JAGS A level results 2016: 83% awarded A* or A

Amazing A level results to report from pupils at James Allen’s Girls’ School

A* - 38 %

A* to A - 83%

A* to B - 96%


We’ve raised the bar from last year with a staggering 38% of all the full A level subject entries being awarded A*, by far the highest number of A*s we’ve had.

83% of the full A level subject entries were awarded A* or A. 97% have been awarded A* - B grades. Seven girls (1) achieved 4 A* grades and ten achieved 3 A* grades. Students were especially successful in winning Distinctions in the challenging English pre-U exam.

Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang commented “These are outstanding results.  There is something very special going on here at JAGS which comes from a combination of hard work and inspiration on the part of both our pupils and our staff.  Knowing these girls individually, we can see they are also about so much more than just grades. These are impressive young women who have given so much to the school and these As and A*s are now their passport to influential and exciting futures.  It’s a privilege to be involved in this process and to work with the teaching team at this school.”

What makes us especially proud is how this year group also live life to the full. The inspiration at JAGS comes not just from the outstanding teaching and facilities, but from the opportunities the girls have seized to make a difference to the school and wider community.

Pupil profiles: Melissa joined us in the sixth form; apart from achieving 3 A* and 1 A grade, winning an Arkwright scholarship and a place to read Engineering at Cambridge. She has been dedicated to helping younger girls develop skills in a lunchtime TeenTech club, which has won national awards two years in a row.

Katherine Gray + Duke of YorkKatherine, a Deputy Head Girl, shown here with Prince Andrew, also mentored the first winners. She too is an Arkwright scholar and will read Engineering, but she has loved devoting hours on the water with the first JAGS sailing club, being in rehearsal for the senior production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and polishing her piano skills.

Lucy Mellers sailing + katherine GrayLucy, like Katherine, has 4 A* grades and is a founder and captain of the sailing club. Lucy has won silver and gold awards in Biology and Chemistry Olympiads and has a silver DofE award. Lucy and Akua are both taking up places to read medicine, Lucy at Oxford and Akua at Edinburgh. Akua plays the clarinet in school orchestras and sings both with the Holst Choir, pictured, and with the hugely popular pupil-led Gospel choir. “I knew applying for medicine would be really difficult but the school has been so supportive and given me so much help – I’m eternally grateful. As well as my studies, I look forward to joining in with clubs at Edinburgh. I’ve seen they even have a Gospel Choir. One of my special memories at JAGS is the Gospel Choir. Running it has given me a sense of responsibility and working with pupils across Years 7-13 has made us a family. That’s something I’m going to take with me.”

Isabella (pictured in lead image) is bound for Oxford to read English; a second prize-winner of the Newnham College Woolf essay, she will most certainly be relishing the literature on her course. One of the things we’ll remember about Isabella is her magazine review of the production Charles 111 - written in blank verse! “I think the pre U English course is really well designed - you study books because you like them. It’s freer and gives you more independence. The Personal Investigation was really good. I chose to write on The Significance of Civilisation and Savagery in The Importance of Being Earnest, Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which is one of my favourite books of all time. It helped that I’d done Latin at AS level and so I knew the central myth the book is based around.”

All of our Year 13 leavers have contributed selflessly to community action projects including The Challenge, National Citizen Service scheme, Cheshire Homes, Nightingale House, the Saturday Literacy Scheme and local mainstream primary and special needs or abandoned children in Romania.

Akua Crankson(small)They have organised large scale multicultural evening productions, run seminars, started societies, coached sports teams, taken DofE, CSLA, Pool Lifeguarding or other awards, written for the jags magazine, and been dynamic role-models fundraising and leading their Houses.

We wish all 99 members of the year group every success, whatever they go on to do. Just as we’re seeing in the athletes’ performances in Rio, these girls are in for the duration, showing the kind of commitment, determination and resilience you need to flourish. Truly inspiring.


  • Juliette Allen, Hattie Binny, Katherine Gray, Diana Luc, Jane Murphy, Amelia Rietkerk and Hattie Seymour have achieved 4 A* grades at A level. Hattie Seymour has also been awarded a scholarship to the US for the coming academic year before she goes to Downing College, Cambridge to read Geography in 2017. She is the Pomona-Downing Scholar, accepted by Pomona College, an American Liberal Arts College in Claremont, California for a fully-funded pre-university year, with all travel and living expenses paid.
  • Full subject results will be published online in due course.