More than 80% of all A-level entries at Burgess Hill School for Girls were awarded A* to B grades for the thirteenth consecutive year this year.
An impressive 97% of all grades were graded A* to C and most pupils are excited to be heading off to their chosen universities whilst others will pursue their gap year plans with an extra bounce in their step knowing their future university aims are secure given their superb achievements this year.
Their destinations and course choices are impressive and diverse: Sally Emerson, who lives in Hove, achieved an exceptional four A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
Her examination results coupled with her performance in her STEP papers place her amongst the very top students in the country. After an outstanding year as head girl, Sally is proud to be taking up her place at Bristol to read Mathematics.
Xenia Bellwood, from Haywards Heath, is celebrating gaining a place to read History at the University of Manchester after achieving three A*s in English Literature, History and Spanish.
A highly passionate historian, Zeni joined the school from Warden Park for Sixth Form; she was delighted to achieve an A* for her Extended Project Qualification and recently gained a place on the Holocaust Educational Trust programme.
Holly Tasker from Haywards Heath is celebrating gaining her place to read Medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Holly achieved three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.
Lauren Merry, who lives in Sharpthorne, has secured a place to read Medicine at the University of Southampton after achieving two A*s and an A in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry respectively.
Tara Springate, from Uckfield, achieved three A* grades in Economics, Mathematics and Psychology and will now read Economics at the University of Bristol.
Two A* grades in Mathematics and French and an A grade in English Literature secured deputy head girl Harriet Jenner with her place to read French at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. Harriet, who lives in Haywards Heath, also gained an A* in an Extended Project Qualification which focused on the work of late 19th century French writer, Guy de Maupassant’s Boule de Suif.
Lydia Hayman has gained a place to read History at University College London after achieving two A*s and an A in English Literature, Spanish and History respectively.
Florence Williams, from Haywards Heath, gained straight A grades in Music, Spanish and French securing a place to read French at Durham University.
Meanwhile, her sister Lily, who was head girl last year, secured a place to read Music at the prestigious Berklee College in Boston, USA.
We are delighted to celebrate two of our young ladies successful applications to study Architecture. Faith Wilder, from Horsham, achieved an A* in Spanish and two As in History and Mathematics and will take up her place at the University of Sheffield.
Meanwhile, Isabel Bazett gained an unconditional place at the University of Cardiff after applying during a gap year in her native New Zealand.
A number of students chose to take a Gap Year and apply for unconditional places at a number of prestigious universities: Claudia James has accepted her place to read Geography at the University of Sheffield; Jennifer Fodder successfully gained a place to read Criminology and Psychology at the University of Southampton; Amy Scott and Antonia Forrest obtained placed on the University of Birmingham’s Drama and Theatre Arts course.
Rachel Nibloe has opted to read Early Years Development at Norland College, Bath.
Emma Strang, Polly Henderson and Chloe Miller were among top performing creative students, gaining unconditional places at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Kingston University and the University of Birmingham respectively.
Nick Dyson, head of sixth form, said: “Emma has a very bright future in theatre arts whilst Polly has already been recognised by Burberry.
“Chloe has been an active member of the Brighton and Sussex Youth Orchestras and has played the role of conductor for our Junior Orchestra this year. We feel very fortunate to be teaching such proactive and talented creative students at Burgess Hill Girls.”
Boarders Maggie Tse, Michelle Ngai and Lillian Lai have secured places at Durham University to study Accounting and Management at the University of Bath and Pharmacy at the University of Surrey Civil Engineering.
Headteacher Kathryn Bell said “We provide a world class education for all our students and these results prove this. These are absolutely superb results that have been achieved by our wonderful Sixth Form girls and will enable them to progress to their university of choice. What is truly amazing is that these significant successes have been achieved alongside a well-rounded personalised education involving a huge range of extra-curricular activities.
“I know the girls will join me in congratulating and thanking their teachers who are truly brilliant with a real passion for teaching and learning. They have supported and nurtured the girls so that each and every student has reached her potential and helped them become who they are.
“Our girls have met the challenges put before them to achieve higher standards than they may have ever dreamt possible, and to do their very best.
“They have made the most of all the opportunities on offer; broadened their horizons, become more interesting people, discovered their own passions, gifts and talents, grown into unique and powerful individuals, and not allowed themselves to simply blend in with the crowd. My heartfelt congratulations to all the girls; we will miss their enthusiasm and energy and wish them all a bright future – they certainly deserve it.
“We are particularly delighted with the full complement of A* grades gained by our EPQ students for the third consecutive year and the highly prized A* grades in French and Spanish which are recognised nationally as amongst the most difficult to achieve.
With three quarters of the year group taking at least one Science or Mathematics A Level, we are also proud to highlight the strength of the school in encouraging girls to pursue STEM subjects at school and university.”
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