They can't all be Katharines

23rd September 2005 at 01:00
"It's giving girls names like that," said Buggins, "that nine times out of ten makes 'em go wrong."

(HG Wells, referring to the name Euphemia in Kipps) Many teacher-visitors to the TES website seem to agree with Wells. When they spot certain first names on their register, they grimace. You probably already know which ones they dread most.

But some names should bring a smile of relief to teachers' faces. A survey of 500,000 GCSE candidates last year found Katharines were the girls most likely to shine. Eighty-eight per cent of them got at least five A*-C grades. And Madeleines were only slightly behind.

But it still doesn't pay to categorise children simply by their first names. Remember Wayne Sleep?

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