Best performance ever at St Mary’s School, Cambridge

Record percentage of St Mary’s School, Cambridge students get A*s

Students at St Mary’s Sixth Form, Cambridge proved that #yesshecan with recording-breaking GCSE results.

23/08/18 Picture: David Johnson Photographic

The school is delighted that this year has seen its best ever performance at A*, with 40% of grades awarded at A* or equivalent, an increase of 7% on last year – bucking the national trend that has seen a dip in grades awarded at the highest levels in recent years.

Results headlines for 2018

  • 40% at A* or equivalent
  • 63% of grades at A*/A or equivalent
  • 90% of grades at A*-B or equivalent
  • 40% of girls achieved 8 or more A*/A or equivalent

“I am incredibly proud of all our students this morning for all that they have achieved and for their hard work throughout the year. I would also like to thank our wonderful teachers and parents, whose constant support has inspired our girls to achieve highly in their GCSEs. Each girl at St Mary’s is valued for her individuality and unique potential, and we support each and every student in achieving their full potential. These excellent results are particularly notable given our wide ability intake, and will stand our students in good stead as they go forward to a diverse range of exciting A Level studies.” Charlotte Avery, Headmistress

St Mary’s is also proud to going against the grain when it comes to students taking modern languages: whilst those taking languages nationally is in sharp decline, down nearly a quarter in four years, St Mary’s students have excelled across a range of languages:

  • Latin – 100% A* or equivalent
  • Mandarin as a Foreign Language – 86% A*/A, or equivalent, in our first year of entry
  • Spanish – 82% A*/A or equivalent

Building on success in the A Level results, success in humanities subjects and the Creative Arts also continues:

  • Music – 100% A* or equivalent
  • History – 89% A*/A or equivalent
  • Religious Studies – 86% A*/A or equivalent
  • Textiles – 82% A*/A or equivalent

St Mary’s believes that student well-being is key, so the School is also pleased to have received excellent Physical Education results, with 100% of grades awarded at A*/A or equivalent.

About St Mary’s School

St Mary’s School is the leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 4-18 in Cambridge. In their dynamic, nurturing environment every girl is valued, supported and inspired. A St Mary’s girl is known for her confidence and curiosity, her community spirit, her agile mind, her resilience and drive.

Founded in 1898, education is built for girls. By providing a space in which intellectual and social confidence can flourish, they empower girls to aim high, to follow their dreams and to make a positive contribution to society.

As a Mary Ward School, they balance tradition with innovation. Traditional Christian values such as integrity, justice, hard work and freedom sit at the heart of their forward-looking approach to education. 

Girls from all faiths and secular backgrounds join their happy, diverse school community. They leave them ready for the future; equipped with the skills, qualities and values they need to pursue a life of fulfilment.

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