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A-Level Results 2020: 86% A*-B grades


A-level Results 2020

The School is delighted that Ofqual have now agreed to uphold the original teacher assessed grades for A-level results in 2020. This means that even more of our talented students will be able to move on to the university courses of their choice. The new results show 86% A*-B grades and are a testament to the hard work of the students and teachers over many years.

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth – we are immensely proud of you!

SGS students are looking forward to starting their courses at prestigious universities across the country, including Cambridge, UCL, St Andrews, Bristol, Durham, Nottingham and Manchester. They will be studying a wide range of subjects including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law, Neuroscience, Illustration, Languages, Business and Natural Sciences.

Headmaster Dr Paul Owen said: “I am hugely impressed by the hard work of our A-level students throughout their time at SGS and particularly in these last few difficult months. Their commitment and the dedication of their teachers has enabled them to develop their talents to the full, achieving the highest academic standards and, through their support for the SGS community, becoming role models for the younger pupils.”

On the morning of Results Day and prior to Ofqual’s decision to uphold the original teacher assessed grades, we spoke with some of our students:

Jamie Carson is delighted with his 4 A*s in English Literature, French, German and Mathematics. He is looking forward to studying Languages at Cambridge University. Model United Nations and Debating Competitions are amongst the activities Jamie has enjoyed at SGS.

He will be joining Eve Gibbons at Cambridge University. Eve studied Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. She will start her course in Veterinary Science following her 2 A*s and an A plus an A* in her EPQ.

Zahra Butt is “shocked and happy” with her 4 A*s in Art, Biology, Mathematics and Chemistry. Medicine at Birmingham University is next for Zahra who has found volunteering at the Seashell Trust an interesting experience that has enabled her to see things from a different perspective. “Friends and seeing everyone everyday” are what Zahra has most enjoyed and will miss most about SGS.

Archie Eady-Gurr is “really happy, thrilled” with his results: 2 A*s and an A. Archie took A Levels in Religious Studies, Philosophy and English Literature. He will continue with his studies of Philosophy and Theology at St Andrews University. Archie thanked the staff at SGS saying: “The standard of teaching is amazing – you get so much individual attention.” Archie has enjoyed both fencing and archery at SGS.

After seeing his 4 A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, Bilal Vohra said: “It’s made me very happy to get the results I needed to study Medicine at Manchester University. All the hard work paid off. I really enjoyed my time at SGS and taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Gold Level was one of my favourite parts of my school life. It meant I could get involved with new experiences, like volunteering.”

Law at Nottingham University is next for Vice Captain of Rugby Alex Whylie whose A-Levels have been re-graded to 2 A*s and 2 As. Alex studied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Alex thanked all his teachers and “particularly Maths, they are so supportive.”

Medicine at Bristol University follows for Head Girl Kate Roberts who is “really happy, I couldn’t ask for more” with her 4 A*s in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. “The people and the friendships” have been the best part of SGS for Kate who describes being Hockey Captain as “lots of fun, I’ve enjoyed it a lot”.

Hannah Franklin will be starting her course in Illustration at Leeds Art University following her A* and 2 As. Hannah studied Art, English and Psychology. Hannah says: “I love art and I have done my whole life. It’s so much fun and the teachers at SGS have encouraged and inspired me.” A member of Chamber Choir and Chorus, music has been Hannah’s other enthusiasm at SGS: ”The community of music is fantastic – I’ve really enjoyed every aspect of music at SGS.” Alongside side this, Hannah has been part of Amnesty International at SGS and of the Sixth Form Committee.

Awais Khan joined SGS in Sixth Form and is now looking forward to studying Medicine at Manchester University. He says “it’s an amazing feeling” about his 2 A*s and an A. Awais studied Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. Awais has enjoyed debating society, leading faith assemblies and the mock trial activities. He says: “what stands out about SGS is the support – there’s always a member of staff available to help you.”

On receiving her 2 A*s and an A and confirmation of her place to study Medicine at UCL, Almira Awan-Rutter said: “I am relieved as I was unsure what to expect with the uncertainty of the past few months but I feel my hard work has paid off. The Medicine course at UCL appealed to me because I get to be involved with patient contact from the First Year and I can’t wait to explore the city. Whilst I was at SGS I took part in shows like Chicago which was an amazing experience. The whole support system at school, both pastoral and academic, was excellent.” Almira studied Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and English Literature.

Netball Captain Beth Taylor is “very happy” with the 3 A*s and an A that see her take up her place to study Natural Sciences at Durham University. Beth’s results were re-graded after Results Day. Beth studied Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. The teachers and their support have been the highlight of SGS for Beth.

Head Boy Alex Malone is looking forward to studying Law at Liverpool University. Alex credits SGS with “helping me develop as a person from the start of my time here; I’ve met so many great people that I will stay in touch with, I’ve really enjoyed my years at SGS”.

Deputy Head Girl Phoebe Christodoulou is “happy and relieved” with her A* and 3As and A* in her EPQ. Phoebe studied Physics, Biology, French, and Chemistry. Veterinary Science at Nottingham University is next for Phoebe who has enjoyed netball and the Duke of Edinburgh award alongside her studies. Phoebe confessed that one of the things she will miss about SGS is the school lunches “particularly the chocolate crunch”.

Two A*s and an A plus an A* in her EPQ have Olivia Clark “really pleased and excited to start university”. Olivia studied Psychology, English Literature and Business. She is going to study her favourite subject, Psychology, at Nottingham University. Olivia says: “the teachers have really motivated me to do my best.” Olivia has been a keen dancer at SGS, taking part in dance shows and the musical Annie: “Life at SGS has been good with the support of my teachers as well as the community of friends I’ve built. Dance Club with Mrs Downing was a highlight – I particularly like modern dance.”

Jake Thorley is “very happy” with his 3 As in Physics, Design Technology and Maths and will continue his passion for design at Northumbria University where he will study Product Design. Jake’s results were re-graded after Results Day. He has enjoyed the “hands on approach” in Design Technology, making a tiered water feature for his final project. Climbing Club on the school climbing wall, the climbing trip to Alicante and the regular Friday evening trips have been a highlight of Jake’s time at SGS.

Laura Murray received an A* and 3 As. She studied Art, Business, Geography and Psychology and says: “My whole experience at SGS has been good from joining in Year Six to receiving my results today. I’m excited to now go onto study a Combined Honours degree. One of the biggest highlights of my time here was the Sixth Form trip to Madagascar; it was an unforgettable experience and I would like to do a residential trip like that again. All my teachers were amazing at SGS but I especially want to thank Miss Curl.”

Claire Murphy is over the moon with her results, she explained: “I am delighted with how I did in my A Levels – all the hard work has paid off. Next year I will be studying French and Spanish at Durham University. It’s a well-regarded course for languages and I am really looking forward to spending a year abroad to immerse myself in the culture of a country during my degree. Although I only joined SGS in Sixth Form, I’ve made lifelong friendships – everyone was so welcoming. I’d especially like to mention Miss Gibson, who not only gave me great pastoral support as my form tutor but also fantastic academic support as my languages teacher too.”

T’Don Kennedy is off to the University of Nottingham to study Bio-Technology following his A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Business. A keen football, basketball and rugby player, SGS sports have been a highlight for T’Don who is looking forward to getting involved with sport at Nottingham.

Deputy Head Boy Sameer Javid is “very much looking forward” to starting his course in Physics and Philosophy at St Andrews University following his 2 A*s and 2 As. Sameer studied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Further Mathematics. Extra-curricular sport has been a highlight of SGS for Sameer who has enjoyed playing football, rugby and basketball.

Former SGS House Captain Emily Hibbins is delighted to be starting her degree in Neuroscience saying: “My results today have left me both pleased and relieved – I can’t wait for the next step of my life. I will be heading to Manchester University to study Neuroscience. The reason I wanted to do this course is that it offered me more of the Biology side of Psychology which is the area I’ve found most interesting whilst studying the subject at A Level. During my time at SGS I played a lot of netball favouring goal defence or goal keeper and whilst in Sixth Form I was House Captain. The best part about SGS has been all my friends and a big thank you to Dr Glarvey for her support.”

Talented musician Lauryn Howard achieved 4 A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Further Mathematics and told us: “Happy, pleased and excited best describes how I’m feeling. Next year I will be studying Chemistry at Durham University, the course sounds really interesting and the city is so pretty, I can’t wait to explore. The Music department at SGS was a big part of my school life. I played the flute and the great part about the extracurricular clubs in Music is that you got to mix with pupils from throughout the school years as well as play at some prestigious venues such as the RNCM.”

Cameron Cook received an A and 2 Bs and is delighted to be taking up his place at Lancaster University to study Business Management and Marketing Management, with the possibility of a career in Law to follow. Cameron’s results were re-graded after Results Day. He has combined studying for his A Levels in Business, Design Technology, and English Literature with football, basketball, music as a member of Chorus and a strong commitment to Nicholson house activities. Cameron thanked his teachers saying: “The teachers are really helpful and want you to succeed.”

House Captain of Vernon Alice Jones is pleased with her A and 2 Bs. Alice studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and is considering a gap year to include a working ski season. Skiing is not the only sport Alice enjoys with swimming also one of her enthusiasms.

Football Captain, Sam Thornton-West said “I am very pleased with my results and can’t wait to study Politics and International Relations. As well as the academic support the teachers gave me at SGS one of the biggest highlights has been the sport facilities. The variety of sport at SGS has been amazing and I was lucky enough to be captain of the football team.”