Former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School students returned from their far-flung universities and jobs recently to receive their A-level certificates and many academic and service prizes at the school’s annual A-level awards evening. Headmaster Chris Kirkup congratulated the group on their excellent results: “Together you achieved a 99.4% pass rate with 37% of grades at A and A* against a national figure of 26%.  Particularly impressive was that 71% of grades were A*-B, a significant increase in the number of the top three grades on the previous two years. These results place the school in the top 10% of institutions providing A level courses in this country and they have helped many of you to move on to study at some of the  top universities across the UK.”

He emphasised that prizes were not just awarded to those with top grades but also to celebrate the hard work which went into the achievement of many personal goals as well as a multitude of ways of serving the local and wider community.

“Congratulations to all of you on your outstanding results and all you achieved in your time in the Sixth Form. I wish you all the best for your future careers.”

The guest speaker at the event was former student Emma-Jane Taylor who attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School from 1995-2002 and is now, as Global Events Director at Burberry, in charge of about 400 events a year. In her address, she emphasised the importance of creativity and initiative. She also exhorted her young audience to “really make the most of any type of work experience or internship that you can get. It truly prepares you for working life and teaches you transferable skills that you simply cannot learn in a classroom or lecture hall.”

“I look back with great fondness at the start of my journey, where many of you find yourselves at this time. I hope you also follow your dreams but stay flexible for any opportunities that may come your way. I wish you every success and happiness in your chosen career paths.”

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