Tatler: Withington pupils “excel at everything”
Withington has been described as "a stupendous school" by the leading society magazine Tatler.
In a review published in the Tatler Schools Guide 2013, Withington wins glowing praise not only for its academic achievement, but also for "outstanding" Drama and Music and Sport.
The whole School production of Joseph is singled out for particular praise along with individual pupils' sporting achievements on the national and international stage. And perhaps inevitably, given Tatler's readership, Sarah Burton – "designer of THAT wedding dress" – is named as a former Withington pupil.
"In short," says the review, "these ladies excel at everything. If ever you needed proof of the value of single-sex education, it's here."
The Tatler Review in full
"If you pay attention to league tables, you'll be familiar with the name Withington, which is consistently at or near the top of most of them. And what a stupendous school it turns out to be. In terms of academic results, they had 40 per cent A* at A-level last year, with 97 per cent A*-B grades.
In 2011, more than 30 girls went on to study medicine and, over the past three years, 90 per cent of leavers have gone on to the top 30 most selective universities. Drama and music are outstanding – over 200 pupils took part in a production of Joseph – and Withington has the biggest harp department in the North West. Ditto sport: three students play lacrosse for England and two for Scotland, while one competes with the GB under-18 dressage team. And English: one current pupil scooped a national short-story writing prize and a recent old girl was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
Sarah Burton, designer of 'that wedding dress', is a former pupil.
In short, these ladies excel at everything. If ever you needed proof of the value of single-sex education, it's here."