Roedean girls consistently achieve outstanding A Level results, and this year was no different. Despite 2021 being another difficult year for our Year 13 cohort, after finding out that public examinations were, again, cancelled, the girls showed great determination to continue perform to the best of their abilities throughout the year. We are incredibly proud of our Leavers who, therefore, achieved very impressive and well-deserved A Level results, which were awarded based on a combination of academic merit, a broad range of work completed throughout their two years in the Sixth Form, and the professional judgment of their teachers about what they would have achieved if the examinations had gone ahead. Twenty girls achieved 4 or more A* grades and forty-nine achieved straight A*-A grades, meaning that 85% of students in the year group will be taking up places at their first choice UK universities and 67% of our students are going on to top Russell Group Universities. The range of subjects they have chosen highlights the sheer breadth of academic interests within our student body and it is wonderful that all five students holding offers from Oxford and Cambridge have met the requirements and will be taking up their places. Furthermore, at a time when society’s reliance on our medical services has been so high, we are incredibly proud that 5 of our students are going on to study Medicine.
Congratulations to Eden, one of our Head Girls, who has achieved 3 A* grades at A Level in History, Spanish, and Biology, along with an A* for the EPQ. After seven years at Roedean, she been a dynamic and exemplary role-model to her peers and the younger girls; she has also thrown herself into many areas of school life, but her performances on stage are a particular highlight. After a year marred by the effects of long Covid, meaning that Eden has spent very little time in School this year, her outstanding academic achievements are all the more impressive. She said, ‘I’m really chuffed with my grades after such a difficult year, and I’m so grateful for all the support I got from School – bring on the next!’ Eden has a deferred place to read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2022. We wish her all the best for the future, and a speedy full recovery!
Congratulations to Victoria, one of Roedean’s Head Girls this year, on her remarkable A Level results. To complement her twelve Grade 9s at GCSE, which placed her among the top students in the country, she now has five A* grades at A Level, in Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, English Literature, and Mathematics – what an exceptional achievement. Not only is she an excellent academic, with a place to study Chemistry at Imperial College London, but Victoria has also been an outstanding Head Girl, demonstrating excellent leadership skills and always being a positive role-model for the rest of the student body. We wish her well – she will go far!
Roedean is immensely proud of the GCSE cohort this year – the girls achieved excellent results under, once again, very difficult circumstances, particularly given that they were expecting to sit their examinations as normal until early January, when they were cancelled, and the precise nature of how they were going to be assessed was not entirely clear until March. The opportunity for continual and modular assessment allowed the girls to prepare thoroughly and demonstrate what they had learnt – while it is true that these results are different to those from examination years before the pandemic, they certainly are an accurate reflection of the girls’ efforts, achievements, and hard work; their success reflects their consistently positive and diligent attitude over the two years of their GCSE courses. Very many students have exceeded expectations, and their positive approach has meant that they have been able to push grades over boundaries to achieve higher grades and realise their potential. Particular congratulations go to fifteen students who have achieved unbroken strings of Grade 9s, of whom ten were awarded a remarkable clutch of eleven or more Grade 9s. Furthermore, 21 students were awarded ten or more Grade 9s, and 40% of the group achieved Grade 9 or 8 in every one of their subjects, and this includes one who took 13 GCSEs in total. These achievements are simply outstanding, and a testament to the girls’ exceptional work-ethic and focus.
Congratulations to Alma, who achieved twelve Grade 9s at GCSE – this is the result of a focused and conscientious approach, combined with a keen intellect. Not only is she a top academic, but she is also a very talented singer, who has performed often in Chapel, and recently achieved Grade 8 Singing with Distinction. She goes on to study English Literature, Latin, Mathematics, and Music at A Level, and we have no doubt that she will excel in the Sixth Form. Well done!