Mathematicians Lead the Way with Record Breaking A Level Results at St Swithun’s School
18th September 2014

Mathematicians lead the way with record breaking A level results at St Swithun’s School


Over a third (37%) of girls in Year 13 at St Swithun’s School, Winchester took A level mathematics this year, with a record breaking 92% of entries being graded A* or A. Not to be outdone, physics, Latin, Greek, music and history of art all had an impressive 100% of candidates achieving all A* and A grades.  25% of the upper sixth took the demanding Extended Project Qualification, which is highly regarded by universities, with over 80% achieving an A*/A grade.


Overall, 74% of entries were awarded A level grades of A* or A (compared to a national average of 26%) and 26% of entries were awarded an A* grade (against a national average of 8.2%).


On an individual basis, Lottie Mitchell achieved an outstanding 5A*s and now goes on to take up a choral scholarship and study medicine at Exeter College, Oxford. 6 girls were awarded three A*s or better and over half of the upper sixth (54%) awarded three A grades or better.


The girls are now looking forward to university where courses such as medicine, veterinary medicine, law, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, computing, architecture, engineering, physics, geography, geology and geophysics, linguistics, classics, politics and philosophy will be followed at a range of different institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Edinburgh, Durham, St Andrews, LSE and Warwick.


Jane Gandee, headmistress of St Swithun's, said “We are delighted with these results, particularly in the light of a national fall in A level results. Whilst St Swithun’s is an unashamedly academic school, this is not to the exclusion of all else and I applaud our A level students for the amount that they have contributed to school life outside the classroom. Character development is at the heart of the education that we provide and it is through the many opportunities that the school offers away from academic study that girls develop courage, compassion, commitment and initiative, along with a moral compass and a sense of humour.

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