15 August 2019
The Class of 2019 celebrated the completion of their journey at Withington Girls’ School with a set of impressive A-Level results today, recording 31% of grades at A* and 93% at A* to B. In an exceptional achievement, Annie Hine was the UK’s highest performer in OCR’s A-Level English Language in the June 2019 examinations. Annie, who lives in Didsbury, plans to study Psychology at Lancaster University.
Nine Withington students have earned their places at Oxford and Cambridge universities, joining four 2018 leavers who will also start their Oxbridge studies in September after receiving confirmed offers earlier in the year. With four girls achieving four A* grades, 13 students achieving a clean sweep of three or more A*s and nearly half of the students achieving at least three A* to A grades, the majority of girls were delighted to have secured their first choice offers to study degree courses in a wide range of subjects at the country’s top universities.
“We are privileged to be able to celebrate the achievements of this exceptional group of young women as they move on to the next stage of their life with self-assurance, confidence and excitement,” says Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam.
“This year’s results once again demonstrate the rich diversity of interests enjoyed by our girls who have not only attained stellar grades across a broad range of academic subjects but who will now go on to study a varied range of courses. As always, our girls do not shy away from the subjects traditionally favoured by boys and we were delighted that 77% of the grades achieved in mathematics were at A* or A grades.”
Withington’s reputation of excellence in the STEM subjects was again confirmed: with 40% of results from 100 examinations taken across Mathematics and the Sciences achieved at A*, and 73% at A – A*. These excellent results have seen successful applications to universities to study degrees such as Physics, Mathematics, Medicine and Veterinary Science. Other areas of study, however, share the honours with top grades achieved across all subject areas.
“We’re sad to say farewell to the Class of 2019, who have embraced with gusto the many opportunities available to them and who have contributed so much to school life during their time at Withington,” says Mrs Haslam, adding that 16 pupils, or 22% of the cohort, completed the challenging Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award while preparing for their A-Levels. “They have participated in a wealth of activities including sport, the performing and creative arts and debating but have also dedicated time to fundraising efforts, voluntary work and supporting our partnerships with local primary schools.
“The girls have fully embraced our ethos as a school where learning is its own reward. They willingly and enthusiastically give their full commitment to their studies. In return our superb team of staff have encouraged and supported them, following through on our commitment to those who earned a place at Withington in Year 7, or above, to guide them through to the completion of their A-Levels in the subjects of their choice.
“We wish them the very best for their futures as they head off towards the next chapter of their education and look forward to welcoming the Class of 2019 back as part of our active alumnae network.”