Celebrating A level Results August 2014
2 girls to Cambridge and the School continues to top the league tables in the City of Leicester
The School is celebrating an improved performance in A level results this year. With 48% of the grades being A*/A, there has been a significant increase in these higher, sought after grades. This is against a national trend. 100% of the 42 girls passed, and 74% gained grades A*-B and 90% grades A*-C. The national average of A*-B grades is 52%, so Leicester High, with 74%, has performed strongly. These results mean that within Leicester City Education Authority, Leicester High continues to be the top performing school at A level.
Emily Hopgood and Alice Boyd, above right, have 7 A* A levels between them and both are off to Cambridge University this Autumn. Even more impressive, they are both studying sciences, subjects which continue to be dominated by men. Emily will be studying Veterinary Medicine at Emmanuel College. She said, 'In my interview I chatted about what I feed my pets! Loving your subject is the most important thing. I think that having passion about what you want to do is what they are looking for.' She devoted most of her holidays to work experience and clocked up over 360 days work experience in total! Alice will be studying Natural Sciences at Magdalene College, after gaining 4 A*s. She follows in the footsteps of her Grandfather, who, she says, is very proud. She said, 'The questions during the interview were the most challenging I have ever been asked. I didn't know all the answers, but it is important to be yourself and be honest.'
Twins Sarah and Emily Jenkins, above left, will soon be studying Medicine and History, quite a long way from each other! Sarah gained A*, A, A in her A levels and will be at the University of East Anglia in October. She is one of 3 doctors-to-be at the school, where every girl who was offered a place to study medicine was successful. Emily, who managed to be Deputy Head Girl whilst studying for her A levels, will be studying History at Newcastle and gained A*, B and C.
Headmaster Alan Whelpdale said 'I am delighted with the results. Over 48% of the grades achieved were A* and A, which is even better than last year, and 74% of all grades were A* to B. These are exceptional results. Emily and Alice did amazingly well, as did all the girls, but I am especially thrilled by the continued success of the school in encouraging so many young women in the area of science. The girls and the staff are to be congratulated for their commitment and hard work.'