This has been, of course, a year like no other in terms of A Level results but, in one respect, the year has fitted the pattern for OHS exactly, with outstanding results for our students, which have earnt them places on a varied and ambitious range of university courses. The statistics speak for themselves, with 48% of grades at A*, 95% at A*-B, 29% of students gaining A* grades across the board and two-thirds securing places at Russell Group universities.
What says so much more than mere percentages, though, are the individual stories of aspiration and transformation, of hurdles overcome and long-cherished hopes fulfilled. From Arabic to Zoology, the girls’ ambitions and interests are taking them into a dazzling array of disciplines across the spectrum of the arts, humanities, languages, STEM and vocational courses, such as medicine, and to a host of exciting destinations, from St Andrews to Exeter, with Edinburgh and Bristol being especially popular choices. Embracing an international outlook, through degree study (in whole or in part) abroad, is once again a major feature in the plans of many, reflecting the self-confidence to pursue learning without limits that is their hallmark.
Of the 2020 results, Dr Stringer has commented:
It has been a privilege and a joy to walk alongside the Year 13s through the final year of their OHS career and to share with them this culminating moment of recognition and celebration of all that they have given and gained in their time with us. Witnessing their extraordinary resilience in the face of the overturning of the year’s plans and the energy with which they embraced the opportunities for pre-university enrichment devised by our staff last term impressed me more than words can say. I congratulate every one of them on their achievements and their contribution while also extending my heartfelt appreciation to all the staff who, through their inspiration and dedication over the last seven years, have brought out the very best in their students. This has been a shining example of the OHS spirit in action and, seeing these young women step out confidently onto the road ahead, ready to take their place and make their mark in the world, gives me great optimism for their future and ours.
Miss Pallas-Brown, Director of Sixth Form, also paid tribute to the students:
I am very proud of all our 2020 leavers. They have enjoyed much academic success and, during their time at OHS, have made many significant contributions to all areas of life in school and in the wider community. I am sure they will all continue to go from strength to strength.