Withington Girls’ School celebrates record exam success

Katie Sheehan (left) and Lydia Manville celebrate their A-level results (Howard Walker/Alamy News Live)

Withington Girls’ School celebrated exceptional A-level and GCSE results over the summer with particular success among its pupils in achieving the very top grades.

An all-time high of 41% of A-level subject grades were passed at A*, while 43% of GCSE results were achieved at Grade 9 under the new numerical grading system.

With an enviable record of students securing places at the country’s best universities, Withington also saw 13 of this year’s leavers, plus two students who left in 2017, prepare to start their courses of study at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

There were many individual stand-out achievements. 19 A-level students, or one in four, achieved a clean sweep of three or more A*s, and over half of Withington’s Year 13 leavers earned at least three A* to A grades.

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In GCSEs, 11 pupils attained a clean sweep of at least eight Grade 9s, eight of whom also earned the very top A** in Further Mathematics, while 46 (58%) Year 11 pupils earned Grades 7 or above in all their subjects, equating to A* to A in the pre-reformed grading system.

“Withington students never cease to amaze me,” says Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam. “They participate in a breadth of activities – the performing and creative arts, sport and outdoor adventure, debating, fundraising, voluntary work and local community involvement – and do so with great enjoyment and success.

“Yet the girls also embrace our ethos as a school where learning is its own reward, and willingly and enthusiastically give their full commitment to their studies, supported by a superb team of staff.”

Open days for entry to Withington Girls’ School will be held on Thursday, November 8, and Saturday, November 10 – see the school’s website for more details on 2019 admissions.

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