for Students in Record Year
By MOIRA SHARKEY
A CITY high school has created a culture of success by helping some of its top students to sit their GCSEs early.
Fitzalan High School in Cardiff, encourages students who excel at certain subjects to sit their exams early in a bid to boost their confidence and their ambition with a taste of success.
Out of 16 early entries at the school this year, many of which were taken in language subjects, 15 achieved either an A* or A grade.
One 13-year-old student Safaa Elmghairbi achieved not only the best mark in Wales but the top mark of any of the 1,264 candidates taking Arabic with the examboard Edexcel.
A spokesman for Edexcel said: "This is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work students put into preparing for their exams."
Safaa's achievement came in what was a record year for GCSEs at the school in Leck with.
A total of 12 pupils achieved at least six A* grades and in a trend seen in few schools no student left Fitzalan this year without a qualification.
The school's press officer, Karen Goodfellow, said staff were delighted with all the pupils' results, adding that giving the best pupils an opportunity to take their exams early helped to feed a culture of success at Fitzalan High.
More than 160 pupils are returning to attend the sixth-form academy to study a wide range of AS and BTEC subjects.
Among the new sixth-formers is Mathilde McEwan, who gained seven As, two Bs and one C.
She said: "I am very impressed with my results and did better in maths than I thought I would.
"I couldn't have done this without the help from my teachers."
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