All 128 upper sixth form pupils at Stockport Grammar School had plenty to celebrate as they opened their eagerly-awaited A-level results. Yet again, the overall pass rate was 100%, with 58% of results awarded an A* or A grade.. The strength and depth of achievement from this large year group was shown by a new record of 98% of all grades at A* to C. 86% of passes were at A*, A or B grades.
It has proved to be another star-studded year, with 41 pupils achieving all A* or A grades, and two pupils gaining a clean sweep of four A*s apiece. The girls and boys are destined for a range of courses at the country’s most competitive institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge universities.
The school’s excellent reputation for enabling pupils to gain entry to top universities was recognised earlier in the year by the Sutton Trust, which identified Stockport Grammar as one of the 10 schools nationally having a significantly higher acceptance rate to university than other institutions with similar A-level results.
Headmaster Andrew Chicken congratulated all the students on their outstanding achievements:
I am delighted with the excellent results which the boys and girls have achieved this summer.
They have been tremendous role models to younger pupils in their approach to study and their contribution to wider school life.
They now set off on a path for success in challenging courses and I wish them well.
All-star pupil Shelby Whyatt is delighted with her four A*s in Economics, English Literature, German and History. She will be taking a place at Cambridge University to study English.
Chloe Withers is also celebrating four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics and follows in both her parents’ footsteps of going to Cambridge, where she will read Medicine at Fitzwilliam College.
Also Cambridge-bound is Suzy Eames, who with three A*s and an A will be studying Law at Downing College. This follows a summer placement at a law firm in Shanghai.
Suzy has contributed wholeheartedly to the school’s extracurricular programme, playing violin in the school orchestra, as well as singing in the school choirs and playing the piano.
Suzy has also played a vital part in the school’s Model United Nations team and was involved in organising the conference when it was hosted by Stockport Grammar earlier this year. Suzy told us she has “particularly valued the special relationship with (her) teachers and the support they have given.”
“It’s like a big family.”
Birthday boy Ed Greaves turned 18 on results day and has double the reason to celebrate with three A*s and an A, meaning that he will go on to study Maths at Cardiff.
Ed accredits his success to “working through every past paper that exists” and being able to wind down from academic work through his involvement in music and drama, which took up almost every lunchtime and after school slot.
Ed said that “the music staff really helped me to unwind. I have felt so at home in the music department – it’s like a big family.”
Alastair Watts, who is heading to Wadham College, Oxford to study Physics is delighted with his three A*s and an A and particularly enjoyed his school trip at the end of the summer term to Cern in Switzerland, which inspired him to seek work experience at the Daresbury Laboratory, working on particle accelerator research over the summer.
“The teachers were incredibly supportive and encouraging.”
Sophie Skelton, who will head to Kings College London to study English Literature in 2013 scored three As, managing successfully to juggle exams with acting work.
Having already appeared in ITV drama DCI Banks, Sophie will be filming BBC series Tracy Beaker this autumn.
Sophie said of her exam revision that she “had to study in a hotel room in Leeds in between filming scenes,” and that “the teachers were incredibly supportive and encouraging.”
Sophie has been an asset to the school’s music and drama departments during her time at Stockport Grammar School, singing in the school choirs and playing the flute for the concert band, as well as appearing in school productions of The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof. She has also played hockey for the school, having toured with the team in Barcelona in 2010.
“The extracurricular activities have helped keep me sane during a challenging time.”
Andrew Prossor gained an A* and two As and is off to Keele University to study Medicine. Andrew has been a dedicated peer mentor and has contributed to the musical life of the school, playing in the brass band. He also stays active playing squash twice a week, saying “the variety of extracurricular activities available have helped keep me sane during a challenging time.”
Head boy and captain of the school football team Harry Allport also heads to Brasenose College, Oxford to study Economics and Management with an ambition to work in banking.
Team player Sofia Jassim is off to Nottingham University to study Architecture with an A* and two As. Sophia has been a regular fixture on both the netball and tennis courts.
And Chemical Engineer Miranda Cupit heads to Homerton College, Cambridge, having achieved three A*s and an A alongside her involvement in the school orchestras and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
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