16th August 2019 — With 100% passes from 84 Year 13 students and over 45% of 343 the exams resulted in A*-A this year, the Head of LHS, Dr Fiona Miles said, "We are incredibly proud of all of our Upper Sixth students and their impressive results, which are a tribute to their hard work, energy and care for each other as a year group. We thank everyone who has contributed to their many individual successes, especially their parents, teachers and all the support staff. Whether heading off to university, music college or a gap year, our students are leaving us as intellectually astute, well-rounded, confident young women who are ready to make their mark in the world. We look forward to welcoming them back as Loughburians before too long".
This year, Hannah Williams has served the school as an excellent Head Girl having grown up through the Foundation, she attended Fairfield from year 1 and then came to LHS. Alongside her leadership duties and support of her fellow students, she has studied hard and is now reaping the rewards. She will be going to Oxford in the Autumn to read medicine, having achieved A*, A*, A* in biology, chemistry and physics plus an A* in her EPQ. Aside from her commitment to her studies and role as Head Girl, Hannah has also been involved in a variety of other school activities including playing in the first eleven hockey team and taking part in many music ensembles, as is also a talented viola player.
Una Miralles has today received the news that she has achieved A*s in both maths and further maths, and an A in physics and will be going to Imperial College, London, to read Computing. Una will be combining her studies with music as has been offered a scholarship, meaning she will also have a tutor from the Royal College of Music. As an exceptional and dedicated musician, Una is a LCME diploma level percussionist and has also achieved grade 8 in singing and clarinet and throughout her time at LHS has been a part of many of the musical ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble and the Clarinet Ensemble.
House Captain, Chota McDonnell has just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to discover her fantastic results of A*s in both drama and geography, plus an A in chemistry, ensuring her place at the University of Birmingham to study International Business with Communications. Chota has a deferred entry because this year she will be going to Malawi to work as a volunteer on a ranch and will also be working a ski season, before commencing university in Autumn 2020. During sixth form Chota has been a very active drama student, having performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and played the role of Jan in Grease.
Twins, GB badminton player Sian Kelly and footballer, Helen, came to LHS to enable them to combine their academic work with sporting excellence through the Elite Athlete programme at Loughborough College. While studying hard at LHS, they have also continued their training and additionally taken BTechs in sport through Distance Learning, plus have both qualified in sports massage! Helen gained an A in psychology and B in maths with D*D* in her BTech in sport from Loughborough College, she will now go on to study psychology at Loughborough University. She has had a busy year of football, having been selected to play for the English Independent Schools U18s against Scotland. Meanwhile, Sian, a GB badminton player, gained a B in economics and C in maths with a D* in in her BTech in sport. Sian has won various tournaments this year including the International Seniors in Iceland. She now has the tough decision whether to take up her place at the University of Nottingham to study Finance, Accounting and Management or take up the prestigious invitation to train full time at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
Deputy Head Girl, Le Pu received an unconditional offer to study architecture at the University of Nottingham and gained AAB in art, psychology and English. Le has been an excellent deputy to Hannah and has involved herself in all aspects of student life at LHS. Alongside her studies she achieved grade 8 in piano and grade 6 in violin and has played in many of the musical ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra and sang in Cantilena, so she hopes to continue her passion for music alongside studying for her degree.
Junior School Prefect, Meg Lee has been an exceptional and supportive student, always involved in school life and is an absolute delight to work alongside! A member of the hockey first team and a keen horse rider, she also has a passion for drama and works at the Faces Arts Theatre School. Her final starring role at LHS was in the infamous ‘Leavers’ Musical’ which she threw herself into wholeheartedly! Having studied A levels in biology and psychology and gained a distinction in food, she will be taking up her place at the University of Worcester to read Education Studies and Psychology.
Senior Charity Prefect, Katie Davis achieved A*, A, A in geography, economics and maths and will be taking up her place to read Economics at the University of Bristol. Hard working Katie has juggled her studies with her Saturday job in a coffee shop, her Duke of Edinburgh Award and her role as Charity Prefect, helping to organise huge fundraisers such as the ‘Danceathon’, overall this year, she has helped the school raise nearly £30,000 for a variety of charities.
Lydia Curley has definitely shown her resilience during what has been a very tough, final year of school and A Level studies. Diagnosed with diabetes during October half term of year 13, she has had much to tackle with tests, hospital appointments and a change in health and lifestyle. Despite all of this, Lydia has managed to continue with her studies and sporting activities, was the captain of the hockey first team, has achieved grade 8 in singing and manages a part time job on top! Her hard work has paid off, achieving A*s in both chemistry and physics plus an A in maths, she has been offered a deferred entry to the University of Bristol to study chemistry. During her gap year she plans to do a ski season in Tignes and work for Camp America.
Sophie Marsh gained a clean sweep of 4 A*s in maths, chemistry, further maths and physics. She has studied hard this year and has earned her place at the University of Warwick to read mathematics. As a keen mathematician she also gained a distinction in the Maths Olympiad. Sophie also has a love of drama, having played Cecily brilliantly in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.
Prianka Lakhani gained the impressive results of 3 A*s in English, politics and Spanish which ensures her place at the University of Durham to read Modern Languages and Cultures. To gain experience in preparation for university, Prianka embarked on all sorts of work experience including time spent at the House of Lords in the legislation office and also on an immersion course at a Spanish summer camp in Andalucia, where English speaking was banned!
CCF cadet, Sergeant Florence Ingram gained A*s in physics and maths, plus an A in further maths confirming her place to read Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. Flo is an Arkwright Scholar and has been a committed member of the LGS CCF regiment and led the drill competition for the Army contingent last year. Alongside her studies this year she has been a committed member of the hockey first 11 and has been working hard to complete her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Olivia Jackson achieved the stunning results of A*s in both German and history, with an A in English. A committed member of the RAF contingent of LGS CCF, she was very successful in the regional competition for the Royal Air Squadron Trophy. Olivia has also been teaching herself Arabic this summer! In the Autumn, Olivia will be going to the University of Edinburgh to read German and Philosophy.
All of the girls have incredible results but also achieved an enormous amount alongside their studies and we congratulate them all!