Harrogate Ladies’ College is a largely non-selective school, although our excellent public examination results might suggest otherwise. Studying at Harrogate Ladies’ College typically adds one grade to estimated exam results in every subject – a factor which is considered by many to be the best indication of a school’s success.
A level Results
We are always incredibly proud of the achievements of our Sixth Form students and in 2017 they achieved excellent results. The number of A* grades was 8 times higher than independent base line predictions and 36% of all grades were A*-A, 69% A*-B, an increase on 2016 grades when we topped the Harrogate league tables based on average point score per academic entry.
The girls achieved particularly high results in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with 100% A* grades in Biology and 100% A*-B grades in Chemistry. Given the public debate at the moment around encouraging more girls to take STEM subjects, we’re particularly pleased that as an all-girls school we’re leading the way in this area.
Many of our girls are now going on to study STEM related subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physics, Maths and Engineering at University.
Among those celebrating the 2017 results was Nicole Brocksom, who, 2 years ago achieved 10 A*s at GCSE and has now secured a place at the University of Cambridge to study Law with a clean sweep of A* and A grades. Nicole, who was the Head of Chapel Choir at College, has also been awarded a prestigious Choral Scholarship from Girton College Cambridge. Nicole commented,
“I’m so happy, it’s always been my dream to go to Cambridge and the choral scholarship was the icing on the cake! The teachers at Harrogate Ladies’ College have been brilliant, they’ve helped me believe that I could do it and they’ve supported me all of the way.”Nicole Brocksom, 1 A* and 2 As at A Level Student in 2017 (now studying Law at Cambridge University)
Nicole was one of 2 pupils to secure an Oxbridge place with Nikki Miao who achieved 3A* grades (including a score of 100% in Physics) and has been awarded a place at the University of Oxford to study Physics and Philosophy.
In 2017 our girls achieved record breaking GCSE results with the number of A*-A grades, or the equivalent 9, 8 or 7 in the new grading system, increasing to 61%.
On top of this, 62% of all pupils achieved at least 5 A*-A grades (or the equivalent grades 9-7) and 96% of all grades were A*-C (or the equivalent grades 9-4).
Pupils performed particularly well in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with a third of all pupils achieving the highest possible grade 9 in Maths, compared to the 3% predicted by Ofqal (the Government’s regulatory body for examinations).
There were excellent results in subjects such as Physics, German, French, Spanish, Latin and Music where more than 70% of all grades were A*-A and English Literature where 93% of all grades were A*-B.
We believe our exam results reflect the amazing talent, commitment and hard work of both the pupils and teachers at our school and we look forward to sharing more successes with you in 2018.