College Pupils Defy A Level Predictions to Double the Number of A* Grades

College Pupils Defy A Level Predictions to Double the Number of A* Grades

17 August 2023

PUPILS at Harrogate Ladies’ College are celebrating impressive A level results which saw a significant increase in top grades over the comparable 2019 results.

Despite Government warnings to expect grades in line with 2019 results, pupils at the school secured 41% A*-A grades, an increase of more than 17% on 2019 grades. Pupils also achieved twice as many top A* grades this year compared with results in 2019.

Over 50 per cent of the A* grades were achieved in Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology (STEM) subjects with impressive results across all subject areas including Modern Foreign Languages where 75% of all French grades were A*; Humanities where 85% of all Geography grades were grades were A*-B and Creative Arts where 90% of all grades were A*-B. Five subjects including Further Maths achieved a clean sweep of 100% A*-B grades.

Overall, 68% of grades were A*-B and 82% were A*-C both figures showing significant increases on 2019 grades.

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College said: “These are an exceptionally good set of results across a huge range of subjects and the class of 2023 should be so proud of everything they have achieved. They have shown a huge appetite for hard work and incredible resilience. It’s very rewarding to see them propelled into the next exciting stage of their lives.

“Today is about celebrating their personal achievements – however big or small. We have watched with pleasure as these incredible young women have fulfilled their potential in an inspiring and supportive environment.“

Among those celebrating today were Sophie McHugh who achieved A*AAA. With her grades now secured Sophie is heading to Durham University to study Engineering, she said: “Becoming an engineer is that bit closer today after these results. I’ve had a great time at school – great teachers and great support. I’ve really been encouraged to follow my own path and my own dreams.”

Pupil Eve Brasher said she was thrilled to achieve A*AA which means she can take up her offer to study Law at Newcastle University. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and I can’t wait to take up my place. I feel really proud that I achieved what I set out to do.”

Aimee Thomas was also delighted with her A*AA her results. “I’m so pleased – it’s felt like a really long wait! The support and help from my teachers has been amazing and it’s a special day today to be here celebrating with my friends before we head off on our next adventure!”

Lucy Thompson also achieved A*AA and is heading to the University of Exeter to study International Relations.

Despite the turmoil of war in their home country, twin sisters, Diana and Sofiia Shypovych were also celebrating today in Ukraine having achieved A*A*A* and A*A*A respectively in their A levels.

Sylvia Brett added, “This is a very proud day for our pupils and a huge testament to the dedication of our incredible teaching staff.”

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