Woldingham girls shatter stereotypes with top STEM results

Woldingham girls shatter stereotypes with top STEM results

16 August 2018

This is a summer of multiple celebrations for scientist and gifted musician, Maya Suen, who combined her studies in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Music (A*A*AA) whilst studying for a Diploma in Piano. Maya was awarded the distinguished FTCL Diploma for her recital of Beethoven’s Sonata No.23, just days before finding out her A Level results. She will read Chemistry at Imperial College, alongside two fellow Woldingham pupils also furthering their studies in science.

Local Surrey girls Freya Connor and Claudia Connolly both achieved 4 A*s in Maths, Further Maths and the sciences. Freya has a place at Durham to read Physics and Claudia will study Mathematics at Warwick.

Tobi Ajayi achieved straight A*s in Maths, Chemistry and Art and heads to the prestigious Ivy League Princeton University.  

Overall, Woldingham pupils have achieved outstanding A Level results with 60% of grades achieved at A*-A and 22% of all grades at A*. Over 30 girls, more than a third of Woldingham’s A Level candidates, achieved all A* and A grades.

Headmistress Mrs Alex Hutchinson commented:

At Prize Day I urged our Sixth Form leavers to commit to their ambitions, to aim high and to smash that elusive glass ceiling.  The popularity of STEM subjects at Woldingham and the associated degrees, ranging across the Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Medicine, prove the role that education has to play in building confidence and challenging stereotypes. I am immensely proud of these results and the fact that our girls are rewriting gender expectations.’


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