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.
Congratulations to Paloma, who achieved
A*A*A at A Levels in Spanish, History, and English Literature. These brilliant grades mean that she will take up her place at Newnham College Cambridge in October, where she will read Spanish and Portuguese. Paloma is also a talented harpist, and is proud to have reached the Final of Miss Brighton: ‘In this ‘Me Too’ era, I think it is more important than ever that women are seen not simply for their outer beauty and I wanted to prove that you can be intelligent and
academic as well.’
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 In the new grading system, the A* has been replaced by both Grades 8 and 9, with the latter designed to reward the most exceptional candidates, and it was wonderful that so many girls were rewarded with these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.
Victoria achieved a clean sweep of twelve Grade 9s at GCSE – this means that she is 1 of just 10 students in the country who achieved so highly! This is a truly exceptional achievement. However, not only is she a top academic, but also a wonderfully talented artist and Head of House 1. She could hardly believe how well she has done: ‘I am still feeling shocked and a bit numb. I am so proud of what I’ve achieved.’ Victoria will be taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and there is no doubt that she has a very bright future!