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We’re continuing to accept applications to join Harrogate Ladies’ College, Highfield Prep School and Highfield Pre-School and are able to welcome prospective families for carefully planned, socially distanced tours and personal visits. 

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Exam Results

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 2021 they once again celebrated impressive A level results which saw the girls achieve outstanding results against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

Overall, 43% of grades were A*, 69% of all grades were A*-A, 83% were A*B and 92% were A*-C.  Pupils achieved particularly good results in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects, with Physics pupils achieving 100% A*-A grades.  Over a third of pupils have chosen to study STEM related courses at university on the back of these results including Physics, Astro Physics, Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Maths and Biology courses.

The shortage of women in STEM careers is well documented and as a girls school, we’re pleased to be leading the way in this field and inspiring the next generation of female, scientists and mathematicians.

As well as performing well in STEM, pupils also achieved 100% A*-A grades in a range of subjects in including French, Spanish, Latin, Geography and RS.

Principal for the past 8 years, Sylvia Brett said:

“These have been challenging times for staff and pupils in a globally uncertain landscape and its right that we should celebrate their resilience and their endeavour as they reach this milestone in their individual journeys and look forward to the next chapter in their education.”

Find out more about our University Destinations.

GCSE Results

2021 has also been an extraordinary year for our Year 11 students who showed incredible resilience and determination and were rewarded for their hard work with excellent GCSE results. 

Overall, a quarter of all grades were at the highest level of grade 9; 62% were grades 9-7 grades, and 95% were 9 to 4 grades.  Pupils also achieved a clean sweep of top 9-7 grades in Further Mathematics, French, Spanish, Latin and Textiles.

Among the top performing pupils were Sophie McHugh and Helia Mirakhori who both achieved ten grade 9s and one grade 8.  Both girls intend to study Maths, Chemistry and Physics A levels in Sixth Form next year and both have ambitions to study Engineering at university.

Helia, who lives in Leeds and is originally from Iran said:

“We had such incredible support from our teachers. They even managed to make home learning seem quite fun, but I’m definitely looking forward to being back in school next year!”

Download 2021 University Destinations

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 2022.