Students across the city celebrate 2023 A Level results success

By Glossy Magazine

WGS A Levels Class of 2023 with Ms Elizabeth Robinson (left) and Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam (right)

Students across the city celebrate 2023 A Level results success

WGS A Levels Class of 2023 with Ms Elizabeth Robinson (left) and Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam (right)

Manchester High School for Girls

Students at Manchester High School for Girls are celebrating their A-level results success this morning, with prestigious university courses, apprenticeships, and sports scholarships on the horizon.

Photos: Katie Lucas

MHSG Sixth Formers are looking forward to degrees in Medicine, Engineering, Graphics, Music and Medieval Studies, as well as global company apprenticeships, and the School’s staff are incredibly proud of everything they have achieved.

Mrs Helen Jeys, Head Mistress at Manchester High, said: “The grades our students have achieved, after these turbulent few years are the consequence of their fantastic work ethic and positive approach to study as well as the care, support and superb teaching of the staff here. I could not be prouder of our Class of 2023.

“The sheer breadth of subjects and destinations our students are going on to demonstrates their individuality, which is one of our values and something we nurture in all of our students. Our Senior Sixth students are a talented, conscientious, inspiring and resilient group of young people who will, I am sure, continue to challenge and excel in their chosen fields. We look forward to seeing them continue to flourish as they progress beyond the school gates.”

The School has seen more results success this year, with students off to a wide range of universities from September; to study subjects from Computer Science, to Music, to French & Portuguese.

Eve Pessagno, MHSG’s Head Girl, achieved A*AA and is off to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford to study Music. She said: “It’s just been fab. I joined MHSG in the Sixth Form and I slotted straight in, everyone’s been so supportive.”

Catrin Barrowcliff, a member of the Head Girl Team who achieved A*AA and will be studying History and Spanish at Kings College, London, said: “The teachers always go the extra mile, they’ve been amazing. I didn’t think I was going to do well, and now I’m so happy!”

Parents accompanying their children to collect results in person were incredibly proud.

Lynne Bianchi, mum of Head Girl Eve, said: “The support from MHSG has been exceptional. Eve was seriously ill before her exams and teachers would come to the hospital to teach her. There was never a ‘no’. The support has been unremitting for her and for me as a parent, and that’s why my other two children will definitely be coming to MHSG.”

There are a limited number of places in the Sixth Form at Manchester High School for Girls for this September.

Mrs Jeys added: “Every year at Manchester High we speak to driven girls who want to see what our high performing Sixth Form can offer them. We will be available on GCSE results day so that girls can explore their options.”

The School’s upcoming open events include the Sixth Form Open Evening (Thursday 28th September, 5pm-8.30pm), Senior School Open Evening (Thursday 12th October, 6pm-8.30pm) and Whole School Open Morning (Saturday 11th November, 9.30am-12.30pm).

For more information or to register for one of the school’s open events, visit, call 0161 244 0447 or email

Manchester Grammar School

The Manchester Grammar School is celebrating another year of excellent examination results for its Sixth Form pupils.

Photos: Sitara Bartle Davies

Boys arrived at School today, 17 August, to pick up their results. 38% of all grades were at the A* level, 73% of all grades were A* or A, and 87% of grades were A*, A or B.  

There were many exceptional individual performances. 39 pupils were awarded A* grades in all their subjects, 106 boys achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades.  

Oxford and Cambridge offered places to 30 Manchester Grammar School pupils in 2023. Other leading universities to which MGS boys will be heading this autumn include Imperial, UCL, LSE, Durham, Warwick, York, KCL, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds. 

The High Master, Dr Martin Boulton, said, “This year’s results places The Manchester Grammar School in a very select number of schools nationally. I am absolutely delighted that the hard work and dedication of the pupils has been rewarded with excellent grades and that this will enable them to move on to study a diverse range of courses at leading universities. I would like to wish them every success as they take their next exciting steps in their academic journeys.”

King’s School

High achieving King’s School students are celebrating a set of outstanding A Level results.

Kings School A Levels 2023

Almost 50% of grades were either A* or A with a superb seven students achieving three A*s. In addition, 80 per cent of grades were A* to B with around a third of students scoring three As or above. This brilliant set of results caps another hugely successful year for King’s students. King’s Head, Jason Slack, was delighted and paid tribute to the students, highlighting their work ethic and commitment. 

He said: “This cohort have worked exceptionally hard and thoroughly deserve these wonderful results. To consistently perform at the highest level requires sustained commitment and these students have demonstrated that they have what it takes. In addition, they have developed the character and broader skills necessary to meet the challenges of the modern world through a wide range of extra-curricular interests and I look forward to hearing of their success in the future.  I couldn’t be more proud of them.” 

School vice-captain and hockey player Rory McCabe, 18, from Over Alderley, gained three A*s in French, Politics and History and achieved an A* in his EPQ. He aims to go on to become a journalist after taking a gap year. 

Toby Denton, 18, from Buxton, gained three A*s in Chemistry, Biology and Spanish. He achieved a gold Duke of Edinburgh award whilst at King’s and will now head to Sheffield University to read Medicine. 

Grace Slack, 18, from Macclesfield also struck gold with a Duke of Edinburgh award at King’s. She gained three A*s in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. She wants to become a doctor and is heading to Leeds to read Medicine. 

Eighteen-year-old orienteering champion Ben O’Donnell, from Buxton, is heading to St Anne’s College at Oxford University to study Biology. He scored A*s in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and his EPQ and wants to become a biochemical engineer. 

Grade 8 Electric guitarist Sammy Earnshaw, 18, from Alderley Edge gained a stunning four A*s in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths. Sammy is now heading to Durham to read Chemistry. 

First team rugby player Owen Branthwaite, 18, from Wilmslow, is heading to Jesus College, Cambridge to read Maths after gaining four A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

Stockport Grammar School

Congratulations to the students at Stockport Grammar School on their fantastic A-Level results. 

Stockport Grammar A Levels 2023

Among those celebrating was Head Boy Charlie Harrison who was ‘overjoyed’ to receive four A*s. Charlie will now study French and German at Bristol University. Head Girl and keen rugby and hockey player Ella Glazier is excited to be heading to Jesus College, Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. Ella said, “I really want to thank my teachers and my UCAS adviser – their support helped me so much.” She will be joined at Cambridge by Tom Williams who takes up his place to study Geography at Emmanuel College. 

Minh Nguyen joined SGS in Lower Sixth and with three A*s he is now heading off to study Medicine at Hull York University. Talented singer Ella Moran is off to the capital to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Ella, who is also a member of the Halle Youth Choir, played the title role in this year’s school production of Dido and Aeneas. 

Fellow school musician Patrick Owen will head to Durham University to study General Engineering after securing three A*s and an A. A member of the Halle Youth Orchestra, Patrick is a keen trumpet player who is a member of many school music groups. 

Head Dr Paul Owen said: “I have been very impressed by the ambition and determination our A Level students have shown throughout their time at SGS. Their commitment and the dedication of their teachers has enabled them to achieve high academic standards and to develop their wider talents to the full. I am delighted by this splendid set of A Level results. I wish the students every success as they look forward to their next adventure with many of them starting courses at prestigious universities across the country.”

Bridgewater School

The students of Bridgewater School in Worsley have once again achieved an outstanding milestone by securing a remarkable 100% pass rate in their A Level examinations. 

Bridgewater School A Levels 2023

Photography: Nick Harrison

The results highlight the dedication and perseverance of the Sixth Form students and the entire Bridgewater community congratulates the Class of 2023 on a fantastic achievement.

 The independent school takes immense pride in celebrating this significant accomplishment by their students, with success extending across a diverse range of A Level subjects and vocational BTEC courses. Despite the challenges posed by the national context, including a return to pre-pandemic grade boundaries and a reduction in top grades predicted, the students at Bridgewater School have demonstrated their resilience and true determination.

Vicky Hilton, Head of Sixth Form at Bridgewater School, says: “Of particular note is the fact that this cohort of students had never before experienced an external examination series, making their achievement even more commendable. With an impressive number of all grades falling within the A*-B range, our students’ dedication to their studies shines very brightly indeed.”

Students will now embark on exciting journeys to prestigious institutions such as St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford and Lancaster University to study Psychology, Politics Philosophy and Economics, and Computer Science. Others are set to continue showcasing their talent through music production, performance and sound engineering degrees, while Higher Level apprenticeships and degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering have remained a popular choice. Regardless of their destination, a diverse array of degree courses awaits, truly exemplifying the unique and vibrant nature of Bridgewater’s student body.

Bridgewater School attributes its consistent success to the exceptional focus and care it dedicates to its students. Through small, intimate classes, a supportive network of tutor groups and personalised one-to-one guidance, the school fosters an environment where every student’s potential can flourish. This nurturing approach has proven to be a cornerstone of Bridgewater’s educational philosophy, resulting in excellent pass rates, year after year.

For anyone wishing to learn more about the benefits of a Bridgewater Sixth Form education, visitors are invited to attend their Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 12th October 2023.

For more information about Bridgewater School, please visit

Withington Girls’ School

Withington Girls’ School celebrate 95% A Level grades at A*- B 

WGS A Levels Class of 2023 with Ms Elizabeth Robinson (left) and Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam (right)
Class of 2023 from Withington Girls’ School celebrated strong A Level results this year, with 95% of all grades achieved at A* to B and 31.2% at A* grade. Pictured centre front are Head of Sixth Form Ms Elizabeth Robinson (left) and Headmistress Mrs Sarah Haslam (right).
WGS A Levels Oxbridge 2023
Eight students from Withington Girls’ School will take up places at Oxford and Cambridge, along with two 2022 leavers.

Year 13 students at Withington Girls’ School firmly demonstrated that their impressive range of talents beyond the curriculum are underpinned by strong academic credentials, with 95% of all grades achieved at A*- B and 31.2% at A* grade in the 2023 A Level examinations.

57% of the 68-strong cohort secured grades that included at least three grades at A or A*, with five students achieving a clean sweep of four A* grades. Around three in four grades (73.9%) were A or A*.

Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Haslam, paid tribute to the students who received their A Level results today: “The Class of 2023 leave Withington with a legacy of excellence in areas of school life as diverse as leadership roles, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Model United Nations, Young Enterprise and community involvement, with stellar performances on both the stage and the sports field. They include outstanding athletes, artists, writers, dancers and musicians as well as the two students who shared leads in the musical Sister Act, the school’s first major school production since 2019.”

Eight students from the Class of 2023 will join two 2022 leavers in taking up their well-earned places at Oxford and Cambridge, with the vast majority who applied securing their firm offer at prestigious universities across the UK and 18 students (26.5% of the cohort) beginning courses of study in Medicine and Dentistry.

Speaking of her time at Withington, outgoing Head Girl, Georgia Campbell, who achieved four A* grades and will study English Language and Literature at Queen’s College, Oxford, said: “My time at Withington has been an absolute joy. I’m so grateful to everyone for the support I’ve had along the way from the students, the teachers and everyone who keeps the school running. The girls are incredible, we are each other’s support system and I couldn’t have wished for a better group of people to help me through my journey.”

Maira Rana, who joined Withington in Year 12 from a local secondary school and will study Medicine at the University of St Andrews, said: “I wanted to move for Sixth Form to a school where there would be more academic challenges. One of the surprises for me has been the high level of pastoral support. I’ve found it offers a very different environment and I’ve really enjoyed the sense of community and how supportive everyone is. The teachers adapt their teaching style to suit each individual’s learning style and to help them overcome whatever difficulties they may have. When I first joined Withington, I wasn’t sure what to expect but everyone was very warm and welcoming.  Some of the best friendships I’ve made have been at Withington and they will be my friends for life.”

After attending Withington’s Junior School, Ranvitha Chaparala attended a grammar school before returning to Withington for Sixth Form. A successful dancer who has been a member of the National Youth Ballet, Ranvitha achieved four A*s and will study Economics at Churchill College, Cambridge. She said: “I feel the driving factor of my success has been the support from the Withington school community of teachers, staff, peers and career advisors. They have genuinely gone above and beyond. Withington has kept me grounded in times of stress and has inspired me to also inspire myself in times when I have found it difficult.”

Mrs Haslam said: “Today we were privileged to be able to gather to celebrate with students and their parents the conclusion to their senior school journeys. For some this journey started in our Junior School, while others joined us as recently as Sixth Form. We are so very proud of them all and thank them for their tremendous contribution to school life during their time at Withington.” 

Open Days for entry to Withington Girls’ School will be held on Thursday 2nd November and Saturday 4th November and the Sixth Form Information Evening will take place on Thursday 12th October 2023. See for more details on 2024 Admissions.