Our Upper Sixth were celebrating success this morning as they collected their A-level results, with a 100% pass rate and almost three-quarters of results awarded at A* to B. From a year group of 109 pupils, 27 were awarded all A* and A grades.
The pupils’ excellent results will see them heading for courses at the country’s most competitive institutions, including six to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken said: “I am delighted for our pupils. With the support of their parents and teachers they have worked very hard to attain excellent examination results which will enable them to embark upon the next stage of their education with confidence and enthusiasm. They have achieved this against a background of considerable uncertainty in the national examination system and university admissions procedures. In their commitment to a wide range of co-curricular and voluntary activities, they have made an outstanding contribution to our school community and developed skills which are highly prized by universities and employers. We wish them every success in their future paths.”
Head Girl Georgia Burns gained three A*s and an A and will go on to study English at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Georgia “can’t wait to get started” at university. She said: “I will miss my time at Stockport Grammar and I was involved in so many things like debating, netball and music. It’s such a friendly atmosphere and I will miss my friends and teachers so much. It has been my home for seven years!”
Oliver Robinson will start his journey to becoming an actuary following a Maths degree at Edinburgh University. Oliver achieved an A* and two As and said: “I love Maths because there is always a right or wrong answer. My degree course is five years as it includes an integrated Masters so I am looking forward to getting stuck in.”
Francesca Bailey got two A*s and an A and is looking forward to starting a degree in Natural Sciences at Durham University.
During her time at school, Francesca went to the National Finals with the Hockey team three times including 2015 when the 1st XI were crowned national champions.
She said: “It was a lovely surprise to see I had done so well. I have been a pupil here from Reception year so it has been a huge part of my life.”
Natalie Ho is looking forward to starting her Medicine degree at Cambridge University. Natalie, who will study at Murray Edwards College, said she is “feeling surprised and really relieved” to have gained her 4 A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Natalie is just back from the school’s music tour to the Rhineland which included a performance in Cologne Cathedral. She has combined working hard for her exams with playing the viola in the Orchestras and piano in the Wind Band.
Myles Cartwright will study Psychology at Leeds University after he got an A* and two As. He said: “It’s such a relief when you open that envelope and see that all your hard work and effort has paid off. I’m so happy.”
Netball captain Ellen Mobley is “definitely looking forward” to September when she will start her course in Biochemistry with Molecular Medicine at Nottingham University. Ellen has gained an A* in Psychology, an A in Chemistry and an A in Biology and said she has made “friends for life” at the school.
Natasha Brickstock is delighted with her A* in Biology and 2 As in Chemistry and Psychology. Natasha has spent the summer in New York, as one of the winners of the Stockport Grammar Albert Johnston Travel Bursary Award. There she has been studying the impact of mental illness on artists and their work, with the opportunity to see original artwork up close at museums such as The MET, Guggenheim and The Museum of Modern Art a highlight of the experience.
Hannah Hughes is over the moon with her A* and two A grades and will go on to study Dentistry at Birmingham University. She said: “I loved my time here and I have recently completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. I will miss playing netball and seeing my friends every day.”
Jake Young is really happy with his two A*s and an A and will study Pharmacology at Leeds University. He was an active member of the rugby, football and cricket teams during his time at school.
Georgia Curwen’s EPQ on Music in the Ancient World, for which she received an A*, combines her significant talents in Classics and Music. Following her A* in Music and 2 As in Classics and Latin, Georgia will now study Classics at the University of St Andrews. Georgia is a member of the Halle Youth Choir and of the Junior Royal Northern College of Music programme. She has just returned from the school music tour to the Rhineland and has been a keen school musician throughout her time at Stockport Grammar. Georgia said that at Stockport Grammar “you get so much support from your teachers” and she has enjoyed “the change in dynamic in the Sixth Form”.
Molly Royle has deferred her English and Creative Writing degree at Leeds Beckett University to complete an Art Foundation course. She said: “I loved my time at school and I will miss the family atmosphere.”
Laura Cooper is looking forward to studying Biological Sciences at Oxford University.
Ellie Rogerson said she is “so happy” with her three A grades as they were better than she was expecting. She is looking forward to starting an English and Classics degree at Leeds University.
Friends Melissa Pickford and Emma Turner are celebrating getting into their first choice universities. Melissa will study Psychology at Sheffield Hallam while Emma will study the same subject at Chester.
Emma said: “I will miss the wonderful teachers. They have been so lovely throughout my whole school journey.”
Joanna Brown was surprised and delighted to achieve four A*s. She said: “I was hoping to have done this well but until you see them on the results paper you never know. I am so happy. My teachers and fellow pupils have made my school experience so lovely. I will really miss it.” Joanna, a keen oboe player, will study Physics at Imperial College London.
James Cotter and Nick Murray say the relief of getting into their first choice universities made the months of hard work worthwhile. James will study Product Design at Northumbria while Nick will study Electrical Engineering at York.
Hockey captain Georgie Dare said she couldn’t have achieved her A* in Psychology, A in Geography and A in Economics without her teachers help. Georgie, who captained the Stockport Grammar Senior Hockey team at their fourth consecutive appearance at the National Finals, is particularly pleased with her Economics result which she describes as “a hard subject to tackle but a good experience”. Georgie’s next step is a degree in Law at Bristol University.
Lilia Sebouai describes her teachers as “super supportive and amazing” and “can’t believe” her three As in Classics, English and History. Hockey and Model United Nations debates have kept Lilia busy alongside her school work. She will continue with her study of English when she starts her degree at Bristol University.
Jess Carroll has her sights set on a career in teaching and will spend next year gaining experience on a placement in the Junior School before continuing her studies. She is very happy with her A in Art and two Bs in Classics and Maths. A keen hockey player, Jess has represented Stockport Grammar at three of their four National Final appearances, including their winning year in 2015. Alongside sport, Jess said “the food!” is on her list of favourite experiences at the school.
Jessie Brook is delighted with her two A*s in Chemistry and Maths and her A in Biology. A talented musician, Jessie has played the French Horn in the First Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Concert Band and sings in Chorus. She has just come back from the school music tour of the Rhineland and describes performing in Cologne Cathedral as “really special”. Alongside her studies and music, Jessie has even found time to play netball and has loved “being involved in lots of things, meeting people and making great friends” at Stockport Grammar. September will see her start her course in Biochemistry at York University.
Keen sportsmen Richard Klomp and Jaime Sanchez-Capuchino both achieved two As and a B. Richard is looking forward to starting a degree in Philosophy at Bristol University while Jaime will study Pharmacy at Bradford University.
Linda Dang is happy to have achieved the A in Maths, and two Bs in Chemistry and Biology which will see her take up her place to study Pharmacy at Birmingham University. For Linda, the best part of Stockport Grammar has been “the friends that you make” and she has enjoyed working with the younger pupils at the Biology Help Club and taking part in Model United Nations debates.
Natalie Merrick credits achieving her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award with increasing her interest in the outdoors and in Geography which she is now off to study at Newcastle University, having gained an A in Geography and 2 Bs in Chemistry and Maths. Natalie has been a member of Chorus and puts the music tour to Italy, with the opportunity to perform in St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice amongst the highlights of her time at Stockport Grammar.
Nicole So is “chuffed” with her A* in Maths and 2 Bs in Further Maths and Business, and said that she “didn’t expect it”. Inside school Nicole has “made great friends for life” while outside school she trains in taekwondo. She is now off to Cardiff University to study Maths.
Science degrees are the next step for both Fergus Ustianowski and Molly Clark. Fergus, who got two As and a B will study Physics, while Molly, who got three Bs, will study Biology.
Mona Amet is “really happy” to be taking up her place to study Biomedical Sciences at King’s College, London “because it’s an amazing institution”. Mona says she has done “loads of music” while at Stockport Grammar and has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Joseph Lansbury is looking forward to continuing his study of Psychology in which he got an A* as well as 2 Bs in Geography and Biology. Joseph describes the school’s co-curricular programme as “perfect” with “just so much to do” and plans to continue with the fencing which he started at Stockport Grammar.