Celebrations at The Burgess Hill School for Girls
Excellent results were received with immense satisfaction and a sense of a ‘job well done’ when the Upper Sixth collected their A level results at Burgess Hill School for Girls on Thursday 14th August.
Once again over 80% of all entries were awarded A* to B grades continuing the consistent level of success gained by sixth form students at the school. Most are excited to be heading off to their chosen universities whilst others will pursue their gap year plans with an extra bounce in their step knowing their future university aims are secure given their superb achievements this year.
Their destinations and course choices are impressive and diverse: Hayley Buchanan, Mathematics (Nottingham); Fiona Cheung, Accounting and Finance (Exeter); Charlotte Gilmore, Mechanical Engineering (Bath); Lauren Hibbert, Biology (Bristol); Charlotte Hopkinson, Human Sciences (Hertford College, Oxford); Beth Hutchinson, Sports Studies (Chichester); Anoushka Khandwala, Art Foundation (City of Brighton College); Beth King, English and Drama (Exeter); Jennifer Kuan, Art Foundation (Central St Martin’s College, London); Claudia James, Marketing (Newcastle); Freya Loughton, Economics (Exeter); Eleanor MacKenzie, Publishing and English (Loughborough); Sophie Rees, History (Southampton); Avalon Ridler, Mathematics & Physics (Bath); Rebecca Robinson, Nutrition (Nottingham) to name just a few.
Ellie Warner, from Pulborough, recipient of the Argus Academic Achievement and Rotary Young Achievers Awards, has just returned home from Bejiing having secured the UK’s first ever Gold Medal at the International Linguistics Olympiad and is celebrating yet again with 3 A*s and an A grade at A level, A* for her EPQ and an A in AS Mathematics; she is heading to Clare College Cambridge to read Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
Celebrations are in order for Charlotte Gilmore, from Lewes, who gained A* Grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics as well as an A in AS level Further Mathematics and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification which was based on technology in Formula One. Charlotte is heading off to the University of Bath where she will study Mechanical Engineering and is hoping to gain a scholarship with Land Rover or The Institute of Engineering and Technology.
With ‘straight A’ results in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, Charlotte Hopkinson from Haywards Heath is celebrating after securing a place to study Human Sciences at Hertford College, Oxford. Charlotte is very much looking forward to the academic challenges which lie ahead of her at this prestigious university.
Having developed a close friendship at school, Tabitha Reynolds and Lauren Hibbert who live in Haywards Heath, are both off to Bristol University to study Biology. Lauren is celebrating after gaining A* Grades in Biology and Chemistry and an A Grade in History while Tabitha secured her place with Grade A in Biology and History and Grade B in Chemistry. We wish them both the very best of luck on this highly competitive course where their love of learning will support them well.
Sophie Rees who lives in Hassocks has secured her place to study History at the University of Southampton after gaining Grade A in Biology and History and a Grade B in Economics. Her passion for History is extraordinary and her ability to carry out independent research is impressive; Sophie produced an outstanding Extended Project Qualification on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien achieving the very highest A* standards.
Freya Loughton, from Burgess Hill, is delighted to be heading to the south west where she will study Economics at the University of Exeter. Freya achieved impressive A* Grades in Psychology and Economics along with a Grade A in History. Well-known for her role as Marketing Director for our very own musical ‘The Short Heard ‘round The World’, Freya is hoping to get involved in a wide range of university societies where she will be suitably stretched.
One of our Gold Award Duke of Edinburgh students, Hayley Buchanan from Haywards Heath, is celebrating with ‘straight A’s’ in Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics and has secured a place to study Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. Hayley was able to balance her academic commitment with the demands of our most promising Ultimate Frisbee Club and we wish her all the very best for her course.
Headmistress Ann Aughwane commented, “This year’s group has been a joy to work with. They are wonderful role models for the younger girls as they demonstrate that it is possible to be the best you can be academically and as a positive contributor to the community around you. We will miss their enthusiasm and energy and wish them all a bright future – they certainly deserve it.”
Mrs Aughwane said, “We are particularly delighted with the full complement of A* grades gained by our EPQ students and the highly prized A* grades in French, German and Latin which are recognised nationally as amongst the most difficult to achieve. With three quarters of the year group taking at least one Science or Mathematics A level, we are also proud to highlight the strength of the school in encouraging girls to pursue STEM subjects at school and university. In a year when standards have been tightened and top grades are harder to realise, we are again very proud of the girls’ achievements.”