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Manchester High girls celebrate the next stage in their exciting journeys

Today’s A-level results, released in a cloud of controversy, are harder to embrace than in previous years, however, Senior Sixth students of Manchester High School for Girls, are already celebrating the next step in their plans for the future.

Head Mistress, Mrs Claire Hewitt, commented: “Given the current environment, my heart goes out to the Class of 2020, who have experienced a final year like no other in the School’s long history. Our Senior Sixth girls are a talented, conscientious and resilient group and I know they will take on any challenge and excel in their chosen fields. I am delighted with the fantastic news, from so many of our A-level students, that they have the grades they need for their dream career routes. We’re so proud that the vast majority of girls are taking up their first choice university place.”

“Manchester High girls will be going on to a broad range of destinations – including Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester universities and London’s Central Saint Martins. They will be starting their training in Medicine, Architecture, Dentistry and Engineering, as well as taking their studies to a higher level in Philosophy, Psychology, Art and Film. There is no such things as a ‘typical’ Manchester High girl and this year, again, we see our girls pursuing their goals in a hugely diverse range of fields.

I know 2020 has been hugely challenging for our students and their families. I am confident the Class of 2020 will go on to great things, like the students before them, making a positive impact on the world around them. We have missed celebrating the girls’ successes in person with them today. I wish every one of them happiness and success as they leave us for the next stage of their exciting, educational journeys.”

Yumna Ahmad

The course for me

Yumna Ahmad will go on to train as a doctor, taking up a place to study Medicine at Exeter College, Oxford. Yumna, from Eccles, joined MHSG twelve years ago, in Year 1. “It’s a six year course and I chose it because the first three years are really science heavy. I will always remember a professor there telling me that you’re not only a great doctor but a great scientist when you finish this degree! I was so nervous to apply for this course but School has really supported me with my application!” Yumna was awarded 3 A*s – in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Eve Whitehead, from Woodhouses, has found the perfect course for her. She’ll be studying Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. This morning she said “MHSG has taught me to believe in myself. I’m confident I can do whatever I want if I put my mind to it. Land Economy is the course for me – it’s everything I wanted. I’m very happy!” Eve was awarded 2 A*s in Biology and Geography and an A in Mathematics.

Proud to be a Man High girl

Hattie Frew

Noor Al-Saffar from Crumpsall joined MHSG in Year 7 as one of our Bursary pupils. Today she’s celebrating her place at the University of Manchester where she’ll study Medicine with European Studies. Noor was awarded straight A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and German. Noor explained, “Longer term I’d like to work in cancer research in Germany; I loved working on Model United Nations in School and would eventually like to bring about positive change on a wider scale through policy making and legislative change. After so much uncertainty these last few months, I’m ecstatic today. I’m very proud to be a Man High girl and I can’t express how much I’ll miss it. I’ve made great friends from wildly different backgrounds and we know we’ll stay in touch forever.”

Hattie Frew from Alderley Edge is going to study Art Foundation at Leeds before going on to Bristol University to pursue her other passion English Literature. Hattie said “It feels like the right things to do both subjects and combine them in my art. I really want to use them together.” Hattie started at MHSG in Prep, left part way through Senior School and came back for Sixth Form. “I realised MHSG was always the right place for me!” she added. Hattie was awarded 2 A*s in Art and Politics and an A in English Literature.

Dara Nylander

Dara Nylander, from Bolton, joined MHSG in Year 7 and today she learnt she’s off to King’s College London to study Psychology. Dara was awarded an A* in Psychology and As in Religious Studies and Economics. She summed up “I’m a bit tired but so relieved today. I really enjoy Psychology and I’m especially interested in clinical and forensic psychology. MHSG has provided me with great opportunities. I feel the School adapts to support each person.”

Good luck to all the Senior Sixth

Emily O’Brien, Head Girl, from Romiley will go on to study Modern History and Politics at the University of Manchester.  Emily said “I’ve had such an amazing time at MHSG and being Head Girl has been incredible.” She was awarded 2 A*s in Spanish and Psychology and an A in History. Today she’s feeling relieved, really pleased and wishing good luck to all the Senior Sixth girls.


Amy Anson

Azka Qureshi, from Smedley was inspired by the ‘Insight into Architecture’ event she attended at MHSG in Year 12. Now she’s off to study Architecture herself at Manchester University. Azka added “The talk showed me all the different areas available in the field. I was unsure about my focus before this but I loved the model making aspect. The talk really sealed the deal. MHSG will have a special place in my heart forever!”

Amy Anson, from Over Alderley, a music scholar at MHSG, learnt this morning that she has a place at the University of Oxford to study Music. Amy’s main instrument is Piano. She also plays violin – and has added saxophone, during lockdown! She said “I’ve been in love with music for years and years. It’s consumed all my time at MHSG where I lead the school Vocal Group. Mr Bradley is the best Head of Music anyone could hope for. It’s a sensational music department.” She was awarded an A* in Music, an A in Maths and a B in Chemistry.

98% of A-level grades awarded to MHSG students today were A* to B. Final results will be shared in the weeks ahead.

Sixth Form Applications for September 2020

There are a limited number of places in the Sixth Form at Manchester High School for Girls for this September start.

As Mrs Claire Hewitt explained: "Every year at Manchester High we speak to girls with a fantastic set of GCSE results, who want to see what our high performing Sixth Form can offer them. We will be available on GCSE results day, so that girls can explore their options.”

To enquire, contact

To see more photographs from a day of celebrations, visit our Flickr album here.

Updated 27/8/20 to reflect  MHSG A-level Centre Assessed Grades.