Queen Mary's College is thrilled to announce an exceptional set of results achieved by its students in the 2023 A-Level/Level 3 examinations.
The College is extremely proud of the achievement of this year group who sat formal, external exams for the first time in their education. The students have demonstrated immense resilience and determination, not only having navigated the challenges posed by the pandemic, but also excelling in their time at Queen Mary’s College. The College is incredibly proud of the way students fully immersed themselves into College life and grasped the fantastic wider opportunities available including enrichment courses, sport and global citizenship trips abroad.
With a remarkable pass rate of nearly 98% and 68% of grades awarded at A*-C, the commitment of the students and the unwavering support from staff have translated into outstanding academic achievements. Many students have attained top grades, reflecting their depth of understanding, and the remarkable efforts invested in their studies enabling them to progress to university, apprenticeships, and employment.
Principal, Mark Henderson, shared his profound pride in the students' accomplishments, stating, "These exceptional results are a tribute to the relentless hard work of our students, the expertise of our teaching staff, and the steadfast support of our wider staff community. Navigating formal examinations for the first time speaks volumes about our students' adaptability and dedication to their education."
Matt Pearce, former Aldworth School pupil, overcome significant personal challenges to achieve excellent BBC grades in Graphics, Philosophy and Modern History. Matt, who is now going to study Philosophy and Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, found he had a spinal tumour before his second year of study. He managed to complete his exams and get the grades to study philosophy and politics at uni. Matt said “I had to have an operation to remove the tumour and it meant I missed the first month of A levels. It wasn't easy, but I kept working at it and got the grades I needed and that's all that matters really.” His proud Mum added “QMC staff have been amazing with the help they have given Matt and I. Matt has had a tough time after the removal of the tumour in September last year and l can honestly say without their help and commitment to Matt he wouldn’t have got through the last year of his A levels.
Also among the cohort of high-achieving students is:
Paddy Harmer who came to QMC from The Costello School. Paddy achieved A*A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths, Computing and Physics and is now progressing off to Oxford University to study Maths and Computing.
Sophia Lopez D’Arrigo attended Henry Beaufort School before coming to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Levels at QMC. She is celebrating A*A*A grades and is off to study Medicine at Leicester University.
Will Coleman (The Costello School) received straight A grades in Geography, Sociology and Psychology and is going to Bristol University to study a Bachelors in Science degree in Social Policy.
Helen Nash attended Brighton Hill Community School and studied Chemistry, Biology, Maths and a Foundation Diploma in Music. She is celebrating AAB grades for her A level courses, and a Distinction for her BTEC Music course. Helen is ecstatic to be following her dream to study Veterinary at the University of Liverpool.
Shona Chibisa attended Frogmore Community School before QMC. Shona received an impressive A for English Literature, B for Film Studies and B in Theatre and Drama. She has secured an impressive Apprenticeship working for the BBC.
Sophie Hunter (The Hurst School) achieved A*BB for Art, Drama and Film A Levels and is excited for her future ahead at Falmouth Art University.
Angel Bevan completed Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and passed with flying colours receiving three starred distinctions. Angel, who attended Amery Hill Secondary School before QMC has accepted her unconditional offer to study Music at BIMM, Brighton.
These outstanding 2023 A-Level results underscore Queen Mary’s dedication to not only academic excellence but also to nurturing holistic growth, critical thinking, and personal development. They stand as a testament to the College’s ongoing dedication to excellence and its mission to empower students to excel in their chosen pathways.