Hard work rewarded by outstanding A Level results at Northwood College for Girls GDST

Maxwell Road was the scene of much joy this morning when Northwood College for Girls’ Year 13 students received a set of exceptional A Level results.

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87% of the results achieved A* – A grades with 46% of grades at A* and 100% of the grades at A* – B.

Mrs Zara Hubble, Head, commented: “We are all absolutely delighted that the hard work, determination, resilience and focus that our students, and their teachers, have consistently demonstrated has been fully recognised and rewarded today.”

“With 78% of our pupils achieving straight A*/As, these grades are a true testament to the rich academic curriculum and culture of scholarship at NWC. Our Year 13s have worked tirelessly throughout their school careers, and endured a particularly challenging eighteen months due to the pandemic, something that no one could have predicted when the girls joined the Sixth Form in September 2019. I am so proud of them, they have absolutely earned these phenomenal results, always demonstrating true grit and commitment to each of their subjects.”

Based on today’s results, NWC anticipate that 97% of the students will go on to their first-choice university. Academic Deputy Head, Mrs Rebecca Brown, commented: “We are unashamedly ambitious at NWC. I believe that today’s success is due to the fact that we really do know each girl and her individual strengths, which enables us to think strategically about how best to develop her talents, whilst motivating and challenging her each step of the way.

“We have been blown away by the resilience that has been demonstrated by this particular year group. We teach all our girls to think independently and positively, to become masters of agile and creative thinking, and these particular skills have proved absolutely vital during the pandemic. Together with their phenomenal teachers, Year 13, has ensured that the disruption caused by Covid has not disrupted their academic development and success.”

Following the retirement of Mrs Hubble next month, Mrs Brown will become Head of Northwood College for Girls. Mrs Brown commented: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a formidable team of talented and knowledgeable teachers. Each one works indefatigably every day to ignite intellectual curiosity and imagination in our students, always encouraging them to embrace knowledge and discovery, and supporting and inspiring them to be their very best selves.”

Alice (below), who achieved three A*s is set to study Medicine at Cardiff, said: ‘I’m completely delighted and so thankful for my teachers’ hard work and support. They have always been there for me, they challenge and support you every step of the way. Thank you so much NWC!’

Bhavini (below), who achieved one A* and two As is set to study Physiotherapy at Birmingham, said: ‘I am absolutely over the moon and so looking forward to studying Physiotherapy at Birmingham.’

Saffy (below), who achieved two A*s and one Distinction is set to study Music at Durham, said: ‘I’m really happy! I want to say a huge thank you to my school and especially my teachers – they have been amazing and have taught me to believe in myself throughout my whole school life.’

Riya (below), who achieved three A*s is set to study Architecture at Bath, said: ‘I am so relieved and overjoyed. I am so grateful to everyone at Northwood College for making this a reality!’

Sofia (pictured right with her mum), who achieved two A*s and one A is set to study Psychology at Warwick, said: ‘I’m overwhelmed, we have had such a challenging eighteen months and I am relieved that the hard work has paid off!’

Amber (below), who achieved three A*s is set to study History and English at Warwick, said: ‘I’m just overjoyed and so thankful for every teacher at Northwood College. I wouldn’t be where I am without their incredible support and I am just so thankful.’

Valini (below), who achieved two A*s and one A is set to study Biomedical Science at King’s College London, said: ‘I’m so proud of our whole year group. We have all had to show resilience and perseverance under the circumstances but the support we have had from school has been phenomenal’

Hannah (below), who achieved three A*s is set to study Psychology & Child Development at City University of London, said: ‘I want to thank my school and my teachers for all their help. I am simply delighted.’

Kritika (below), who achieved one A* and two As is set to study Economics and Management at King’s College London, said: ‘I am truly over the moon and I thank everyone at Northwood College. I am really looking forward to studying Economics & Management at King’s!’

Maya (pictured right with her dad), who achieved two A*s and one A is set to study History at Warwick, said: ‘I am a mix of emotions, relieved, surprised, delighted, but most of all excited!’

Hafsah (below), who achieved two A*s and one A is set to study Economics at Manchester, said: ‘I want to say thank you to all my incredible teachers, my whole experience at Northwood College has been amazing and I am so grateful.’ Hafsah’s mum, Roomana, added: “Every teacher has been there when we need them. Northwood College is so supportive and nurturing and everyone here always puts the girls first.’

Tala (right), who achieved one A*, one A and one B is set to study Pharmacy at University College London, said: ‘I’m happy, excited, and ready for the future! Thank you to all my teachers and my parents too!’

Sabah (below left), achieved one A* and two As is set to study Politics and International Studies at Warwick, said: ‘I really did not expect these results, I am so so happy!’

Chameli (above right), who achieved three As is set to study Accounting and Finance at Warwick, said: ‘I am in shock, and so excited to start studying in September!’

Zayna (left), who achieved one A* and two As is set to study Geography at University College London, said: ‘I’m really happy, surprised, and grateful! Who would have thought?!’

Mrs Brown comments: “I am confident that all our girls will thrive academically, but I also appreciate that to truly excel young people need more than examination results alone.
“We equip our girls with the confidence, the communication and analytical skills, and the values to succeed and contribute in a world full of opportunity and change. Equipped with the tools and techniques that will enable them to act courageously, ambitiously and authentically, always with optimism and conviction.”

Mrs Hubble concluded: “We will certainly miss our Year 13, but they are all a “NWC girl for life” and I am delighted that they will now join a vibrant community of over 70,000 GDST alumnae. This unique network offers our students access, and opportunity, to connect to a vast number of successful women in a range of industries and environments.

“We wish each student the very best for the future, I am confident that they now leave our fabulous school with many happy memories and ready for the next stage in their lives – highly qualified, equipped with the proficiencies and dispositions to excel in the workplace, and fully cognizant of their own strengths.”