Superb A-level results for Manchester’s oldest girls’ school

Students at Manchester’s oldest girls’ school are today celebrating their superb A-level results.

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70% of all grades at Manchester High School for Girls were the coveted A* and A, with 94% of all marks secured in the A* to B range.

Seven members of the school’s Class of 2016 achieved a string of straight A*s.

Four of these girls have now met demanding Oxbridge offers and will take up undergraduate places at these leading universities in September.

Onwards to Oxbridge

Rebecca Hopper and Phoebe Arkwright. Rebecca Hopper and Phoebe Arkwright.

Ebubechi Okpalugo from Sale secured the highest grades possible in biology, chemistry and fine art and will now progress to study medicine at the University of Oxford. Of her unusual mix of A-level subjects, Ebubechi commented:“Perhaps taking an A-level in Art didn’t seem like the typical choice for a future medic, but this unexpected route is actually very ‘Manchester High’ of me. This school encourages you to pursue your passions, whatever they may be. I feel so privileged to have been given the time and space to explore my creativity alongside my academic endeavours. I think it certainly gave me the edge when it came to my Oxbridge application.”

Three girls are Cambridge bound; Emma Lyons from Didsbury secured an outstanding four A*s in biology, chemistry, german and mathematics and will study natural biological sciences at Churchill College in Cambridge. Emma will be joined at the same College by fellow Didsbury resident, Sarah Strickland. Sarah will read human, social and political sciences after achieving A*s in chemistry, geography and history.

Emma-Lyons-from-Didsbury. Emma-Lyons-from-Didsbury.

Emma commented: “I’m thrilled with my four A*s and can’t wait to get to Cambridge. I have always enjoyed the order of chemistry and how the facts can be applied to real life. Being able to study this subject at a world-renowned university is just a dream come true!”

Bramhall’s Rebecca Hopper makes up MHSG’s Oxbridge quartet. After securing A*s in biology, chemistry and mathematics, Rebecca has accepted a place to study veterinary medicine at Penbroke College at the University of Cambridge.

Double Veterinary Success

 MHSG has two veterinary success stories this year, the second being Phoebe Arkwright from Burnage. With 3 As in biology, chemistry and German, she has secured a much sought-after place on the University of Bristol’s veterinary science course.

Claire Hewitt, head mistress, said: “Congratulations to all the girls and their teachers on a fantastic set of examination results. The students have worked superbly over the past two years and it’s wonderful to see all their efforts come to fruition today.

There is no typical Manchester High School girl; our pupils shine across a breadth of subjects. They successfully mix STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) alongside humanities, the arts and languages and you see this is reflected in today’s results.”

Inquiring Minds

 It is not just in STEM subjects that Manchester High students excel. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a self-directed and self-motivated project that carries the same UCAS points as an AS level.

90% of all Manchester High pupils undertaking the qualification received an A*.

Claire Hewitt, commented: “Universities like to see the EPQ on a student’s application as it requires independent research skills; definitely something that MHSG girls are encouraged to develop.

I wish the Class of 2016 all the best for the future and know that they leave us well equipped for the next exciting stage of their lives.”

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