16 August 2018
In yet another outstanding year of A level success, girls from St Helen’s School in Northwood were delighted to receive impressive A Level results which will enable them to embark upon the most competitive courses at the most prestigious universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and Imperial College and go on to become leaders in their professions and communities.
Continuing the school’s strong track record of academic excellence, 19% of all A Levels awarded were A*s, while an impressive 80% were graded A*- B.
St Helen’s prides itself on being a school where girls are encouraged to choose subjects which inspire and challenge them and where exceptional teaching enables students to be bold in questioning and enquiring, and creative and original in their thinking. This approach enables girls to achieve academic excellence in a very broad range of academic disciplines. There were outstanding results in Geography with 100% of pupils achieving A or A* grades. In Classics 100% of grades were A*. Success was also achieved in Modern Foreign Languages with 100% A*- B grades. 85% of Maths results were A or A* grades and in Further Maths all pupils gained an A* grade. In Economics 70% of grades were A or A*.
At St Helen’s, excellent academic results are only part of the story. Through the extensive co-curricular programme girls are given opportunities to expand their horizons, to discover their talents for sport, music and performing arts, and to make a rich contribution to the wider community. As Head Girl Beth says, “St Helens is not an exam factory, it is a good person factory.” Our students challenge themselves to excel, going beyond their limits to become well-rounded and well-grounded compassionate global citizens.
Beth has achieved an outstanding set of results with an A* in Biology, A* in Chemistry, an A in Maths A Levels and an A in AS Politics. Beth will take up a place to read Medicine at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Beth’s broad range of interests and achievements, her sporting prowess, involvement in CCF, passion for charity through her work with Phab combined with her commitment to her role as Head Girl epitomise the broad minded ethos and spirit of St Helen’s.
Sophie achieved A* grades in A level Economics, Maths and Further Maths and an A in Latin. She also has an A in AS Physics. She will go on to study Maths at Worcester College, Oxford.
Annabelle has achieved an excellent set of results with A* grades in A Level Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Annabelle will take up a place at Robinson College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences.
Emma achieved A* grades in A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths as well as an A in AS Physics. Throughout her time in the 6th form Emma has been absolutely committed to her academic studies and combined this with her passion for helping others through her work with Phab. Emma will take up a place at the University of Birmingham to read Biochemistry.
Sophie has combined academic commitment and ambition with elite swimming and achieved outstanding results with A* grades in A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She also has an A in AS Geography. Sophie will take up a place to study Chemistry at a leading university.
Bethany achieved A* grades in English Literature and Maths, an A in Further Maths and an A in Physics and will take up a place to read Physics at Imperial.
Kavisha achieved A* grades in Economics, English Literature an A in Maths and an A in AS Religious Studies whilst also making the most of her experiences as a Yale Global Young Leader. She will go on to study Government and Politics at LSE.
Emily has achieved A* grades in A level English Literature, History and an A grade in Religious Studies. She also has an A in AS Spanish and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification. With scholarly commitment and energy Emily successfully combined her academic studies with her role as a prefect. She will take up a place at to read English at Hertford College, Oxford.
Khadija achieved A* grades in A level Biology, History and an A in Chemistry as well as an A grade in AS Latin whilst also learning to parachute jump, showing herself to be a high flier in every sense! Khadija will read Medicine at UCL.
Shivani achieved A* grades in A Level Economics, Maths, and A grades in Chemistry and Further Maths. She also has an A in AS Biology. Shivani will take up a place to read Economics at LSE.
Dr Mary Short, Headmistress of St Helen’s, commented: “I am incredibly proud of the girls’ A level achievements in this transition year. The outstanding results in a broad range of subjects showcase the diversity and breadth of a St Helen’s education. It is fantastic that students from St Helen’s are continuing to achieve outstanding academic success and combine this with a broad range of co-curricular interests and disciplines which give them the confidence and vision to make their mark on the world. Our girls have a profound and shared sense of purpose to improve the world in which they live and bring people together. They are bright, intelligent, thoughtful, sincere and lively and enriched the school throughout their time here. Their academic achievements are testament to their sustained, hard work and commitment as well as to the exceptional teaching, support and facilities which we are able to provide at St Helen’s. I have no doubt they will continue to shape the lives they touch and the communities and professions they serve. The world is waiting and we wish them all well.”