Exceptional Sixth Form results


We would like to congratulate students for achieving such impressive A Level and BTEC results. With a sixth form experience disrupted by lockdowns, this remarkable performance demonstrates their exceptional resilience and determination.

Overall, the results represent a very strong performance from Harrogate Grammar School students, with 67% of A level grades at A*, A or B. Furthermore, 87% of A level results were A*- C and 99% of grades received were grade E or above.  For those students studying BTEC courses, students achieved a 100% pass rate, with 70% of grades being at Distinction or Distinction *. This signifies the strongest cohort performance seen at HGS since 2015.

This year’s grades were awarded to students based on the reasonable judgement of teachers based on assessment evidence. Teachers drew on their expertise and professional experience to objectively assess each student’s level, awarding grades which were moderated and quality assured by exam boards. The grades, in our view, are a true reflection of their performance.

The diversity of students’ destinations and chosen next steps reflects Harrogate Grammar School’s focus on helping each student fulfil their potential by being the best they can be, as well as our individual career guidance. A total of 259 students (81% of the year group) applied to university to study a range of courses, from Social Anthropology to Astrophysics. Other courses which students will now go on to attend include Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, and several allied healthcare professions, as well as the courses in the humanities, social sciences, business, and education.

We are exceptionally proud of all our students, achieving such strong outcomes during the global pandemic. It is particularly pleasing that so many of our students progressed beyond the national average after challenging themselves to keep going and reach for their own excellence. We fully appreciate the exceptional hard work of all our students, the support of their families and the dedication of all our teachers and support staff. This is a cohort of young people who have had an experience like no other. We celebrate the success of our students, take great pride in their achievements over many years and wish them every success in their future endeavours.


Notable attainment includes:

Kiran Amin A*A*A*A* will study Mathematics at Downing College, University of Cambridge

Ruby Johnson A*A*A*A* will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford

Finn Leather A*A*A*A will study Linguistics at Downing College, University of Cambridge

Robert McPherson A*A*A A will study Engineering at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Alice Whittington A*A*A will study Geography at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Hannah Besa A*A*A*A will study Economics at Nottingham

Zoe Pears A*A*A* will study Law at Nottingham

Martin Slomczykowski A*A*A*A* will study Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College London

William Morris A*A*A* – TBC

Carter Harrison A*A*A*A* – see below

Yingzhe Feng A*A*A*A* will study Medicine at UCL

Beatrice Cannon A*A*A* will study Anthropology at Bristol

Lily Wheat A*A*A will study Business Management at Liverpool

Freya Sugarman A*A*A will study Economic Studies and Global Sustainable Development at Warwick

Georgia Pepper A*A*A will study Politics and International Relations with study abroad at Bristol

Gaia Ottman A*A*A will study Law at Birmingham

Frederick Harris A*A*A will study Sport and Exercise Science with placement at Bath

George Buckland A*A*A will study Geography at Durham

Ralph Brook-Dobson A*A*A will study Theoretical Physics at Lancaster

Matthew Stevenson A*A*A A will study Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Management at Imperial College London

Robert MacPherson A*A*A A will study Engineering at Cambridge

Isabelle McIntyre A*A*A A will study Politics and Spanish at Bristol

Megan Jones A*A*A A will study Structural Engineering with Architecture at Edinburgh

Sam Grant A*A*A A will study Mathematics and Statistics at Warwick

Samuel Baston A*A*A A – Destination to be decided


Carter Harrison has been offered a degree apprenticeship in Financial Services with the University of Exeter and JP Morgan, and will be based at Canary Wharf; James Hall is to undertake an avionics engineering apprenticeship with the armed forces; Lucia Sanderson is to commence a degree apprenticeship in Chartered Surveying in Manchester. Ella Williams is to undertake a foundation course in Acting at Rose Bruford College and Jake Towers is to attend music college. In addition, several students have been successful in securing Art Foundation courses