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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


Pleased students collect their A-level results

Well done to our Upper Sixth who are collecting their A-level results this morning, with 86% of the grades awarded at A* to B and 58% at A* and A. You are a fantastic year group and we are immensely proud of your hard work and achievements!

Headmaster Dr Paul Owen said: “Our A-level students have worked incredibly hard and I have been hugely impressed by the academic ambition and determination they have shown throughout their time at SGS. Their commitment and the dedication of their teachers has enabled them to achieve the highest academic standards and to develop their wider talents to the full.

“Throughout their Sixth Form years, their support for the SGS community, their ambition and their resilience have shone through in the most difficult of circumstances. They have become well deserved role models for the younger pupils. I wish them every success as they look forward to starting their courses at prestigious universities across the country.”

Talented musician Caitlin Cutts is ‘very happy’ with her four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Maths. She will be going on to study Natural Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge where she has also secured a Choral Scholarship. She says: “I’m excited to have gained a Choral Scholarship at Cambridge University. The Music Department has been a fantastic place for me to make friends and expand beyond the curriculum which has helped balance my academic studies.”

At Cambridge she will be joining Reece Linney who will be studying Engineering at Girton College.

Four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Further Maths and Maths see Nikolai Krywonos all set for Medicine at Imperial College, London. The great variety of co-curricular activities has been a highlight of SGS for Nikolai who has enjoyed Music and taking part in the Sixth Form Classics Play.

Hannah Helsby who joined SGS in the Sixth Form is very pleased with her three A*’s in Business, Economics and Psychology. She will now study International Management at King’s College, London.

Zoe Shah has gained four A*s in English Literature, French, Music and Philosophy and says “the teachers at SGS are inspiring”. A talented musician, Zoe has been part of the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Hallé Youth Choir as well as enjoying climbing on the school trip to Spain.

Rowan Sutton gained three A*s in Biology, Psychology and EPQ and two As in Maths and Chemistry and says: “SGS has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.”

Matthew Howling says it felt “brilliant” to gain four A*s in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths and Physics. He now goes on to study Aero-Engineering at Bristol University and says: “The teachers at SGS have an amazing enthusiasm for their subjects, particularly at A-level.”

Earlier in the year, Matthew won the SGS Albert Johnson Travel Award and was heading off to Cornwall on the afternoon of Results Day to put his plan to walk approximately 300 miles of the Cornish Coastal Path over three weeks into action. Alongside his studies, Music has been a focus of school life for Matthew who has worked at Hereford Cathedral this summer where he directed a Choral Matins and an Evensong.

Georgia Fazakerley is off to The University of Edinburgh to study Finance and Business after getting two A*s in Business and Economics and an A in Geography. Netball player Georgia, who was a House Captain for Arden, said the most inspiring things about SGS were the teachers and making great friends.

Holly Buckley was over the moon with her three A’s in English Literature, Psychology and EPQ and B in Biology and is going on to study Psychology at Nottingham University. Whilst at SGS, Holly has been involved in a range of musical co-curricular activities. She commented that it was “a great way to escape” and has been part of the Chamber and Chorus Choir as well taking on the lead role of Roxy in the school production of ‘Chicago’. She explained: “I’m just so happy that all my hard work paid and I achieved these results. The whole community at SGS has been so supportive from friends to teachers.”

Suliman Majeed was part of the Young Enterprise group and his next step, Accountancy at Manchester University, continue his interest in business. With three As in Economics, Mathematics and Psychology, he is well prepared for his studies. For Suliman, “the friendships I’ve made and the nice people” are a highlight of SGS.

Deputy Head Girl Lydia Johnson says: “I’m very relieved and happy with my results!” Her four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Further Maths and Maths see her head off to study Medicine at Bristol University. School music, including Chamber Choir and First Orchestra have kept Lydia very busy and she says: “My highlights at SGS have been the friendships and the teachers – they have always helped me to do my best.”

Alice McCluggage is delighted with her A* in Biology, two As in Chemistry and Physics and A* in her EPQ. Alice says: “I’m very happy, I really wanted to go to university and I’m looking forward to starting Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham University. The teachers at SGS are great, they are fantastic at keeping your confidence up.”

Alice has been busy alongside her studies – helping out with Junior School Science Club, doing the Chemistry CREST Award and as an Army Cadet.

Elliot Mills is off to Sheffield University to study Aerospace Engineering. Elliot is a keen musician – mixing and producing music in his home studio – and has also enjoyed using the school gym. He says, at SGS “it’s a community, everyone is nice”.

Successful soprano Kate Langton is “excited and relieved” with her four A*’s in History, Geography, English Literature and EPQ which will see her go on to study History at Durham University. She commented: “I chose to study History because it’s always been my favourite subject and Durham is such a beautiful University. Everyone has been so supportive at SGS.”

Kate has been involved with a variety of choirs at SGS and outside of school she has sat her singing exams as well as performing with the Halle Youth Choir.”

Simon Wong is “very happy” with his three A*s in Biology, Maths and Physics and A in Chemistry and thanks his teachers “for their great support, especially during Covid”. Simon has enjoyed the extra activities and sports, including chess, badminton and volleyball at SGS. He plans to take a Gap Year and do some tutoring.

Model United Nations and Music have featured for Oliver Ensor-Adams alongside hard work for his A Levels in Chemistry, Further Maths, Maths and Physics in which he gained four A*s. Durham University is next for Oliver who says “the teaching staff at SGS are the best”.

The University of Liverpool awaits Zoe Jones, who is going to study Business Management. The Nicholson House Captain and keen hockey player got As in Business and PE, a B in Art and a B in her Extended Project Qualification. She thanked Business and Economics teachers Miss Curl and Mr Phillips and Director of Sport Mr Thomson for their encouragement and inspiration.

Eleanor Merrifield is very pleased after obtaining A*s in English Literature and PE and an A in Psychology. She is heading to Newcastle University to study English Literature and praised English teacher Mr Johnson whose passion for the subject provided her with great motivation to continue her studies.

Ruby Mellor is “really happy” to have secured her place at The University of Bristol to study Psychology. She got an A* in Geography and As in History and Psychology and she loved the camaraderie in the hockey team and the way it brings different form groups and year groups together to become friends.

Sophia Fanigliulo Vlassis says: “The teachers are amazing, you can talk to them and they are very supportive, especially our Head of Year Mrs Britton.” Sophia is “really happy” with her A* in Maths, and two As in Music and Chemistry. Throughout school, Sophia has been part of choirs and dance shows and her next step, a place at Lane Theatre Arts, reflects her passion for musical theatre.

Jack Field achieved three As at A Level in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. He is looking forward to taking a gap year in which he hopes to travel before joining university.

He said: “I started in the Lower Sixth and everyone has been so welcoming. In spite of the Covid restrictions I’ve enjoyed becoming part of the school and I’ve made great friends who really took me under their wing.”

Sam Lavender was very happy with his results in Mathematics, Design Technology and Physics and will be going on to study Mechanical Engineering at University.

“I’ve always been interested in engineering, I find the design aspect really cool and I like that it involves problem solving. The Physics Department and Design Technology teachers have been particularly helpful during Sixth Form.”

Sam has enjoyed the co-curricular opportunities available at SGS and has been involved with the swimming club and climbing club. He explains that the clubs on offer are great and help to “switch your mind off” from the academic side of things.