Increase in Top A Level Grades in the Girls’ Division

Increase in Top A Level Grades in the Girls’ Division

17 August 2017

The percentage of papers graded A*-B and and A*-C improved this year in the Girls’ Division of Bolton School. Over three quarters of grades were in the A*-B range, up from 72.4% last year to 76.6% this year. There was a similar improvement in the percentage of A*-C grades, up from 89.3% to 93.3% this year. 12.9% of papers were given the very top grade of A* and 42.4% of grades were at either A* or A.  The overall pass rate (A*-E) was 100%.

In the Girls’ Division, five students were successful in their Oxbridge applications: Francesca Adams to read Natural Sciences at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; Anjali Anicatt to study History at St John’s College, Oxford; Cerys Baines to read History and Politics at Worcester College, Oxford; Kirsty Fielding to study Chemistry at Merton College, Oxford; and Shivani Manoharan to study Medicine at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. 

There were also many other successful individual stories within the School. Eleanor Winter battled against fatiguing glandular fever for much of the year to secure A*A*A grades. Her mother Dorinda Winter said: “We are overwhelmed and delighted with Eleanor’s results. The support from the School has been amazing whilst she suffered with glandular fever. She missed many lessons but the support and communication has been exceptional.”  Khadijah Ismail, an Arkwright Scholar, secured her grades that will allow her to take up an apprenticeship and study for an Engineering degree through BAE Systems at Preston.  Georgina Owen, who captained the North of England lacrosse team, juggled her sporting commitments with study to achieve A*A*A grades and heads off to study Mathematics at Bristol.  Actress Natasha Bagnall, who held the leading role in the School’s recent production of Dr Faustus, also secured A*A* and A grades and will study English Literature at Durham. 

Headmistress Sue Hincks said: “I am delighted with the girls’ success once again this year and pleased that these results will allow the vast majority to accept places at their top choice University.”

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