Girls achieve excellent GCSE results across all eighteen subjects taught and leave St Andrew’s reaching standards that almost always exceed their expectations when they join us.
Our ‘Value-added’ scores at GCSE consistently place St Andrew’s as one of the very highest achieving schools in Bedfordshire and are evidence that girls of all abilities and talents flourish.
The excellent achievement at GCSE allows girls to study at competitive entry Sixth Forms. Historically, our Year 11 leavers have gone on to study AS and A level subjects in Sixth Forms belonging to local Bedfordshire Upper Schools or Independent Schools, although some decide to opt for specialist Sixth Form College provision – again pursuing AS/A levels or more vocational based courses leading to the award of qualifications relevant to their chosen profession. However, from September 2016 we are delighted to introduce our own co-educational Sixth Form provision in partnership with Rushmoor School. This will allow our pupils to continue their post-16 studies with us, continuing to benefit from the strong academic and pastoral support that they are used to in a small independent school environment and with the guidance of staff who already know them well.
After the age of 18, most former St Andrew’s students will proceed to University, or in some cases to specialised professional Performing Arts Schools and Colleges. St Andrew’s girls go on to achieve success in a wide range of professions and occupations.
We enjoy hearing about our former pupils and most recently we have received the following message from one parent:
“...our daughter did really well in her A levels, she got A*, A, A and B. Needless to say we are chuffed to bits. I definitely believe that her work ethic and her love of learning was largely due to her three short years at St Andrew’s and the amazing dedicated teachers & staff members you have there. It was so lovely to witness the turnaround in my daughter, after years of schooling where she felt lost, lacking in confidence and unsure of her abilities, St Andrew’s gave her belief… I am so grateful to you all for that. She is off to study Geography at the University of Manchester, to do a 4 year integrated master’s. So proud!!”
In all cases former St Andrew’s pupils say that, not only were their higher education and employment aspirations fully supported and encouraged by excellent careers advice, but that St Andrew’s nurtured their hopes and dreams by treating them as individuals, giving them the freedom and confidence to achieve much more than just academic qualifications. professions and occupations.