EIGHT in ten girls (87%) at leading independent girls’ school Heathfield in Ascot achieved all A*-C grades in their A Level exams this summer, with more than half gaining all A*-B grades.
All subjects in the school have cause for celebration since students have achieved in both academic and vocational subjects, gaining places at a diverse range of prestigious destinations – from leading Russell Group universities such as Edinburgh, Exeter, Kings College London, Newcastle and Warwick to acclaimed arts and drama colleges RADA and Central St Martins.
This year’s cohort of sixth formers was the first to take the reformed, new format, linear A Levels introduced by the government in a bid to make A Levels tougher and a better preparation for university.
Over half the students gained at least one A*-A grade in their exams (54%), with 87.5% of all the exams taken scoring an A*-C grade. An outstanding 100% of candidates recorded all A*-B grades in German, Latin, Government & Politics, Business, Further Mathematics and Psychology, with a further 100% gaining A*-A grades in Chinese and Russian.
There were solid academic performances in Science, with 100% of students gaining B grades in Biology and Chemistry, 50% in Physics and 37% of students gaining A grades in Maths and Further Maths.
“Heathfield is renowned for celebrating the individual and focusing on the particular talents of all our girls so that everyone learns to be the best possible version of themselves,” said Headmistress Marina Gardiner Legge. “This year in particular we have demonstrated that variety of strengths as our sixth formers leave us for a range of courses including Classics, Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Fine Art and Animal Management and Welfare.”
Among some particularly impressive performances, two girls gained three A* grades and one A grade between them. Among other highlights, Heathfield students made a particularly strong showing in the Arts, with 100% gaining A-B in Music, A*-C in Drama and Photography, where nearly half of all students were graded A*-A and A-C in Art Textiles.
Included in this year’s results are those of a Year 12 pupil who particularly impressed with an A grade in her Music A Level which she completed in just one year, a year early.
“Our students worked extremely hard to achieve their potential in all subjects and have done so well as a result,” said Mrs Gardiner Legge. “These results reflect the hard work of our students and the tireless efforts of the staff, hand in hand with parents. We are so proud of their achievement.”
Heathfield students are celebrating an amazing performance in their GCSE exams having achieved the school’s best ever results with 58% achieving A*-A and grades 7,8,9 in the new and significantly more demanding English GCSEs – an 11 per cent improvement on last year’s figures.
The percentage of top grades (9s and A*s) overall is up from 17% to a sparkling 27% this year.
Following the introduction of new reformed GCSE English courses in September 2015, this year’s candidates were the first to sit the more rigorous examinations in these subjects and receive the new numerical grades, 9-1 with the new grade 9 acting as an additional grade, to differentiate the most exceptional students. 24% of Heathfield’s English Language students and 41% of English Literature students gained the new top grades 8 and 9.
In Maths iGCSE, 51% of students gained A*-A and 100% A*-C. As a further challenge, 4 students sat Additional Maths and they all achieved A*-A grades.
Results in sciences were also exceptional with A*-A grades achieved at 93% in Biology and 86% in Chemistry and Physics.
100% of students gained A*-A in classical Greek, A*-B in Latin and A*-C in Classics. In modern languages, students achieved 100% A*-A in Spanish and 63% A*-A in French. 100% of Geography students were awarded grades A*-B and 100 % of History students gained A*-B, with 92% awarded A*-A.
As well as its overall success, the school notched up a number of outstanding individual performances. The 37-strong cohort gained an impressive eight grade 9s – which is higher than the old A* grade – 14 grade 8s (A* equivalent) 11 grade 7s, 87 A*s and 81 A grades in total.
Incoming deputy head girl Jasmine performed particularly well gaining 11 A*s and an 8 and 9 in English Literature and English Language respectively and in Additional Maths she gained a grade above A* – A* with Distinction. Other stellar performances saw three students gain all A*/A and 9/8 grades. And a year 10 student, taking her GCSEs in French and Russian a year early gained A* in both.
“I am so pleased and proud of our pupils and staff who have done exceptionally well, particularly when you consider the more rigorous exams this year,” said Headmistress Marina Gardiner Legge. “We have put a particular focus on academic performance in recent years and these results – our best ever – show the hard work is paying off.
The results are testament to the dedication and high expectations of our talented team of staff and the hard work and ambition of our students.”