Roedean girls consistently achieve outstanding A Level results. In 2018, we were delighted that 23.3% of all A Level grades were awarded A*, our best results in a decade, with 53.7% A*-A grades. Roedean’s academic strength in depth is especially impressive, with well over a third of students achieving at least one A* grade, and nearly one in five achieved two or more A*s.
In a climate when young women pursuing STEM subjects is very low nationally, Roedean is very proud that 37% of this year’s leavers are going on to study Maths and Science courses at university. 56% of last year’s cohort took Maths A Level, including one student, whose remarkable 5 A* grades included a 99.5% average across 12 Maths modules, and Physics was one of the top performing subjects at the School, with 79% of the candidates achieving A* or A.
Three students took up places at Oxford and Cambridge this October, to read Chemistry, Medicine, and Natural Sciences, and another has started on a highly competitive Medicine course at Imperial College London.
In the context of increasing rigour and challenge at GCSE level, Roedean students achieved excellent GCSE examination results, with 48.2% at A* or its equivalent, the second highest percentage at this level in the School’s history. 22.6% of examinations were awarded the new elite Grade 9, and 71.9% A*-A this year reflects our consistent success at this level over the last five years.
There is real strength in depth at GCSE level, with a remarkable 47.5% of the cohort achieving at least 7 A*-A grades. Three girls, in addition to a fantastic year on the sports field stage and stage, achieved 29 straight A* grades between them, including eight Grade 9s.
In a year of great change, for both students and staff, with new specifications and requirements for the 9-1 reformed GCSE subjects, the girls’ strong performances were impressive. In the new grading system, the A* has been replaced by both Grades 8 and 9, with the latter designed to reward the most exceptional candidates, and it was wonderful that so many girls were rewarded with these grades.