A Level Success Round-Up
Students and staff at leading independent college, Abbey College Manchester are triumphant following another year of outstanding A-Level results. The talented cohort collected their results from the city-centre based college, celebrating an impressive 100% pass rate, (up on last year’s 99%). 34% of students achieved A*-As, 62% secured A*-Bs and 88% attained A*-Cs. One student in particular, CK Ma, (19) achieved an exceptional A*A*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He will now go on to study Law and Politics at the Queen Mary University of London.
For more information on Abbey College visit www.abbeymanchester.co.uk, or call 0161 817 2700.
Alderley Edge School for Girls
Alderley Edge School for Girls is celebrating its best ever results at A Level, with over three quarters of all results having been awarded at the highest A*- B grade. Despite the national picture of the number of A* grades declining this year, more A* grades have been awarded than ever before at the school, with virtually a 100% increase in A* grades awarded this year; double the national average. The girls have achieved highly across all of the 22 subjects offered, with – for instance – 100% of all grades achieved in Chemistry being either A* or A. The school recognises the outstanding work of both girls and staff in producing these outstanding results.
100% of girls got into their university of choice. While more unconditional offers have been received than ever before, which did not cause complacency as students continued to aim for academic excellence in achieving top grades. There are, as always, individual outstanding successes and girls going onto study a huge range of subjects at prestigious universities. Many girls have a science focus to their degrees with Nina Fraser looking forward to studying Dentistry at Sheffield University after achieving 3 A* grades and the highest grade for her Extended Project Qualification, Katrina Thornber with 2 A* grades and 1 A grade off to study Neuroscience at Bristol University and Bianca Boren – with her 3 A’s and a B grade – leaving to study Medical Biochemistry at Leeds, and Rowdah Charbak, with 2 A* grades to her name is also off to study Architecture at Manchester. It’s fantastic to see the girls going to study subjects which will impact on the lives and communities of others; from Political Science and International Relations to Sustainability and Environmental Management.
Anyone interested to know more about single sex education or the Sixth Form at Alderley Edge School for Girls should come along to the Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 11 October from 6.30pm or contact the School on 01625 583028 for more details.
Cheadle Hulme School
Sixth Form students at Cheadle Hulme School are taking the next step towards their chosen careers as future engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs after achieving an impressive a 99.2% pass rate at A Level. The students are now preparing for their first semester at some of the country’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, and Manchester, as well as overseas in the USA. Some students will also embark upon sought-after industry apprenticeships across a number of fields including Business and Economics at Deloitte and Barclays.
Topping the School’s results table, Oscar Jones lead the way receiving 3x A*s and 1 A, with Mansi Dhokia, Genevieve Jeffcoate, Maria McCusker-Garcia and Eddie Michael all receiving 3 A* grades each. Head Girl, Jess Appleby has been offered a place to study Medicine at Keele University. 80% of students at the School received grades A*-B – a 5% increase on last year’s success; 5 students were awarded an outstanding 3x A*s or higher, with 16 students achieving D1-D1 (equivalent to an A*) at Pre-U.
The School’s Lower Sixth are also celebrating, with 100% receiving A*-B grades in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) assessed at A Level standard – with 67% achieving A* grades. 4 pupils gained full marks – Lily Danson, Raphael McMahon, Olivia Wallace and Adam Wolowczyk.
The College gained a pass rate of 92% with over 50% of all grades awarded to Ellesmere students in the top A*A B grades. James Jefferies, of Welshampton, achieved two A* and an A in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics to secure his place at Birmingham to read Civil Engineering. Elinor Haworth, of Ellesmere, achieved an A* in Mathematics and As in Biology and Chemistry. She will go on to read Medicine at Cardiff University. And Elena Bateman, of Cross Lanes, secured an A* and two As to study Medicine at East Anglia.
Among the overseas students who moved to Ellesmere to study at the prestigious college, Victor Zhao, of Shenyang, China, secured four A* in Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Maths, Physics and an A grade in Chemistry plus an A* in the extended project – he will go to Cambridge University to study Computer Science. Wayne Wang, of Fushan, China, achieved 2A* in Mathematics and Physics and 2 A’s Further Maths and Chemistry, and also gained an A* for his extended project. He will now look to read Engineering at Cambridge University. Another outstanding performance was seen from Maks Graczyk, of Jeziora, Poland, who achieved 4A* grades in Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Maths and Physics – he also achieved an A* in his extended project and will now study Computing at Imperial College, London.
A number of students achieved outstanding IB results and there was a 100% pass rate on the BTEC Sports Diploma.
Visit www.ellesmere.com/ for more information about the school, a co-educational independent school for pupils aged seven to 18.
Manchester High School for Girls
74% of all A-levels achieved at MHSG were the coveted A* and A, with 93% of all grades secured in the A* to B range. Eight outstanding individuals from the Class of 2018 achieved three or more A*s. Manchester High’s Class of 2018 has now been ranked best in the North West according to The Times’ league table.
18-year-old Shazia Absar from Lees, Oldham, is a Deputy Head Girl at MHSG. She is celebrating four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish and has secured her place at Cambridge’s Churchill College.
18-year-old Manchester High student, Alexa McTiffin from Wilmslow, achieved 3 A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, and an A in Chemistry. She is looking forward to taking up her place at Cambridge’s St John’s College to study Engineering.
Applications for entry into Manchester High School for Girls (from Preparatory Department through to Sixth Form) for the 2019/20 academic year are open. For more information, visit www.manchesterhigh.co.uk. The School’s next Open Events are on Wednesday 26th September for Sixth Form and Thursday 11th October for Senior School.
Stockport Grammar School
Upper Sixth pupils at Stockport Grammar School had cause for celebration with over 51% of all grades awarded at A* and A and 80% of results awarded at A* to B. Their excellent results will see them heading for courses at the country’s most highly respected institutions, including nine confirmed places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Six pupils achieved a clean sweep of A*s including Head Boy Sam Howard who is heading for Oxford to study Maths and Head Girl Emma Crook who will study Philosophy at Cambridge. Cambridge also beckons for Nathan Kingsley and Beatrice Asquith who will study Natural Sciences, Paarbrahm Singh who will study Maths and Millie Johnson who will study Architecture. Heading to Oxford are Natasha Brickstock to study Psychology, Elsa Shah to study Music and Daniel Woodside to study Chemistry.
Withington Girls’ School
Withington Girls’ School, consistently one of the top performing schools in public exams in the North of England, is celebrating a set of exceptional A Level results by its Class of 2018, recording an all-time high of 41% of subject grades passed at A*.
With 19 students, or one in four, achieving a clean sweep of three or more A*s, over half of Withington’s Year 13 leavers earned at least three A* to A grades. Further cause for celebration at Withington are the places secured to study degree courses in a wide range of subjects at the country’s top universities, including 14 Oxbridge places (18% of the cohort), the highest in recent years.
As a school with a well-earned reputation of excellence in the STEM subjects, the results in Mathematics and the Sciences are again noteworthy: 44% of grades achieved were A* and, from 55 A-levels taken in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, 87% were awarded an A grade or higher. Other areas of study, however, share the accolades with between 80% and 100% of grades recorded at A* to A in Art, Computer Science, Drama, English Language, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History and Latin.
Top A* grades were awarded to 65% of those students who completed an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – offered as an option to students in both Years 12 and 13 at Withington and valued by universities in addition to the core A Levels as an indicator of independent learning skills – while 85% of the EPQs were graded an A or above.
Open Days for entry to Withington Girls’ School will be held on Thursday 8th November and Saturday 10th November – see www.wgs.org for more details on 2019 Admissions.
Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited