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A* to A grades improve by a staggering 12% as Burgess Hill Girls yet again exceed 80% A*- B

A* to A grades improve by a staggering 12% as Burgess Hill Girls yet again exceed 80% A*- B.

a-level-results2016 Another set of superb A level results have placed Burgess Hill Girls amongst the very strongest schools in Sussex. Despite warnings from exam boards that A levels are becoming harder, Burgess Hill Girls have bucked the trend, gaining their highest ever proportion of A*- A grades. For the fifteenth consecutive year, Burgess Hill Girls’ A*- B record stands at over 80%.

This year, the 12% increase in A*- A grades confirms Burgess Hill Girls is maximizing the outcomes of its most aspirational students whilst maintaining consistency at the top end. At Burgess Hill Girls, individual learning programmes are the key to success and this has been clearly demonstrated by these outstanding results.

Top grades in Modern Foreign Languages are recognised nationally as amongst the most difficult to achieve. In this highly competitive area, Burgess Hill Girls gains an outstanding 88% A*- A record. With two thirds 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.

The vast majority will be heading off to their chosen universities to pursue a wide variety of first choice courses. Others are setting off on gap year adventures confident that their excellent results have secured them university places deferred until September 2017.

Their destinations and course choices are impressive and diverse:

Teresa Fu, an outstanding academic scholar and boarder, achieved 4 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Art. In October, Teresa takes up a place to read Architecture at the University of Bath.

Head Girl, Nikita Kandwala from East Grinstead, achieved an impressive A* in Spanish and A grades in Latin and English Literature. In addition to these outstanding results, Nikita also achieved an A* in her Extended Project Qualification, in which she investigated the extent to which emojis and emoticons constitute a bona fide language. We wish Nikita all the best for her future endeavours as she takes up a place to read Spanish and Linguistics at Hertford College, University of Oxford.


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Deputy Head Girl Elizabeth Fuller, from Hassocks, achieved A*/A/A in Geography, Biology and History respectively, as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification with a geographical focus. This impressive tally secures her a place at her first choice university, Durham, to read Geography.


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Georgiana Kloos, from Seaford, is celebrating her A* in Mathematics together with two further A grades in Further Mathematics and Physics.  These wonderful results confirm her place at the University of Bristol to read Aerospace Engineering.

With an A* in Spanish, and two further A grades in French and Mathematics, Mathilda Loughton, from Burgess Hill, meets her offer of a place at Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge, where she will read Modern and Medieval Languages.

Highly creative Chloe Shilton, from Lindfield, gets an A* in Media Studies and another two A grades in English Literature and Fine Art. Following an impressive work experience stint with Burberry, Chloe will go on to study her first choice course, Fashion Journalism, at London College of Fashion, University of Arts, London.

Both Caroline Welford and Alicia Critchley take up places to study one of the most competitive courses, Medicine. Alicia, from Burgess Hill, gained A* in Biology and another two A grades in Chemistry and Physics and is off to the University of Cardiff. Caroline, from Horsted Keynes, achieved straight A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, which confirm her place at the University of Southampton.

Warm congratulations go also to Phoebe Izzard-Davey, from Cuckfield, whose impressive results in Media Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies and English Literature mean she can pursue her passion for radio production, as she takes up a place to read Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Another Cuckfield success, Beth Howell, is off to read English Literature at the highly competitive University of Exeter.


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There is another superb crop of straight A grades for Isabel Widdowson, from Burgess Hill, in Business Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies and Religious Studies. Together with an A* in her Extended Project Qualification, this impressive haul wins Isabel a place at her first choice university, Nottingham, to read International Management.

Several students who achieved highly last year, elected to take a gap year and have since secured unconditional offers from a number of Russell Group universities. Laura Darnley has accepted a place to read Political Economy at Kings College, University of London. Katherine Lane, from East Grinstead, will go on to read Neuroscience at University of Sussex and Alexandra Wright, from Wivelsfield Green, takes up a place at Queen Mary, University of London to read Biomedical Sciences.
Boarders, Priscilla Chau, Spring Kuk, and Jessica Liu achieved some excellent A* and A grades and have secured places at University of Warwick (Psychology), King’s College University of London (Master of Pharmacy) and the University College, London (Statistics) respectively.

Mr Nick Dyson, Head of Sixth Form said “We are absolutely delighted by the performances of our A level students. Their passion for learning and dedication to subjects has clearly paid off. It is so pleasing to see such a tight-knit year group fare so well; this is the culmination of two years of hard work and I wish our girls all the very best at their universities of choice.

Mrs Kathryn Bell, Head, added, “Our girls have met the challenges put before them to achieve higher standards than they may have ever dreamt possible, and to do their very best. They have produced an outstanding set of results alongside their commitments to the school community. They have made the most of all the opportunities on offer. They have broadened their mindset and grown into unique and powerful individuals. Burgess Hill girls do not simply blend in with the crowd. My heartfelt congratulations to all the girls; we will miss their enthusiasm and energy and wish them all a bright future – they certainly deserve it.”


Dr Alison Smith, Chairman of Governors, commented on the news of results, “That is utterly fantastic. A real success for the girls, I am so pleased for them, their teachers and the school.”