Students at Southend High School for Girls celebrated their outstanding A-Level results today with half of all grades at A*/A.

An impressive 52 students at the Southchurch Boulevard school secured all A*s and As.

Headteacher Jason Carey said he and the team of staff at Southend High School for Girls were immensely proud of the Year 13s following what has been a difficult year for pupils, having to study through the disruptions of lockdowns and the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “It has clearly been a very challenging journey studying for A Levels during the pandemic. However, these results reflect the dedication and hard work of our teaching and pastoral staff, as well as the commitment and fortitude of our students. They engaged superbly in the live lessons and made outstanding progress throughout all the lockdown periods.”

An incredible ten pupils secured all A* grades including head student Amica, who bagged four top marks.

She said she was “really happy” with her results and is heading to Bristol University to study Computer Science.

Deputy head student Annia also secured four A* grades and a further eight students secured three A* grades – Olivia, Millie, Lillith, Leah, Toluwase, Zoe, Faye and Amy.

Leah, who achieved three A* grades and an A* in her EPQ, said: ”I’m really happy with my results and I’m off to Cambridge to study Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.”

Head of Year Mr Barnett said: “I’m really proud of them and whilst they didn’t have the normal set of exams they have still really achieved some amazing things and I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”