13 August 2020
2020 has been a tumultuous year, challenging, uncertain and ever-changing. In the midst of this, Farnborough Hill girls have triumphed once more; they have been rewarded with outstanding results, with the School’s outgoing Head Girl becoming the third in a row to secure a coveted Oxbridge place.
The majority of Farnborough Hill students have confirmed places at their ambitious first-choice universities; their hard work and tenacity has been reflected in their grades, but their places were not earned on grades alone. The girls’ commitment to the life of the School and the wider community has enriched their experiences and secured their futures. From tutoring younger peers to undertaking charity projects, volunteering at care homes, to completing Gold DofE, this cohort has done it all.
Tabitha Minson was one of three students from the School to gain Oxbridge entry this year, with 3A* grades earning her a place to study History at Oxford’s Worcester College. Isobel Miller will study French and Italian at Brasenose College, Oxford, thanks to A*AA grades, while Jennifer Dixon’s 3A*s mean she will study Veterinary Medicine at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. In addition, Jennifer has spent the summer honing her research skills as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in a COVID-19 research lab as part of a team assembled by Imperial College, London and Ipsos MORI.
Katherine Jackson-Challen also secured 3A* and a place at Exeter reading Economics. Other top individual performers include Jessica Burton and Shika Desai (2A* A) and Lily Hayes, Abby Hutchings, Isobel Miller and Catherine Turner (A*AA).
Overall, a fantastic 66% of grades were at A* or A, while 86% of grades earned were A*, A or B. The School was particularly delighted to see the breadth of subjects in which the girls earned the top grades, with Historians, Classicists and Modern Linguists achieving particularly strong results.
Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head, shared her pride in the girls, saying: ‘I am hugely impressed by the maturity and fortitude shown by our A level pupils, and I am thrilled that today’s results, in the main, reflect their hard work. While I am disappointed for the girls that they did not have the opportunity to display their prowess in an examination setting, I am delighted that the results they have been awarded are predominately reflective of their continued dedication to their studies.
However, I cannot help but feel frustrated at the system which has bluntly lowered some of our girls’ grades, with the outcome being a result which has not allowed our girls to prove their ability. I am hopeful that these anomalies will be rectified so that all girls are fully rewarded and I am confident that the characteristics of resilience and tenacity so beautifully displayed by all will stand them in good stead as they move through university and beyond. I look forward to following their future successes and hearing about their positive impact on this ever-changing world.’