As the A-level and BTEC results yesterday came pouring in, figures from half the borough’s schools show strong gains in the proportion of A*-B grades and A*-C grades.
Meanwhile the figures collected by Southwark Council show that overall percentage of entries achieving a pass A*-E results has dipped slightly due to a drop in the D-E passes.
This year the young women at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) have been stacking up the A* grades, with several pupils securing Oxbridge places and scholarships abroad.
Thirty-eight per cent of JAGS students earned an A*, 83 per cent had an A*-A, while 96 per cent had at least one B grade or higher.
The following JAGS students also achieved four A* grades: Juliette Allen, Hattie Binny, Diana Luc, Jane Murphy, Amelia Rietkerk.
Deputy head girl Katherine Gray (pictured above) will move onto an Engineering scholarship with her four A*s. Her time at JAGS saw her devote hours to the school’s first sailing club, and rehearsing a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Oxford University-bound student, Isabella (below), will study English, having earned second place in the annual Newnham College Woolf Essay competition.
Hattie Seymour has also been awarded a scholarship to the US for the coming academic year before she goes to Downing College, Cambridge to read Geography in 2017.
Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang said: “These are outstanding results. There is something very special going on here at JAGS which comes from a combination of hard work and inspiration on the part of both our pupils and our staff.
Knowing these girls individually, we can see they are also about so much more than just grades. These are impressive young women who have given so much to the school and these As and A*s are now their passport to influential and exciting futures. It’s a privilege to be involved in this process and to work with the teaching team at this school.”
Commenting on yesterday’s results, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for children and schools said: “Southwark can be hugely proud of its young people today, as we welcome another set of truly inspirational A-level results.
“They show beyond a doubt that Southwark schools are a great place for young people to thrive and reach their potential. I want to wish all our school leavers well as they set off on a new chapter of their lives. With such great results I know you will go far!”