Red Maids are Oxbridge-bound

August 26 2016

Undergraduate places at some of the world’s top universities have been secured by dozens of Red Maids’ students following the release of this summer’s A Level and IB results.

Undergraduate places at some of the world’s top universities have been secured by dozens of Red Maids’ students following the release of this summer’s A Level and IB results.

18-year-old Kate Seaborne, from Westbury-on-Trym, will be following in the footsteps of her sister Jenny – also a former Red Maid - and heading off to Oxford University to study Psychology.

Joining her in winning an ‘Oxbridge’ place is International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) student Lily Rivers, who is still only 17. She will be taking up a place at Cambridge University to study History after a year out volunteering overseas.

Red Maids’ combined A Level and IB results1 this year demonstrate consistently high levels of academic achievement:


17% of all entries were awarded an A* grade


45% of all entries won an A* or A grade


Over 75% earned an A*, A or B grade.


More than 37% of all students gained three or more A* or A grades or equivalent IB Higher Level scores.

Isabel Tobias, Headmistress at the Westbury-on-Trym based school, said: “These results are tremendous. They are the result of much hard work and determination by our students, coupled with expert tuition and support by our teachers.

“The difference of a Red Maids’ education is the progress that we are able to achieve in our students, enabling them to realise their full potential. I am delighted for every single one of our girls today, they have made themselves and the whole school very proud.”

Degree choices of the Year 13 leavers this year include aerospace engineering, architecture, biochemistry, English and drama, geography, history, law, mathematics, medicine, modern languages, and religion, philosophy and ethics.

1 IB Higher Level subject scores of 7, 6 and 5 are equivalent to A*, A and B at A LEVEL

This year’s cohort includes five girls who are taking up places at medical school: Zaineb Al-Shamary (Keele), Alice Hyde and Rebecca Jackson (Birmingham), Adhraa Isaacs (Leicester) and Lily Steven (Cardiff).

It also includes three girls who have designs on becoming architects: Katie Cottle and Fenella Pakeman (Liverpool), and Immy McAndrew (Edinburgh).

Some students have overcome personal challenges on their journey to success.

Sophia Hazelby received the news after starting in the Sixth Form that she had a serious health issue which would require ongoing medical treatment.

The 18-year-old from Stoke Bishop took it in her stride, gaining an A* and two A grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will now be starting a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University.

Her mother, Amanda Matthews, said: “I am the happiest mother in the world. Sophia has had to familiarise herself with medicines and managing a respiratory issue alongside her studies, but has not allowed it to get in the way of achieving brilliant grades.”