Pic - Isabella Bentley (centre) celebrates five A*s at A Level

Five A* grade engineer Isabella is STEM success

Isabella Bentley’s amazing 5 A* grades in mathematics, further mathematics, chemistry, physics and history have earned her a place to study Engineering at Newnham College, Cambridge. Isabella attends Redland High School, where over 80% of this year’s A Level students studied at least one STEM subject, and over 70% of the grades awarded in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and further mathematics were top A*/A grades. Isabella is pictured above with her mother (right) and sister (left).

Isabella is one of many GSA girls all over the country who are choosing to study engineering and other STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) degrees after performing well in their A level examinations. Also indicative of GSA’s nationwide success are:

Charlotte Morphet and Fennel Tse from Queen Margaret’s girls’ school, York, have secured places on two of the top Engineering courses in the country. Charlotte, with 2 A*s and 2 As, will take her place at Imperial College, London, while Fennel, with 4 A*s – and 100% in her A Level maths paper – will be studying at Churchill College, Cambridge.  the girls are excited to be pursuing a career in Engineering, a field that has sometimes been seen as male dominated, proving that an all girls’ education breaks down gender stereotypes and empowers girls to try everything that life has to offer.

High flyers Yuetong Chen and Georgina McCosh (Northampton High School) are both going on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge.

Yuetong Chen achieved 5 A*/A grades and Georgina McCosh 4 A*/A grades. Fellow student Helen Potter will study Biochemistry at Oxford after bagging 3 A*/A grades.

At Newcastle High School for Girls, Lauren Baldwin (Newcastle High School for Girls) will take up her place to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University after picking up an impressive 4A*s today in physics, chemistry, maths and further maths. Fellow student Kathryn Harder is going on to study Electrical Engineering at Newcastle University after receiving two As and a B in physics, maths and ICT. Kathryn said:
“I am very excited to study Engineering.”

Meanwhile at Withington Girls’ School STEM subjects accounted for over a half of all A levels entered this year. Forty five per cent of STEM subject results were at A*, 82% at A* or A and 92% at A*-B. Medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacolocy, mathematics, natural sciences, chemistry and physics feature highly among the girls’ chosen degree courses.

Clementine Thompson’s straight A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics have earned her a place at Edinburgh to study maths. Her achievement is all the more impressive, as she competes at sailing at international level and is due to compete in the Sailing World Championship in Canada before heading to Edinburgh. Clementine is a student at The Lady School.

Emily Atkins (Red Maids’ School) will study biomedical science at Queen Mary’s, London, following a gap year teaching in an orphanage in Cambodia. Emily has been fundraising for nine months to support her expedition. She has an A* and two A grades in fine art, biology and Russian. Her mother, Mrs Atkins said:
“The teachers and excellent pastoral care at Red Maids’ have given Emily confidence, which has allowed her to fulfil her potential – both academically and personally.”




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