I’m so delighted to have shared in the celebrations and successes of our girls today as they collected their A-Level results. What a tremendous sense of achievement for them, and pride for me as new Head of the school – I’d like to congratulate them all on a fantastic set of results, making all of their hard work and commitment worthwhile.

I know that every single one of them put in a lot of work and they all did really well, but I really do have to mention a couple of our girls who were outstanding in gaining A*s in every subject they took.

A Levels 2016bWell done to Olivia Dadge who achieved A* grades in ALL of her subjects and can now take up a place at St John’s, Cambridge, to study Engineering – one of her passions for which she previously won a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. Olivia has embraced STEM subjects throughout her time here and has reaped successes in Maths and Science Olympiads along the way, and secured work experience at Rolls Royce as well as presenting an independent Engineering project at Atkins.

Bhuvana Sudarshan also did exceptionally well with A* grades in all of her subjects and is now able to A Levels 2016a
pursue her studies in Medicine as desired. Bhuvana too,
smashed traditional stereotypes with her subject choices and successes throughout school, becoming the Ogden Trust Physicist of the Year in 2015, enjoying continued success with the Gold CREST project and spending time in work placements at a pharmaceutical research company and a renal dialysis unit, as well as managing the Year 7 Chemistry Club and running Science workshops at local primary schools.

I’m also particularly pleased that our Maths results were so great, as Maths tends to be swept under the carpet as a subject chosen by girls. Our pass rate in Maths at A-Level was 100% at grades A* to C, 27% of which were A*, 73% were A*/A and 85% were A*/B. This is something to be really proud of.

And even when things didn’t go quite as planned for some girls, it was inspiring to see them determined to get those university places they wanted, overcoming any setbacks and remaining positive throughout.

In a time and society in which some may question the value of single-sex education for girls, I think today has proved that it is still hugely viable and the best environment for girls to thrive in, both academically and emotionally. Watching our girls today, seeing their thrilled and happy faces, sharing their brilliant news with family and friends, and feeling their infectious optimism for whatever the future holds has truly lifted my spirits. If happiness is a measure of success, then I can say without a doubt that is has been a wonderfully successful day.