Our Upper Sixth were celebrating success this morning as they collected their A-Level results, with over 52% of all grades awarded at A* and A and 80% of results awarded at A* to B. 22% of all grades were awarded at A*.
Their excellent results will see them heading for courses at the country’s most highly respected institutions, including ten places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Headmaster Andrew Chicken said: “Congratulations to our girls and boys, 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 that their future will hold many exciting opportunities.”
Pupils also achieved highly in the Extended Project Qualification with 80% gaining A* and A grades. Projects covered a wide range of topics, from designing and building a drone, through the Japanese invasion of Manchuria to the debate over whether wolves should be reintroduced to Scotland. The Extended Project Qualification demonstrates true independent learning and excellent research skills.
Beatrice Asquith recently returned from inter-railing across Eastern Europe to the news that she achieved an A* in Biology, an A* in Chemistry, an A* in Maths and an A in Physics. She said she was ‘extremely surprised’ by her results and was very pleased. She is now heading for Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. She is most grateful for the help she received from her teachers, whom she described as ‘very supportive – making school enjoyable.’
Maths maestro Paarbrahm Singh was over the moon with his four A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. He will continue his love of Maths at Cambridge University. To secure his place, Paarbrahm was required to sit three notoriously tough STEP papers. He secured top marks on all three. He hopes to explore a career in research in the future. Paarbrahm said: “The exams were quite hard and intense but the STEP papers were much harder so it was such a huge relief to get my results. I joined the school in the Sixth Form and settled in really quickly. I was in the Young Enterprise team last year and played the flute in the school’s music groups. I will miss all the friends I made.”
Head Girl Emma Crook is off to Cambridge University to study Philosophy after securing A*s in Geography, Maths and Philosophy as well as an A* in her Philosophy Extended Project Qualification. She said: “The exams were hard and stressful so it was great to open the envelope and see these results. I have spent the summer travelling across Eastern Europe and am looking forward to starting university. I enjoyed being Head Girl and it was good to give something back to the school.”
Talented dancer Laura Welch is off to Leeds University to study Psychology after getting a hat trick of As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She said: “I was so nervous before I picked my results up but I am really happy. I took part in lots of dance shows and musical and drama productions during my time at school and I had to fit that around my studying so I am pleased that all the hard work has been worth it. I will miss seeing the same group of lovely people every day. The teachers have been amazing.” Laura played the role of Grace in last year’s production of Annie.
Head Boy Sam Howard is heading for Oxford University to study Maths after achieving A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. As well as studying hard, he was also heavily involved in music during his time at school – playing the double bass and the guitar. Sam also plays double bass with the Hallé Youth Orchestra. Sam was part of the school team which this year won the National Cipher Challenge, a code breaking competition which saw the team defeat over 3,500 teams and travel to Bletchley Park to collect their prize.
After achieving an A* in Maths, A* in Further Maths, an A* in Music and an A in Physics, Elsa Shah is heading for Oxford University to study Music. She was heavily involved in co-curricular musical activities throughout school – in the choir and in many musicals and concerts. The talented violinist lists her solo at the school’s most recent orchestral concert as one of her favourite memories of school.
Nathan Kingsley achieved 4 A*s including Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. He was extremely happy with his results and is looking forward to starting his studies in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Aside from studying, he also kept busy with many extra-curricular activities. Nathan said, “I’ve played Rugby, I’ve played Chess and I took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme where I learned to play the Saxophone. The highlight though was being part of the team which won the National Cipher Challenge – a nationwide code cracking competition.”
Adam Keyworth said he was ‘very happy and quite surprised’ to have achieved an A* in Chemistry, A* in German and A* in Maths. He is set to attend London School of Economics to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Whilst in school, Adam kept busy with Debating, Model United Nations, Young Enterprise and as a Senior Prefect. Adam was a member of last year’s Stockport Grammar Young Enterprise team which triumphed in the regional competitions to reach the National Finals in London.
Millie Johnson is heading for Cambridge to study Architecture after achieving an A* in Art, A* in Maths and an A in Biology in her A Levels. Whilst at school she enjoyed playing the violin, Model United Nations and acting as swimming captain. She has enjoyed the friendships she has made at school and is looking forward to her next steps.
Vishal Krishnani will embark on a Medicine degree at University College London thanks to his A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and an A in Maths. He said: “The exams were hard and I wasn’t sure how well I had done because I was worried about running out of time so I was really pleased with these results. I am so grateful for the Medical Society at school because it helped me with the application and interview process for getting into university and broadened my knowledge of the subject. I will miss the supportive environment. If you want to push yourself to do your best at SGS you get so much help.”
Katy Hughes was delighted with her A* in Art, A in Geography and B in Biology and is looking forward to starting an Architecture degree at Newcastle University. She said: “I have been here since I was 11 years old and made some really great friends. I will miss the teachers so much.” Also embarking on an Architecture degree is Emily Dixon, who was overjoyed to get A*s in Art and Geography and an A in Maths. She will study at Sheffield University. She said: “I will miss the wonderful teachers in the Art department the most.”
An A* in English and As in Art, Classics and Philosophy were more than enough to secure Lili Jones – who served as Netball Captain – a place studying Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. She said: “There is such a big gap between sitting the exams and getting the results so it is a relief to open that envelope.” Last year, Lili scooped second prize in the North West final of ARTiculation held at the Whitworth Art Gallery when she impressed the judges with her presentation on the relevance and role of conceptual art.
Georgia Bourke was “made up” with her A in Psychology and Bs in Biology and Geography. The keen netballer is looking forward to starting a Geography degree at Leeds University.
Katy Brown is heading for University College London to study Economics after securing A*s in Economics and Maths and an A in Latin. During her time at SGS, Katy enjoyed music, swimming and taking part in Model United Nations debates.
Warwick University is the destination of choice for Finley Nolan who will study Politics and International Studies with Chinese after getting three As in Classics, Geography and History. Finley was a keen Model United Nations member and hopes to work in international trade or for the Foreign Office. He said: “I wasn’t sure if I had done well or not so I was really nervous.” During his time at SGS, Finley served as Swimming Captain and was a keen singer. This year he was also the winner of the school’s Albert Johnson Travel Award, providing funding for a trip to Madrid to visit historic locations.
Ben Jones will study Economics at Birmingham University after securing an A in Economics and Bs in Geography and Maths. He said: “I was pleased with my results, especially the A for Economics. The exams were pretty tough so it was a relief to get these results. I played Cricket and Football during my time here and I will miss the excellent sporting opportunities.”
Savannah Gill is taking a gap year after getting an A* in History and As in Chemistry, Maths and Physics. She is hoping to study History after her time off. She said: “I wasn’t expecting to do that well so I am really happy. I will miss my History teachers the most as it is my favourite subject.”
Jess Lloyd is excited to start a Music degree at York University after she achieved an A in Biology and Bs in Maths and Music. She said: “I loved playing flute in as many bands and orchestras as I could. I am really happy with my results and so excited to start my degree. I went on Music tours to Germany, Italy and the Lake District and I will miss the wonderful Music department so much.”
A Levels in Psychology, Design Technology and Geography will see Olivia White train to be a primary teacher in Chester. She said: “The exams were hard but I got through them. I had three in one day so that was tough. I loved Music during my time at school and enjoyed the tour to Germany. I will miss the people, the place and the teachers. I have been here since Reception so I have never known anything different.”
A trio of Bs in History, Maths and Psychology awaited James Fleming when he opened his results envelope. He isn’t sure where he wants to study yet but believes his future lies in Psychology. James played Cricket, Football and Rugby at school and says he will miss the “brilliant atmosphere and seeing friends every day.”
Robyn Clements was thrilled with her A* in Psychology, B in Maths and B in History. She plans to take a gap year in Pune, India, before attending University in 2019. Her highlight at school was the trip to Borneo in June 2017, and she is very grateful for the many happy friendships she has made at school.
George Robinson is set to attend The Royal Veterinary College at The University of London after achieving an A in Chemistry, a B in Biology and a B in Geography. He is looking forward to undertaking his degree in Veterinary Medicine. George was part of the school’s Rugby team and said “Rugby was my highlight of school. It was great mixing with the other year groups and being part of a team.”
Morgan Mills is set to attend Chester University to study Psychology after achieving a B in Psychology, B in Biology and C in Chemistry. She is looking forward to her new adventure, but will miss the friends she has made whilst at school.
Ellie Jenks said her A in Art, A in English and C in Classics were ‘even better results than expected’ and she is now heading for an Art Foundation Course at Manchester Metropolitan University. Whilst at school she acted as a House Captain, and is most grateful for the help and support she has received from her teachers.
Emily Anderson said she was thrilled to do even better in her A Levels than expected. She achieved an A in Maths, a B in Chemistry and a B in Biology. When asked about her next steps she said, “I plan to do a gap year abroad working for a charitable cause in either Costa Rica or Tanzania. Then when I come back I’m going to Newcastle University to study Bio Medicine.” Whilst at school, she was the Charity Captain and said her highlight of her time here was the opportunities the school created and the support she was given by teachers – particularly when it came to university applications.
George Lyth is heading to Birmingham to study Geography after achieving an A* in Geography, a B in Economics and a B in Biology. He also took part in many sporting activities whilst at school. He said, “I enjoyed being involved in many sports at school. I did Rugby, Cricket and football.”
Alex Brooks is set to attend Manchester Metropolitan University to study Human Anatomy after achieving Bs in Biology, Classics and Psychology. When asked what his highlight of school was, he said, “I really enjoyed playing rugby and being part of the team. It’s definitely what I’ll miss most now I’ve left school.”
Richard Seed is heading to Warwick University to study History after achieving an A in Classics, an A in History and a C in Latin. He said, “I’m really pleased with the results as they’ve got me into the university I wanted. I’m grateful that my time at school has led to these good results.”
See previous years’ A-Level Results here.