Highams Park students ready for the next stage
In this extraordinary year, when 6th Form students have been deprived of the opportunity to sit their exams and complete their final months of schooling as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is paramount that we focus our attention on congratulating the students on both their resilience and success. Although we have not been able to celebrate in person with many of the students, and certainly not as a year group, we want to say well done to all of our students who have secured the grades to move on to the next stage of their lives. Whether they head off to university, move into employment or commence an apprenticeship, they can all do so with great pride as their achievements in this pandemic year have been perhaps even more impressive than any year group that have gone before.
In a record year for Oxbridge entry at Highams Park, three of our students have gained places to study at the UK’s most prestigious institutions. Eleanor Sandeman’s outstanding performance in Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics resulted in her offer from the University of Oxford being upgraded to a Masters course on the publication of results. Scarlett King’s superb outcomes, in the same subjects as Eleanor, mean that she has earned a place on the Mathematics undergraduate course at Oxford. Whilst Scarlett and Eleanor were our top performers in STEM subjects, they will also be joined at the University of Oxford by Siena Crossley, who will be studying Classics and French having achieved 4 superb grades in her A-levels. All three girls have completed a successful seven-year journey through Highams Park School and we look forward to hearing from them of yet further achievements in the future.
Further STEM success across a large section of our cohort sees Highams Park students taking up places on some of the country’s most competitive courses. Anna Mear and David Nguyen have been accepted to the University of Bath to study Biology and Computer Science respectively, while Vanessa Lam will remain in London to read Financial Mathematics at LSE. Liam Brockway will study Biology at Leeds, Wiktoria Guz is off to Southampton to do Mechanical Engineering, Manchester University will welcome Anthony Rodney on to their Theoretical Physics course and Daniel Browne is taking up a place at Loughborough to study Natural Sciences.
As in every year, we are delighted by the range of courses that our students are moving on to study, particularly those who are motivated to follow courses that serve others. Faye Charambolous and Emma Grassi are both going to study Nursing at Nottingham and City Universities respectively, while Laura Daniels will take up a place to study Midwifery at the University of East Anglia. Joel Aggus and Amy Darnborough have both been accepted to St Mary’s Twickenham; Joel to study Sports Rehabilitation and Amy to do Primary Education. The commitment of these, and many more of our students, to follow a vocation is a most admirable trait, often missed in our young people.
The Principal of Highams Park School, Phil Grundy, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this year group of students, to see their progress over the last seven years. Despite the challenging conditions of the last five months, today must be about celebrating their success. Whilst the collective excitement of results day has been absent, students must take great pride in their individual achievements and hopefully the brief and selected highlights here give everyone a glimpse just how diverse and rich the achievements of Highams Park students have been.”
Danielle Stephens, Head of 6th Form, added her congratulations: “The progress that our students have made over their time with us has, once again, been truly outstanding. Well done to each and every student, you are well equipped academically and in character for your next steps beyond the school. We are very proud of you.”