Congratulations to the girls at St Mary’s Calne on an excellent set of A Level results, with 29% of the girls achieving straight A*s / As, among them Head Girl Farida Adewale, who secured her place to read Chemistry at Lincoln College, Oxford. Twins Alice and Clara Wade both secured their places at Oxford University – Alice to read Fine Art at Worcester College and Clara to read Biological Sciences at Jesus College. Special mention must go to Alexandra Tsylnitska who secured her place to read Economics at Cambridge University (Christ’s College) with 4 A*s and to Imogen Davis, who will be reading History at Newnham College, Cambridge.
Twins Alice and Clara Wade were delighted with their results: “it looked like finally we were going to be separated but instead we're just so happy to be spending another three years together at Oxford, with Clara dissecting animals and me drawing them!” said Alice. The twins have had a very successful few years building up to their A Levels, having won an international science award for innovative use of technology in Science Learning with their short film about IVF, Test Tube Babes. Alice also recently won the Digital Art Prize in Saatchi’s national Love Art competition and previously won 2nd prize in the SPoKe Art Documentary Film making competition.
Sixth Form pupil, Jean Cameron, (pictured in the Art Studio) won a coveted place at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where famous alumni have included fashion designer Stella McCartney, sculptor Antony Gormley and the inventor and designer, Sir James Dyson. Also in the Arts, Alicia Whitaker (pictured in the production of Cabaret) has secured a place on the Foundation Course for Drama at the Oxford School of Drama (rated by some as one of the top five best acting schools in the world*). There were over 1,000 applicants for very few places at this prestigious Drama School.
St Mary’s Calne girls will be going on to study at a range of leading Russell Group universities including: Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial, LSE, Newcastle, UCL and Warwick. The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects, ranging from Architecture, Chemistry, Civil Engineering to Fine Art, Politics & Modern Languages, Law and Medicine.
In addition to their A Level results, 78% of the girls who took an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved A* grades, demonstrating an excellent ability to pursue independent study and research in their chosen fields.
Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: “I would like to congratulate the girls on their results; they should be very proud of what they have achieved. My thanks also to the dedicated teachers and pastoral staff who have worked so hard and provided support to the girls, particularly with the new, tougher reforms for this year’s A Levels, where they have given the girls bespoke guidance and advice. I wish the girls the very best with the next stage of their education.”
* Source 'Acting in London'