We were delighted that the Mill Hill ‘Class of 2017’ leavers held their own in a turbulent year. They achieved 43% of all A-level results at grades A* and A. This was an increase on the School’s top-line pass-rate for 2016, with improved underlying value added for the second year running. Our first A-level Computer Science cohort completed their exams, with pleasing results.
National GCSE pass-rates dipped slightly, but the Mill Hill Fifth Form set a School record, with 63% A*/A (including numerical grade equivalents for English and Maths) and 85% A*-B, which followed three years of increase to our underlying value added. 24 students achieved straight A*/A grades and 77 achieved at least six. 18 of our top mathematicians completed a tough IGCSE in Further Pure Maths for the first time at Mill Hill.
Their GCSEs done, these students now proceed into the Lower Sixth Form, to experience the exciting pre-university ambiance of our brand-new Sixth Form Centre and to engage in their choice of 25 different A-level courses plus a wide range of options in our inspiring Enrichment programme.
Away from the taught curriculum, a large number of Millhillians of different ages have taken part over the year in external academic competitions of various sorts: from Schools’ General Knowledge, French Debating and Spanish Drama to Olympiads in Maths and the Sciences. A particular highlight this year has been the excellence shown by students in the Design Technology Department, where three current Sixth Formers hold Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, three Fourth Formers and a Sixth Former won categories and three others were runnersup in the Teen Tech Awards, and four Remove pupils were runners-up in the Design Museum Ventura Award.
Millhillians’ learning at School was again enhanced by a wide variety of educational visits. Many went out on a one-day basis in London and elsewhere in the UK, such as a range of lecture days or a trip to the Jaguar Land Rover factory in the West Midlands. Others have gone further afield, for example to practice their Modern Languages skills in France and Spain, to study the geography and geology of Iceland first-hand or to descend into the bowels of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN on the Franco-Swiss border (they did come back).
The coming decades will be shaped in unknown ways by the forces of science, technology, globalisation and geopolitics. It is essential to provide young people with the technological confidence, critical faculty, social skills and open outlook to navigate a successful path by harnessing ideas and developments, by working with and relating to other people in a global arena. By developing such attributes, we aim to prepare our pupils as best we can for further study, work and the world of the future.
In practical terms, we offer a forward looking curriculum which establishes strengths in the core subjects but is also broad and Flexible enough to adapt to the demands of the 21st century. We are as focused on emerging, innovative and creative subjects as we are on classic academic disciplines. Our students find fullilment and success in a broad range of learning pathways: we are equally proud of those who leave us to study Art, Design or Programming and of those who enter centuries-old universities to read History or Natural Sciences.
Our expectations of our students are simple: engage pro-actively with your learning at School and at home; don’t be afraid to take a risk or learn from a mistake; be proud of your efforts and remember that education is a long, exciting journey with challenges and rewards all along the way.