Y13 count stars with record A level results

Sydenham High sixth formers are celebrating a record haul of A* and A grades, along with a raft of prized university places, following the release of today’s A level results.

Almost half of all grades (45.1 per cent) were either A* or A – nearly twice the level achieved in 2015 – helping students to secure places at a range of top universities including Oxford, Manchester, Warwick and Leeds. Topics of study include engineering, maths, pharmacy and chemistry.

Along with a one hundred per cent pass rate, over 80 per cent of grades were A*-B and 92.7% were A*-C.

The school also topped the Girls’ Day School Trust table for year-on-year increases in top A level grades.

The strongest subject performances were in Physics, Further Maths, French, Business Studies and Design Technology where one hundred per cent of pupils gained an A*/A.

Sydenham High’s talented drama students and mathematicians also took centre stage with 86 per cent A*/As in Theatre Studies, while 83.3 per cent of Maths passes were also A*/A.

Amongst the highest achieving students were Savandhi Goonasekera and Gabrielle Mallett. Gabrielle gained A*s and As, including A* for her Extended Project Qualification, and will be taking up a place at Queen’s College, Oxford, to read Japanese & Korean. She hopes to pursue a career in international relations in the future and is planning to study Mandarin in her spare time! Savandhi gained A* A* A in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. She is going on to study Maths at university.

Also celebrating was Orlane Doumbe, who joined Sydenham High’s Sixth Form after receiving a sought-after joint school and HSBC Global Education Scholarship. She achieved straight As in Maths, Chemistry and French, and is heading to Manchester to read Chemistry.

Two Art students have also secured places on prestigious Foundation courses at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Art.

Headteacher Kathryn Pullen said: “We’re immensely proud of each and every student. These are tremendous achievements to celebrate. They are their passports to take the next steps into their futures – at university and beyond – and they reflect both the girls’ hard work and the dedication and inspiration of their teachers.”

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