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Girls and Boys Perform Equally Well in A Levels

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Sixth Form students at Bolton School have performed outstandingly well in this year’s A levels with the overall results being almost identical!  The percentage of passes at A* or A was 52.4% in both the Girls’ Division and the Boys’ Division.  The Girls’ Division saw 79.4% of grades at A*-B whilst the Boys’ Division recorded a pass rate of 74.8% at A*-B.  The percentage of passes at A* was very high across both divisions - 17.4% in the Boys’ Division and 16.2% in the Girls’ Division.  Overall, the Girls’ Division achieved a pass rate of 99.1% and the Boys’ Division a pass rate of 99%.

Almost one third of girls achieved all A* or A grades with 4 girls receiving all A* grades: Rachel Hughes, Eleanor Tyler, Charlotte Underwood and Emily Varley.  The seven candidates who received Oxbridge offers all made the grade: Helen Potts (Biomedical sciences at Oxford), Eleanor Tyler (Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at Cambridge), Emily Varley (Geography, Cambridge), Hannah Ross (French at Oxford), Imogen Hilton (History, Cambridge), Anna Warren (Experimental Psychology, Oxford), Kate Fowler (Classics, Cambridge). 

Sue Hincks, Headmistress, said: ‘These are excellent results, indeed, and are once again testimony to all the hard work put in by the students and staff.  The girls are going on to study a huge range of subjects, including Business, Law, English, Veterinary Science, Psychology, Medicine, Dentistry and Art Foundation courses, at universities across the UK and abroad. 

Many of the girls have achieved their results whilst maintaining a busy extra curricular schedule and making a huge contribution to the life of the school. The Head Girl and Deputies all achieved A*/ A grades. Swimming star Emma Saunders, heading for the University of Alabama, was among the 51 girls who achieved at least AAB in her grades. This is an important threshold as it places these girls in the cohort of students who are exempt from the strict undergraduate number quotas in place at English universities for September. Since the only way to expand domestic student numbers this year is to attract extra AAB students, students of this calibre are likely to be much in demand.’ 

Boys’ Division Headmaster, Philip Britton, said: ‘It is always a happy day to see boys head off from school with the results they need for university places. I am pleased with the consistency of our results, with this year once again around 55% getting A and A* grades and 75% A* to B. The top A* grade was gained in 18% of the exams taken. This is especially pleasing in a year when standards have been tightened – which has clearly suited our able candidates. I am delighted for the boys and for my colleagues who have worked with them that the results have fulfilled so much academic potential. 

The school has all round academic excellence but our long and strong tradition in the strategically important subjects - maths and science and modern foreign languages is genuinely outstanding. Just under half the school study maths, chemistry and biology and in those subjects around 1 in 5 grades was A* and 2 out of  3 at A* or A. In French 80% of grades awarded were at grade A.’ 

Four boys will go on to study at either Oxford or Cambridge: Sam Burthem (History, Oxford), Alex Walmsley (French and Russian, Oxford), Neel Jain (Medicine, Cambridge) and Connor Rogers (Natural Sciences, Cambridge).  There were many individual success stories, none more striking than that of Robert Zhou, who joined Bolton School in Year 10 in 2008, after spending just 4 months in the UK after moving from China. Robert spoke little English when he joined the School but has now received his A Level grades of 3A*s and an A! He will now go on to study at Imperial College London. As well as making fantastic academic progress while at School, Robert was also involved in running a Chinese Club, and was a Monitor.  James Roberts received 3 As and will study Medicine at Liverpool University; earlier in the year he captained the England Cerebral Palsy Development Football Squad to victory at the 2012 Home Nations Championships.

The girls also did extremely well in the AQA Bacc, which encourages students to broaden their studies and allows them to undertake a piece of extended study. Of the 27 students who took the Bacc, 16 achieved a Distinction (59.3%) and 11 a Merit, which was quite outstanding. 

Miss Hincks was also delighted with the Year 12 girls’ performance at AS level: ‘The girls have recorded an outstanding set of results at AS level which is a great indicator of some more fantastic results to come next year.’

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A* grades

These students all achieved straight A* grades in their A levels

Oxbridge students

Oxbridge students celebrate! These Year 13 students will begin their studies at either Oxford or Cambridge University

James Roberts and Emma Saunders, both performed outstandingly whilst pursuing excellence in extra-curricular activities