22 August 2022
Heathfield School in Ascot – a leading girls’ boarding school rated ‘Excellent’ across all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate – is celebrating the great achievements of their A Level students, who were applauded by Sarah Wilson, Headmistress for ‘the exceptional determination, resilience and adaptability they displayed during the lockdowns and beyond’. She said, “Despite the challenges presented by Covid, their results evidence their unwavering focus during this difficult period. Students had never before sat a public examination due to their GCSE exams being cancelled during Covid.”
Outstanding results were achieved by students, with over half of grades awarded at A* and A and nearly three quarters of all grades awarded at A* to B. Over 30% of students attained all A*s and As.
Standout performances include those from German student Maya who joined Heathfield with very little English in Year 9 for one year, but loved it so much that she stayed on until the end of the Sixth Form. Her English improved exponentially during her stay, and she scored 5 grades higher across her results than her nationally standardised predicted Value Added Scores1. Today she is celebrating A*s and As in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Maya is looking forward to moving on to St Andrews University to study Pure Mathematics.
Zahra is also celebrating today having achieved Value Added Scores 4 grades higher than her standardised predictions, with A, A* and B in Art, English Lit and Psychology, as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Zahra will be moving on to the University of Warwick to study English Literature and Creative Writing.
Scarlett topped the bill to achieve a Value Added Score 6 grades higher than what she is predicted to have scored elsewhere, to achieve A*s and As in Business, PE and Photography. Scarlett will be moving on to Newcastle University to study Marketing and Management.
Louise, former Deputy Head Girl, achieved a Value Added Score of 4 grades higher across her subjects, achieving A*s and As in Economics, French and Maths. Louise will also be moving on to Newcastle University where she will be studying Economics.
All departments performed well, in particular Science, Maths, Economics, English Literature and Photography.
Once again, an impressive number of students are destined for leading Russell Group universities including Cardiff, Durham, Glasgow, King’s College London, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton and Warwick and other leading destinations to study a broad range of subjects including Classics, Economics, History, Illustration Animation, Law, Pure Mathematics and Software Engineering.
Commenting on this year’s achievements, Sarah Wilson said, “The positive attitude and determination displayed by our students was second to none. I am so proud of their achievements and well-earned results. Today is the culmination of the girls’ efforts throughout their school careers as well as the support from our exceptional and dedicated staff, and rightly deserves celebration and recognition for all they have achieved.
“The girls have developed into kind, passionate, well-rounded and confident young women, who will contribute to their communities and ‘make a difference to the world’. I am extremely grateful to staff, parents, Governors and our whole Heathfield community for their extraordinary hard work and dedication, which will enable this wonderful group of young women to go out and make the world a better place for all.”
1. A Value Added Score is a measure of the progress pupils make over a period of time against nationally recognised benchmarking data.