High Peak students help Stockport Grammar School celebrate A-Level success

Ella Burton and Simon Fraser.
Ella Burton and Simon Fraser.

Two High Peak students are among those celebrating A-Level success at Stockport Grammar School.

Simon Fraser received four A*s in Maths, Further Maths, French and Music. He will now go on to study Music at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

What makes Simon’s feat even more impressive is that he balanced his academic studies with his role in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra.

Simon plays oboe in the NYO and the role takes up a lot of his time as the group has an intensive rehearsal schedule and stages regular concerts across Europe.

He said: “It was tough at times to balance everything but being part of the NYO was such an amazing experience that I’m so glad I did it. My degree at Cambridge will be made up of academic music study and performance and I intend to stick with the NYO as you have to audition every year.”

Ella Burton, from Hayfield, is taking a year out before embarking on an Anthropology degree at Durham University. She got an A* in Geography and As in English Literature and Biology.

Ella successfully juggled her studies with her role as Head Girl and her passion for music and drama which saw her take part in numerous productions during her time at the school.

She said: “I was very busy during my last year at school but so were many of my friends and it’s good to learn how to manage your time. It’s a skill I can take forward with me. I will miss the school so much. I have made some amazing friends and memories that I will always keep.”

Stockport Grammar School maintained their high standards with a 100 per cent pass rate and 52 per cent of grades at A* and A.