The Mount Senior School celebrated another strong year for A Level results with well over a third of pupils achieving two or more A*-A grades and 70% of all entries at grade B or above.
The all-girl Quaker senior school in York, which prides itself on getting A2 students into the university course of choice, saw 100% of girls achieving A* grade in Physics, “a fantastic achievement” in a subject more traditionally a strength of boys.
Caroline Rosenzweig, who has accepted an unconditional offer to study Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and scored 100% on one of her Physics papers. Caroline was also Head Girl also founded the school’s Robotics Club which will continue to be run by the Science department.
Kelly Yiu, who was a Deputy Head Girl, accepts a place to study Civil Engineering at Imperial College. In June, both Caroline and Kelly joined the school’s trip to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva.
Suzannah Nellis, who has an unconditional offer to read Politics at Lancaster, has during her time at The Mount met three Nobel Peace Laureates through the school’s PeaceJam and Global Thinking curriculum. Suzannah was also a Deputy Head Girl.
Ellie Tucker who trained with York City Football Club ladies team, was thrilled that her results got her into her first choice course to study sociology at Sussex.
Madeleine Dean had already accepted an unconditional offer to study BA in Early Years Development and Learning at the world-renowned Norland College. Twins Flora and Hannah Smith will part ways with Hannah taking Biology and Psychology at Newcastle and Flora taking Geography and Biology at Loughborough. Kiri Armstrong had three different universities offering her a place to read Medicine and accepts her first choice at Cardiff. Kiri was also a Deputy Head Girl.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), taken by one fifth of A2 pupils at The Mount, provides students another ‘string to the bow’ when applying for university places. Some universities are willing to offer lower admissions requirements if pupils achieved well in their EPQ, and some Mount students have been able to accept places based on outstanding EPQ results.
Principal Adrienne Richmond said,
These results are excellent; the 100% A* in Physics is a fantastic achievement. What is important is that the girls who sought to get into further education have secured a place at their university of choice. Congratulations must go to the girls themselves, who worked hard to earn these results, and to our dedicated teaching staff who offered extra support through clinics and one-to-one help, which in many cases undoubtedly helped individuals achieve above and beyond their expectations.
The Mount is not an academic centre of excellence but a place that provides a holistic education, allowing all pupils to develop a love of learning and to fulfil their future ambitions and in the years to come will continue to spark their inquiring minds.