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A Level Results 2020

Durham High School would like to pay tribute to its Year 13 pupils for their determination and maturity in achieving a great set of A Level results this year. The School is delighted that, overall, the vast majority of girls were able to take up their first-choice university offers. They will now be embarking on a diverse and wide range of courses from Optometry and Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Medicine and Law, to Drama and Theatre Arts, Psychology, Pharmaceutical Science and Architectural Engineering.

Other girls will be reading French, English and Philosophy, Chemistry, Mathematics and Geography. They will also be studying in all corners of the country, with girls headed to St Anne’s College at University of Oxford, Cardiff University, Warwick University, Bristol University and the University of Glasgow. Others are heading to institutions closer to home including Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of York.

Grades were determined through a fair and rigorous process by senior staff at Durham High School to reflect the results that girls would have been expected to achieve had they been able to sit their A Level examinations last term.* As a result, pupils achieved a 100% pass rate, with over half of all examination entries (62%) awarded the top grades of A*/A  and a remarkable 89% awarded A*-B.

Headmistress, Mrs Simone Niblock, praised all the students and staff for their hard work during this tumultuous time.  She said, “We are so proud of our pupils for their success, which highlights their adaptability and strength in character in what has been an unprecedented time for everyone. What is also impressive again this year is the staggering range of subjects our pupils are going on to study. We congratulate them on their achievements and wish them well as they embark on the next step of their educational journey.”

GCSE Results 2020

Durham High School would like to congratulate its Year 11 pupils for their strength of character and maturity in achieving an outstanding set of GCSE results this year. Pupils have done remarkably well this year given the circumstances, with over a quarter of all entries (28%) awarded the top grade of 9 and 52% of entries Grade 9-8. Over 70% were awarded Grade 9-7.

With examinations cancelled back in March, GCSE grades have been calculated differently this year. Schools submitted estimated grades to the examination boards, which the Government announced earlier this week would be awarded to pupils. These grades were determined through a fair and rigorous process by senior staff at Durham High School to reflect the results that girls would have been expected to achieve had they been able to sit their GCSE examinations last term.

Headmistress, Mrs Simone Niblock, praised students and staff for their fortitude during this unpredictable period.  She said, “This has been an extremely anxious time for all pupils awaiting GCSE results, with speculation and uncertainty unfolding in the media over how their grades would be determined.”

“We are absolutely delighted for our pupils, however, for what they have achieved with this remarkable set of results. We were expecting great things of this fantastic year group and we are delighted that they have got the great results that they deserve.”