The girls at the Royal High School in Bath have scored more A* grades in this year’s A-level examinations than last year despite 2018 seeing the vast majority of the new tougher A-levels examined for the first time.
The top A* grade was scored in nearly a fifth of the exams (18.2%), while 91.7% of the exams taken achieved A*-C grades, also up on last year (*including IB equivalent).
More than half of the A-level exams taken (53%) were awarded A*-A grades.
All of the school’s Oxbridge candidates secured their places with their fellow students securing places at other leading Russell Group universities thanks to some outstanding individual performances.
One in five girls scored all As and A*s in their A-levels including twins Charlotte and Sophie Churchill, 18, from Bath who scored a string of A*-A grades (Charlotte – two A* grades in Greek and Latin and A in Maths and Sophie – 3 As in English, French and Spanish). Charlotte will study Classics at Exeter while her twin will study French at King’s College, London.
Coco Vercoe, 18, from Bath achieved 3 A* grades in Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and 1 A in Music and will now go on to Cambridge University to read Natural Sciences.
The school’s stellar performance in STEM subjects continued with Minnie Karanjavala from Bath who scored the very top A* grades in Chemistry, Physics and Maths, securing her place at Oxford to read Engineering.
Minnie has previously won a national Arkwright Engineering Scholarship and taken part in a Bath University engineering project.
Maths was the most popular subject taken by Royal High School girls with more than four in ten (43%) of them taking the subject at A level and an impressive 72% scoring A*-A grades.
Students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma at the Royal High School achieved equally outstanding results with an average of 39 points out of 45, two points higher than its average last year, and well above the global average.
One world-beating Royal High School student – Mashal Ijaz – recorded a phenomenal 45 out of 45 points, a mark achieved by less than 1% globally, winning her place at the London School of Economics to read Politics and International Relations.
Fellow Sixth Former Maia Eyre-Morgan, 18, from Bradford on Avon scored an impressive 43 points out of the 45 in the IB Diploma, easily securing her place at Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. The 18-year-old also achieved full marks (7 out of 7) in Maths, Chemistry and Biology, three of the six subjects she opted to study for the IB Diploma.
Head of the Royal High School Jo Duncan said:
“I am incredibly proud of our students who have worked so hard to achieve such phenomenal results in an era of change for the examination system.
“Our staff have worked hard to steer our girls through the changes in the system and ensure their hard work and talents have been recognised.
“This is a day to celebrate our students’ academic success but we also celebrate the mark they have made on this school in many other ways and we wish them well as they continue this journey at university and beyond.”