The Grange School is celebrating its best A Level results in four years with nearly 9 in every 10 entries at grade B or above. Whilst the academic landscape creates uncertainty around grade boundaries, students at The Grange in Hartford, Cheshire continue to excel. Over 62% of grades were achieved at A* or A making these are the best set of A Level results the school have achieved since linear examinations were reformed in 2015.
The Grange has a history of encouraging students to flourish academically. As well as strong results across the board, three students achieved the elusive and impressive clean sweep of all A*s across all of their subjects – Kate Samuel, Ben Maxwell-Reid and Jodie Sale. Further to last summer’s exploits as one of only four students selected to attend the International Geography Olympiad in Quebec City, Bree Livesey achieved A*AA and goes on to read Geography at the University of Cambridge, Queens College. Key to a Grange education is also encouraging students to make the most of every opportunity on offer; through a variety of activities alongside their studies to enrich their education. Having been one of the cast of the Oscar winning film ‘The Silent Child’, Annie Cusselle has further news to celebrate as her grades of A*AA gain her entry to her chosen International Management and Modern Languages course at the University of Bath.
The Grange has a strong pedigree in the Sciences. In keeping with tradition, Biologists and Chemists achieved 96% of grades at grades A* to B whilst in the Physics department 17 out of every 20 of grades were at a B or higher. Despite national drops in the popularity of the Humanities, students at The Grange enjoy great success with four out of every five grades at A*, A or B. Leading the way was the Geography department with 79% A* or A grades, with Economics and Business students closely behind achieving 75% grades at A* or A. The Grange maintained its strength in the visual arts with three quarters of Art and Graphic Design students achieving a grade A* or A.
Such excellence across departments gives students the confidence to pursue their interests and undertake an array of different subject combinations, such as Kate Pedley and Isobel Hutt who opted for breadth by studying two Sciences and a Humanity. Having achieved a full sweep of A grades, Kate and Isobel will be studying at Veterinary Science at Liverpool and Medicine at Sheffield respectively.
The students’ academic achievements combined with the support of a strong Careers department, means a Grange education opens up a wide world of future options. Bob Cooper (AAA) will be studying in the USA in ‘the fall’, having accepted a place at Amherst College, Massachusetts. By achieving A*AA Jacob Reilly heads to Birmingham to study Computer Science with a Digital Partnership Degree. This degree will gain him work experience at PWC alongside his studies, preparing for a career in digital technology. In a similar vein, Samuel Sanger (ABB) heads to Harper Adams to study Rural Enterprise and Land Management whilst Miles Hogg (ABB) heads to Royal Sandhurst to undertake Officer Training for the Army. Meanwhile Max Darlington (AAA) will study Aviation Technology with Pilot studies at the University of Leeds, enjoying the expertise of a professional flying school alongside his engineering degree. Following on from the successes of A Level results, Grange students will be studying in a range of destinations from the University of Durham to University of Bath, studying everything from Mechanical Engineering to Law.
Head of The Grange Deborah Leonard commented: “We are very proud of the class of 2019, who have approached Grange life with great gusto. They have built on their strong GCSE results to take full advantage of a Grange Sixth Form education, dedicating themselves to their studies whilst undertaking a range of extra-curricular interests. I am delighted that these efforts have yielded dividends in this summer’s examinations and know they will go on to great things in future. We wish them every success.”