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A Level Results 2023

Upper Sixth students and staff at Durham High School are celebrating their A Level results. This cohort of students experienced turmoil when their GCSE examinations were cancelled as a result of the Covid pandemic, resulting in these A Levels being the first formal public examinations that they have navigated. 

We would like to congratulate all of our students on their successes, with special mentions going to Jenny H, who achieved 5 A* grades and Amber M, and Lily F, who achieved a fantastic sweep of A* and A grades. 

This year, results are comparable to pre-pandemic years as Ofqual returned grade boundaries to align with 2019 results. 71% of pupils achieved grades A*-B, which is higher than 2019 and the 2023 national average of 52.7%. A third of all grades were A*-A, which is higher than both the North East average of 22% and the national average of 26.5%.  

The School is thrilled that the vast majority of students secured a place to read their chosen degree discipline at a university of their choice, including amongst others, Warwick, Newcastle, Loughborough, Liverpool, Southampton, Sunderland and Lincoln.

Our girls will be reading a variety of subjects including, but not exclusive to: Fine Art; Mechanical Engineering; Psychology; Ancient History; Aeronautical Engineering; Politics and International Relations; Mathematics; Animation; Biomedical Sciences; History; Digital Marketing and Law. 

Acting Principal, Mrs Michelle Hill, would like to congratulate all the students and staff for their hard work and resilience during such unprecedented times and sends her special thanks to all parents for their unwavering support of their daughters and the school.  

She said: “We are extremely proud of all our students’ successes, which highlight their dedication and determination to succeed. These results are very much deserved and we look forward to following the girls as they leave the High School and embark on the next phase of their journey to future successes.” 

GCSE Results 2023

Durham High School’s Acting Principal, Michelle Hill, is very proud of the wonderful GCSE results which highlight the resilience and tremendous determination of our year 11 pupils. Mrs Hill said, “I would like to firstly congratulate all our pupils and staff for their efforts and the strength they have shown during recent years. These results will allow our girls to look forward with confidence to the next stage of their studies at Durham High School Sixth Form.’

Durham High School pupils have once again secured GCSE results of the highest level, with a third of all grades at level 8 and 9. The year 11 have shown what a varied group they are with 100% Latin, Greek, Biology, Chemistry, French, Religious Studies and Chinese entries all achieving grades 9-6 and two thirds of Art & Design and PE pupils achieved grades 9-8. They also proved to be just as successful in the core subjects, with 100% pass rate for Maths and English, and 70% of all science grades, including Trilogy, at level 9-7.

The overall pass rate was 99%. Izzy C was one of the stand-out performers, with a sweep of 9 GCSEs at Grade 9. Other high achievers included Ruth K and Lexie E, who received 6 GCSEs at Grade 9, Grace A, Keira L and Darcie A with 5 GCSEs at Grade 9, and Katie D with 3 GCSEs at Grade 9.

Mrs Hawkins, Assistant Head of Year, said, “It has been a delight to work with such vibrant and caring young people. As well as working extremely hard, they formed lifelong friendships and supported each other through a challenging year. In addition, many performed in the Gala production ‘School of Rock’ and donned their walking boots on Duke of Edinburgh’s expeditions. Two girls swapped their revision notes for bricks and concrete on their life changing trip to the Philippines, working in a school, alongside current members of the sixth form.’

Mrs Michelle Hill, added: “Many of our girls balance their studies with an array of co-curricular activities and sporting interests, which makes their achievements today even more deserved. We are so extremely proud of all their successes and look forward to supporting them in the next part of their journey. I would also like to pay tribute to our parents, who have shown unconditional support to their daughters and the school.”