Sixth Form students at the Royal High School Bath are celebrating success in their A Level and IB examinations, with an impressive 87.4% scoring A*- C grades or IB equivalent, and 74% A*-B at A Level. 16 girls received 3 or more A*-A grades. A Level Mathematics was the most popular subject taken by Royal High School girls with 59% of grades in this subject achieving an A* or A grade.
Indeed, this has been a particularly strong year for STEM subjects; fifteen girls are going on to study a wide range of courses including Mathematics, Chemistry and Engineering at leading UK institutions such as Imperial College, University College London and King’s College.
Four students are heading to medical school, and alongside celebrating her 18th birthday today, Laura McNab has achieved the extraordinary feat of gaining straight A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths having been offered places at all four of her chosen medical schools. Her success reflects her uncompromising hard work throughout her time at RHS, having attended since Nursery. Her admirable grades were achieved alongside her training for national level swimming competitions, where she has represented Great Britain. Laura will now go on to read Research Medicine at Birmingham University and will enjoy their renowned swimming provision.
Mrs Duncan, Head commented
“I am delighted with the performance of the girls across a wide range of disciplines, we are particularly pleased that fifteen of our girls are going on to study STEM subjects, including four to study medicine, at top universities including Imperial College, UCL, and King’s College London.
Our results once again show how the Royal High School Bath defies gender stereotypes whilst allowing girls to follow their individual interests, which this year include Motorsport Engineering, Computer Science and Fashion Design in Paris.”
An impressive number of students have their own special achievements to celebrate as they received their results. The changing landscape of post-Sixth Form options is reflected in the wide range of directions taken by students as they move on to the next stage of their education. Bliss Firth heads off to study fashion in Paris while Alexis Hawker builds on her long-standing interest in auto-engineering and car design by heading to UWE to pursue her ambition of developing a career in that field - two examples of the way Royal High girls seize the chance to follow their individual passions and interests as they plan their future careers.
The Royal High School is unique in the local area in the way it offers both the International Baccalaurate and A Levels in the Sixth Form. The 2019 IB cohort received an impressive average of 36 points out of 45, well above the global average of 30, with two students being awarded the Bilingual Diploma. The International Baccalaureate continues to be a popular choice for pupils when considering their post-16 education and RHS is proud to be the only school in Bath to offer this pathway. With its global focus and strong weighting when applying for Higher Education, its popularity is gaining momentum year on year.
Artemis Kwok achieved an impressive 38 out of 45 points and was awarded a Bilingual Diploma (Chinese and English), winning her a place at Durham University to read Psychology. She also achieved A grades in both her Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
Sasha Kovaleva scored a superb 37 points out of the 45, easily securing her place at Sheffield to read Computer Science. Having never studied Computer Science previously, Sasha developed a particular interest in Artificial Intelligence after completing a work experience placement at Graphcore in Bristol last summer and has never looked back!