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Manchester High girls told 'the world is your oyster' following A-level results
Today’s A-level results (15th August 2019) have proved that for students of Manchester High School for Girls, the world really is at their feet; 91% of all A-level grades secured at the School were A* to B.
15th August 2019 — Today’s A-level results (15th August 2019) have proved that for students of Manchester High School for Girls, the world really is at their feet; 91% of all A-level grades secured at the School were A* to B.
Head Mistress, Mrs Claire Hewitt, commented: “Given the current climate of political and economic uncertainty, an all-consuming digital landscape with unabated images of so-called ‘perfection’ and a gender pay gap that is far from redressed, it would be easy to believe that it’s all doom and gloom for our young women. However, these A-level results show that this group of talented, conscientious and independent girls can, and will, rise to any challenge before them.
“I applaud them for their determination and dedication and want to remind each and every one that the world is now their oyster. We say there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Manchester High girl and this is reflected not only in the subjects the students chose to study at A-level but in the diversity of the fields they are going to pursue at a higher level. From Computer Science to Classics, History of Art to Aerospace Engineering, Music to Medicine, I am confident Manchester High girls will lead the way.”
On Cloud Nine
Nine students at Manchester’s oldest all-girls’ school secured a string of straight A* grades. Anoushka Mazumdar from Cheadle achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will be studying Computer Science at the University of Cambridge’s Churchill College. She said: “Cambridge may be renowned for its history but it’s always been at the forefront of innovation. I want to work in artificial intelligence in the future and I’m excited to explore this area more with Cambridge’s subject experts.
“Securing these grades was certainly hard work and I’d like to thank all my teachers at Manchester High, as well as my parents. I’ve felt supported every step of the way and that really has made all the difference.”
Connie Baxendell from Altrincham secured three A*s in Fine Art, English Literature, History and is set to study History of Art at UCL from September. She commented: “I’ve always been a creative person and painting is my number one passion. That said, I am really proud of the analytical skills I have developed during my three A-level subjects, the ability to critic, question and reason, and believe these will stand me in good stead when I make the leap to university.”
To Boldly Go…
As Manchester High’s A-level cohort look towards the future, three students have their sights firmly set on the stars. Sanaa Mughal from Heaton Mersey, Chloe Kadir from Cheadle and India Agravat from Glossop all wish to pursue careers in the space industry.
Sanaa will be studying Earth Science at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford, India will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Nottingham and Chloe will be reading Physics at Imperial College London.
Chloe said: “I can’t believe I secured straight A*s in German, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and am so excited to start at Imperial. I really hope that at some point during my degree I’ll be able to study under Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics. She is a former Manchester High girl too and completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Hawking. If there is one person who can help me get to grips with black holes and cosmology it’s her!”
Sanaa and India both agreed that it’s an exciting time for women in space. Sanaa commented: “Tomorrow, NASA will announce more details of the Artemis project which will put the first woman on the moon in the next five years. I’ll be following the progress of the mission very carefully while I’m at Oxford and am encouraged that the space industry values the contribution of female astronauts and scientists just as much as male ones.”
Sixth Form Applications for September
A limited number of places in the Sixth Form at Manchester High School for Girls’ Sixth Form are available for a September 2019 start.
As explained by Mrs Claire Hewitt: “On GCSE results day (22nd August 2019) there will be those students who perform better than they expected in their examinations. Every year at Manchester High we speak with girls who have a fantastic set of GCSE results and want to see what our high performing Sixth Form can offer them.
“We are available on GCSE results day and appointments can be made after that to come in and chat things through. You don’t have to commit to anything, it’s simply about exploring your options.”
For more information visit www.manchesterhigh.co.uk or call 0161 224 0447.
BBC DRAGON RETURNS TO FORMER SCHOOL TO PROMOTE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The star of BBC Dragons’ Den, Jenny Campbell, visited her former school on Tuesday 27th November to promote entrepreneurship amongst young women.
29th November 2018 — The star of BBC Dragons’ Den, Jenny Campbell, visited her former school on Tuesday 27th November to promote entrepreneurship amongst young women. In association with Young Enterprise, pupils from Manchester High School for Girls had the opportunity to pitch business ideas to Jenny and receive expert feedback on their proposals.
Jenny is an ex-career banker turned entrepreneur who sold her business, YourCash Europe, for over £50 million in 2016. After leaving Manchester High School for Girls at the age of 16, Jenny started her career counting cash in a bank branch. She worked her way up to become Operations Director of Hanco, a Royal Bank of Scotland subsidiary, and led a management buyout of the company in 2010.
Kerrie Chisnall, who leads Young Enterprise at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “Pitching a business idea to one of the most successful businesswomen in the country was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our girls. The Young Enterprise scheme has been a real hit at Manchester High, partly because the girls see Jenny’s success and start to believe that they could do something similar.”
The two teams were challenged to design, create and market ethical products over the course of the last term. The results were an impressive collection of t-shirts made from bamboo and cruelty-free bath bombs made using natural ingredients. Precious Limen of Team + Aura said: “I was really quite nervous before the session started, but Jenny was very supportive of our ideas. When you have a product that you believe in it can be very difficult to think rationally about how to move forward. Jenny gave us a number of really good ideas about how we could make our marketing more focussed, which we have already started to implement!”
Young Enterprise was founded to help young people to make the connection between school and the world of work. This year-long ‘company programme’ for secondary school students aims to develop employability skills and deliver inspirational enterprise education.
Matthew Mercieca, CEO of Young Enterprise, said: “It’s inspirational for students to have role models such as Jenny Campbell visiting the classroom to provide their insight. Young Enterprise is all about preparing young people to reach their maximum potential in the workplace, and understand the opportunities ahead of them so many thanks to Jenny for spending her time with Young Enterprise students at Manchester High School for Girls.”
Jenny Campbell is a member of Manchester High School for Girls’ active community of alumnae. The School regularly welcomes alumnae back to MHSG to present talks on careers, wellbeing and personal development.
MHSG named The Sunday Times Northwest Independent School of the Year 2019
Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) has been named as North West Independent Secondary School of the Year by The Sunday Times.
26th November 2018 — Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) has been named as North West Independent Secondary School of the Year by The Sunday Times.
This award comes at the end of a hugely successful year for Manchester High School for Girls, after topping The Times’ A-level results table for independent schools in the North West. As the school which educated the Pankhurst sisters, MHSG has also played a key role in the centenary celebrations of some women gaining the right to vote.
The School was chosen ahead of over 75 independent secondary schools across the region. Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, the Sunday Times School’s Guide 2019, said: “Manchester High School for Girls has a long tradition of turning out young women who go on to make their mark upon the world.
"They are undoubtedly assisted in this by leaving with some of the best grades that it is possible to find in British schools. High academic standards coupled with a culture that instils in the girls the belief that they can achieve their wildest dreams makes for a compelling combination.
“With the best A-level results of any school in the Northwest this year, Manchester High School for Girls was the standout candidate to be Northwest Independent Secondary School of the Year.”
Head Mistress, Claire Hewitt, said; “I am absolutely thrilled with this recognition from The Sunday Times. This School has always had a pioneering approach and I would like to give thanks to the parents for believing in our vision of education that puts the individual needs and ambitions of girls at the forefront of everything we do. I truly believe the breadth of opportunities offered by MHSG empowers our girls to become confident, independent-minded and forward-thinking young women with exciting futures ahead of them.”
DR PANKHURST JOINS HER FAMILY’S FORMER SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS
On Tuesday 2nd October, Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) was honoured to welcome Dr Helen Pankhurst as the guest speaker at the school’s annual Celebration and Awards evening at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
8th October 2018 — The event marked the stunning academic achievements of Manchester High pupils, their effort and contribution to life of the school community, and celebrated the centenary year of some women’s right to vote.
Dr Pankhurst is Senior Advisor for humanitarian agency CARE International, based in the UK and Ethiopia. As the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Manchester High School alumna, Sylvia Pankhurst, Dr Pankhurst carries on their legacy. She is a women’s rights activist and recently published the book Deeds, Not Words, the Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now.
The theme of the school’s awards ceremony was ‘Representation’, and Dr Pankhurst encouraged girls to explore who they really want to be. She commented: “Rather than thinking about what to do when you grow up, the question really is what kind of characteristics and values represent you; who is the person you want to be?”
During her presentation, Dr Pankhurst urged girls to not let physical appearance define them, regardless of pressures from society and social media regularly faced by women today in this respect. As an alternative, she encouraged the whole audience to think about what the suffragettes represented, and which qualities they might want to attribute to themselves.
Dr Pankhurst concluded: “We are celebrating the centenary of when some women gained the right to vote. Some had to wait another ten years for equal franchise. What do you want to do with the ten years? Please remember, these years are yours, use them to develop yourself, to remember your values, to support each other, and also please remember this school’s individual values and collective influences.”
Mrs Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress of Manchester High School for Girls, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Dr Pankhurst to celebrate our pupils’ stunning academic achievements, the effort and their contribution to life of our school community, and to mark the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.
“It is clear to see how the theme of ‘Representation’ runs through the very fabric of our school and within our girls who represent MHSG in the most accomplished, dynamic and inspiring ways possible.”
“We are very proud to have educated pioneering women like the Pankhurst sisters who have changed the world. We build confidence and character, qualities that girls need today just as much as when our school was formed, and we are excited about what our current pupils will go on to achieve.”
During the evening, the audience enjoyed performances from Manchester High’s orchestra, wind band and choirs, as well as a spellbinding performance from Mia-Serracino-Inglott, the winner of the school’s prestigious Warburton music competition, which has been running since 1935.
Talented Art and Graphics students from Manchester High School for Girls have recently been involved in a not so top secret creative project, as the Home Office opened their newly refurbished Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) on September 7th.
12th September 2018 — Two rooms at this fantastic facility based at Soapworks in Salford, have been named after two pioneers of computing and cryptography; Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing. This summer, A-level Fine Art students, Axelle Sibierski, Connie Baxendell and Michelle Ameh, joined A-level Graphics students, Hannah Farnell and Bethany Woodhead, in the once in a lifetime opportunity of producing a series of artworks to represent each of these important figureheads of the early tech industry.
In an era when women were routinely denied an education, Ada Lovelace not only broke with protocol but also pioneered what we know today as a computer. As an articulate and strong mathematician, Ada’s work on Charles Babbage’s ‘Analytical Engine’ gave us what many consider today to be the first ever computer programme, recognising the full potential of this type of machine decades before most others.
Michelle described how she felt about creating a piece for the Lovelace room: “I was so excited to be given the opportunity to create a piece of work to represent Ada Lovelace, she was an incredible woman who exceeded expectations for her gender in the 19th century.”
Turing’s work at Bletchley Park, the top-secret home of the war’s codebreakers, is widely celebrated and Manchester High alumna, Lilian Nanette Wise, was a ‘Hut 6’ employee supporting the work of cracking the Enigma code during World War II.
When asked about her creation for the Turing room, Axelle explained: “I wanted my piece to be a nod to all the dimensions of Turing, not just his incredible work with Enigma and his cipher, but to represent his whole story and include reference to him being posthumously pardoned after being convicted due to his sexuality in a time when same sex relationships were illegal.”
Manchester High School for Girls currently works with tech giant UKFast and earlier in the year also hosted a National Cyber Security Centre ‘Cyberfirst Day’, searching for the next generation of cyber security professionals. These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities help pupils understand the importance of computing and technology through the ages, the growing significance of cyber security across all industries and the need for women to stay involved.
The Cyber Security Operations Centre monitors the Home Office IT estate to identify and respond to cyber security incidents. Security Minister Ben Wallace visited the CSOC to hear about the work that the staff carry out on cyber security. The Minister said:
“It was a pleasure to meet the students from Manchester High School for Girls and to see the impressive artwork they’ve produced. I know the team working at the centre will enjoy the results of their efforts.
“As they work at the cutting edge of cyber security it’s great they will be able to reflect back on the careers of Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing – such inspiring pioneers in their fields.”
Oliver Quaye, Head of Operations at CSOC explained why he thinks MHSG students were a great fit for this project:
“I am delighted that the school was so interested in helping us make these rooms feel special and that the girls have been so passionate about the project from the beginning.
“We know the history of the school in terms of Bletchley Park, with alumna Lilian Nanette Wise having been instrumental in the code breaking effort during the war. What better choice for a commemoration of the Enigma programme than to have modern day students produce artwork of what these two pioneers mean to them!
“The fact they were prepared to spend time during their summer holidays in testament to this and we are so impressed with the high standard of work they have produced.”
BEST IN THE NORTH WEST! MANCHESTER HIGH GIRLS CELEBRATE DAZZLING RESULTS
Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) Class of 2018 has been ranked best in the North West according to The Times' league table.
17th August 2018 — Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) was bustling with excitement yesterday, 16th August, as A-level students celebrated success with a string of A*s and As in a range of subjects.
The overall results have been truly impressive as 74% of all A-levels achieved at MHSG were the coveted A* and A, with 93% of all grades secured in the A* to B range. Eight outstanding individuals from the Class of 2018 achieved three or more A*s. Manchester High's Class of 2018 has now been ranked best in the North West according to The Times' league table.
Future medic and aspiring engineer are on their way to Cambridge
18-year-old Shazia Absar from Lees, Oldham, is a Deputy Head Girl at MHSG. She is celebrating four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish and has secured her place at Cambridge’s Churchill College.
Of her achievement, Shazia said: “I am so happy with my results, all the hard work has paid off! I can’t wait to start my course at Cambridge; my ambition is to lead medical research that has a positive and life changing effect on people’s health. At Manchester High, I took the Extended Project Qualification where you can investigate and delve into a specific area of personal interest. I chose to do mine on advances in neuroscience and the impact this has had for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease. This is something I would love to take further at university and into my professional career.”
18-year-old Manchester High student, Alexa McTiffin from Wilmslow, achieved 3 A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, and an A in Chemistry. She is looking forward to taking up her place at Cambridge’s St John’s College to study Engineering.
Alexa commented: “I am so happy with my results, all the hard work has paid off! I have always enjoyed Mathematics and Physics and especially problem solving, so engineering seems like a fitting career path for me. While at Manchester High, I completed a six-month Engineering Education Scheme (EES) project at a local firm where we carried out experiments and investigations on high power lasers.
“I have enjoyed studying at Manchester High’s Sixth Form Centre but I am also looking forward to moving to Cambridge and finding my specialism within engineering.”
Head Mistress of Manchester High School for Girls, Mrs Claire Hewitt, commented:
“I am delighted with the girls’ superb achievements and most of them will now go on to study at their first choice of university. I should like to congratulate them as well as our excellent teaching staff; these results are a real testament to their hard work and commitment.
“At Manchester High, we acknowledge that there are many routes to success. Indeed, some of our girls go on to pursue paths ranging from conservatoires to paid apprenticeships at the BBC or with professional service firms such as Ernst and Young.
“Manchester High has been empowering girls since 1874 and we are proud of our reputation for academic excellence. I am full of confidence that our students will leave us as outward looking and forward-thinking young women who will not only shine academically but, just as importantly, make a positive contribution to society. I wish our Class of 2018 the very best for the future.”
Applications for entry into Manchester High School for Girls (from Preparatory Department through to Sixth Form) for the 2019/20 academic year are open. For more information, please visit www.manchesterhigh.co.uk. The School’s next Open Events are on Wednesday 26th September for Sixth Form and Thursday 11th October for Senior School.