Our Upper Sixth are celebrating success this morning as they collect their A-level results, with a 100% pass rate and over 96% of results awarded at A* to C, with over 84% at A* to B. Their excellent results will see them heading for courses at the country’s most competitive institutions.
In another star-studded year, thirty eight pupils have been awarded all A or A* grades, with seven pupils achieving three A*s.
Headmaster Andrew Chicken said:
“Congratulations to our girls and boys, I am delighted that their hard work has brought them such success. With the support of their parents and teachers they have attained excellent results, while their outstanding contribution to wider school life has made them role models for younger pupils. I wish them well as they move onto challenging courses at top universities; I am sure that with talent and commitment their future will hold many exciting opportunities.”
We managed to catch up with a few of the pupils as they opened their results…
2A*s and an A mean that Ellen Downs will be studying Medicine at Sheffield University, and she’s “really excited!” Alongside working hard in class and achieving Gold in the National Biology Olympiad, Ellen has attended the school climbing club, winning bronze at the recent Manchester Schools Climbing competition. A keen cross-country runner, Ellen came first in the Greater Manchester County Cross Country Championships at the beginning of the year and placed first in both her races (800 and 1500m) at the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Division North West competition in June. Ellen is thrilled with her grades, saying:
“My teachers have been amazing and everything outside of lessons has just been brilliant too.”
Off to Manchester University to study International Management and American Business Studies is Jaina Mistry. With A*, A, B plus an A* in her EPQ on Women in Management, Jaina is looking forward to spending a year of her studies in California and is grateful for the support she received in the run up to and during her exams.
Leah Allcock is looking forward to travelling north of the border for her degree in Classics and English at St Andrews University. With ambitions to be a travel writer or journalist, three A*s in Classics, English and History and a B in Latin have set her on course for the next stage of her studies. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, drama, Model United Nations, debating, singing in Chorus and netball have all kept Leah busy throughout her time at Stockport Grammar, with drama an area she particularly wants to continue at St Andrews.
Jessica Black has gained 3A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and will be continuing her study of Maths at Durham University. Jessica is a keen musician and “very much enjoyed” this summer’s tour to Italy, performing in venues from Lake Garda to Venice’s Basilica San Marco.
Twice the Celebrating
Twins Animit and Adit have both done very well: With 3 A*s and an A, Animit will read Chemical Engineering at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. He has been a key player in the school’s cricket team and has enjoyed participating in Duke of Edinburgh activities, particularly enjoying his Gold expedition. Animit says:
“My teachers have really supported me and pushed me to achieve my best.”
Brother Adit, with 2 A*s and an A, is off to Warwick University, and has his sights set on a career in the finance sector. The brothers have always enjoyed a bit of healthy competition, but, says Adit,
“We have always helped one another and we are happy for each other’s achievements.”
Head Girl Liza Vul achieved 2 As and a B and is looking forward to studying English and German at Warwick University. Liza is delighted and says:
“I can’t imagine how I’d have done this anywhere else. I’ve always had such useful feedback from my teachers who have encouraged me every step of the way.”
With ambitions to work in the film industry, Liza has pursued her interest, working with the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Young Company and becoming a Young Ambassador for Manchester’s new cultural venue, HOME. In school, Liza has been involved in Model United Nations and debating (recently being on the Northern Schools German Debating winning team). Liza has also played violin in the orchestras and taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Multi-talented Thea Hudson gained an A* and 2 As in Textiles, Chemistry and Mathematics. Thea has already travelled the globe for modelling work and will continue to do so during her gap year, but says “it was important for me to focus on my studies during A Levels, so that I can keep all my options open.”
Jacob is delighted to have gained the three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths which will see him take up the place he has been looking forward to, Chemistry at Durham University. Since joining the school in sixth form he has enjoyed being a member of climbing club as well as taking part in the Chemistry and Biology Olympiads.
Lewis Higgins and Jonathan Brady both joined Stockport Grammar in the lower sixth, and both have attained 3 A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Lewis and Jonathan are now also about to start the same course, Physics at Manchester University. Lewis describes the best thing about school as being the support from teachers, with someone always there to help, particularly with university applications. Jonathan also thanked the teachers for their continuous encouragement to do well.
Alongside his academic work, Jonathan has also enjoyed chess club and computing club as well as the school’s drama production of Godspell for which both he and Lewis were sound engineers. Jonathan describes the production as “a really good experience which brought people together.”
Holly Hunt has combined her school work with international hockey representation for England. Holly captained the Under 18s England team to third place in this year’s Euro championships. Holly was also a key player in the Stockport Grammar School squad which this year won the national schools hockey championship. Holly’s A* in Geography, A in PE and B in Psychology see her take up her place at Birmingham University to study Sport and Exercise Science. Holly says she has “thoroughly enjoyed my time at Stockport Grammar” and thanked the school for being so supportive as she balanced her studies with sport.
Luke Berry is heading to study Law at Birmingham University with his 2 As and a B. With ambitions to become a police detective in the future, Luke has enjoyed being involved in many drama productions, as well as being captain of the swimming team for a time.
Medicine at Liverpool
Science isn’t the only area in which Christian Anderson has excelled, as a member of Animation Club Christian won top prizes, including the Alan Turing prize, in the Manchester University UK schools animation competition in three consecutive years. Three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics have secured his place to study at Liverpool university and although Christian isn’t sure yet which area of medicine he would like to specialise in, oncology has a particular interest because of the “mystery behind why cancer is so deadly.” Christian says:
“I am really going to miss school”
Anna Madden from High Lane is “really happy with her results”, an A* in Geography and 2 As in History and French which will see her continue her studies at Durham University where she will take a degree in Modern Languages and Culture. Anna who would like to work in the media and present the news has already made a good start in this direction with her involvement in Model United Nations and her chairmanship of the school’s General Election debate. Anna says she has:
“loved the sixth form with the smaller class sizes and the discussion based work has brought out the best in us.”
“Amazing at providing opportunities”
Tom O’Mahony is going to study his “favourite subject”, Classics at Leeds University. A keen rugby player, Tom has represented the school and Cheshire Under 18s alongside hard work towards his A in English Literature, B in Classics and B in Geography. He says the school has been amazing at bringing all the years together, particularly the sixth form and younger pupils, through the house system and through sport.
“I’ve had a great opportunity”
With an A* and 2 As, Jenny Kent will be studying medicine at Cardiff University. Jenny has regularly participated in swimming, tennis and climbing. A keen debater, she has also been instrumental in organising and taking part in Model United Nations conferences; and Jenny has shared her musical talents appearing in numerous musical and drama productions as well as playing clarinet in school orchestras. She tells us:
“I’ve particularly enjoyed being given positions of responsibility such as organising the MUN conference and I’ve really been able to challenge myself. I have loved life at school.”
Returning from Peru and Bolivia
Faye Holleworth achieved 3 As and is headed to Liverpool University where she will study Dentistry. The hard-working pupil credits her “fab teachers” with helping her achieve her goals and will especially miss the “great atmosphere and friends” at school. Faye has just returned from a month-long school trip to Peru and Bolivia where she and fellow Sixth Formers taught street children painting and other art activities, an experience she found extremely rewarding.
“I will miss the community feel of Stockport Grammar”
Paige Bagley achieved four A Levels and intends to start her own make-up artistry business once she has completed her professional training. A keen horse-rider, Paige has been very active in many school charity initiatives as well as organising her own fundraising events for Cancer Research.
Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Aspiring Neurologist Sarah Gaskin from Romiley, earned 3 As and will be studying at Nottingham University. Sarah has enjoyed being a pupil and is especially thankful for the opportunities to take part in drama productions, dance and netball alongside her studies, saying:
“I wouldn’t have done all these things if I had not had the amazing support and encouragement.”
Hockey player Emily Spencer, with 2 A*s and an A, is off to Leeds University to study Natural Science. A member of the school hockey team who won the National Schools Championships earlier this year, Emily says that
“It has been the most amazing 14 years being at the school and the teachers have always been there for me. I feel prepared now to move on to the next stage.”
“I’ve been here since I was tiny… It has always felt like home”
A,B,B in Psychology, English and Design Technology makes Amber Reece Greenhalgh very happy as she prepares to become a student at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The ambitious pupil has done everything she can to gain experience in the field of stage management, working with the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Young Company, undertaking work experience wherever possible and independently learning about technical theatre. She has been a committed member of “every choir and every band” during her time here, and has participated in “every school production in the last ten years.”
Libby Dickman joined Stockport Grammar in the sixth form and is delighted to be heading to Stirling University to study marine biology following her A Levels in Maths, History and Biology.