In a year group of diverse interest and ambition, Croydon High girls are heading off on many different paths secure in the knowledge that their hard work has paid off and they have achieved their goals.

Headmistress, Emma Pattison is not only extremely proud of the academic achievements of our girls but also of the individual journeys they have taken. “Behind every set of A level results, there is a story and this is what we celebrate on Results Day. Every single girl has been working towards an individual dream, and, with the support of their teachers and their families, they are now well on the way to realising them. Their ambitions are as unique as the girls themselves and it is a real hallmark of Croydon High that we are able to first encourage and then facilitate such diversity of interest.”

The school is delighted to report that nearly 60% of students will be taking up places at one of the prestigious Russell Group universities and equally proud of those who have chosen to follow different paths, including a highly competitive apprenticeship or on more specialist courses in subjects they are passionate about.

Architect of her own success

Special mention must be made of Siena Cornish, whose stellar achievement of straight A* grades in Art, Maths and Physics and A* at EPQ ensures that she will be taking up a coveted place at Queen’s College, Cambridge, to read Architecture. Siena is an inspirational young woman who, as well as working exceptionally hard in all her subjects as these results show, also achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and contributed wholeheartedly to every aspect of school life as a Senior Prefect and Art Scholar, who also plays piano and flute to a high standard.  Siena was understandably delighted saying, “I am so happy and relieved of course and it’s just wonderful to be able to celebrate with everyone here today.“

STEM students shine

Not to be outdone, scientists were also celebrating strong performances. Many congratulations must go to Rebecca Willans who will be heading to Durham to read Natural Sciences armed with a set of exceptional results; A* grades in Biology and Chemistry and A grades in Maths and Economics and A* at EPQ.

Nahid Inayat, has long had her sights firmly set on Dentistry and is certainly smiling having achieved an A* in Biology and A grades in Chemistry and Maths and an A* EPQ. Nahid will be taking up her place at Kings College London.


Felicity McCrea is also an A* Biologist, matching this with another A* in Maths and an A in Chemistry and an A* EPQ, all of which send her comfortably to Bristol to read Veterinary Science.

Lauren Pococke was all smiles opening her results; A* in Computer Science, A in Maths and Chemistry and an A* grade EPQ. Lauren is heading to the beautiful city of Bath to read Computer Science. Freya McEwan’s straight A grades are also sending her to the West Country where she will read History at Bristol.

Piya Varma will be reading Psychology at UCL in the autumn, having excelled herself with A* grades in Psychology and Business, an A in Art and a B in English Language and Literature and an A* EPQ.


Modern and Digital Languages tell the same story

Whether they opted for Modern Foreign or computer programming languages – and in one case both – girls simply excelled with all Computer Science, French, German and Spanish students achieving A or A* grades.

Head Girl, Kristin Agyekumhene’s A* in Computer Science and A in Maths and German and A* EPQ sends her safely on her way to Edinburgh to realise a long held dream of studying Software Engineering.   Kristen was very generous in her praise for the school and her teachers, saying “I am just so grateful to Croydon High for everything they have done for me and for helping me to go on and study what is my passion.”

Fellow Head Girl, Jennifer Cairns seen here with Head of Classics, James Loudon, will be joining Rebecca Willans in Durham to read Classics; her A*AB and an A* EPQ sees her safely on her way.

A Young Apprentice

Jess Grant’s ambition was always to start building a career in the City, starting with an apprenticeship where she could gain an industry recognised qualification whilst in the workplace. Jess knew what she wanted and worked extremely hard to get there so the whole school was extremely proud when she was offered a coveted place on the highly competitive apprenticeship scheme at Rothschild & Co. Her excellent ABC grades at A level will serve her well as she begins a career in this exciting and demanding environment.

Setting the Standard

All these individual achievements and the very positive attitude of the entire cohort will provide inspiration for the incoming Upper Sixth, for whom early indications are also very positive, given that they achieved a stunning 87% A* or A grade in the EPQs they submitted this year.

Emma Pattison said, “I would like to say to each and every one of the Class of 2019, Croydon High is proud of all you have achieved during your time at the school and we wish you all happiness and success on the next stage of your journey. I would also like to pay tribute to the exceptional teaching staff here at Croydon High, who have worked so hard in tandem with the girls and who make this school such an inspiring place to work and learn.”