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A level and GCSE Exam Results at Harrogate Ladies' College

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 2023 they once again celebrated impressive A level results.

Despite Government warnings to expect grades in line with 2019 results, our U6 pupils secured 41% A*-A grades, an increase of more than 17% on 2019 grades. Pupils also achieved twice as many top A* grades this year compared with results in 2019.

Over 50 per cent of the A* grades were achieved in Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology (STEM) subjects with impressive results across all subject areas including Modern Foreign Languages where 75% of all French grades were A*; Humanities where 85% of all Geography grades were grades were A*-B and Creative Arts where 90% of all grades were A*-B.  Five subjects including Further Maths achieved a clean sweep of 100% A*-B grades.

Overall, 68% of grades were A*-B and 82% were A*-C both figures showing significant increases on 2019 grades.

Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College, Sylvia Brett said:

“Our 2023 A level results were exceptional across a huge range of subjects and the class of 2023 should be so proud of everything they have achieved.  They have shown a huge appetite for hard work and incredible resilience.  It’s very rewarding to see them propelled into the next exciting stage of their lives.


“It’s a pleasure to celebrate the personal achievements of each and every pupil – no better how big or small.  We have watched as these incredible young women have fulfilled their potential in an inspiring and supportive environment”

GCSE Results

2023 saw pupils celebrating excellent GCSE results with particularly impressive grades in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects.

Over seventy-five per cent of all grades across Physics, Biology and Chemistry were the top 9-7 grades.  Overall 57% of all grades were 9-7, 36% were 8-9 and 16% were grade 9. Over 60% of pupils at the school achieved five or more top 9-7 grades.

There were strong results across all subject areas including Languages where 100% of French grades were 9-8; Humanities where 79% of Geography grades were 9-7; and Creative Arts where almost 90% of all Textiles grades were 9-8. 

A total of 7 Textiles pupils at the school have also been individually congratulated by the Exam Board for being among the highest performers in the country.

Principal, Sylvia Brett said: 

“Our results in 2023 were excellent across all subjects, but as a girls’ school, I’m particularly pleased that we’re leading the way in STEM, an area where women are still hugely underrepresented in the workplace.  If we want to change this, we need to inspire and encourage girls while they are still at school.”


“I’d like to take this opportunity to recognise our outstanding teachers.  Their commitment to the pupils and to the school is truly remarkable.


“We’ve watched these pupils grow and develop, some of them since they joined our Pre-School at the age of two, into confident, determined and resilient young people.  The future is very bright in their hands.”

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College

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 2024.

Download 2023 A level and GCSE results