pic - Kirsty Haines (right) - career in music with the Royal Marines

A levels – creative career ambitions rewarded

GSA students who have their eye on a creative career look highly likely to have their ambitions rewarded, after today’s A Level results. Some of the happy girls include:

Music meets the Marines

Kirsty Haines  has fought off 16,000 applicants to achieve one of only 22 places in the Queens Bands of the Royal Marines. Kirsty (pictured above with fellow student Victoria Gawlik) attends Malvern St James School where 79% of A level grades are A*-B this year. Her selection followed a gruelling week-long audition, based on physical and musical aptitude. She will start shortly on a Commando course, followed by two years studying in Portsmouth from January 2016. Kirsty says, “This has been my ambition since I was 12 years old. I am so pleased. I will be playing the saxophone and the violin, and as we are part of the Royal Navy, I will get to travel extensively. I feel very honoured that I am the first girl in the history of the School to do this.”

Feature film for aspiring actress

Aspiring actress Fabienne Piolini-Castle (Putney High School) will be reading Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London after combining her A Level studies with rehearsals. This October she appears in the BBC daytime soap Doctors and is now working on a feature film as well as a short film directed by the lead animator on the Game of Thrones, Spiderman and The Hunger Games. Commenting, Fabienne said:The Putney High School student said:
“Although rushing to auditions and filming while doing A Levels was at times difficult, being constantly busy actually worked as a motivator, making me more productive when settling down to revise. I realised I needed to do well in my exams to continue doing what I love.’’

Top grades for Fringe performers

At St Helen and St Katharine, where 78% of exams taken achieved grades A*/A, all 13 students studying A Level Theatre Studies achieved the top A* grade. The girls, taking part in Chapters of Chekov at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, have a spring in their step as they take to the boards.


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