17 August 2023
With the ‘return to normal’ in formal exams this year, there has been a particularly keen interest in the A Level results. Queen Anne’s School in Reading is exceptionally proud of their outgoing Upper 6 (Year 13) students who have achieved excellent results, including a 5% increase in A* compared to 2019, the last pre-covid benchmark, with 88% A*-C grades and 49% A*-A.
Almost all students have secured places at their first choice of university, with an excellent range including Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, UCL, Cardiff, London School of Economics and many more Russell Group universities. Some are venturing overseas, including the prestigious Berklee College of Music, in Boston, USA.
Head of School, Ms Elaine Purves (photo with Mr Julian Walker, parent) said “I would like to congratulate our incredible Upper 6, who have been so dedicated to school life over their years at Queen Anne’s. From the amazing performance of ‘Legally Blonde’ last November, raising money for Trust House Reading and winning the Round Table Global Youth Award to wild camping in the Cairngorms in aid of the Alexander Devine Hospice, they have been actively engage as young leaders within the school. The students have embodied the dynamic approach to Sixth Form life and learning that stands them in very good stead for the future. I am very proud of all they have accomplished over the years and these well-deserved results.”
Working in STEM fields is something Queen Anne’s students are particularly interested in, so congratulations must go to Henrietta Walker (photo) for gaining A*, A, B and will be studying Medicine at Exeter University and Amelia Shaw (photo) for her A*, A, B and is heading to Nottingham to study Medicine. Amelia’s parents said “we are immensely proud of her, she has worked so hard”.
Teaching staff were also congratulating the girls, including Mr Derek Bottomley, Head of Maths (pictured with Isabel and her mother). Isabel Welch was awarded an A* in Maths, Chemistry and Economics plus an A in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Isabel’s mother, Mrs Sarah Welch said “she has worked really hard and definitely deserves it!” Isabel will be studying Medicinal Chemistry at Leeds.
The Lower 6 (Year 12) have also had good news, with 8 taking their first Criminology exam, working towards their Level 3 Certificate in Applied Criminology. Over 75% achieved A grades with 100% A-B. These grades count towards their final mark next year. Mr Ben Stephenson, Director of Sixth Form said “I am overjoyed that the hard work and effort put in by the L6 this year are reflected in the grades they’ve achieved. It can be difficult being a cohort in a new course as you don’t have the expertise of older students to ask for advice and they have been brilliant with how they’ve applied themselves. I look forward to seeing what they achieve next year and also the words of wisdom they’ll be able to give our new Lower 6 group.”
There was particular cause for celebration in the Art Department, where 100% achieved A*-B grades. Special mentions must also go to Biology, Dance, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies, with 100% A*-C grades. Olivia Fancourt (pictured with her mother, Amy) is excited to study Acting at Italia Conti, one of the leading Performing Arts institutions in the country.
A number of students achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades, including Emma Bourne who is heading to Exeter to study Geography, Eloise Durrant, studying Business Management at Newcastle and Grace Leaver, who is taking a gap year before starting a degree in International Relations. (All 3 pictured together). Catherine Cowper will also read International Relations at Durham and Grace Pavey has chosen to take Law at Cambridge. Grace was Deputy Head girl last year and has contributed a lot to the school over her time at Queen Anne’s. Grace is pictured with Minnie Fisher. Minnie achieved 3 As and will be studying Communications at Exeter University.
Tabitha Morgan will be taking a year out before applying for Veterinary Science, supported by her 3 A* in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Her parents, Rob and Victoria said “we have unabatingly good things to say about the teaching at Queen Anne’s. The Science Department is the best!”
(Photo of Tabitha Morgan, Amelia Shaw and Catherine Cowper with Mrs Hilary Jones, Head of Upper 6)
Queen Anne’s is an outstanding independent school for girls aged 11-18 years old. For more information on results please visit www.qas.org.uk