A-level results: a year of shining stars

Pupils, parents and staff at Stockport Grammar School are celebrating today at yet another year of outstanding A-level results. With a 100% pass rate and 57% of all exams taken graded at A* or A, as well as 86% at A* to B, the results are only fractionally short of last year’s record.

41% of the year have gained at least one A*, with 27 pupils gaining a mixture of A* and As. Five pupils have been accepted at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Amongst the year’s successful candidates are Kaysan Nikkhah and George Toole, both of whom gained four A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics and who, earlier in the year, were on the winning team in the regional final of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s senior team challenge.

Kaysan, of Disley, is going to study Maths and Economics at the London School of Economics, with aspirations to work in banking or fund management, while George, of Great Moor, will be furthering his studies at the Durham University.

Senior prefect Lauren Fowler, of Styal, is heading to Clare College, Cambridge to study Medicine after achieving two A*s and two A grades. Lauren is well prepared for her chosen career in medicine, having already undertaken medical research at the University of Manchester as part of a Nuffield Science Bursary placement. Lauren’s research was also shortlisted as one of the top five senior science and maths projects at the National Science and Engineering Competition in London.

Accomplished musician Sam Holmes of Hazel Grove achieved an A* and two A grades in Music, Geography and Religious Studies and has been awarded a place at Robinson College, Cambridge to pursue Choral Studies. Sam has made an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the school, playing piano, violin and singing in the various orchestras and choirs, as well as being selected to play in numerous orchestras outside of school such as the Hallé Youth Orchestra. His music has seen him travel extensively to perform in prestigious venues both in the UK and abroad. Not only has Sam managed to achieve impressive A-level results, but he has shown firm commitment to his musical career, practising two hours per day and passing his grade eight violin at the age of just 14.

Senior prefect Jamie Webb has secured his place at Pembroke College, Cambridge to read Philosophy. His three A*s and an A grade in Classical Civilisation, English Literature, History and Philosophy complete a successful year which saw him win prizes for drama and debating as well as three of his subject areas.

Senior prefect Katie McCay of Disley was awarded an A* and three A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics and will continue her studies at the University of St Andrews. As well as maintaining a strong academic record, Katie has been a vital member of the school’s hockey squad and worked towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the highlight of which was presenting Prince Edward with a copy of a Walkers’ Guide to the Lake District, which she co-authored.

Anirudh Mandagere of Poynton will continue his keen interest in History at the University of Oxford, having gained one A* and three A grades. As well as his participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at gold level, Anirudh has been a regular fixture in the school’s archive office, volunteering his time to help delve into the school’s past and keep records up to date.

Helen Dunston will start her studies in Chemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford this September. Helen combines her scientific abilities with talents as an artist and a viola player.

Pupils with artistic flair Philip Ellis and Olivia Harrison both leave to pursue careers in Fashion. Philip, whose stunning A-level artwork earned him an A*, will initially complete an Art Foundation course at Manchester Metropolitan University, while Olivia will be studying at the London College of Fashion. Both have already made inroads in the fashion world, with Philip having modelled at London Fashion Week earlier this year and Olivia being a regular fashion blogger.

Andrew Chicken, the headmaster, said: “Congratulations to our girls and boys – they thoroughly deserve their excellent results. They have worked really hard both inside and outside the classroom throughout their time here and I am sure they will go on to achieve considerable success at the top universities.”

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