Academic Life

We are delighted that our girls have accepted offers from Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College for 2020 entry along with many other world-class universities.

St Augustine’s Priory pupils enjoyed exceptional 2020 A Level results with consistency in A* grades. 65% of grades (A Level & EPQ) were A*/A, 88% were A*/A/B and 95% of grades were A* to C. 100% of our Further Maths AS students achieved the top grade, A.

The Class of 2020 are now going on to the most prestigious universities in the world.  Among them, one of our girls is going to Oxford to study English and French, another going to Cambridge to study Modern and Medieval Languages while another is going to Imperial College to study Medicine with two others studying Medicine at Liverpool and Plymouth.  Queen Mary, University of London will welcome one of our girls to study Dentistry while another will study English at the University of Bristol and another will study English Literature at Durham University.  Cardiff University will meanwhile see another girl studying Mechanical Engineering and Edinburgh is the destination of a girl studying Spanish and English Literature.  We pride ourselves on providing an education which equips our pupils to pursue the widest range of subjects at university and this year’s Upper VI has yet again proved the efficacy of the school’s approach.

A Levels
We expect most students entering the Lower VI to select three A Level courses and to study for an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) as their fourth option.

The following subjects are currently available at A Level :

Art and Design Biology
Business Chemistry
Classical Civilisation Computer Science
Drama and Theatre Studies Economics
English Literature Geography
Greek (Classical) History
Latin Mathematics – Further Maths
Modern Languages: French, Russian, Spanish Music
Photography Physical Education
Physics Politics
Psychology Religious Studies
Sociology

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

All girls are encouraged to research for an EPQ. This is a qualification equivalent to an AS level and it is very highly regarded by universities. The girls develop and apply many skills: decision-making; problem-solving; initiative and enterprise; critical-thinking; analytical and evaluation and presentation. All Sixth Formers who have completed the EPQ Qualification at Priory 6 have achieved A* or A grades. Recent successful EPQ titles include;

  • Am I more black or am I more white?
  • Is cheap meat worth it?
  • Is the Handmaid’s Tale a feminist novel?

Oxbridge Programme
Our most able students have the opportunity to attend Oxbridge group sessions with Mrs MacLennan, our Oxbridge Coordinator. These are often broadly faculty-based, but also challenge the girls on a wide range of topics to stimulate their intellectual curiosity and discovery. Its aim is to develop our students’ confidence in discussing eclectic issues well beyond the scope of the curriculum. This encourages independent thinking and supports interview practice and application to prestigious universities.

University Lectures
We encourage our girls to make the most of all London has to offer to further their intellectual development beyond the classroom. Our girls regularly attend lunch time and evening lectures at universities such as LSE and UCL and prestigious organizations such as the Royal Institution and the Royal Geographical Society to complement their A Level studies and give them a taste of university life.

Our experienced staff are subject specialists with a bespoke approach. Our dedicated Sixth Form Team provide personalised guidance to students for UCAS and throughout the university application process.

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