15th August 2019 — Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce another year of excellent A Level results with 44% of all grades receiving A* or A and 68% at A*, A or B. The cohort has secured places at top universities, including Manchester, Imperial, UCL, Exeter, Liverpool and Nottingham, across a wide range of topics including Medicine, Law, Industrial Design and Technology, Liberal Arts, International Business and Material Sciences.
“At Queen Anne’s we aim to guide each girl to discover her passions and potential and to help prepare her for life beyond our gates. Yet again, we are incredibly proud of all that the Upper Sixth has achieved both inside and out of the classroom.” says Headmistress Julia Harrington.
Queen Anne’s is always proud of the number of girls who study STEM subjects at A Level. This year 33% of the total exams sat were in STEM subjects, with 43% of those achieving A* or A. Bianca B and Charlotte W will both read Medicine at Brighton while Romilly H will read Medicine at Imperial. Vicky Y achieved three As and one A* and will read Maths at Warwick. Hannah H will take up a place on the PwC Flying Start Apprenticeship programme at the University of Birmingham having achieved two As and one A*.
The school has an ethos of world citizenship that has contributed to 19 girls taking up places to study politics, economics or business. A number of girls will also see their studies take them overseas. Rachel G has a rowing scholarship at Georgetown. Abigail S will study at the University of Southern California and Alexandra G secured a place at the University of London Institute in Paris to read French, with two A*s and one A.
The school’s neuroscience programme BrainCanDo has also clearly had an impact on the students with 24 girls choosing to sit Psychology A Level and 63% achieving A*, A or B. A number of girls plan to take their Psychology studies further including BrainCanDo prefect Lottie C at Southampton and Ellie U at Reading. Charlotte W is off to study Psychology at Leeds after showing real dedication and recently winning the Progress Prize at the school’s Speech Day, achieving an impressive two A*s and one A in Psychology, Geography and Economics.
The strong cohort’s hard work paid off in Humanities subjects too with an impressive 57% of Geography students scoring A* or A. In History 84% the girls achieved A* to B grades while 21 girls sat the Economics A Level with 33% earning A* and A grades.
The discipline and drive of the school’s Sixth Form rowing team has carried through to the girls’ academic life with Queen Anne’s rowers scoring top grades across the board including two As and one B for Alicia B who will take up a place at Liverpool to read Law and Sophie H who achieved two As and one B and secured a place at Birmingham to study Criminology.
There were strong results across the Arts including young musician Molly S who accomplished an impressive A* in her Music A Level despite sitting the exam in year 10 aged just 15. Sherry X secured a place at Loughborough to study Industrial Design and Technology with three A grades and Kelsey L will read Art at Willem de Kooning Academy in Holland. Grace G was delighted with her two A*s and two As and looks forward to continuing her studies at UCL where she will read History of Art.
100% of girls who undertook the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved grades A* to A. The EPQ encourages independent thinking and learning for undergraduate study and is driven primarily by the girls. Interesting subject titles included: ‘Bull fighting: an ethical dilemma’, ‘How can a civilized society rationalise and explain the behaviour of female serial killers?’ and ‘Is it ethically justifiable to use placebo controlled trials in research?’. Abigail S’s topic ‘Will we live on Mars?’ scored an A* that contributed to securing her place at the University of Southern California where she will pursue an Engineering pathway. Abigail has shown great success outside of the classroom too and this year travelled to the USA as part of the England U19 Easter lacrosse training camp.
Head Girls, Evie H and Aoife J, celebrated their results together with Julia Harrington saying “The girls have proved themselves to be thoughtful and dedicated student leaders, working hard to support the community within school by raising the student voice and also by giving their time to the wider community by working with readers at Micklands Primary School. The girls have both secured places at Liverpool University with Evie planning to read Philosophy and Politics and Aoife History and Politics.”
The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s A Level results is as follows:
A* - A: 44%
A* - B: 68%
A* - C: 87%