Outstanding A-Level Results with a 100% pass rate
Our Upper Sixth enjoyed a morning of exceptional success as they celebrated their A-Level results, with 77% of all grades awarded at A* to B and a 100% pass rate. Their fantastic results will see them heading for courses at the country’s most competitive institutions. All of the students with Oxbridge offers attained the grades they required, continuing a track record of success which has seen 14 students receive and take up offers in the last two years. 60% of the challenging Extended Project Qualification grades were at A*.
Headmaster Dr Paul Owen said: “I am thrilled by the achievements of our talented students in winning places at their chosen universities. This is the result of a huge amount of hard work by staff and students over the last two years. I am delighted too that the results highlight the diversity of the A-Level courses available at Stockport Grammar School and our success in gaining the highest grades.”
Max Howe said he is “over the moon” with the four A*s in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths and Physics which will see him take up his place to study Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge University. Taking advantage of the many opportunities to go beyond the curriculum has been a highlight of SGS for Max and a CREST Award on Nuclear Physics took his enthusiasm for his subjects to a greater depth. He said: “SGS has great teachers – I’ve really enjoyed the lessons!”
Max will be joining Head Boy Murray Jallands at Cambridge University. Murray will be studying Economics at Jesus College.
Head Girl Megan King was “shocked and happy” to see her three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and her A in Art. In September, Megan will start her Medicine degree at the University of Manchester. Megan has been a fantastic role model for younger pupils, organising a school-wide warm clothing collection for the Wellspring charity for homeless people. Megan said her favourite aspect of SGS is “all the opportunities to get involved with things you wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”
Talented musician Alex Pollard will be attending Oxford University to study Music after securing two A*s in Maths and Further Maths as well as two As in Physics and Music. Alex was extremely pleased to receive his results. At SGS he has enjoyed “the wide variety of opportunities available and support from teachers”. He commented: “A lot of my time was spent with the Music Department playing in various orchestras and bands. Being involved with music was good because it’s a friendly community with fun opportunities, music tours and concerts.”
At Oxford University, Alex will be joined by Savannah Gill who is studying History.
Four A*s in Further Maths, Maths, Physics and Chemistry see Nicholas Dow looking forward to Maths at The University of Edinburgh. The school climbing trips to locations including Spain have been a highlight for Nicholas who has also enjoyed climbing competitions and completing his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Rugby captain Alex Hewetson is celebrating after receiving his results. He achieved three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and an A in Chemistry. He commented: “I am really pleased with my results and can’t wait to go to Durham University to study General Engineering. My time at SGS has been great because there’s so much to do – it wasn’t just academic work, there was also the chance to take part in lots of sport.”
Two A*s in English and Maths, a further A* in her EPQ and 2 As in Economics and Further Maths mean that Amy Gardner is all set for UCL and a degree in Economics. Amy’s EPQ focused on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and she shared the knowledge she had gained as part of the Library’s regular programme of talks. Amy has also been a Senior Prefect and taken part in Mock Trial and Young Enterprise.
Keen football player Jake Wyatt-Thomas is heading off to The University of Edinburgh to study Medicine after he received two A*s in Maths and Chemistry as well as two As in Biology and Further Maths. He commented: “I was so happy this morning to have achieved these grades and can’t wait for university. As well as playing football at school, I also got the chance to be a drummer in a few bands. Being able to take part in the fantastic music concerts at the school is definitely one of my favourite bits about my time here.”
Yasmin Coppock is over the moon to be heading to the University of Liverpool to study Dentistry. She received three As at A-Level in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
“I am so unbelievably happy and was not really expecting this at all. My time at SGS has been amazing and I loved being part of the Hockey Club as well as supporting the younger pupils in Biology Club,” said Yasmin. “I only came to SGS in the Sixth Form but felt I settled in really quickly and have made a great community of friends. The teachers here are so supportive which has helped a lot throughout my A-Levels and I don’t think I’d have got that level of help anywhere else.”
With an A* in Psychology, an A in Biology and an A in Chemistry, Lydia Rose-Farley is all set to go to Nottingham University to study Psychology. She said: “I’ve loved school and I’m sad to leave. Everyone is so caring and the teachers go the extra mile.” Outside of lessons, Lydia has been busy playing hockey, at Psychology Aspire club and volunteering at the Biology and Chemistry clubs for younger pupils.
An A* in Psychology, another A* in her EPQ and 3 As in Biology, Chemistry and Geography see Faye Sanders looking forward to studying towards a Masters degree in Psychology at Bath University. Faye’s fascinating EPQ on Epigenetics looked at how your environment and stresses such as unemployment, poverty and architectural design can impact on your genes. She is a keen musician, playing the violin and saxophone, and is a part of the SGS Big Band. She has also been busy completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and travelling to China on the Geography and Business trip. The SGS community has been Faye’s favourite aspect of school. Faye said: “everyone is there for each other”.
Football captain Nirvaan Takiar has “absolutely loved” the sport at SGS and with his A in Biology, B in Chemistry and B in Maths he is looking forward to studying Accounting and Finance at university.
Grace Patterson is heading to the University of Leeds to study Classical Literature and Italian after achieving an A* in her EPQ and a hat-trick of As in Classics, English and Spanish. She said: “I’m really happy with my results and I am hoping I’ve done my teachers proud. I took part in loads of music opportunities as a flutist and singer whilst at the school and enjoyed being part of the debate team. I have loved everything about SGS – the teachers, the friends and the sense of community here.”
Lydia Horne has “really loved” music and drama at SGS. A talented trumpet player, Lydia is part of the school’s Big Band and was also honoured to be invited to play The Last Post at Stepping Hill Hospital as part of last year’s Remembrance Day commemorations. She has enjoyed roles in SGS theatre productions, including Annie. She describes the SGS History department as “really supportive and fabulous” and her A in History and 2 Bs in English and Music see her heading to Newcastle University to continue her enthusiasm for the subject.
Charlotte Foster has played netball throughout her time at SGS and as a Sixth Former has been House Captain for Arden, taking on responsibilities for organising House activities and sports teams. Charlotte says that as you join Sixth Form you notice a big change in your school life and she has enjoyed the atmosphere and the relationships you build. Her A in Business and 2 Bs in History and Psychology mean that she, like Lydia, is also off to Newcastle University to study History.
Andrew Goodwin is pleased to have received his results of A* in Psychology, an A* in his EPQ, A in Biology and B in Chemistry. He explained: “Those grades certainly have a nice ring to them and I’m very pleased. Whilst at SGS I was able to enjoy all the opportunities the Music Department has on offer from playing guitar to singing. I came to SGS in the First Year and have received amazing support from my teachers throughout. The careful and extra support with UCAS applications was really helpful.”
Netball captain Megan Taylor achieved an A in Psychology and Bs in Maths and Chemistry. During her time at the school she has been picked for Greater Manchester’s and Manchester Thunder’s academy squads. She said: “I am really happy with my results and have made great friends at Stockport Grammar. I liked the structure of the Sixth Form and it helped me get these great results.”
Alice Kirker attained three As in Chemistry, Maths and Physics and is off to the University of Leeds to study Medicinal Chemistry. The keen netball player, who plays wing attack, said: “I am very pleased with my results and that my hard work has paid off. My favourite part of life at school was making amazing friends and I am pleased with the achievement of taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.”
Leon Evans is off to Lancaster University to study Chemistry with his A in Maths, A in Chemistry and B in Philosophy. Leon has just completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and would recommend it as “an enjoyable, good experience”. He has also been busy representing the school in climbing competitions and has enjoyed the “good community” at SGS.
Joining Stockport Grammar School in Reception, Sam Stretton has now received his A-Level results. He achieved two As in Biology and Chemistry as well as a C in Mathematics. Sam said: “I am so relieved to have got my results and I am very pleased with my grades. In September I will be heading to Nottingham to study Chemistry.
“During my time at SGS I was on the football team and Captain of the Cricket Team. Sixth Form was an amazing experience because we all integrated really well and I made lots of new friends.”
Jonathan Hull felt relieved and happy after he secured three As in Chemistry, Economics and Maths. “I will now be heading to university to study Economics and I’m really pleased that I can do this,” said Jonathan.
He added: “Whilst at SGS I joined the Chess Club and really enjoyed helping out in Chemistry Club. My favourite years were in Sixth Form. It was good because I found the teachers were easy to talk to and always there to help.”
For Umar Niaz “all the friends and the experiences” have been a great aspect of SGS and he is looking forward to studying Business Management at the University of the Arts in London. Alongside studying for his 3 Bs in Business, Design Technology and English he has prepared well for his next steps as a member of the SGS Young Enterprise Team.
Sophia Boar said “it feels amazing” about her place to study Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University. A career in Formula 1 is her ambition and she is very pleased that her 2 Bs in Chemistry and Maths and a C in Physics have set her on the road to Loughborough and a big step towards her ultimate goal.