15 August 2019
Students at Bolton School Girls’ Division celebrated the highest percentage of A*-B grades at the school since 2009. 83.8% of grades were in this category and an impressive 97.4% of grades were A*-C, up from 94.7% the previous year. 15.8% of grades were at A* and 51.1% of grades were at A* or A. The overall pass rate for the cohort of 87 girls was 100%.
One in five pupils in the Senior School receives a bursary to help fund their studies. Of students in receipt of a bursary in the Girls’ Division, an impressive 30.5% of grades were at A*, 68% were at A*-A and 94.4% were at A*-B.
Headmistress Sue Hincks said: “We are delighted that the girls have done so well and can now look forward to all the opportunities which their degree or apprenticeship courses offer. As ever, their results are down to hard work, high levels of motivation and excellent support from their teachers.”
As well as excellent overall academic results there were many individual success stories. Besides the usual crop of students going to Oxbridge, Russell Group universities and to study Medicine and Law, a group of girls was heading off to study Art or Architecture, another group was taking up apprenticeships and some girls are destined for drama school and music college.
Emily Manock achieved A*A*A*AB and will study French at Jesus College, Oxford. Emily, who has cerebral palsy, said: “It is very, very surreal to be leaving Bolton School but I am really excited about the future. Oxford has been brilliant in offering disability support and I now look forward to getting stuck into the reading list.” Inika Vardhan, who lived in India, Wales and Scotland before moving to England four years ago, took her A levels a year early at the age of 17 and achieved A*AAA; she will study Medicine at The University of Manchester. Abbie Crossley, who joined the Sixth Form from Smithills School in 2017 and was involved in the Manchester Arena bombing achieved AAB grades.
Jessica Hindley, who attained A*AA grades and received a bursary to study at Bolton School, said: “I have undoubtedly benefitted from my time at Bolton School, it has made me more disciplined in my work but I have also become more confident in who I am and in my abilities. I have been lucky enough to have been in receipt of a full bursary for 7 years and it is hard to express everything that this has done for me. Perhaps the simplest way to express it is that I am simultaneously reluctant to leave and excited for what the future may hold.” Jessica will study Politics at Lancaster University.