The Upper Sixth girls of the Class of 2019 were ambitious, witty, determined in all that they did and they promised very fine A Level results. They did not disappoint and celebrated in their customary enthusiastic, collaborative, stylish way this morning. And the celebrations were deserved: they smashed the school’s A* record, set in 2010 in the very first year of the star being available, with one third of the papers being awarded the very top grade.
Two thirds of the girls gained 2 or more A*s and 40% gained all A*/A grades. As and A*s accounted overall for nearly 70% of the results and 9 out of every 10 entries scored A*-B. Impressively, these are gained in the first year of the fully reformed A Level curriculum. Special mention goes to the Computer Science, Geography and History departments who gained 60% or more A* grades (with the latter two departments gaining 100 A*-A) and to Art, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and RS with 75% or more gaining the two top grades.
Headmistress Christina Foord was delighted for the girls and their parents and the staff. “We are so very lucky at Tormead to work in a close community – all staff, whatever their role, play a part in the everyday lives of the girls who in turn do so much for others whilst studying to achieve their very high ambitions. The expertise and guidance provided by their teachers is second to none and the parents support the school in a whole range of vital ways. All are celebrating today and rightly so. We expected much of these girls, regardless of and indeed because of the challenges that the new A Level specifications gave them: the Class of 2019 heads off for new and exciting adventures, ready to carry on achieving and contributing. We will hear more from this Class!”