A-level results: congratulations to the class of 2016

Sixth Form pupils enjoyed celebrating this morning as they achieved a 100% pass rate with 52% of results awarded at A* and A.

Headmaster Andrew Chicken said: “I am delighted for our girls and boys and I hope that they will enjoy celebrating their well-deserved success with their families. With the support of their parents and teachers, their hard work and dedication has brought them outstanding results and I wish them well as they go on to challenging courses at the country’s most competitive universities. In their commitment to school life and involvement in a wide range of co-curricular and voluntary activities they have become role models for the younger pupils. I am sure that they will continue to excel and to enjoy the many opportunities that lie ahead for them.”

Ella Burton and Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser got four A*s in Maths, Further Maths, French and Music. Simon balanced his academic studies with his role in the National Youth Orchestra. He will now go on to study Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Simon, who is eighteen in September, said: “It’s been tough juggling my music with all my other subjects and the National Youth Orchestra but it’s been an amazing experience and I got the results I need to get to where I want to be. I am looking forward to continuing my studies and hopefully carry on playing with the NYO.”

Hayley Birks will study Law at Hertford College, Oxford, after securing an A* in English Literature, an A in German and a B in History.

She said: “I got into my first choice university and it was hard work but I am so happy. I can’t wait to get started.”

Ellen Hughes, David Ward and Hayley Birks

Luke Bills says that “the teaching here has been fantastic” and is “extremely happy” with his three As in Economics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Luke has also been busy achieving his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award which has included volunteer work for Cancer Research UK in Marple. He describes as “amazing” last summer’s school expedition to Peru and Bolivia with the opportunity to hike in the mountains and form close bonds with other pupils. For Luke the responsibility which the trip gave pupils was excellent preparation for university life and he is looking forward to studying Economics at Bristol University.

Georgina Blears got an A* for English Literature and As in Maths and Philosophy. She will go on to study English with Philosophy at Bristol University.

She said: “I worked so hard for these exams so to see these results in front of me is proof that hard work pays off and it was all worth it.”

Robert Mooney

Jacob Schafheutle-Evans got three A*s in English Literature, Maths and Further Maths and an A in Physics. He will go on to study English Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Henry Brearley, a talented pianist and organist, took a year out after leaving school in 2015 to focus on music and has secured a place to study Natural Sciences at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.

Molly Ashby, Max Hulse, Koye Lijadu and Matthew Taylor

Molly Ashby got three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and will go on to study Medicine at Glasgow University.

Head Girl Ella Burton got an A* in Geography and As in Biology and Economics and will go on to study Anthropology at Durham University after taking a year out to travel.

Ella Burton

She said: “I enjoyed every moment at SGS and took part in so many extra-curricular activities. Balancing everything is a skill I can take forward with me as I start my new challenge.”

Amy Bradley got A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She is looking forward to starting a degree in Medicine at Newcastle University. She also completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh during Upper Sixth and will go to St James’s Palace to collect her award later this year.

Luke Bills, Max Hulse and Christopher Hewetson

Chris Hewetson is delighted to be taking up his place at Cambridge University to study Chemical Engineering. Chris says that “school has definitely helped a lot” with his path to achieving two A*s in Mathematics and Physics and two As in Chemistry and Maths and the opportunity to study at Downing College. Alongside his hard work, Chris has enjoyed singing in the school’s Chorus and playing clarinet in the Wind Orchestra, as well as the Music Tour to Italy and the opportunity to perform at St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice. Involvement in the Engineering Education Scheme and a six month project working on aircraft ducting has also given Chris some real life engineering experience.

Cassandra Hotchkies got A*s in Maths and Physics and an A for Chemistry. She said she “was really worried but this is way better than I thought”. A Masters degree in General Engineering at Durham University will follow for Cassandra who says she has had a lot of fun playing percussion for the Wind Orchestra and volunteering in the Junior School morning club.

Ella Burton, Ali Drabu, Florence Harrison and Cassandra Hotchkies

Flo Harrison is “very happy” with her three As in Chemistry, Mathematics and Philosophy. Flo who is going on to study Philosophy and Mathematics at Edinburgh University has combined her studies with singing in Chorus, Hockey and achieving her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Jordon Kong is looking forward to “really exciting, new experiences and hard work” when he starts his course in Medicine at Manchester University. His three As in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics will be good preparation for his studies as will the work experience he undertook in cardiology at Wythenshawe Hospital. As well as his studies, Jordon also volunteers for the Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society, as part of the outdoor group which helps with trips out.

Becki Smith

Sam Harvey is delighted with his A Level results of A*, A and B in Business Studies, Religious Studies and German. Sam who has also played football for school alongside studying hard is heading off to study Theology at Leeds University with teaching as a possible career option.

Sam Harvey, Lyle Whyatt, Philip Yorke-Robinson and Jordon Kong

Alfred Eastwick says he is “in shock in a good way” with his 2 As and a B in French, German and Art, “I really went for it and worked hard.” Music is Alfred’s passion and according to fellow student Adil Aziz “his gigs are awesome”. He is looking forward to developing his music production skills with further study at Manchester’s Futureworks.

Adil Aziz says studying A Level Design Technology in which he gained an A* “was so much fun” and thanked his teachers for their encouragement when he chose to create something “a bit different and unorthodox”, an incubator for eggs, for his final project. Adil’s A*, along with his B in Physics and C in Chemistry will see him take up his place to study Engineering at Nottingham University.

Alfie Eastwick and Adil Aziz

Alex Farrand is “really happy” with his three Bs in Spanish, Psychology and Business Studies. He is looking forward to starting his course in Business and Spanish at Manchester University, along with the opportunity to spend a year in Spain. Alex also enjoys teaching gymnastics part time to children in Trafford from pre-school to age 13 and plans to carry on alongside his studies.

Johann Farhan and Alex Farrand

Captain of Stockport Grammar’s National Final winning hockey team, Sophie Cunningham, is very happy with her two Bs and a C in English Literature, Business Studies and Classics. Sophie is delighted to be taking up her place to study Fashion Marketing at Nottingham Trent University.

Sophie Cunningham, Ella Burton, Cassandra Hotchkies and Florence Harrison

Sophia Swindlehurst is taking a different path and has chosen to study Philosophy and Politics at the independent university, New College of the Humanities, which was established by A C Grayling and specialises in Philosophy. Sophia is happy and “still in a daze” with her two As and a B in Classics, Philosophy and Mathematics. Sophia has enjoyed taking part in Model United Nations debates and has spread her love for Philosophy, volunteering at Broadstone Hall Primary School where she ran a Philosophy Club and found that “the children were full of enthusiasm and had amazing ideas”.

Five years’ involvement with the local Air Training Corps has given Lyle Whyatt an enthusiasm to join the RAF and he is looking forward to starting his training. He has combined studies for his two Bs in Biology and Geography and C in Chemistry with plenty of co-curricular sport including football, rugby and climbing.

Leina Warburton, Claudia Thomas, Louise Murray and Emilia Biondi

Philip Yorke-Robinson is following his A*, A and B in Design Technology, Mathematics and Physics with a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham University. Philip has enjoyed playing football at school and the opportunity to take part in Model United Nations debates, which he describes as fantastic for developing pupils’ confidence.

Freya Fagan-Bird got an A* and two As. She said: “I wasn’t well last year and my results were poor but I have worked incredibly hard this year, taking 17 exams in total with re-sits, and have achieved more than I expected.”

Freya Fagan-Bird

Ali Drabu got three As and will now study International Relations at St Andrews University. He said: “I can’t believe I am actually leaving. I’m going to miss the community element of SGS, both the pupils and teachers. The teachers really made it for me, they have worked so hard for us and helped me get to where I want to be. I really enjoyed Model United Nations, the debating society and symposium whilst at SGS and I was the representative for Manchester in the Youth Parliament and went to the House of Commons to represent Manchester.”

David Ward is excited to start studying French and International Management at Bath University after getting two As and a B. He said: “I’m really excited and ready for the next challenge and it will be good to get my brain going again. I’m very happy with my results, I couldn’t have done it without the Languages department, especially Miss Gibson. The French work experience trip really aided my language skills.

Jack Carter got two As and a B and will go on to study English and Classics at Leeds University. He said: “It is a fantastic feeling when you see the results and know that all your hard work has paid off.”

Rebecca Hosfield and Jack Carter

Rebecca Hosfield will start a Civil Engineering and Architecture degree at Bath University after getting an A*, an A and a B. She said: “SGS has been a huge part of my life for the last seven years and I will miss it so much. I have made some excellent friends and I have so many good memories.”

George Francis and Tom Humphries are both going on to study Business at Leeds University after getting the grades they needed.

George got an A* and two As while Tom got an A*, an A and a B. Both boys said they were thrilled with their results.

Tom Humphreys and George Francis

Ellen Hughes got an A, a B and a C and will go on to study Geography at Liverpool University. She said: “I am over the moon that I got into my first choice of university. I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support from all my teachers at SGS.”

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