Congratulations to the class of 2023!
St Mary Magdalene Academy Sixth Form has continued its tradition of excellent A Level outcomes. The students have achieved phenomenal grades, surpassing the results from the last set of comparable exams in 2019. A third of the 2023 grades are at A* or A.
This year’s students faced the challenge of meeting the toughest A Level grade boundaries since 2019. Furthermore, it was the first time they had experienced a public examination season following the disruption to exams caused by the pandemic in their GCSE year.
Daniel Goward, Head of Sixth Form says, ‘Our wonderful young adults have experienced significant academic challenges and have shown admirable determination and grit in the face of these to put themselves on course for happy and successful futures. It is always immensely fulfilling to see so many of our students secure places on a huge variety of courses at world-leading institutions. I wish them the very best as they take their next exciting steps in education.’
It is always difficult to single out individuals in a year with so many successes and some students have yet to decide on their preferred University, but here is a snapshot of the story so far:
Tomie achieved A*A*A and Distinction 1 in Mandarin, and will study Economics at King’s College, Cambridge. Sophia achieved A*A*A* and will study Engineering at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Veronique achieved Distinction 1 in Mandarin and AAB and will also be going to Cambridge to study Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Churchill College.
Zain, Thea, Sabiha and William all go to study Medicine at Imperial College London, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, King’s College London, and University College London respectively.
Robert achieved A*A*A*A* and will study Law at Bristol. George achieved A*A*AA and will study Maths and Computer Science at Warwick. Raphi achieved A*A*A* and will study Biochemistry and Mahveen achieved A*A*A and will study Economics, both at UCL. They will be joined at UCL by other SMMA Sixth Form students including Humayra (Pharmacology), Zainah (Educational Studies), Emmanuel (Geography), Leilani (Archaeology) and Sophia (Biochemical Engineering).
Congratulations too to Avery who achieved A*A and Distinction 1 in Mandarin, and also to Zakira, who achieved A*A*A. Masaki achieved A*A*A and will study Mathematics at Queen Mary University. Megan achieved A*A*A and will study Chemistry at York.
Further exceptional outcomes include: Noah (A*AAB) who is going to Bath to study Aerospace Engineering, Andrew (AAAA) who is going to the University of Law, Annabelle (AAAA) who will study Psychology at Manchester, Sophia (A*AA) who will study Modern Languages at Bristol, Erin (A*AA) who will study Psychology at Bath, Ava (A*A*B) who will study Mathematics and Statistics at Warwick, Zuhal (AAAB) who will study International Relations at LSE, Seth (AAA) who will study Biology at Bath, Zoe (AAA) who will study Computer Science at Leeds, Tom (AAA) who will study Mechanical Engineering at Bristol, and Fred (A*AB) who will study Economics and Mathematics Leeds. Special mentions too to Matthew who achieved A*AB, Nisa who achieved AAA, Grace who achieved AAA, and Arturo who achieved AAAB.
Huge congratulations also go to Amber who achieved Distinction 1 in Mandarin and A Level grades AB; she has secured a highly competitive degree apprenticeship at Evelyn Partners. Karna achieved A*A*A and is enrolling at Kingston School of Art to study a Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media. We also have students who have successfully auditioned for renowned conservatoires; Charlotte will study Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music, and Osian will study Popular Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Academy Headteacher Vicky Linsley says: ‘These students should be super-proud of their achievements. They are heading off to exciting Universities with not only a fantastic academic portfolio, but great life skills too. They have been a wonderful year group and we wish them all the very best. Huge thanks to parents and carers and staff who have supported them in this journey.’