Students in the Upper Sixth at The Maynard School in Exeter were in celebratory mood this morning when they received some outstanding A-Level results across a broad range of subjects in both arts and sciences.
“I am so relieved,” said outgoing Head Girl, Anna Broad, from Woodbury. “I went away travelling across Europe and forgot all about my A-Level results but I had a couple of weeks to think about them when I came back. I didn’t get much sleep last night and this morning I was really nervous. But it’s so good now and such a good feeling to know I have the necessary results to study Medicine. I haven’t liked to think too much about the future but, now I know everything is going to plan, I can start looking forward.”
With a 100% pass rate, over half of all Maynard students gained A* and A grades, and 84% achieved A*, A and B grades.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is worthy of a special mention, with 86% of students gaining A* grades, and 100% achieving A* and A Grades. The girls studied an extraordinary range of topics, from how we should treat and respond to dementia, to the strategies that the British government should use to limit ISIS recruitment.
The Maynard is delighted that so many students are going on to study at Russell Group Universities including Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Manchester, UCL and Warwick. They have successfully gained places in a diverse range of courses including Aeronautical Engineering, Architecture, English, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, History, Natural Sciences, Physics, Physiotherapy, Politics and Psychology; six students have gained places to study Medicine.
Esther Maltby from Sidmouth scored 3 A* Grades and 1 A Grade (in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Art) and was absolutely delighted. “I didn’t think that my exams had gone well and I’m just so relieved and happy. I’m going to Imperial College, London to study Aeronautical Engineering but I’m off Interrailing tomorrow with a bunch of other friends from the Maynard so instead of celebrating tonight, I’ll be packing my rucksack!”
Another student who is in celebratory mood is Olivia Crawford who was awarded 2 A* Grades and 2 A Grades to secure her place at Birmingham University to study Medicine. “To be honest it hasn’t hit me yet. It’s a complete shock and I’m over the moon! It’s been such a long process. I decided on medicine when I was 12 years old so to be finally able to go to Medical School is just fantastic”
It was rather a nostalgic morning for outgoing Headmistress Bee Hughes who likewise departs the Maynard School’s gates to take a place at Manchester University to study for her PhD. “In my final year as Head I am proud of every student who has achieved so highly through hard work and determination. I am confident they will continue to be successful in their chosen fields of endeavour and I am most grateful to the professionalism of our staff who have contributed to their achievements. I wish the school community every success in the future.”