Today, on August 10th, 2021, we celebrate our Upper Sixth and their amazing A level results.
Most importantly, they have secured places at an enormous range of outstanding institutions across all subject areas, from Robotics Engineering at the University of Bath to Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics to Classics at the University of Cambridge. With 95% of students admitted into their first-choice institution on results day, this year group has weathered the challenges of the last two years with aplomb, and this September will continue their education at the best institutions in their chosen fields.
Thank you to the students who have allowed us to share their individual stories below. They are representative of all our amazing Upper Sixth Formers and what they have achieved during their time with us. We could not be prouder of them all.
Artie has been with us at Burgess Hill Girls since joining in the Nursery. With exceptional capabilities and leadership skills, Artie was rewarded with appointment as Deputy Head Girl in the Upper Sixth. Although an exceptional artist and student of literature, Artie’s major passion has always been theatre production, managing and directing a range of school performances. Following a rigorous portfolio-based application, Artie will study Stage Management at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with an exceptional A*A*A at A level promising immense future academic success.
Since joining the school in Year 7, Birdie’s scientific acuity has been clear to all her teachers. Her exceptional stewardship of last year’s ‘Tomorrow’s Women’ conference, proved her leadership skills, and she was appointed Deputy Head Girl for her final year. With a deep curiosity for scientific solutions to global challenges, her EPQ studied the adoption of electronic vehicle use. With A*A*A secured at A level, Birdie is taking up a degree in Robotics Engineering at Bath University.
“I’m extremely happy with these results and it’s very rewarding to see that the hard work has finally paid off! Though, as a computer science student the shift for online learning was easier for me than most, I relied on the support of family, friends and teachers and the knowledge that we were “all in this together” to keep on getting through the weeks.”
Leisha joined the Sixth Form in Year 12 from a local secondary school, excelling in languages and literature from the start, while also regaling the school community with brilliant dramatic performances. As a Senior Prefect, she organised the year group’s final ball, while winning three distinct school awards for her academic performance. With an A* in her EPQ on Native American history, and A*A*A* secured in her A levels, Leisha will take up Spanish with Italian at Durham in September.
Rumbi joined Burgess Hill Girls in Year 11 from South Africa, studying an intensive course of study to secure her GCSEs in one year. Building on that success, Rumbi has secured AAA at A level, whilst also filling the role of Head of House and leading our international student community as Boarding Prefect. With a passion for financial affairs, she was an Institute of Chartered Accountants schools’ competition finalist and will now study Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics – with an applicant to offer rate of 12-to-1, Britain’s most competitive university.
“I am extraordinarily happy with my results. The pandemic has definitely made studying for A levels challenging, I have been away from home for a year and have had to adjust to online learning. All the teachers, leadership team and boarding community have been extremely helpful, accommodating and understanding throughout this challenging time, I owe much of my success to them.”
Having joined the school from China in the Lower Sixth, Amelia had made it clear from the beginning she held herself to the highest of standards. Having already built considerable success as a ballroom and Latin dancer, she applied her efforts in Economics and Maths to secure outstanding grades (A*A*A*) and a place at Imperial College, London.
Megan joined Burgess Hill Girls in the Lower Sixth and quickly established herself as an exceptional campaigner and activist. Appointed Charity Prefect, Megan organised the school’s charitable projects, including activities in support of Hello Yellow, MIND, a local foodbank, and ‘Woolly Hat Wednesday’ for Chailey Heritage School, where Burgess Hill Girls raised £1,100 of the £1,500 total. A scientist with a passion for climate change solutions, Megan ensured this year’s Leavers’ Ball was wholly sustainable, and completed her extended project on mineral carbonation and carbon capture projects, securing an A*. With A*A*A at A level, she will study Geography at Exeter University from September.
“I am really chuffed. My results are better than I expected, and I am so relieved. I have found it difficult to keep going at times during online learning, but my teachers and friends have kept me going. I have loved being at Burgess Hill Girls these past couple of years and will miss it dearly.”
Joining Year 9 from a local secondary school, Ruth secured the school’s highest GCSE performance in Year 11. Building on this, her passion for the ancient world was apparent to the dons of Newnham College, Cambridge, where she will study Classics from September following a summer school course in Ancient Greek. Her exceptional academic performance has netted her an A* in her extended project on speculative fiction, and a trio of A*s for her A levels.
Tina entered the school straight into Sixth Form from Hong Kong, quickly establishing her skills in Economics, augmented with her mathematical acuity and her study of Psychology. Rightly curious about the need for economists to better understand the peculiarities of human behaviour, she is greatly excited about studying behavioural economics at degree level. With AAA at A level, Tina will study Economics at Edinburgh University from September.
Peanut Meekings joined Burgess Hill Girls in the Nursery. In the Senior School and Sixth Form Peanut has combined her technological creativity with sporting excellence. This year, she received a Diploma as part of the GB Athletics Youth Talent Programme and was selected for the English Schools Athletics Championships for the sixth year in a row. She will go on to study Sports Science at Brunel University, and we expect to see her representing Team GB in time in her chosen sport of Javelin.
Hannah joined Burgess Hill Girls in the Nursery, and even then, her capabilities in Art and Music were apparent. Alongside her studies and her exploits as a flautist, Hannah has competed at an international level in karate, travelling to Japan in recent years to compete. With A*A*A secured at A level, Hannah will continue her artistic pursuits with a foundation degree at Brighton MET.
Ever since joining in Year 3, Laura has married her interests in Art and Computing in her aspirations to join the UK film industry as an animator. In support of this end, she has honed her skills in performance presentation, running the lighting rigs for every school performance for the last two years, and completed her extended project on the impact of animated films on childhood development. With an outstanding portfolio, and A*AB under her belt, Laura will be studying Animation at Bristol UWE in September.
Since joining in Year 9 from Indonesia, Saridja has maintained a deep interest in global affairs alongside a love of performance. Playing the lead role of Velma in last year’s Chicago, while at the same time exploring the ethics and viability of the death penalty in the United States for her extended project. Having led one of the school’s four Houses throughout the Upper Sixth, Saridja will take up the study of International Relations at Exeter from September, having secured AAB in her A levels.
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