Shrewsbury High School is celebrating its best A-level results in five years with just under half of all results graded A*/A and three quarters of all grades A*-B. Headteacher Jo Sharrock said she and all her staff were “delighted with today’s A Level results, thrilled for the girls and enormously proud of all that our class of 2019 has achieved.”
“One quarter of the year group achieved a clean sweep of A*/A grades with 3 girls gaining straight A* in all subjects which is just phenomenal; May Davis (Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics) Anna Jones (Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths) and Abbie Spalding (Economics, English Literature and History).
We are equally proud of those girls who might not have got a clutch of A grades but still achieved impressive results, exceeding their potential and rising to the challenge of our high expectations. Our aim is to ensure that every one of our girls, regardless of their starting point, can learn without limits and our girls have done just that”.
Academic success has been across the full curriculum, with results in STEM particularly stellar; 100% A* – B grades in Physics and Further Maths, 93% A* – B grades in Maths and 86% A* – B grades in Chemistry. It is also pleasing to see similar success in Languages, with 100% A*A grades in German and Latin. This year also sees a record number of girls completing their EPQ where they have developed vital skills and deepened their passions. 11 gained an A* grade and 83% of all grades were A* – B.
“We are excited by the girls’ ambition and the diversity of their undergraduate choices at world class universities. Three girls are heading to Oxbridge to study Chemistry, Engineering and Geography. Three girls have secured places to study medicine and one girl to study dentistry. Across the board our girls are pursuing a variety of STEM, Languages and Arts courses at notable institutions such as Exeter, Sheffield, Warwick, Bristol, York, Durham and Bath. Courses include Architecture, Politics and International Relations, Law, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. For those choosing a different route to universities we are also delighted with the number of apprenticeships our girls are being offered in a wide variety of industries”. Rachel Sadd, Head of Sixth Form, echoed the Head’s comments, “Sixth Form at Shrewsbury High is wonderful because we have the time and capacity as teachers to get to know the students as individuals and so nurture their diverse talents and passions and help each girl find a future path that excites and inspires her. I couldn’t be prouder of the girls today”.
Ms Sharrock was extremely keen to recognise the talent and great effort put in by both girls and their teachers, “These superb results are testament to the brilliance of our girls and the expert support and inspirational teaching of our fantastic academic staff. As a cohort the girls are intellectually curious, creative in their thinking and adept at problem solving. They have worked hard and shown resilience in the face of the tougher linear A Levels and I am thrilled that their endeavour has paid off. Alongside their study they also found time to contribute fully to the wider life of the school through music, sport, drama, charity work and much more. They have the strength of character, skills and qualities needed to thrive and they are ready for the world. We are so excited by all that they will contribute as global citizens and wish them well with the adventures that lie ahead.”