Academic Overview 2013-14
In a year marked by much-reported turbulence in the public examination system, Millhillians held their own and achieved extremely pleasing results at all levels. We were delighted, in particular, with the Upper Sixth Form leavers’ A level pass-rate of over 81% A*-B grades, which represents a record for the School. A good combination of the top three grades is what is required for entry to the elite Russell Group of universities, something achieved by a very significant number of our leavers this year. This includes five pupils who are embarking on their undergraduate studies at Oxford and Cambridge.
Almost all our Upper Sixth Form leavers are going straight on to university in October 2013. The impressive range of courses and institutions is listed on the following pages. A third of the 127-strong cohort achieved AAB or better, with 44% of grades being A* or A. Over 14% of grades awarded were at the elite A* level, which was twice the national average, as was the case last year at Mill Hill. One pupil bagged a clean sweep of three A* grades, while another combined her three A* with a further A. Fourteen other pupils attained two A* as part of their excellent overall results.
As the School does not certify AS examinations until the end of the A level course, the results achieved by last year’s Lower Sixth Formers will contribute to their final A-level grades in 2014. 59% of AS performances were awarded A or B, the two top grades, with significant numbers achieving three A grade standards or better. Among the highest performing individual candidates were who scored full marks in Further Maths, and one with full marks in French. Five pupils attained five A grade standards, one scored four A grade standards and two Bs, and two each attained four A grade standards and one B.
The GCSE results showed 51% A*/A and 80% A*-B for our 124 candidates. The mean number of A*-C passes per candidate remained at nine. 22 pupils attained four or more A* grades and 40 attained at least seven A*/A grades.
In other news, one Lower Sixth Former has won a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship which will provide her with a financial award as well as a range of activities to enhance her understanding of the field of engineering and design. She was prepared for the rigorous selection process by the Design Technology Department, and she succeeded through a detailed application on paper, a taxing aptitude examination and a day of interviews and problem-solving held at a top engineering university. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are supported by a broad range of leading employers in the field, from BAE Systems, Microsoft Research and National Grid to the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
The School is excited about the introduction of two new courses from September 2013: Religious Studies at AS level, which is expected to develop to full A level from 2014; Computer Science at GCSE level, which will be taught alongside the existing IGCSE in Information and Communication Technology.
- For full exam results click here
- Click here for leavers’ destinations
- University destinations 2013 consolidated list
- Most popular university destinations 2007-2013
Links to curriculum guides
GCSE Exam Subjects
- Art & Design
- Classical Civilisation
- Design Technology
- Drama & Theatre Arts
- English as Additional Language
- English Literature
- Physical Education
- Religious Studies
- Additional Science