Continuing its long tradition of academic success, St Helen’s students have achieved another set of excellent A level results with 45% A and A*grades as compared to the national figure of 25.5% and 76% A*- B. We are also delighted that our Year 12 students achieved 72% A* or A grades in the Extended Project Qualification. Our nationally recognised Futures Department encourages students to follow their intellectual passions, however broad, which enables them to go on to higher education in a huge range of subjects and pursue the broadest range of career options.
This year we are particularly celebrating the individual stories and successes of our students which demonstrate our commitment to innovation, variety, technological and digital development and our passion for preparing pupils for careers in a rapidly changing world. This core strength is balanced by equally impressive achievements in areas of art, design and languages. This distinctive, counter-cultural partnership frames skill and knowledge within a context of connectivity and creativity, enabling pupils to use their learning in outward-looking, imaginative ways.
We are delighted that ten students will be taking up places to read Medicine and Dentistry, including one student on a full bursary who joined the school in Sixth Form.
Georgia has achieved an outstanding set of results with A* grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and will take up a place to study Medical Engineering at Leeds. Georgia successfully combined her academic studies with her role as Deputy Head Girl and a variety of sporting commitments and will no doubt achieve great things in the fascinating field of Medical Engineering.
Ananya achieved A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science and an A in Physics. She will take up a place to read Computer Science at Cambridge.
Uma successfully combined scholarly commitment with Sport, Dance and extensive responsibilities as Head Girl to achieve A* grades in History, English Literature and Maths and an A grade in Further Maths. She will go on to read History and English at Oxford.
Hannah, winner of the Zonta International Young Woman in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award 2018 achieved A* grades in History, Politics and Religious Studies and will take up a place to read History and Politics at Warwick University.
Alice will go on to study Physics at Manchester University having achieved A* grades in Maths and Biology and A grades in Physics and Further Maths.
Ashleigh achieved A* grades in Spanish and Religious Studies and an A grade in Business while also taking on a variety of lead roles in school productions. She will take up a place to read Philosophy at Birmingham University.
Anya was able to combine commitment to her academic studies with her role as Prefect to achieve A* in Religious Studies and Spanish and an A in Maths. She will go on to study International Business with Spanish at Warwick University.
Lizzie worked with enthusiasm and commitment throughout her A levels and successfully combined academic commitment with her role as a Prefect. She achieved A* grades in Design and Technology and Maths, an A grade in Physics and a B in Further Maths. She will go on to study Architectural Engineering at Leeds University.
Neeva was able to successfully combine her academic studies with her role as Deputy Head Girl and achieved A grades in History, French and English Literature. She will go on to study Law or English.
Dr Mary Short, Headmistress of St Helen’s commented: “I am enormously proud of the achievements of our pupils and of the outstanding education which we are able to provide here at St Helen’s. It is fantastic that our students continue to achieve academic success and combine this with a broad range of co-curricular interests and experiences which give them the perspective and determination to become leaders in their fields and professions and contribute to making the world a better place. These results are testament to our pupils’ hard work and commitment as well as to the exceptional teaching which we provide at St Helen’s. In recent years we have invested heavily in providing outstanding facilities for the study of Music, Sport and Computer Science. We eagerly anticipate the completion next year of a new STEM building which will support and enhance the learning in STEM subjects and allow us to build on and develop our success in these areas.”