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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) was bustling with excitement as A-level students celebrated success with a string of A*s and As in a range of subjects.

The overall results have been truly impressive as 74% of all A-levels achieved at MHSG were the coveted A* and A, with 93% of all grades secured in the A* to B range. Eight outstanding individuals achieved three or more A*s.

Manchester High's Class of 2018 has now been ranked best in the North West according to The Times' league table.

Future medic and aspiring engineer are on their way to Cambridge

Shazia Absar celebrates 4 A*s and is off to Cambridge to study Medicine.

18-year-old Shazia Absar from Lees, Oldham, is a Deputy Head Girl at MHSG. She is celebrating four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish and has secured her place at Cambridge’s Churchill College.

Of her achievement, Shazia said: “I am so happy with my results, all the hard work has paid off! I can’t wait to start my course at Cambridge; my ambition is to lead medical research that has a positive and life changing effect on people’s health.

"At Manchester High, I took the Extended Project Qualification where you can investigate and delve into a specific area of personal interest. I chose to do mine on advances in neuroscience and the impact this has had for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease. This is something I would love to take further at university and into my professional career.”

18-year-old Manchester High student, Alexa McTiffin from Wilmslow, achieved 3 A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics  and an A in Chemistry. She is looking forward to taking up her place at Cambridge’s St John’s College to study Engineering. 

Aspiring engineer, Alexa McTiffin, is looking forward to studying the subject at Cambridge.

Alexa commented:

“I am so happy with my results, all the hard work has paid off! I have always enjoyed Mathematics and Physics and especially problem solving, so engineering seems like a fitting career path for me.

"While at Manchester High, I completed a six-month Engineering Education Scheme (EES) project at a local firm where we carried out experiments and investigations on high power lasers.

“I have enjoyed studying at Manchester High’s Sixth Form Centre but I am also looking forward to moving to Cambridge and finding my specialism within engineering.”

Head Mistress of Manchester High School for Girls, Mrs Claire Hewitt, commented:

“I am delighted with the girls’ superb achievements and most of them will now go on to study at their first choice of university. I should like to congratulate them as well as our excellent teaching staff; these results are a real testament to their hard work and commitment.

“At Manchester High, we acknowledge that there are many routes to success. Indeed, some of our girls go on to pursue paths ranging from conservatoires to paid apprenticeships at the BBC or with professional service firms such as Ernst and Young.

“Manchester High has been empowering girls since 1874 and we are proud of our reputation for academic excellence. I am full of confidence that our students will leave us as outward looking and forward-thinking young women who will not only shine academically but, just as importantly, make a positive contribution to society. I wish our Class of 2018 the very best for the future.”

Applications for entry into Manchester High School for Girls (from Preparatory Department through to Sixth Form) for the 2019/20 academic year are open. For more information, please visit The School’s next Open Events are on Wednesday 26th September for Sixth Form and Thursday 11th October for Senior School.

Highlights of the day's events are on our Flickr