Outstanding! QEH students break record for A* grades

August 26 2016

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital (QEH) are celebrating after another set of outstanding A-Level results with the highest number of A* grades the school has seen to date.

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Pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital (QEH) are celebrating after another set of outstanding A-Level results with the highest number of A* grades the school has seen to date.

Almost 30% of all grades achieved by students were the top A* grade and once again A*/A grades have made up over half of all results awarded.  For the 11th year running the pass rate at the school is 100%.

This success has extended right across the curriculum.  The Science and Art departments both have much to celebrate – not only have pupils from both departments achieved excellent results, but they are also preparing to move into the new £3million Science and Art Building.  Nearly three quarters of all grades awarded in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) were A*/A grades and 100% of students studying Art and Design and Photography achieved A*/A grades.

Stephen Holliday, Headmaster at QEH, says, “In a year when we are signing up our first cohort of Sixth Form girls, I am delighted to once again see success across all areas of the curriculum.  Our consistently strong record for top results is part of the much greater package that we offer to students in preparing them for higher education and successful future careers and we are pleased that girls will now also be able to benefit from our expertise.”

Over 10% of students will be taking up places at Oxbridge in September.  Michael Savery achieved 4 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. He looks forward to taking up his place at Cambridge University (Queens’ College) to study Mathematics. Max Yuen will be beginning his degree course in History at Brasenose College, Oxford University next term, having achieved straight A* grades in English Literature, Latin and History.  George Gibbs, who is also celebrating straight A* grades, will be taking up his place studying Medicine at Birmingham University.

QEH also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a skills-based qualification that develops the independent research skills of students and is viewed by leading universities as the qualification that gives a student's application the edge.  Once again, all candidates sitting the EPQ performed extremely well with 75% of candidates achieving A*/A grades.