STUDENTS at St Augustine's Priory School are leaving with A level results that will see them well equiped for the jobs market or higher education, according to the head.

Sarah Raffray, who has been head of the independent Catholic girls school in Ealing since last year, said she is immensely proud of the achievements of the students leaving the sixth form.

Nearly half of pupils receiving their A level results today achieved grades A* to B in three or more subjects, and 90% of grades were A*- C, an increase of 5% on last year.

Paying tribute to an "exceptional group of young women", the head teacher said: "We are reminded on a daily basis how difficult it is to make your way in the current economic climate, but our students will be able to enter higher education and then employment secure in the knowledge that they are building on very firm foundations. We wish them all the best and look forward to hearing of their continuing success."

St Augustine's girls have gained places on competitive academic degrees programmes including medicine, veterinary science and mechanical engineering at universities and colleges.
 
Lower sixth students also received AS results today and these students have also achieved "excellent results for the school" at the half-way stage of their time in sixth form.

Professor Anne Hemingway, chairman of governors, said: “These results confirm another outstanding year for the students of St Augustine’s Priory. The outstanding Sixth Form continues to go from strength to strength. I congratulate students and their families. The governors are delighted with the hard work and dedication of the staff and students at St Augustine’s Priory."

St Augustines is an all-through school, where pupils join aged three and continue until 18. St Augustine’s Priory was founded in France in 1631 by an order of nuns and has around 450 students.

Individual successes include:

Francesca Barbaccia who will study Mechanical Engineering at Bath University

Aaina Aggarwal who will study Dentistry at Manchester University

Laura Ely who will study Classical Civilisation at Exeter University

Holly Shirra who has been awarded a scholarship to the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Sabah Husain who will study Dentistry at Queen Mary University London

Sinduja Sivarajan who will study Medicine at Keele University

Tia Siu who will study English and Drama at Royal Holloway University of London