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Queen Margaret's Speech Day 2019
Academic | Posted 15.08.2019

Excellent A Level Results Confirm Queen Margaret’s “Excellent” Inspection Rating

After being awarded the highest possible rating of “Excellent” in the recent inspection, Queen Margaret’s has yet again proven the quality of the education it provides to girls through today’s excellent A Level results. Students and staff have much to celebrate, with a 99% overall pass rate and an impressive quarter of all students achieving three or more A*-A grades.

The benefits of being at boarding school have shone through in today’s results. Boarders Jenny Feng and Katrina Kitchell scored an impressive three A*s and two As each, supporting the Inspectors’ observation that “boarding makes a very positive contribution to pupils’ overall academic success”. However, with day girls also performing exceptionally well it is clear that they too benefit from the structured boarding environment that they are immersed in during their school day – none more so than Lizzie Page who achieved an outstanding A* and two As in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

As a small school which offers no less than 26 subjects (including Cambridge Pre-U qualifications), QM is ideally placed to nurture students’ individual strengths with one girl commenting that the School does not expect them to fit a particular mould, but that they have the freedom to ‘find their own niche’ and flourish as individuals. Today’s results have indeed shown how they are flourishing as individuals across a varied curriculum – Head Girl Amy Coates secured an A* and two As in Music, Chemistry and Spanish and Romilly Taylor-Littler gained three As in Economics, English Literature and Geography.

What is perhaps most impressive is that the QM girls perform at such an impressive level academically whilst also succeeding in the vast array of enrichment opportunities on offer such as Leiths, Dance, Drama, Music, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and a variety of Sports at regional and national level.

Acting Head, Lars Fox, is delighted with the results, he tells us I feel immensely proud of what each girl has achieved. Small class sizes, a bespoke curriculum and individualised support from dedicated staff, as well as a structured boarding school day all contribute to this phenomenal success where every girl is enabled to reach her potential”.

QM’s recent inspection highlighted that “Pupils’ high academic achievement means they are very well prepared for eventual employment. A very large number of sixth form pupils achieve admission to university courses in highly competitive institutions, successfully meeting the School’s aim of empowering pupils to achieve their life, academic and career aspirations”. Indeed, many of this year’s leavers will go on to Russell Group universities with Law, Medicine and Veterinary Science being popular course choices.