Female students help UCS make the grade

UNIVERSITY College School celebrated its first year of girl leavers by gaining a 28% A* rate in its A-level results. The Hampstead school again saw more than 90% of exams graded A* to B and headteacher Kenneth Durham said the number of A*s massively excee

UNIVERSITY College School celebrated its first year of girl leavers by gaining a 28% A* rate in its A-level results.

The Hampstead school again saw more than 90% of exams graded A* to B and headteacher Kenneth Durham said the number of A*s massively exceeded his expectations.

"We were expecting to get below 20% so we were very pleased and positively surprised by the proportion of A*s that we achieved," he said.

"The existence of the A* has motivated students to try even harder.


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"The girls have fitted in really well. It has been a really good two years with them and they've added a great deal to the school.

"In terms of their results they were excellent. They performed to exactly the same level as the boys."

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Lucy Auton, one of 35 girls to complete their A-levels at the school, is going to Oxford after getting a clean sweep of A*s in maths, further maths and physics.

"I'm really happy. I don't see how I could have done any better," she said.

"I was the only girl in my maths class and one of two in my physics class so I had to compete with the boys. It's been interesting with so few girls here but great fun."

Eylon Levy achieved the school's best set of results with five A*s in English literature, history, Spanish, Latin and French, and is going on to study PPE at Oxford.

"I worked as hard as I could so I was hopeful that I had done as well as I possibly could but you should never be presumptuous," he said.

"I am absolutely delighted though and can't wait to go to uni now.

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