Perfect 9s for GCSE Student at Forge

A student at a Cradley Heath school is celebrating a perfect set of new GCSE grades.

Sehrish Mahmood, a student at Ormiston Forge Academy, achieved grade nine in both of her English GCSE examinations and a grade nine in her mathematics; the highest marks possible. Three grade nines put Sehrish in the top 0.4% in the country with less than 2,000 students nationally achieving the highest possible marks.

Students have been marked under the new 1-9 grading system, with 9 being the highest grade for English Literature, English Language and maths, while the rest of their subjects have been marked under the old A* to G grades. New GCSEs are linear in structure rather than modular, with all exams at the end of a two-year course. A grade 4 is effectively an old C grade and the top grade, a grade 9 is the equivalent of very top A*.

Principal, Andrew Burns, said: “I’m delighted for Sehrish and this is a magnificent achievement for her. Now, she needs to use this as a springboard into her A level studies, keep working hard and produce another set of outstanding results in two years time.”

As well as the perfect grade nines, Sehrish also achieved 6 A*s and 2 As under old grading system. She is currently studying maths, law, psychology and English literature in the sixth form at Forge.

All GCSE subjects will be revised by 2018 and examined by 2020. Between 2017 and 2019, GCSE exam certificates will have a combination of number and letter grades. By 2020, exam certificates will contain only number grades.


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