Didsbury A-level student is top English performer in the UK

Annie Hine has her sights set on a future career as a forensic psychologist
Annie Hine has her sights set on a future career as a forensic psychologist

Withington Girls’ School student Annie Hine achieved an incredible 199 marks out of a possible 200 to earn the accolade of the top performer in OCR’s A-level English language examinations taken by nearly 2,000 students in the UK.

Annie, who lives in Didsbury and has a place to study psychology at Lancaster University, said: “I was actually a bit worried about my English mark, as I wasn’t sure about how well I’d done in my first English paper,” said Annie.

Discovering her achievement was a wonderful surprise for Annie and her parents, Sarah and Paul Hine, who are both immensely proud of Annie’s A-Level results – she achieved an A in biology and A*s in both English language and psychology.

Annie joined Withington in Year 7 after attending St Catherine’s RC Primary School in Didsbury and her mother says that Annie’s language skills became apparent at a very early age.

“She’s always been a great reader and couldn’t wait to start writing as a very young child,” she said.

“The staff at Withington have always been so supportive and nurturing.”

Annie is a member of Withington’s Class of 2019 who celebrated the completion of their journey at Withington with a set of impressive A-Level result, recording 31% of grades at A* and 93% at A* to B.

Headmistress of Withington Girls’ School, Sarah Haslam, added: “To be recognised as the top student nationally in any A-level subject is simply outstanding and we are delighted that Annie has received this well-deserved accolade – needless to say, our English staff are extremely pleased.”

Nine Withington students have earned their places at Oxford and Cambridge universities, joining four 2018 leavers who will also start their Oxbridge studies in September after receiving confirmed offers earlier in the year.

With four girls achieving four A* grades, 13 students achieving a clean sweep of three or more A*s and nearly half of the students achieving at least three A* to A grades, the majority of girls were delighted to have secured their first choice offers to study degree courses in a wide range of subjects at the country’s top universities.

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