Redmaids’ High: class of 2020 rises to the challenge

The Bristol school celebrates another year of impressive results

Despite controversy surrounding results this year due to COVID-19, the picture at Redmaids’ High School is strong. 

Individual successes include students Rosie Owen and Layla Qazi who are heading to Oxford University to study English and History respectively, and Lauren who will take her place at Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences after her gap year this year.

A number of girls received all A* and A grades, including Chloe Bridson-Dommett who achieved four A*s and plans to study Maths at Bath University.   

Regina Szokodi who joined from Blaise High School in year 12 on a scholarship achieved an A* and two As, and has secured her place at Warwick University to study Physics and Astrophysics.

This has been a testing time, exacerbated by last-minute changes from the government and a u-turn after the grades had been awarded, which saw the students being given their ‘Centre Assessed Grades’ as predicted by their teachers.

Reflecting on this, Headmistress Isabel Tobias said, “This has been an extremely challenging time for students and schools, with the parameters constantly changing.

“However, following the government’s announcement on 17 August, we are pleased that A Level students – our own, and those across the country – will now all receive the grades that their teachers believe they are deserving of, putting an end to the feelings of trauma and helplessness that many experienced. Although this doesn’t compare to actually sitting the exams, it is at least a fairer reflection of their capabilities.

“We’re so proud of all of our students and how they have responded in this turbulent time. I am delighted that the vast majority of our students have secured their first-choice university place and I am confident they are all now in a position to take the next positive next step in their education.”

Layla and Icram

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