High Achieving Girls

High Achieving Girls

High achieving girls

Louisa Cuddihy, Lily Hargraves, Mathilda Ketterer, Helena Mate, Jamie Pickering, Emilija Sharples and Georgina Stammers were amongst the top achieving girls at RHS this year, achieving at least six subjects at grade 7 or better. 

Louisa achieved a fabulous sweep of six grade 9s and three grade 8s in her GCSEs. Louisa joined RHS in Year 7 from Holbrook Primary School and became an Academic Scholar in Year 9. She has chosen A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish for her sixth form studies. 

“I really enjoy ballet and am proud to have reached Grade 6 level. I love walking and running around the beautiful school grounds and taking part in cross-country activities. I have really enjoyed my time at RHS, in particular the Spanish trip and the netball trip to Disneyland Paris and would like to thank all my teachers, who have been amazing.” 


Lily achieved a fabulous seven grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7 in her GCSEs and has chosen to study Biology, Geography and History A Levels. Lily joined the school in Year 7 from Littlegarth School as an Academic Scholar. 

“My proudest achievements to date include gaining my Grade 6 Singing and Ballet, and in Year 10 being selected as a Guard member of the Combined Cadet Force and a member of the Chamber Choir. The Choir tour to New York was also a fantastic experience. I completed my Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award last year with an expedition in the Peak District over three days, and I’m currently working towards my Gold Award. My favourite thing about RHS is the wide selection of co-curricular activities and opportunities available - there is always something new to try.”


Mathilda achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s and three grade 7s, and will be studying History, Music and Religious Studies in the Sixth Form at RHS.  

Mathilda joined RHS in Year 7 on an All-Round Award from St Philomena’s School in Frinton. She enjoys sports including hockey and cricket, playing for the girls’ 1st cricket team and her local club, Frinton Ladies team. She has shown excellent leadership potential in the school’s Combined Cadet Force and enjoyed the October training where they learnt drills, first aid, concealment and navigation skills. After RHS, she hopes to study law at university and then go on to officer training at Sandhurst. 

“The music provision was my main reason for joining RHS and so many of my greatest achievements have come from that area. These include gaining a place in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as well as singing the opening solo for the BFBS (British Forces Broadcast Service) Christmas Broadcast, which was relayed to military families across the globe. RHS teachers help me to succeed and become the best version of myself.” 


Helena achieved a commendable mix of grades 7 to 9 in all her GCSEs and will be taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and either Geography or Maths in the Sixth Form. She joined RHS from a Services family as a full boarder and Sports Scholar. 

Helena enjoys playing athletics and hockey at school, but her main sport is netball. She was scouted earlier this year for the Saracens Mavericks U17 Pathway team that play in Thetford and is a regular starter for the school’s 1st netball team.


Jamie achieved an impressive range of ten GCSEs, including grade 8 & 9s in Business, Combined Science, Drama, English Literature, Geography, Media Studies and Spanish. She will be taking English, Business and Geography A Levels for her sixth form studies. 

"My greatest achievement over the past few years has been learning Spanish as a hobby in the first lockdown, and then putting that passion into studying the subject as an extra GCSE and gaining a grade 9! I have also had the opportunity to write an article for the pupil magazine and to partake in the English-Speaking Union Competition this year, both of which were great experiences. The thing I love most about RHS is the opportunities that the school provides and the supportive teachers that are helpful in guiding you when you need it most.” 


Emilija achieved a very impressive seven grade 9s and three grade 8s in her GCSEs, and is going on to study English, History and Psychology A Levels, in addition to an online course in Film Studies. She aspires to study English, History or Film at university.  

Emilija joined RHS in Year 7 as an Academic and Art Scholar and is currently a full boarder from Luxembourg. She has lived abroad most of her life with her family and joined us on a Greenwich Hospital Bursary, as her father has served over 30 years in the Royal Navy.  

“One thing I really appreciate about RHS is the range of opportunities available; it has allowed me to find new passions to pursue and helped me to manage my time efficiently, two things which I will surely value in the future. I enjoy the creative arts immensely; I have participated in both dramatic productions and musical performances at RHS, the highlight of which would have to be gig night!”  

Emilija has achieved grade 5 in piano and is hoping to take her grade 5 guitar next year. She also enjoys being a member of the school Combined Cadet Force. 


Georgie achieved an impressive range of GCSEs which included five grade 8s and three grade 7s. She will be going on to take A Levels in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics in the Sixth Form, with aspirations to study motorsport engineering at university. 

Georgie joined RHS as a Design & Technology and Sailing Scholar and has certainly made an impact in those areas during her time at the school. She competes in the RHS sailing team, helming a Firefly, and has used her initiative to ensure our community retains the clean air we enjoy here on the banks of the River Stour. Georgie has strong eco values and wants to make a difference to her environment; as such she approached the Headmaster to ask if she could write to parents about turning their car engines off whilst waiting in the school car parks, at the same time as designing, producing and installing signs to go up around the school campus. A highly commendable action that was rewarded with a Service Award (school colour).