A show-stopping return to public examinations for St George’s College

“I am absolutely delighted with the superb results our students have achieved,” reflected Headmistress Rachel Owens on this year’s A Level results and the first public exams sat for two years. “They are our best public exam results on record! Well done indeed - to them and their dedicated and talented teachers.”

Results were emailed to students first thing in the morning, and students opened them with a mix of excitement and nerves. Alex, who was awarded three A*s and has accepted her place to study Medicine at Southampton, explained: “The offers for medics are often the same across universities, so it’s much harder to have a backup plan. If I missed for one, I missed for all. Thankfully, I got what I needed and my first choice.”

Overall for St George’s, more than 60% of papers (61.5% compared with 55% in 2019) were graded A*/A, and almost 89% were graded A*/B compared with 81.4% in 2019.

Students returned to the College for a champagne brunch, and there was a wonderfully positive atmosphere in the Quad with the sun beaming as friends excitedly discussed results, unis, and what the next few years will be like for them. Among them were 50 students celebrating A*/A in every subject, with an incredible 21 students who achieved three or more A*s.

Including Alex, there will be nine St George’s students starting a medical degree at institutions across the UK in September. That’s the highest number of medics St George’s has ever achieved, and much credit is due to the support Medic Coordinators Mr Dave Green and Dr Jess Baur gave students. They commented: “It is an exceptionally challenging year nationally for medical school applicants, so we are thrilled for our students that their hard work has paid off.”

Maddie, who was awarded two A*s and an A and will be studying Medicine at Leicester, and Alex agreed that St George’s Sixth Form offered them a huge amount of support, with someone always on hand to answer specialist queries. Maddie also credits the Georgian values with focusing her interest in science on Medicine: “Initially, I thought I would like to be a Vet. But there’s such a sense of community here, and I’ve been involved in so much, I realised I wanted to help people. Medicine offers plenty of scope to do that.”

Conversely, Jacques, who was awarded three A*s, has decided to change from studying Engineering to Veterinary Science and will take a year out to work and travel. He explained: “I want to work in a field where I engage directly with people and animals and see first-hand the impact I’m able to have.”

All our Oxbridge students had their places confirmed. Sports scholar Ed will study Engineering at Oriel College, Oxford. “The application process was gruelling, but I had a lot of support from the teachers here. I really wasn’t sure it would be possible to get an offer from Oxford in the first place, so I’m so relieved I got the grades I needed to accept!”

Tabitha, who will study Geography at Newnham College, Cambridge, said: “I had incredible support from the Geography Department at St George’s, and my time here has been so full of opportunity. I have enjoyed singing and playing the saxophone, and lots of rowing!”

Cadie applied to Oxford on a whim, convinced she wouldn’t get a place. “I’m going to be studying Law at Somerville College. It’s been a nice surprise and I’m delighted by the opportunity.” Somerville is the same College our Headmistress attended, where she read History.

Lulu achieved an incredible four A*s in English, History, French and Spanish because, as she explained: “I loved all my subjects and didn’t want to give any up!” Lulu has been at St George’s since Nursery and found Sixth Form to be a fantastic experience, creating more independence for students, bridging the space between school and uni well, and fostering a positive environment for students to shine in the subjects they love. “I’m going to be studying French at St Hugh’s College, Oxford – and I’m hoping I’ll get Paris for my year in industry!”

All the students agreed St George’s Sixth Form had offered them unparalleled support and the expert guidance they needed to excel in their exams and make successful UCAS applications. And while some students are rethinking subjects, they are able to make choices because of their achievements. Billy, who achieved three A*, put it very simply: “St George’s made me who I am.”

The statistics for individual subjects speak for themselves and demonstrate our ‘Perfectly Balanced’ education: 29% of papers were graded A*compared to 27% in 2020 with CAGs, 21% in 2019 and 18% in 2018. Eleven subjects achieved this and more, including Biology (34%), Chemistry (31%), English (33%), French (50%), Geography (32%), Politics (33%), Maths (39%), Further Maths (75%), Physical Education (30%), Product Design (67%), and Spanish (32%). 

18 August 2022

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