Top marks for St George’s students!

Sixth Form Academic

St George’s School in Ascot has achieved excellent A Level results again this year with many individual students gaining outstanding grades as well as entrance to some of the leading UK and US universities.

A stunning 42% of grades awarded were A* or A – the school’s best marks since 2011 and 90% of grades awarded were A*- C.  In addition, having tested this particular cohort in terms of value added, St George’s has enabled this year group of pupils to achieve at least one grade higher per pupil than their predicted A Level grades – a significant achievement and testament to the school’s excellent teaching, small class sizes and caring ethos.

Top marks in the school go to Deputy Head Girl, Emily Dominey (18) from Eton, who has decided to take a Gap year as a Nanny near Paris, before applying to Oxbridge this autumn.  Emily, who achieved two A*s and two As in Classics, English Literature, French and History, has been an invaluable leader at the school and conduit between staff and students, running the student council and mentoring younger pupils.  Emily was a keen member of the school debating team at St George’s and also ran the House debating and drama competitions .  She has gained prizes at school for both English and Classics and achieved The Harrigan Award for Progress.  She was a member of the winning team of the Georgian Gallop – a run held on St George’s Day at the school – an enthusiastic member of the Book Club and volunteers teaching and helping French children, who are in the UK, learn French and about French culture.

Anna Blackburn (18) from Ascot has gained an A* and two As in Biology, English and History.  Anna, who is a very keen drama student, is a member of the National Youth Theatre and has grade 8 LAMDA and grade 8 ballet.  She has played Miss Hannigan in the St George’s production of Annie, Dandy Dan in Bugsy Malone and Susan in Calamity Jane and has taken five lead female roles at Eton College.  Head of Alexander House at St George’s, Anna has organised drama, debating, music, sport and general knowledge House events for the School.   She is also a keen sportswoman and has played for the St George’s A teams in lacrosse, netball, swimming and rounders.  An Academic and a Drama scholar, Anna has spent her Saturdays over the past year volunteering for The Autism Trust and was so inspired she wrote her Extended Project Qualification on Autism – an illness in need of a cure or a condition that requires better understanding. Anna has taken part in Young Enterprise, is a grade 5 pianist and clarinettist and is going inter-railing around Eastern Europe over the summer. She was very pleased to win one of the top awards, the Dourountakis Cup for Academic Excellence, at the St George’s Speech Day on 2 July 2015.

Said Anna:  “I have loved my time at St George’s and every year has been exciting and brought new opportunities and I am really looking forward to the challenges that university life will bring.  I am going to study English at (university) and cannot wait to get involved in many of the drama productions there!  Here at St George’s it has been wonderful getting to know the girls in every year group through all the House events that I have been involved with and it is hard to leave a school where you have been so happy.  However there is a lot to look forward to and it will be exciting to live on my own for the first time.”

Said Headmistress, Rachel Owens: “I am thrilled with this year’s results and in particular the value we, as a school, have added for our pupils.  Reflecting on what our students have attained shows what a rounded education we offer here at St George’s.  Not only have the girls gained excellent academic results, these pupils have been empowered to achieve personal excellence and really follow their aspirations.

“Here at St George’s we want to enable young women such as these to have the life skills as well as the academic results they need to pursue the careers of their choice and to go on to top universities.  Small class sizes, inspirational teaching and a supportive and aspirational environment really do make the difference.”

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