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Girls told 'The world is your oyster' following sparkling A-level results

Today’s A-level results have proved that for students of Manchester High School for Girls, the world really is at their feet; 91% of all A-level grades secured at the School were A* to B.

Head Mistress, Mrs Claire Hewitt, commented: “Given the current climate of political and economic uncertainty, an all-consuming digital landscape with unabated images of so-called ‘perfection’ and a gender pay gap that is far from redressed, it would be easy to believe that it’s all doom and gloom for our young women. However, these A-level results show that this group of talented, conscientious and independent girls can, and will, rise to any challenge before them.

“I applaud them for their determination and dedication and want to remind each and every one that the world is now their oyster. We say there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Manchester High girl and this is reflected not only in the subjects the students chose to study at A-level but in the diversity of the fields they are going to pursue at a higher level. From Computer Science to Classics, History of Art to Aerospace Engineering, Music to Medicine, I am confident Manchester High girls will lead the way.”

On Cloud Nine

Nine students at Manchester’s oldest all-girls’ school secured a string of straight A* grades. Anoushka Mazumdar from Cheadle achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and will be studying Computer Science at the University of Cambridge’s Churchill College. She said: “Cambridge may be renowned for its history but it’s always been at the forefront of innovation. I want to work in artificial intelligence in the future and I’m excited to explore this area more with Cambridge’s subject experts.

Connie Baxendell with her proud mum, TV presenter, Jenny Powell

“Securing these grades was certainly hard work and I’d like to thank all my teachers at Manchester High, as well as my parents. I’ve felt supported every step of the way and that really has made all the difference.”

Connie Baxendell from Altrincham secured three A*s in Fine Art, English Literature, History and is set to study History of Art at UCL from September. She commented: “I’ve always been a creative person and painting is my number one passion. That said, I am really proud of the analytical skills I have developed during my three A-level subjects, the ability to critic, question and reason, and believe these will stand me in good stead when I make the leap to university.”

To Boldly Go…

As Manchester High’s A-level cohort look towards the future, three students have their sights firmly set on the stars. Sanaa Mughal from Heaton Mersey, Chloe Kadir from Cheadle and India Agravat from Glossop all wish to pursue careers in the space industry.

Sanaa will be studying Earth Science at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford, India will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Nottingham and Chloe will be reading Physics at Imperial College London.

Next stop, NASA, three of MHSG's top performers are shooting for the stars when it comes to their career path. Left to right: Chloe Kadir, India Agravat and Sanaa Mughal

Chloe said: “I can’t believe I secured straight A*s in German, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and am so excited to start at Imperial. I really hope that at some point during my degree I’ll be able to study under Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics. She is a former Manchester High girl too and completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Hawking. If there is one person who can help me get to grips with black holes and cosmology it’s her!”

Sanaa and India both agreed that it’s an exciting time for women in space. Sanaa commented: “Tomorrow, NASA will announce more details of the Artemis project which will put the first woman on the moon in the next five years. I’ll be following the progress of the mission very carefully while I’m at Oxford and am encouraged that the space industry values the contribution of female astronauts and scientists just as much as male ones.”

Sixth Form Applications for September

A limited number of places in the Sixth Form at Manchester High School for Girls’ Sixth Form are available for a September 2019 start.

As  Mrs Claire Hewitt explained: "On GCSE results day there will be those students who perform better than they expected in their examinations. Every year at Manchester High we speak with girls who have a fantastic set of GCSE results and want to see what our high performing Sixth Form can offer them.

“We are available on GCSE results day and appointments can be made after that to come in and chat things through. You don’t have to commit to anything, it’s simply about exploring your options.”