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A level results 2017

Prior’s Field Sixth Formers were celebrating A level results today: 22% A*-A grades, 59% A*-B; 61% of pupils gained a minimum of 3 A* to C grades.

Prior’s Field Head, Tracy Kirnig commented, ‘We are always proud of our students’ achievements. They work hard, but also manage to get involved in so much beyond the classroom and to keep a healthy, balanced attitude to life. They leave Prior’s Field with a determination to make a positive difference to the world they will help to shape.’

Behind the headline grades are individual stories of ambition and achievement:

Georgina (Art, Biology, Chemistry)

Joining Prior’s Field in Year 7 (First Form), from a local village primary school, Georgie began to weekly board from the start. ‘I found this an easy transition,’ she says, ‘as a large number in my year were doing the same, so we all settled in together.’

Head Girl for the academic year 2016-17, Georgie has successfully completed Art, Biology and Chemistry A levels and will now take up a place at Exeter University to read Biological Sciences. She also accomplished an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), linked to her intended higher education studies, asking the question, ‘If malfunctioning proteins are established as a major cause of Alzheimer’s Disease, what are the future implications for treatment?’

Art has always been a passion. Last summer, she travelled to Costa Rica to volunteer with the charity ‘Homes of Hope’, spending the most incredible and rewarding week, building a house for a family in desperate need. Inspired by this experience, for her A level Art work, she created a 3D, multi-media art piece of a boy on a construction site, winning the school vote in the Sixth Form category of Prior’s Field’s annual Inter-House Art Competition.

In terms of a future career, Georgie’s current thoughts are to use her Sciences, but perhaps in a marketing or business consultancy arena. Outside her studies, she enjoys tennis and water sports including paddle boarding and kayaking.

‘I will miss my friends and the amazing support of teachers,’ Georgie says of leaving Prior’s Field. ‘I know I will be emailing Mrs Allen – in the Biology Department – from university, for Science advice! I am looking forward, however, to increased independence and feel prepared for my next step.’

Kay (Economics, Mathematics, Religious Studies)

Kay started as a day pupil at Prior’s Field in Year 7 (First Form), having previously attended a local primary school. American by birth, her family moved to Godalming when she was young.

At Sixth Form, Kay was awarded both Academic and Music Scholarships. Having always enjoyed Mathematics, it was an easy decision to study this at A level. She has also taken Economics, with a view to opening up interesting career possibilities, and Religious Studies to provide a good balance to her other A levels and because she enjoys the rigour of thought this subject demands.

Kay plans to study Economics at degree level. She is interested in the field of Behavioural Economics and is hoping, during her degree, to spend a year abroad in one of the US, Australia, Norway or Finland to explore this area further.

Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horse riding and her dogs; she says also, ‘Music is important to me, playing the piano and singing.’

‘In terms of what I will miss about Prior’s Field, definitely fun times sitting in the boarding house, talking about anything and laughing with friends. The food! The support of teachers – I have particularly enjoyed the fact, in Sixth Form, that we are treated as adults and given roles and responsibilities accordingly.’

Precious (Drama, History, Religious Studies)

Of coming to Prior’s Field, Precious says, ‘I joined at 11, by accident really. I was at an inner-city London state primary and googled boarding schools near London. On visiting, I was struck by the warm, friendly atmosphere and, on starting, I felt known from the word go. I credit so much of who I am to the Prior’s Field Foundation, without which I would not have come here or had this experience.’

With A levels in History, Religious Studies and – a real passion – Drama successfully under her belt, Precious is now heading to Kent University to study Theology. ‘Ultimately, I would like to work in the charity sector, with the UN or in the field of Human Rights for instance. I am aiming to complete an internship in my second year of university and may need to take a Masters to enter such a competitive field. My life plan is to give back to the Prior’s Field Foundation, which allowed me to come here.’

Precious has made the most of the over 50 extra-curricular clubs and activities offered at Prior’s Field: most recently participating in Canvas art club and Funky Food cooking club. She has also enjoyed her responsibilities as a boarding prefect, including acting as a source of advice and support for younger boarders.

‘It has been such a blessing to be here,’ Precious says, ‘I have never felt alone and always felt supported. It is a family and I will be sad to leave it, but I know that I will be thought about and able to return at any time.’

Alicia (Classical Civilisation, Drama and Mathematics)

Alicia is thrilled to be heading to the Guildford School of Acting, to follow a one year Foundation Course in Acting. Her ambition is then to pursue a degree course at one of London’s acting schools. Head of Drama at Prior’s Field, Mrs Penny Horton, was on hand to congratulate Alicia as she celebrated her A level results.