Brentwood School bucks national trend with record breaking tally of A*s
16th September 2014

Despite national expectations of a drop in top A Level grades, Brentwood School is delighted that students have achieved their highest ever percentage of A* grades or equivalent.

Headmaster Ian Davies said he was very pleased with the results which saw 11 high achieving students taking up offers at either Oxford or Cambridge, and another five being awarded places to study Medicine which remains one of the most highly competitive of courses. This follows a successful year in 2013, when no less than eight students achieved Oxbridge places.

Another 100% pass rate for all Upper Sixth Form A Level students resulted in nearly half of all exam entries being awarded an ‘A*’ or ‘A’ grade. This outstanding performance follows on from the publication of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results earlier in the summer, which saw students achieve a highly creditable average of 35 points – which is equivalent to ’A’, ‘A’, ‘B’ at A Level.

A quarter of all students achieved solely ‘A*’ and ‘A’ grades and this includes Gee-Joy Cheuk who has achieved 4 ‘A*’s and an ‘A’ and he has been awarded a place to read Chemical Engineering at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Other pupils achieving 4 A*s include Robert Eady who is going to read Computation at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and Leslie Stowe who will take up a place to read Engineering at Robinson College, Cambridge, and George Lewis who will read Physics at New College, Oxford.

Eighteen-year-old Leslie, who opened her envelope to reveal ‘A*’s in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Further Mathematics, said she was ecstatic because the results were even better than she had expected. She thanked subject teachers for all their support. “I hope I have done the Maths Department proud”, she said.

Leslie, who has a passion for aerodynamics and Formula One, said her dream was to join a Formula One team as a junior designer or race engineer.

Not surprisingly, George Lewis was also really happy with his four ‘A*’s and was looking forward to university life. He praised Brentwood for being so flexible and supportive. Lucy Hirst, was visible shaken after securing ‘A*’s in Latin and Greek and an ‘A’ in French. Enough to see her on her way to Corpus Christi, Oxford, to read Classics.

Josie Paton, who achieved 3 ‘A*s’ in Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics, and an ‘A’ in Chemistry, will also read Physics at Oxford. The results were her ‘best estimate’ and she was thrilled with her scores, especially as she only had four hours sleep last night! Mum, Mrs Sylvia Paton, said: “This is wonderful. I am so proud. I knew she could do it.” Josie said her ambition was to gain a PhD in Physics and to work in research.

The vast majority of students have been awarded places at leading universities such as UCL, Bristol, Imperial, Edinburgh, Durham and Warwick in the UK, and a number will take up places at prestigious universities overseas.

Amy Lotherington achieved an ‘A*’ in Theatre Studies and ‘A’s in English and History, enough to take her to her first-choice university Exeter to study English. “I am relieved, ecstatic, and over the moon,” she said.

Alexander McLintock’s three ‘A’s in English, History and Politics left him ‘massively relieved.’ Alex is also off to his first-choice university at York to read History and Politics. “To say I was panicking was an understatement. I am elated,” he said.

Edmund King is one step closer to his ambition of becoming a games programmer after securing four ‘A’s in Computing, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. He is now off to Southampton to study Computer Science. A very modest Edmund said: “I could have done better but I am happy with this.”

Within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme there were also many outstanding performances. Among these was Louise Nash who scored a world class 43 points. This places her in the top 1% of students worldwide according to the official IB website ( and is more than enough to secure her first choice place to read Biochemistry at University College London. 

Other top scoring students include Marcel Meggle who scored an impressive 41 points and he will take up a place to read Management at LSE.  Ana Anta Pires Gomes also achieved 40 points and she will go to Edinburgh to study Chinese and Economics. Revian Moller-Racke achieved 40 points and will proceed to read Management at LSE whilst Matthew Dawe achieved 39 points and a place to study at PPE at Oxford.  Remarkably, eight students obtained the bilingual IB Diploma which demonstrates their proficiency in more than one language and reflects the truly international nature of our students.

Mr Davies said all the examination results were testament to the hard work of students and the commitment of teachers. “I am very pleased with the IB Diploma Programme results this year and the students can be justifiably proud of their hard work and all-round commitment. The IBDP is a perfect fit to the Brentwood education philosophy which believes in nurturing well-rounded and intellectually creative individuals. There is a growing body of research which indicates IB students do exceptionally well at university and have excellent job prospects.”

A wonderful set of results saw over 75% of all entries achieve A*/B grade at A Level (or the equivalent within the IBDP) whilst 94% of entries resulted in the award of an A*-C.  

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