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
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
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.”
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 (ibo.org) 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
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.