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Record A Level Performance at St Mary's Calne

Published Thursday 18th of August 2011 02:37:16 PM

More than seven in ten girls at the leading independent girls' school St Mary's Calne have achieved A*-A grades in this year's A Levels with one in five winning a coveted place at Oxford or Cambridge.

Nearly 40% of the exams sat this summer by St Mary's pupils scored perfect A* grades. The Wiltshire school is headed by Girls' Schools Association President Dr Helen Wright.

Half of the girls sitting exams achieved an astonishing full marks in one of their A2 papers.

A clean sweep of A*-A grades was achieved in five subjects Maths, Further Maths, Latin, Greek and Music with 90% of candidates achieving A*-A in English and around 85% achieving the highest grades in Physics, Economics, History and Geography.

Nine pupils just under a fifth of the year group scored 3 or more A*s in their A Levels with over half of the school's A Level entrants achieving all A*-A grades. One candidate even achieved a rare perfect score in her English A Level amongst her sweep of 3 A*s and 1 A* EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Twenty-three other girls 45% - achieved full marks in one or more of their A2 papers.

St Mary's Calne continues its strong performance in Maths, Economics and Physics. A quarter of the girls sat Maths A Level with 100% achieving the top A*-A grade. In Economics, nearly nine in ten girls achieved the top grades. Similarly, 83% of candidates achieved an impressive A*-A in Physics.

The school's excellent A Level results mean that St Mary's girls have secured places at top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Durham, Bristol, Exeter, King's College, London, Manchester, Leeds and specialist colleges such as the Courtauld Institute. Three of the school's successful Oxbridge candidates also secured Choral Scholarships. Subjects taken by girls will include Maths, Economics, Modern Languages, English, History, Geography, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Classics and Music.
One-fifth of St Mary's Calne pupils also sat the EPQ with over 90% achieving A*-A grades.

Head of St Mary's Calne, Dr Helen Wright, said: 'We are delighted with this remarkable set of A Level results which are even better than last year's. They are testament to the hard work and diligence of our pupils and staff.'

Dr Wright, President of the Girls' Schools Association, added: 'This means that the majority of girls at St Mary's Calne have achieved places at leading universities, with ten going to Oxford or Cambridge. This is impressive considering universities are experiencing record admissions in 2011 because of the rise in tuition fees coming in to force in 2012 which will mean many UK students will be forced to consider their futures more carefully than ever.'
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