Safe and Supportive Environment Key to A Level Success at Queen Margaret’s, York

Safe and Supportive Environment Key to A Level Success at Queen Margaret’s, York

13 August 2020

Today’s A Level results have seen York girl’s school, Queen Margaret’s, continue on its impressive upward trajectory with some truly excellent grades. The School is celebrating after 62% of all girls achieved three or more A*-B grades. Half of all girls secured two or more A*-A grades – a figure which has gone from strength to strength over the last five years. So what is the key to this success? Undoubtedly it is the ‘family feel’ in which girls are embraced, says the School.

With an average A Level class size of five students, QM teachers have had the opportunity to really understand the needs of the individual girls. This was demonstrated in today’s results when nearly 80% of all grades awarded were A*-B’s. The School believes its community spirit has been central to girls feeling safe and supported, so they could succeed in the midst of the global pandemic.

Despite the tumultuous circumstances schools across the country have been faced with this year, QM continued to diligently nurture its A Level students when they were forced to learn from home during lockdown, even after examinations were cancelled. This is reflected in the grades the girls have achieved; 19% of entries scored an A* grade – more than double last year’s national average. Whilst the pressures of home schooling have been apparent for many families during recent months, QM seamlessly adapted to the unprecedented situation by delivering lessons via its’ digital learning platform – QM Connect.

The School is delighted that, as a result, the vast majority of its girls have secured their first choice of university. True to form, key staff were in School and on hand early this morning to offer invaluable support to the girls regarding the next steps of their journey beyond QM. Students have the huge choice of 29 difference A Level subjects at QM, and such a wide variety means this year’s cohort are going on to study a diverse range of subjects at degree level in September, including Human Sciences at Oxford, History and English Literature at Durham, Music Production at Leeds, Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Nottingham, and Medicine at Bristol.

Head, Sue Baillie commends her Upper Sixth students; “I’m delighted for our Upper Sixth girls, they’ve had to ride a wave of uncertainty over the last few months, days, and even hours but they’ve coped admirably. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to support them so well along the way, offering the best environment in which they could achieve such excellent results. Although they may have completed their learning with us, they will very much remain part of the QM Family”.

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