WITHINGTON Girls’ School is celebrating an all-time record high of 41 per cent of grades passed at A*.

With 19 students, or one in four, achieving a clean sweep of three or more A*s, over half of Withington’s Year 13 leavers earned at least three A* to A grades.

A further cause for celebration at Withington are the places secured to study degree courses in a wide range of subjects at the country’s top universities, including 14 Oxbridge places (18% of the cohort), the highest in recent years.

Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam said: “Withington students never cease to astonish me.

“They participate in a breadth of activities - the performing and creative arts, sport and outdoor adventure, debating, fundraising, voluntary work and local community involvement - and do so with great enjoyment and success."

As a school with a well-earned reputation of excellence in the STEM subjects, the results in Maths and the Sciences are again noteworthy: 44 per cent of grades achieved were A* and, from 55 A-levels taken in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, 87% were awarded an A grade or higher.

Other subjects share the accolades with between 80 per cent and 100 per cent of grades recorded at A* to A in Art, Computer Science, Drama, English Language, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History and Latin.

Mrs Haslam added: "In a year of continuing A Level reform we are delighted to see our students maintaining the Withington tradition of academic excellence and securing outstanding results that enable them to now move on to the next exciting stage and pursue their dreams and ambitions.

"Thank you to the girls for all of their contributions, their commitment and hard work and to their parents, teachers and all members of the school community who have played their part in this success.”

Open Days for entry to Withington Girls’ School will be held on Thursday, November 8 and Saturday, November 10. Visit www.wgs.org for more details on 2019 admissions.