Wendy Griffiths, Chair of the Boarding Schools' Association and Headmistress of Tudor Hall School
Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating the announcement of this year’s A level results, with a record breaking 60% of examinations passed at A* or A. Against the national trend, 70% of all science subjects passed at A* or A and six girls have been offered places on medical or medical science courses. 70% of all arts subjects passed at A* and A, and 68% of all modern languages passed at A* or A. A total of 46 A* grades and 101 A grades were achieved by the year group.
Girls also performed strongly in the recent International Baccalaureate Diploma, with an impressive average point score of 37 points (the equivalent to three A*s and one A grade at A level) and five girls achieving 40 points or more (out of a possible 45) – putting them into the top 5% of IB students worldwide. This means that the combined results for this year’s Upper Sixth at Sherborne Girls are 23% at A* grade, 62% at A*- A grades and 83% at A* - B grades. Headmistress Jenny Dwyer said:
Sixth Form pupils achieved the highest ever A*AB rate at 63 per cent, continuing a rising trend. Headmaster, Andrew Fleck said:
The majority of pupils will secure entry to a chosen university and we already know that the destinations include Durham, Exeter, Warwick and Imperial College London. Once again, the Chemistry department performed very well, along with Art, Economics and Mathematics. Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form Paul Fairclough said:
17 girls gained 22 D1 grades between them (A D1 is the very top grade available in the Cambridge Pre-U qualification, and exceeds the requirements needed for an A*). Over a third of all of our Pre-U grades were at D1/D2 (A**/A*), an excellent achievement by these talented girls!
St George's, Ascot
St George’s School in Ascot has achieved excellent A Level results again this year with many individual students gaining outstanding grades as well as entrance to some of the leading UK and US universities.
A stunning 42% of grades awarded were A* or A – the school’s best marks since 2011 and 90% of grades awarded were A*- C. In addition, having tested this particular cohort in terms of value added, St George’s has enabled this year group of pupils to achieve at least one grade higher per pupil than their predicted A Level grades – a significant achievement and testament to the school’s excellent teaching, small class sizes and caring ethos.
Said Headmistress, Rachel Owens: “I am thrilled with this year’s results and in particular the value we, as a school, have added for our pupils. Reflecting on what our students have attained shows what a rounded education we offer here at St George’s. Not only have the girls gained excellent academic results, these pupils have been empowered to achieve personal excellence and really follow their aspirations.
“Here at St George’s we want to enable young women such as these to have the life skills as well as the academic results they need to pursue the careers of their choice and to go on to top universities. Small class sizes, inspirational teaching and a supportive and aspirational environment really do make the difference.”
Adams' Grammar School
Once again sixth form students at Adams’ Grammar School have returned an impressive set of A-level results. Out of 152 students 260 A/A* grades were achieved and 74% of results were graded A*- B. Headmaster, Mr Gary Hickey, expressed his pleasure:
“I’m delighted with the results which reflect the hard work of our pupils and staff over the last two years. Our role as teachers isn’t just helping our pupils to achieve these outstanding results but also giving them the skills to thrive outside of Adams’ be that at university or in the work place. The extra responsibilities our sixth formers have and the wide range of additional activities they’re involved in mean they have excellent communication and leadership skills required to succeed in whatever path they chose to take. I’d like to congratulate all of our students and I wish them all the very best for the future.”
THREE-quarters of students at the leading independent girls’ school Heathfield in Ascot have achieved all A*-C grades in their A Levels. In an impressive set of results for the Berkshire school, 40% of the exams taken were awarded the top A*-A grades and nine in ten exams were awarded A*-C grades.
Eight in ten girls achieved an A*-A grade in their exams while a third of the girls achieved at least two A*-A grades in their tally of A levels. Candidates achieved an impressive clean sweep of A*-A grades in Art and Design, Spanish, German and Russian with all A*-B grades in History of Art and Music.
The results see pupils confirming places at top UK universities including Bristol, Exeter, Reading, Edinburgh, Newcastle and the University of the Arts London and at international institutions including the University of British Columbia in Canada. Subjects the girls will read include Politics, History, Geography, Graphic Design, Food Science and International Business. Head of Heathfield School, Mrs Jo Heywood, said:
"This is a superb performance from our 2015 A level candidates. All of our girls are now set to confirm their first choice places at university. Congratulations to all of the girls and to the Heathfield staff who have nurtured their talents and inspired them to success. I wish the girls all the best as they embark on their degree studies."
St Mary's Calne
Pupils at leading independent girls’ school St Mary’s Calne are celebrating following their excellent A Level results, with 16 girls achieving straight A*s and As and well over half the entries graded A*-A.
The impressive results included 100% A* grades in Spanish; 100% A*-A grades in Art and Further Maths (the latter for the fifth consecutive year) and 84% A*-A grades in Maths. Seven girls – all of those who held offers for Oxbridge – were successful in gaining their places.
Meanwhile, fellow St Mary’s Calne students have won places at other prestigious universities including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial College, Manchester, Warwick and UCL to read subjects including Anthropology, Biotechnology with Management, Classics, History, History of Art, Law, Medical and Biological Sciences, Modern Languages, Physics and Psychology.
As the above demonstrates, the girls are going on to study a broad range of subjects at many leading universities. Some girls have chosen to study creative subjects, with three girls gaining places on Art Foundation courses with top grades, prior to pursuing Art at degree level. St Mary’s Calne boasts some exceptionally talented artists and many of these will be displaying their artwork at a special Art Exhibition at 20th Century Theatre, Westbourne Grove, London from Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th November. (Please contact the school for further details).
Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented “I am very proud of all the girls and of these excellent individual results which reflect the girls’ hard work and the dedication of all of the teachers. St Mary’s Calne focuses on, nurtures and supports each individual girl as they find their own talents and what truly motivates and inspires them, allowing them to thrive and excel in every aspect of their education. St Mary’s provides the girls with a solid foundation on which to build, and I wish all of the girls well as they leave us for the next stage in their lives.”
Plymouth College is celebrating its A Level results this morning with nearly a third of all grades at A* or A. More than 10% achieved at least 3 A grades each. This year’s top performer is James Douie, who has walked away with an impressive 4 A*s. Paul Vallis is close behind with 3 A*s and 1A, with Khanh Nguyen achieving 2A*s and 2 As. All three boys will read Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Twenty six subjects achieved 100% and the overall pass rate remains strong at 98%.
In the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), Plymouth College has achieved its best ever results. With 100% pass rate, the average point score of 34.125 equates to 482 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of more than 3A*s at A Level and places the school in the top 20 nationally for IB. Top scorer is Kevin Vandabona, who has achieved an impressive 43 out of a maximum 45 points. This score places Kevin in the top 1.9% of the global IB cohort. His mark equates to 676 UCAS points, which is the equivalent to 4A*s and 1A at A Level. Kevin, who was part of the team that received a highly commended award in the national final of the business competition BASE last month, will be studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College University of London.
“My warmest congratulations to all our students on their examination success”, said Headmaster, Jonathan Standen. “I am delighted to see such an excellent set of results and I would like to pass on my thanks to the teaching staff for their continued commitment and hard work, which has helped our students to reach such a high level of achievement. We have a busy and vibrant sixth form community and it is extremely rewarding to see both our A level and IB students do so well. ”
Bruton School for Girls
Bruton School for Girls has announced another excellent set of A Level results and continues to build on its reputation for achieving top academic results across the county. This year 85% of all students gained A*-C grades with an impressive 75% of the A Level cohort achieving either an A or A* grade.
The percentage of girls with three or more passes at A Level has jumped from 89% last year to 95% - the best result for three years. Some 15% of girls gained three A Levels at AAB or higher in the tougher ‘facilitating’ subjects which universities favour such as sciences, maths and modern languages.
This strong set of results means that a very high proportion can take up a place at their first-choice university. Headmistress, Nicola Botterill, was delighted with this year’s results:
“We are thrilled for our girls. These outstanding results are well deserved and a fitting reflection of their perseverance and hard work, supported by the excellent teaching here at Bruton.”
Queen Anne's School
Students and staff at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham are today celebrating excellent A Level results, with student’s once again achieving outstanding grades and going on to top universities. In the sixth form of this outstanding school, 50% of all A Levels achieved were at A*-A grades (an increase of 17% on last year) and 93% of grades were A*-C. 21% of girls achieved straight A*/A grades and 77% of all grades were A*/B. Headmistress, Mrs Julia Harrington said:
“We are extremely proud of the girls’ A Level achievements. These are an excellent set of results across the board, for which the girls have worked extremely hard. I am delighted that so many of our girls have been successful in attaining university places on the most competitive courses in the country including places at Oxford, UCL and Russell Group universities and I wish them every success for the future.”
Queen Ethelburga's College
QE College has seen another outstanding year with its A-Level results. 80% of grades at A-Level were A*-A and 98% were A*-B.
The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, which offers students the opportunity to do more vocational subjects at BTEC, celebrated some of its best results ever. 80% of grades at A-Level were A*-A (up from last year’s 76%) and 96% of grades were A*-B (up from last year’s 90%). The Faculty’s 88% Distinction*-Distinction pass rate at BTEC (equating in UCAS points to an A/A* grade at A-Level) shows equal strength in these qualifications. QE Principal, Steven Jandrell, was delighted with the news for both schools:
“Once more it has been another highly successful year, with excellent A-Level and BTEC results. Our pupils and teaching teams have worked hard to produce brilliant grades and they should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”
“These results will again confirm our place as one of the top schools in the independent sector in the country, but it is also very satisfying personally to know that our ethos to work with every student individually, finding subjects from our wide range which they enjoy and can excel at, really achieves such fantastic outcomes.”
For the fifth successive year, girls at Mayfield School raised the bar, achieving outstanding A Level results with the A* to B pass rate increasing to 81%, the best for five years. 30% achieved straight A*/A with over a quarter of all grades being A*and almost 80% of the girls achieving at least one A*/A grade. 100% of girls passed 3 or more A Levels, with a good number successfully studying an eclectic range of four or five challenging academic subjects. This is particularly impressive given that the school’s intake is not highly selective.
Impressive results across the board saw subjects including Further Maths, Music, Spanish and History of Art achieving 100% A*/A. Furthermore, 15 additional subjects achieved 100% A*/B. This year saw the first cohort of results for the two year Cambridge Pre-U in Art and Design. The results could not have been better with each girl achieving Distinction 1 (D1), which is the top grade, and significantly higher than an A* grade. In addition, Mayfield’s outstanding Ceramics department also had another successful year, with 80% of candidates achieving A* or A. There were exceptional results, as ever, in all the Sciences and Maths where an increasing number of girls achieved full marks in a range of modules. Particularly noteworthy was the 75% of a large cohort achieving A*/A in Chemistry. The consistently strong Geography department saw 85% of its students achieving A*/A including several girls being awarded full marks: 400/400!
Headmistress Miss Antonia Beary comments:
“It has been another outstanding year for Mayfield girls. The standard of their performance inside and outside the classroom continues to impress: be it the girls achieving straight A* or those who have been rewarded by marks which may not appear stellar, but which are an impressive reflection of their hard work and commitment over the past two years. Almost 75% girls continue with a combination of Arts and Sciences to A Level and their success reflects the value and importance of creative thinking not only in what are perceived to be traditionally artistic subjects, but also in all branches of science and the humanities. All of the girls study traditional, rigorous and challenging A Level subjects and there is no doubt that the expectation that they think independently and take responsibility for their own work has helped them to such pleasing outcomes. I am confident that what they have learnt and the way in which they have learnt it – not to mention the friendships they have made -will stand them in good stead as they go on to University and beyond. For each girl, in her own way, the future should be bright. I look forward to hearing of their continuing progress.”
A level candidates at Stonyhurst have achieved an outstanding set of results this year, with 71% of papers scoring A*, A and B grades. These are the best A level results ever achieved at the College, and will see many students now heading off to top UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, University College London, Imperial College, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, and many other top Russell Group universities, as well as prestigious institutions in the USA and Europe.
Overall, 20% of all of this year’s candidates have scored straight A*/A grades in their A levels. High achievers include Anthony Chow from Hong Kong, who has secured 5 A* grades and will now study Engineering at Cambridge. David Richardson from South Wales has achieved 4 A* grades and will go on to study Chemistry at Oxford.
Top performing departments at Stonyhurst include Economics, where 88% of the 32 candidates scored A*, A or B, and Chemistry, where 83% of the 23 candidates also achieved A*, A or B grades. At least three quarters of the candidates in Mathematics, Physics and Business Studies achieved A*, A or B grades, as did the candidates in French, German and Spanish.
Stonyhurst Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “My colleagues and I are delighted for our students. Achieving such outstanding grades is a fitting reward for their hard work. I also congratulate and thank Stonyhurst teachers for the excellent support they have given their students.”
The College now also offers the IB diploma. This summer, Stonyhurst pupils also achieved excellent IB results, with an average score of 32 points, well above the world average of 30. Stonyhurst is a 400 year old co-educational day and boarding School for 3 – 18 year olds.
Kent College Canterbury
An ISI inspection earlier this year recognised academic excellence at Kent College, Canterbury. As A level results are published, Kent College students and staff are celebrating the school’s best ever year for UCAS points (the basis for university offers) with an average of over 400 per student: the equivalent of A* A* A. There was also a 100% pass rate at A level, and all students gained places at their universities of choice including Oxbridge.
These results follow IB outcomes which were again excellent. (They were described by ISI as ‘exceptional compared to world averages.’) A much larger cohort followed the Diploma programme this year and the average points score achieved is equivalent to 4 grade As at A level. The results will enable access to top UK universities, with places and scholarships also being offered at UBC Vancouver and Amsterdam University. Head Master, Dr. David Lamper said,
“I am delighted with the very high levels of academic achievement shown by the students who took examinations this summer. They worked extremely hard whilst at the same time adding an immense amount to the extra curricular, musical, dramatic and sporting life of our community. They have been excellent ambassadors of Kent College and they deserve every success. I am also delighted for my colleagues who have worked so hard in supporting and nurturing the development of all our students. Many congratulations to them all.”
Bromsgrove School has maintained its impressive average of recent years with pupils achieving 85% A*- B grades. Of its 174 A level students, 10 scored more than 5 A grades, 25 gained more than 4 A grades and a third students scored at least 3 A grades. This comes against a backdrop of a nationwide drop in top grade A level passes.
Headmaster Peter Clague said he is very proud of the maintenance of such high levels of academic success in light of the national tightening of standards. He commented, “Rigour builds trust in our qualifications system and it is particularly pleasing that students continue to excel in a more challenging regime”.
Exactly 200 Upper Sixth Formers at Bromsgrove School took 700 qualifications this Summer, ranging from A level to IB Diploma and BTEC. Over 60% of overall qualifications achieved an A* or A grade equivalent. 27% of all exam entries achieved the challenging A* grade, whilst 85% scored at least a B grade.
Dean Close School
Dean Close School students are once again celebrating after a very good set of A level results. The overall pass rate is over 98% with 77% of all grades being A*-B.
Headmaster, Jonathan Lancashire, said: “I am delighted for our A level candidates who have done very well this year. The vast majority have secured their university place and a quarter of all students scored nothing lower than an A grade, with 11 pupils scoring two or more A*s."
Art, Music, Classics and Business students have done particularly well, showing that a varied curriculum that is tailored to each pupil leads to greater success as well as personal fulfilment. It is also salutary that amongst those who have achieved strongly, almost all had a very busy school life with involvement in leadership, community action, sport, music and drama. I firmly believe that a broad education is better on every level and our leavers have proved this once again.
Deputy Head Academic, Mark Tottman, said: “Dean Close pupils have achieved some outstanding A level results this year. As a broad entry school, having had four pupils gain places at Cambridge and many more with places at Russell Group universities, we are truly delighted with the academic progress that all our pupils have made and they should be congratulated on their strong work ethic.”
Of all exams taken…
- 24% of pupils achieved A*/As across the board
- 40% of all pupils scored at least one A*
- 11 pupils scored two or more A*S
- Four pupils secured places at Cambridge
- One pupil scored four A*s
The College is delighted to reveal an excellent set of results at A Level, AS Level and BTEC. The statistics represent a further improvement from 2014, continuing our ongoing trend of strong examination performances. Notably, the attainment of high end grades (A*-A) by pupils in Year 12 and 13 has increased by almost 10%. The attainment of A*-B grades has also risen significantly across both year groups, by 12%, whilst our overall pass rate now sits at 99%.
The Headmaster, Gregg Davies, commented: ‘I am very pleased that today’s results reinforce the findings of our recent ISI inspection, which rated the College as ‘excellent’ across all inspection categories. The outstanding grades achieved by Sixth Form pupils demonstrate again the considerable strength of teaching and learning at Shiplake College. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate our students on their achievements, which are a reflection of the endeavour and resilience they have displayed during their time at Shiplake. I would also like to warmly praise my colleagues for repeatedly going above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils.’
St Swithun's School
Girls at St Swithun’s School are once again celebrating successful A level results against a national back-drop of decreasing numbers of top A level grades. 27.4% of candidates were awarded an A* grade (up on 2014 and against a national average of 8.2%) and 68.9% of entries awarded grades of A* or A (compared to drop in the national average to 25.9%).
Leading the way were St Swithun’s physicists, with 50% of the girls who took A level physics being awarded an A*. Not to be outdone Greek, French, politics, music and food technology all had an impressive 100% of candidates achieving all A* and A grades. An impressive 74% of all pupils who took a science subject achieved an A* or A grade.
One in five of the upper sixth took the demanding Extended Project Qualification, which is highly regarded by universities, with 79% achieving an A*/A grade. On an individual basis, 7 girls were awarded three A*s or better and 45% of the upper sixth were awarded three A grades or better. 5 girls achieved the impressive feat of scoring full marks in one of their A levels.
Jane Gandee, headmistress of St Swithun's, said “We have enjoyed the company of the upper sixth throughout their time at St Swithun’s and shall miss their intellectual curiosity and their willingness to take the lead in many aspects of school life. We are delighted with their A level results, a reflection both of the strong pupil – teacher partnership and of our belief in every individual’s potential for success.”
The staff, governors, and head of Wychwood congratulate the Study II (Year 13) girls in Wychwood Sixth’s largest year group for some years on their hard work and strong academic performances, resulting in an excellent 9.3 % A* grades and 73.4% A*AB grades. They have undertaken an individual and sometimes eclectic variety of subject combinations over some 21 subjects offered and this year has been the first to have embraced the EPQ with excellent results of 25% A* and 75% A*A grades. The girls have maintained their extra-curricular and personal interests alongside their A-levels and will go on to a variety of prestigious universities to read courses that reflect their personalities and aspirations. In this very creative year group we also have girls taking art degrees and going to film school.
Headmistress Andrea Johnson said: "Those girls who have been at Wychwood for many years have gained the full advantages attendant on our small class sizes, academic rigour and personal tutoring. We are delighted with their achievements, and wish them even more success in the future. However, those girls who came into Wychwood Sixth two years ago and who have embraced our ethos and values have, in every case, outperformed expectations. We send them on their way with real pride and know that they will always value the decision they made to come to us for Sixth form."
WYCHWOOD SCHOOL – ADVANCED LEVEL RESULTS 2015
NUMBER OF PUPILS SITTING A LEVELS : 21
The % passes A* - A
The % passes A* - B
The % passes A* - E
St Mary’s School, Cambridge
St Mary's School is delighted to celebrate another excellent set of A Level results. Nationally girls tend not to select, or perform well in, STEM subjects and as the only all girls’ school in Cambridgeshire the results are testament to the success of single-sex education as a vehicle for bucking these national trends.
The all girls’ school had its first successes at Computing A Level, another new initiative for the school, with 100% of its students’ results in this subject awarded at A* - A grade. 67% of students taking Further Mathematics achieved A* to A grades, 40% of students taking Physics were awarded A* - A grades, 56% of Chemistry students achieved A* - A grades, and 47% of Biology students were awarded A* - A grades. One of the school’s top achievers, Ziping C., achieved four A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and will go on to read Chemistry at Jesus College, University of Oxford. Meanwhile her twin sister who attends Trinity School in Croydon also achieved four A*s and will be joining Ziping at University of Oxford to read Chemistry at St Catherine’s College.
Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “Our single-sex environment encourages students to pursue whichever subjects they wish; our girls are as confident in choosing Economics with English Literature as Chemistry alongside Classical Civilisation. I am incredibly proud of the excellent results achieved across a diverse range of subjects, which demonstrate our students’ consistently high performances and teachers’ expertise in different disciplines.”
St Mary’s School, Cambridge students also performed exceptionally well outside of the STEM environment, such as in our highly regarded Art and Photography departments where 80% of Art & Design students achieved A*- A grades, with 100% of Photography students achieving A* - A grades. Lara C. who studied Art, Geography and Photography achieved AAA* respectively will go on to study Photography at Norwich University of the Arts in 2016 following her gap year.
Ms Avery concluded: “As a school we are committed to investing in the whole person, not just our students’ academic abilities. Our girls’ pursuits of their passions, development of their characters and broadening of their abilities are all as important at St Mary’s School, Cambridge as their academic achievements. Thanks to this outlook, we are certain that each of this year’s A Level cohort is prepared for higher and further education, armed with knowledge and a passion for learning; equipped for the world of work with transferrable skills and the confidence to pursue the highest ambitions; and ready to find the balance of working hard, enjoying life and playing her part in the wider community.”
Loretto School is celebrating another impressive set of A-level results with 38% of the Upper Sixth gaining straight A* - A grades, 45.5% of all entries were B grade or above and 14% of the A levels were passed at A*, the second highest in the school’s history.
Dr Graham Hawley, Loretto School Headmaster, said, "I am delighted to see the results that have been achieved by this year's cohort of Lorettonians. It is a fitting tribute to the hard work of the pupils and staff alike that their efforts have paid off so successfully. These results are even more remarkable when one considers that pupils at Loretto also embrace the rich extra-curricular opportunities that are available to them. The environment enables them to grow both academically and personally and they leave us equipped for the challenges ahead of them.
We are very proud of the achievements of all our pupils. Loretto School boasts a remarkable university entry success rate with over 90% of pupils entering their choice of university.”
Loretto pupils have won places at a wide range of universities and many will be going on to the more selective universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Durham and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to read such subjects as medicine, law, international relations, engineering, physics and musical theatre.
Whilst the national picture continues to be one of uncertainty, early indications show that it has been another strong year for A Level results at Moreton Hall. 67% of grades achieved were A*, A or B with a significant number of students achieving straight As and A*s in their subjects.
The girls at Queen Margaret’s, York are celebrating the success of a truly all round education with excellent results in both arts and science subjects. We congratulate all the girls.
Queen Margaret’s School is celebrating excellent A Level results, reporting over 54% of entries achieving the highly sought after A* - A grade. 80% of the entries gained A* - B grade. This year, 28% of all girls taking A Level exams achieved three or more A* - A grades.
Congratulations to the talented UVI girls at Queen Margaret’s School who have secured places at top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, Durham, Bristol, The Royal Drawing School (London), Exeter, Liverpool and other top Russell Group Universities on a diverse range of courses including: Engineering, Art Foundation, Maths, History, Actuarial Accounting, Media and Communications, Music Management, Law and Business Management.
Queen Margaret’s Head, Jessica Miles is delighted: “We are extremely proud of all our UVI girls. Through longstanding dedication to their academic subjects and an enthusiasm for independent thought the girls have out-performed what was predicted across the spectrum. Congratulations are due to both girls and staff for their excellent achievements. We wish good luck to our girls as they embrace the future.”
Students of Scarborough College have, once again, been celebrating outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results since the worldwide release date back in early July, giving them the advantage of securing their university places at such institutions as Imperial College, Warwick, Edinburgh and York well ahead of those waiting nervously for A Levels grades. 34 students gained the full diploma which includes studying six subjects to an advanced level, including maths, a modern language and a science. Christopher North, who is going on to study economics, scored a remarkable 44 points from the maximum possible of 45 and six other students also scored a particularly noteworthy 38 points or better, considerably beyond the world average of 29.
The new headmaster of the College, Charles Ellison, said: “I am extremely proud to be taking over the reins of such a high-performing school and congratulate all the Upper Sixth students on their exceptional IB results. The College’s average university points score per pupil (UCAS points) of well over 400 is equivalent to beyond three A grades at A Level and such strong academic outcomes for our pupils have allowed them to access some of the most competitive courses in the UK and beyond, which is very satisfying for them, their parents and the College. Universities have made it clear just how keen they are to attract IB students who have proven themselves to make more accomplished and resilient undergraduates in all fields of study due to the academic rigour and breadth of the Diploma course.”
Royal Hospital School
Despite sweeping changes to the exams system and a forecasted drop in the number of top grades awarded this year, James Lockwood, Headmaster at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, Suffolk, has announced a 100% A Level pass rate and a substantial increase in the number of pupils achieving A* and A grades.
James Lockwood, Headmaster: “I am delighted to report that the 2015 A Level pass rate at the Royal Hospital School is 100%, a third of grades were A or A* and the overall percentage of A* to C grades was 80%.
An impressive 27 pupils gained the equivalent of three A grades despite media expectations that there would be a fall in the number of top grades awarded. Attention has pointed specifically to the sciences; predicting that students who took Physics, Biology and Chemistry would be ‘particularly disappointed’. This has certainly not been the case at the Royal Hospital School - the A*/A pass rate for Chemistry this year is 55% and 50% for Biology and Physics compared to the overall national average of 26% in 2014.
Our Art, Maths, History, Politics and Religious Studies departments should also be proud of their outstanding results all with more than 80% of pupils gaining A*-B grades.
This success has been down to focus and determination on the part of the pupils and the exceptional support provided by their teachers and tutors. I am very proud of all our sixth formers; both in terms of their A Level results and the life experiences and co-curricular enrichment they have gained here at RHS. The majority will go on to secure their places at some of the best UK universities including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Durham, Leeds, York, Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham and on courses as diverse as Medicine, History, Economics, English Literature, Engineering and Anthropology; many will have surpassed more than they dreamed possible.
As Headmaster, it has been my aim to unlock the full academic potential of each individual but, more importantly, to encourage every pupil to discover him or herself and make the most of the opportunities presented, so that he or she can go out into the world and make a meaningful and fulfilling contribution. With 91% of our pupils in graduate level employment within 5 years of leaving RHS, I am certain that we are providing the best possible grounding for a successful future for our young people in whatever career path they chose”.
Stamford Endowed Schools
Stamford School (boys) and Stamford High School (girls) - are again celebrating strong A’ level examination results. Overall the 194 students gained grades of A*, A, B or C in 84% of their examinations. The percentage of A*, A and B grades was a pleasing 65%. Of the 582 A-Level exams taken, 201 resulted in either A* or A grades. 30 students (about one in six of all students) gained at least three A grades.
Stephen Roberts, Principal of the Endowed Schools, said "I would like to congratulate the students on their exam results. Overall the results have been strong, particularly set against a background of changes in the A Level examination system which has led to some lower grades nationally. There were many outstanding individual performances which are the culmination of two years’ hard work. I would also like to thank the teaching staff for their professionalism and dedication. With rising university fees, students are thinking more about the benefit of university and it is very pleasing that the vast majority of our students who have applied will have gained a place at university. For those pursuing other paths, their good grades and broad education will give them a strong advantage in the job market. I wish all of our departing students every success in the next stage of their educational journey."
Key facts: %A*/A: 34.5%, %A*-C: 84.2%, %A*-E (passes):99%
The Royal School Wolverhampton
A-Level students from The Royal School Wolverhampton distinguish themselves once again in the most rigorous and facilitating subjects. A most welcome 19% of A Level grades attained are at A*/A with particularly excellent results in our STEM subjects. 33% of our students in Chemistry attained A*/A and 50% in Maths attained A*/B of which 39% are at A*/A. While in English Literature 60% attain A*/B and an amazing 100% achieved A*/A in modern foreign languages. As a non-selective school, we are very proud of these results.
In these times of high competition for the best university places, it is pleasing to note the great success The Royal students have in securing their first choice places. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that that their achievements are in the most rigorous academic subjects that the universities demand.
The Royal prides itself in its value-added grades. As a non-selective school, The Royal can celebrate the fact that its students attain at least one grade above their predicted score in each subject.
“This is excellent news, particularly at the highest end. We are extremely proud of our students, who have together achieved great results and leave us as truly well-rounded individuals. At The Royal our focus continues to be on the development of the whole person. The Royal helps young people exceed their aspirations, preparing them to take on leadership roles and succeed in a competitive global world,” said Headmaster Mr Mark Heywood.
King’s Rochester pupils have done it again! In a year when national newspapers have been anticipating a “slight drop in top grades”, King’s Sixth Formers are celebrating another year of great A level results with increases in all top grade brackets. One third of all grades at King’s are A* and A this year, 61% are top grades A*, A and B and over 80% are A* to C – from a school which is rightfully proud of its broad-ability intake.
“This has been another year of impressive achievement for King’s A level pupils”, said Jeremy Walker, Principal of this popular independent school. He continued, “One of the major strengths of King’s is our commitment to ensuring that each individual pupil obtains the results at A level to get them on to the best course in the best place for them to study their chosen subjects for their future careers. In a broad-ability school like King’s, for some this could be a place at Oxbridge, a top Russell Group university such as Durham or Bristol, or one of the newer universities offering more vocational degree courses; for some it may be a prestigious, specialist institution like the Royal College of Music or Central St Martin’s. Additionally, some may choose to be one of the small but growing number opting for an apprenticeship or training course within leading accountancy or engineering firms or similar. My hearty congratulations go to all our hardworking students and their talented staff for such an impressive set of results today. We are very proud of them all”.
In the week when new Headmaster, Rob Jones, moved into the study at Rendcomb, the College was celebrating success as A Level results were published. 36% of students attained A*-A grades – an upturn of 12.4% on last year and significantly above this year’s national average - leading outgoing Headmaster, Roland Martin to comment on the potential for success in small schools.
‘Sometimes, people make the assumption that smaller schools cannot stretch and challenge the brightest pupils as they might not have the resources to do so effectively which is of course, a fallacy. Small classes, quality teaching and learning environments and nurturing support have brought success to many students at Rendcomb. This particular cohort has benefitted from the diligent professionalism of Marina Kinson as our first Head of Sixth; she has put structures in place from which future pupils will benefit tremendously. This year’s leavers have worked hard for their results in a world where there is more pressure and more competition; they have averaged over 335 UCAS points per pupil – an increase of 27 points per pupil on last year – and I am very proud of them.’
With 61% of results at A Level returning A*-B grades (11% up on last year), there were plenty of smiles as results were compared. Twice as many A* grades were gained by this year’s Rendcomb students as last year and six students gained at least three A*/A grades. This is against a national landscape where the number of pupils being awarded the highest marks is expected to drop below 26% for the first time since the Government began efforts to halt ‘relentless’ grade inflation five years ago. Once again, students at the School leave preparing for places at the country’s top Universities including Bristol, Exeter, Loughborough and UCL.
Incoming Head, Rob Jones, was pleased to be a part of the celebration. ‘These excellent results reflect the dedication of the pupils and their terrific working relationships with staff at Rendcomb College. Students at AS Level also showed significant improvement on last year’s results with a 9% increase in A grades so there is promise of continued success for the future. The College has thrived under Roland and I look forward to joining the team and working in such a vibrant and successful community’.
Tonbridge School is celebrating another excellent set of A level results, with 76 per cent of all grades either an A* or A. A record 26 boys hold a clean sweep of A*s for all of their subjects and 58 per cent of boys hold three or more As or better. 38 per cent of all grades were A*s. The median average grades at A level for a Tonbridge student are AAAB.
37 boys holding offers for either Cambridge or Oxford Universities have achieved their place, with more likely to apply post A level.
Tonbridge School Headmaster Tim Haynes said: “Congratulations to boys and staff for their efforts in achieving these results.”
Oundle School pupils have performed outstandingly in their Sixth Form examinations, with 25% of grades awarded at A* for the second year in succession. Almost two thirds (64%) of results were graded A or better, the best performance of the last five years.
Just under half of the pupils (48%) were awarded three A grades or better and over 40 pupils achieved at least four A grades. Seven pupils scored four A* grades, with Michael Hutchinson achieving five A* grades. 40% of Cambridge Pre-U grades were awarded at D1 or D2 level (the latter equivalent to the A level A*). As a result 26 Oundelians have confirmed their places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities, the second highest figure in the last dozen years.
The Headmaster, Charles Bush, said, “Once again Oundle pupils have performed extremely well. These results represent tremendous efforts by both pupils and teachers. We are proud of these achievements and grateful for the academic leadership shown by this group of pupils during their time at School. They deserve real congratulations on their success which has set up some wonderful opportunities for their tertiary education in future. In my final year at Oundle I wish to pay tribute to the outstanding teaching that has given rise to increasingly excellent results over the last ten years. Oundle's academic credentials are particularly impressive and stand close comparison with all other co-educational schools in the UK. There is no doubt that the remarkable academic reputation and culture is as a result of the outstanding commitment and expertise of the teaching staff."
Saint Felix School
100% pass rate; with 46.3% achieving A*-A grades (up from 29.3% in 2014), 72.5% achieving A*-B grades (up from 50% in 2014) and 90% achieving A*-C grades (up from 84.1% in 2014).
"I congratulate all the A Level students who have contributed so much to Saint Felix throughout their school careers and who have now achieved the A Level grades to go to their chosen universities. We celebrate the success of Eric Li who has secured his place at Christ’s, Cambridge to read Maths with A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and top grades in the STEP papers. Almost all students have been accepted by their first choice universities." said Fran D’Alcorn, Headmistress.
Ryde School pupils are celebrating some excellent A Level results this morning. Two thirds of entries were graded as B or above with more than 40% at A* or A, with a 98% pass rate overall.
Mark Waldron, Headmaster, said, ‘as ever we are delighted to see so many of our pupils achieving excellent results after many months of hard work. Of course today is about celebrating results which remain strong despite the Government toughening things up, but it is also a time to look forward to the next stage of our pupils’ journeys. I am delighted today to know that so many of our pupils are going on to start their careers in an impressive range of subjects. A large number are off to read sciences, medicine or languages, but we also have a very impressive group leaving to equally competitive drama schools and art colleges. We are proud of all our students, their ambition, creativity and hard work.’
Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Congratulations to Sixth Form students from Lancaster Royal Grammar School who have achieved outstanding results in their A-level examinations this year. Almost half of all subject entries for the 153 Upper Sixth students were awarded A or A* grades, and almost three-quarters of all exams received grade B or above.
Head of LRGS, Dr Chris Pyle, said: “These excellent results reflect our Sixth Formers’ ambition and hard work. We are very proud of every single one of our students. They have worked hard to gain the grades that will take them onto the next stage of their futures. I am particularly delighted that so many of our students have achieved places on their first choice of very competitive university courses and on some high-quality business apprenticeships.
“Many congratulations to all our leavers. Thanks are also due to the work of LRGS staff for their exceptional teaching and support.”
Lancaster Royal Grammar School is a state boarding school for boys, aged 11-18.
Felsted pupils gained an impressive overall set of A Level results today, with 79% achieving A* to C grades and a 100% pass rate. Nearly a third of all results were at A* or A, with many students confirming their places at the country's top universities.
- 87 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2015
- 27% achieved A* and A grades
- 58% achieved A* to B grades
- 79% achieved A* to C grades
- 100% achieved A* to E grades
Headmaster Dr Mike Walker, comments “I am delighted at these results which have sustained the academic achievements of the school, and are a tribute to the hard work of all of our students, in close collaboration with teaching staff. We have seen excellent achievement resulting in the securing of places at top universities and at the same time we can boast in Max Malins of the Captain of the England U18 Rugby side against South Africa this summer, as well as a range of other exceptional achievements as diverse as a National Princess Diana Award for charity work, four students achieving MENSA membership, six students winning through to the National rounds of the UK Maths Challenge, a top six placing for a team of three students in a Global Entrepreneurial Challenge, National Finalists in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge, the Byte Design and Technology Competition, and the Schools’ Show Jumping Competition – as well as many other sporting, musical and acting successes.
In all, 160 students at Felsted have performed at or above the equivalent of National Quarter Final level and it is a great tribute to them that they have balanced excellent academic achievement with such a high level of performance elsewhere too.”
Christ College Brecon
Overall the school’s results were outstanding, with 56% of all grades at the top A* or A grades, over double the national average of 26% last year. And many of these grades were in challenging academic subjects, with 76% of all grades in Maths and Further Maths at A*/A and 83% of all grades in History at A*/A. No fewer than 20 of the 64 candidates achieved 3 As or better, and over half achieved 2 or more A grades.
Head of Christ College, Emma Taylor, commented: ‘These successes are richly deserved by this very fine group of young men and women, who mixed talent with hard work to gain such glittering rewards. Great credit is also due to our hard-working, talented and loyal staff, who put so much into launching these A level candidates into life beyond school.’
Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools
A-level pupils celebrated a glowing set of results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. The hard work and dedication of pupils and staff paid off with almost one in three students gaining all A* or A grades.
Monmouth School gained its second highest percentage of A* grades with 22.3% of all exams being awarded the coveted A* grade. 45.2% of exams were graded A* or A and four boys achieved an astonishing 4 A* grades with a further seven gaining 3A* grades. And at HMSG, 53.7% of grades were A* or A - more than double the national average and the vast majority of girls gained access to their first choice university. 79.6% of grades were A* to B.
Bishop’s Stortford College
Bishop’s Stortford College students have again excelled with A Level results that defy the national downward trend in top grades with a 100% pass rate. 57% of students achieved A*/A grades and 82% A*-B. All 10 Oxbridge candidates achieved (and in many cases surpassed) the required grades to accept their places.
Bishop's Stortford College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin, said, “I am extremely proud of the College’s 2015 A Level results; our pupils have risen to the challenge and achieved some outstanding grades. Once again 23% of our pupils gained the top A* grade and 23% achieving 2A* or more. Notable successes were Art with 55%, Maths with 41% and History with 38% of pupils achieving A*.
Our pupils have triumphantly embraced the College’s all-round educational ethos by meeting a demanding academic curriculum alongside a busy extracurricular programme. My warmest congratulations to our Upper Sixth pupils for all their hard work. My thanks also go to the academic staff for their outstanding teaching and for supporting and encouraging them to realise their potential and build confidence for life.”
Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt are celebrating another successful year of A level results today, with 85.5% of pupils achieving an A* - C and 97.7% of pupils passing their exams overall. Gresham’s pupils will leave the school this year to study a diverse and interesting range of subjects which will include Chemistry at the University of Oxford, Anthropology at University College London, Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, History and Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, English and History of Art at the University of York and Creative Music Technology at Falmouth University.
Headmaster, Douglas Robb, said, “I am immensely proud of all our pupils. The results achieved today reflect the hard work and dedication the pupils have put in over the past two years. This follows another excellent set of IB Diploma results achieved earlier in the summer. I would like to wish the Class of 2015 every happiness and success in their future studies and careers.”
Bethany is incredibly proud of its Year 13 pupils, who are celebrating an excellent set of examination results today with a 99% pass rate. Many of our pupils are delighted to be going on to their preferred choice of university including a range of Russell Group universities.
This is a reflection of the hard work of our youngsters and the dedicated staff of the School who enable our pupils to achieve their individual best. Francie Healy, Headmaster, comments:
“Our focus on the individual has yet again been reflected in the range of opportunities and achievements secured by our pupils today. This has been made possible by our dual approach of support and challenge, encouraging pupils to both persist and demonstrate resilience in setting and achieving their individual goals. I would like to thank our dedicated and hardworking staff who have made this possible. It is a great honour and a privilege to observe such growth in character and accomplishment and I wish our pupils continued success and happiness.”
With an overall pass rate of 99.2%, the highest for five years, Warminster pupils have cause to celebrate today as they reap the rewards for their hard work. They can be particularly satisfied to have achieved so highly in the face of the evolution of an increasingly rigorous A Level exam system in recent years.
Combined with the pass rate achieved by IB pupils, Warminster upper sixth formers have achieved an average of 340 university entry points, which is the equivalent of AAB at A Level. The excellent results mean that the great majority of the leavers of 2015 have, despite tough competition at the top universities this year, secured their place at their first-choice universities. The School wishes them every success with their future studies.
Headmaster, Mark Mortimer applauded both pupils and staff for their hard work and dedication. “I congratulate the pupils on their A Level and IB results; I am particularly pleased that the great majority have got into their first-choice university and also that most of the pupils have achieved their full potential in their examinations. This is testament to their hard work and likewise that of the teachers at the School.”
Sexey’s School’s students are once again celebrating outstanding A Levels results today. The trend of a 100% pass rate in all subjects continues to be achieved. 34% of students achieved A*-A grades, 65% achieved A*-B and 86% achieved A*-C, which are well above the national average and mark the highest A*-A grades achieved at Sexey’s School in the last three years.
Commenting, Head Master Mr. Irfan Latif said, “Exam results can never be the sole goal of education, but they are one helpful indication to compare national standards. Once again I would like to congratulate our students and staff on another outstanding year of A Level results, above national average. Our students’ record-breaking achievements are a testament to the expectations and high aspirations we have for them at Sexey’s. Moreover, in achieving and exceeding their own personal targets, they have a positive future ahead of them, both at university and in industry”.
Mrs. Linda Nixon, Assistant Head - Director of Sixth Form, added, “The students have worked so hard to achieve another year of excellent results, with the most A*-A grades that we have seen in several years. I would like to add my congratulations to them for their achievements, and to thank their families for their encouragement, and all our staff for their academic guidance. The provision for A Level at Sexey’s enables students to achieve their maximum potential in a supportive and caring environment. We are delighted that our students now have the opportunities to continue their studies at some of the most selective universities or enter a competitive employment market with a strong academic foundation”.
Giggleswick School is celebrating its best A-level results since 2011, with a 100% pass rate, a 75% increase in students achieving A*s and all three of our students (Catherine Mills, Pembroke College Chemistry, Miriam Lord, Lady Margaret Hall Natural Sciences and Kim Wen, Engineering Lincoln College) with Oxford offers have achieved the required grades.
A* to B grades have increased by 9% this year and with average UCAS points of 319, translating to an A and 2Bs across the year group, there is a fantastic choice of leading university options open to our students. In the creative arts, all our Theatre Studies students achieved A* to B grades, with half of the group achieving A*s and four of our talented young musicians ready to take up offers to pursue their music studies at University.
Other successes include the crop of 17 A levels, including 10 A*s, achieved by the five girls who joined Giggleswick’s Sixth Form in 2013 following the closure of Casterton School, Kirkby Lonsdale.
“Giggleswick is proud of its reputation for nurturing such a broad range of talents and success among its pupils and we are delighted to see this truly reflected in both the impressive results and destinations of our A level students this year,” says Headmaster, Mark Turnbull.
Malvern St James Girls’ School
Malvern St James Girls’ School announces an excellent set of A Level results and an outstanding university destination list achieved by its Year 13 students.
In September, 4 girls of the 62 strong cohort will take up places at universities ranked in the Top 5 in the world (as rated by the QS World University Rankings); while a total of 16 will go on to Top 10 UK-ranked institutions. Three more will read Medicine and two will go on to prestigious Art Colleges. Overall three quarters of girls have got into their first choice university or course. The list of courses is as diverse as it is long; with over 40% of the cohort getting into their first choice to read STEM related subjects; and this sitting alongside Arts and Language degrees and traditional choices such as Law and Accountancy.
Of the A Levels grades which have delivered this prestigious list, 21% are A*, 79% are A*-B, and overall the pass rate is 98%. Nine girls achieved straight A* and A grades, with one student achieving straight A*s in all four A Level subjects. Some particular subjects stood out in particular, with Latin (again) and Extra Curricular Languages achieving A* and A across the board for all candidates. There is a similar picture for the PE BTech which for the second year running achieved a clean sweep of A* Distinctions for all candidates. Geography, Art and Religious Studies achieved 100% A*-B grades. In their EPQs, 90% of girls achieved A*-B. This could be a vital statistic for some, as some universities may use them to distinguish between students with like-for-like A Level grades.
2015 has seen Sixth Form students from Sibford School near Banbury gaining top A Level grades across a broad range of subject areas. A* and A grades have been achieved in Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, English, French, History, Maths, Further Maths, Music, Philosophy & Ethics, Physics and Russian.
Michael Goodwin, Head of Sibford School, said: “Our prospectus states that we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which reflects the view that while some students may have a talent for mathematics, science or history, others may be gifted in the arts, horticulture or sport.
“This year's A Level results illustrate precisely this. For example, student Myles Atherstone achieved A grades in Chemistry and Physics and a B in Maths. Meanwhile, Joe Slatter gained an A* in Art (coincidentally one of his pieces was a portrait of Myles!), a B in Design & Technology and a Distinction* (the equivalent of an A* at A Level) in his Level 3 Countryside Management course.”
St Peter's School, York
Pupils at St Peter’s School in York are celebrating their A-Level results, after a quarter of all exams were passed at the highest possible grade.
24.1% of passes were at A*, an increase from 22% in 2014. Overall, 56.7% of exams at St Peter’s were passed at A* or A, up from 54.6% a year ago.
Leo Winkley, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “'This is our largest ever cohort of A-Level candidates at St Peter's and we are all delighted that they have achieved such an astonishing set of exam results. It's a great relief, given all the concern over the quality of exam marking, to see the hard work of pupils and teachers being rewarded fairly. Whilst there remain one or two individual anomalies that we are closely scrutinising, the overwhelming feeling at St Peter's is that the pupils have been able to show what they can do. They have achieved remarkable results for themselves, and made their parents and teachers very proud indeed.
“All we can ask that our children work hard and give all that they can. There are so many stories of individual triumph, both at the very top end and also with those who have been inspired to achieve well above expectations.
“It is worth remembering that this impressive crop of exam results is just one indicator of what this excellent year group has achieved. I know that all my colleagues have taken genuine pleasure in teaching and looking after them. Many have travelled through the school from the age of three and, as we celebrate this excellent harvest of exam results, we wish them all the very best for a bright future.”
Sixth Form students from Bede’s achieved the best A Level grades in the School’s history today with 77% of results graded at A*-B and 49% of grades at A* or A.
Declared in the top 1% of schools nationally for Value Added at A Level earlier in 2015, Bede’s has seen significant improvements in Sixth Form attainment over the last six years – up from 63% A*-B in 2010 – with records set across a range of academic departments in 2015 including Maths, Art and English where more than 60% of all grades were at A* or A.
Bede’s Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney said of the results, “We are all absolutely delighted that Bede’s pupils have achieved such outstanding A Level results this year. Their success – comfortably the best in the School’s history – represents all that is good about our school. Our pupils' contributions have been manifold in so many areas of school life and their academic achievements are just reward for their commitment and hard work.”
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School
Some 39 students in Year 13 were entered for more than 25 different A Level and BTEC courses, with 97.4% passing two or more A Levels.
Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal stated: “These excellent A Level results demonstrate how students can study at a very high level and also participate fully in sport, combined cadet force, ceremonial and other social activities. This special combination develops superb qualities of character and resilience. I am very proud of all the students, and of the teachers who have helped them achieve these results.”
Head of Sixth Form, Patrick Barber said: “While the results reflect solid hard work and commitment, I am pleased with all of the achievements of our students regardless of their ability because they have met their individual challenges and targets set throughout their courses. We are now working hard to ensure that the students are well supported as they finalise their university, employment or military career plans.”
New Hall School
Sixth form students from New Hall School are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results. Many of them have gained a place to study at their first choice university, including three students having their places at the University of Cambridge confirmed.
The 2015 A Level grades build on the excellent results seen in previous years and continue the theme with a 100% success rate. This year, 50% of grades were at A*-A, 80% of grades were at A*-B and 94% at A*-C. 12 students, this year, gained four A*-A grades..
Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said “We are incredibly proud of all our students’ successes and it is wonderful to see their excitement today after all their hard work. We are delighted to hear that so many students have secured places at their first choice universities to read competitive subjects including Medicine, History and Engineering.”
Head of Sixth Form, James Alderson, said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate with our students today. The impressive results achieved are a great reward for the hard work of all students. We wish them every success in their continued studies and future careers.”
Queen’s College Taunton
Queen’s College Taunton is celebrating another very good year of A-Level results. All students who applied for Oxbridge were able to accept their places and almost every student gained a place at their chosen university.
17 students achieved straight A*s and As and an impressive 72% of papers were graded A*- B, enabling the vast majority of students to access top universities.
Head master Chris Alcock said; ‘’These are extremely pleasing results reflect excellent teaching and are a tribute to some exceptional work on the part of our students. We wish them well as they prepare to embark upon a diverse range of educational courses and career paths.‘’
Truro School has achieved its best A Level results in four years with 77% of all exams graded A*, A or B, an increase on last year’s 73%. The school also achieved an average 99.7% pass rate with over half of all exams graded A* or A standard.
As the students arrived on Thursday morning for the last time at the school’s Sixth Form Centre, there were plenty of smiles and individual successes to celebrate.
Andrew Gordon-Brown, Headmaster of Truro School commented, “I am so proud of our students who are celebrating some very impressive exam results. Of particular note is Truro School's continued success in bucking national trends with excellence in science and modern language results. In Physics and Geology over two thirds of grades were at A* or A, and in French, German and Spanish, the department was rewarded with over 80% A*-A grades. These successes should not detract from our impressive results in the arts and humanities, with History and English Literature each receiving 88% grades at A*-B and all Music candidates achieving grades at this standard. Our excellent teachers also deserve many thanks because part of the success in all subjects this year stems from our rigorous tracking, monitoring and intervention process guided by our strong pastoral and academic team.”
Badminton School is delighted with the A2 grades achieved by its pupils this year, with over 86% of all grades awarded being A* - B.
Mr Stuart Dalley, Director of Studies at Badminton said; “I am very pleased with our pupils’ strong results in light of recent press commentary on more rigorous exam procedures and the tightening up on the awarding of top grades.”
Mrs Rebecca Tear, Headmistress said; “I am delighted that the achievements of the individual pupils have rewarded their sustained hard work. The teachers and pastoral team at Badminton endeavour to facilitate each girl’s aspirations and the collective academic success of this cohort reflects the staff’s enthusiasm and expert guidance. I am extremely proud of the girls and the School.”
St John’s College
A Level students achieved an improved overall pass rate of 98% (97% in 2014), with A* - C grades at 62%. Among the class of 57 students the vast majority have successfully secured a place at their first choice university.
Head of the Senior School Mr Tim Bayley, who has just completed his first year as Head, comments. “I am pleased to see an improvement in our overall pass rate and delighted that so many of our students secured a place at their first choice university. It is our aim, as a non-selective school, to make sure our students get the most out of their time here and I am particularly delighted with our value added for this year group. We work closely with our students to ensure they are suitably supported and challenged and well-prepared for their next steps.”
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College have been celebrating after achieving excellent A Level results, with an outstanding A* to B rate of 91.9%.
A total of 65 girls were awarded three or more A* or A grades (over 50% of all those sitting A levels) with 18 girls achieving three or more A* grades. Twenty six girls completed Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) of which 19 were at A*; topics ranged from law and politics to biology and theology.
Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “We are enormously proud of the girls and staff, whose hard work and inspiration has enabled these fantastic results.”
Many pupils have secured places and scholarships at internationally leading UK and US universities to study a variety of courses. These include girls going on to study Medicine, Chemical Engineering, English Literature and Architecture at Cambridge, and Chemistry, Medicine, History, French and Chinese at Oxford, as well as Liberal Arts at Stamford, NYU, George Washington and Duke in USA.
In addition to the 127 girls who sat A Levels, 34 pupils received outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results last month, for which the average points score was 39.8 and the pass rate was 100%. One CLC pupil, Catherine Song, achieved the maximum possible score of 45, which awarded to only 208 of the 67,000 IB students globally last year.
Number of students who sat A Levels
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The Royal School
The Royal School has significantly exceeded the national average by securing another year of excellent A Level grades. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, and in the face of the number of students nationally gaining the top grades at a new low, these results reinforce The Royal School's reputation of consistent high achievement, year-on-year, and very strong value-added at A Level.
- 14.3% of A levels taken were awarded the A* grade, nearly double the national average of 8.2%
- 48.2% were graded A*-A compared to a national average of 25.9%
- 75% were graded A*-B compared to a national average of 52.8%
- 90.2% were graded A*-C compared to a national average of 77.3%
- Pass rate was 100%.
Outgoing Royal School Principal, Mrs Taylor-Gooby, commented: “Today’s A Level students work in a culture which has become increasingly stressful. These results reflect years of hard work by both students and staff but also the value of an affirmative, wide-ranging education where the connection between emotional well-being and academic achievement is thoroughly understood.”
Pupils and teachers at Dauntsey’s are today celebrating another year of excellent A Level results, with 81.4% A*/A/B grades. Over 50% of some 400 subject entries were awarded A* or A.
The Head Master, Mark Lascelles, said that he was delighted to see the hard work of so many pupils and staff being rewarded with such fine results. He also offered his congratulations to the parents of the pupils and thanked them for their support and encouragement throughout their children’s time at Dauntsey’s.
A-Level Results for last 3 years
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Leweston School, Sherborne, is celebrating excellent A Level results. Sixth Form girls achieved a 100% pass rate with 92% of the exams passed at grade A* to C or Pre-U equivalent and 77% at A* to B or Pre-U equivalent. 63% of the results were passed at A* or A grades or Pre-U equivalent, more than double the national average of 26%. Average UCAS points per candidate were 372, the equivalent of over three A grades per candidate.
These results have enabled almost all Leweston’s leavers to win places at their chosen universities or specialist colleges. The outstanding achiever was Alina P with 3 A* and 3 A grades who will read Natural Sciences at University College London. Many girls are going on to the more selective institutions including Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, St. Andrews and University College London to study degrees such as Accounting, Architecture, Economics, English, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Philosophy and Politics, Psychology and Theology.
Retiring Headmaster Adrian Aylward said “I am delighted with what is another strong set of results at Leweston across the whole ability range further building on our record of success. These outstanding achievements pay testament to the hard work of the pupils and the work ethic of the school. These girls should be justifiably proud of their success and they will undoubtedly continue to thrive in their further studies.”
Mrs Reynolds, Leweston’s new Head added that she is “thrilled that the girls’ and teachers’ hard work and aspirational attitudes have been rewarded.”
Bromsgrove School has maintained its impressive average of recent years with pupils achieving 85% A*- B grades. Of its 174 A level students, 10 scored more than 5 A grades, 25 gained more than 4 A grades and a third of students scored at least 3 A grades. This comes against the backdrop of a nationwide drop in top grade A level passes.
Headmaster Peter Clague said he is very proud of the maintenance of such high levels of academic success in light of the national tightening of standards. He commented, “Rigour builds trust in our qualifications system and it is particularly pleasing that students continue to excel in a more challenging regime”.
Exactly 200 Upper Sixth Formers at Bromsgrove School took 700 qualifications this Summer, ranging from A level to IB Diploma and BTEC. Over 60% of overall qualifications achieved an A* or A grade equivalent. 27% of all exam entries achieved the challenging A* grade, whilst 85% scored at least a B grade.
St Mary’s Shaftesbury
The girls and staff at St Mary’s Shaftesbury are celebrating the best ever results with 83% achieving A*-B and 20% A* against a background of fewer top grades being awarded nationally. St Mary’s is a school that provides outstanding teaching and when combined with a year group of intelligent, talented and motivated students who are individually nurtured, the outcome is a very happy A-Level results day!
Headmaster Richard James says, “I am extremely proud of the achievements of our Upper Sixth leavers and delighted that the girls are going to such a great mix of first class universities including Oxbridge. The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects including languages, sciences, philosophy, politics and economics and our musicians and artists are also celebrating entry to top music and art colleges around the country”.
St Mary’s girls show dedication and commitment to every aspect of school life and these excellent results are a clear indication of how hard they have worked in order to ensure the best possible start when they leave school.
Richard James added, “I am delighted that the academic reputation of St Mary’s continues whilst allowing those with exceptional ability in the creative and performing arts to pursue their special talents. I am succeeded as Head in January by Mrs Mary Arnal, not only an academic herself but a lady of great faith with huge experience and a real commitment to independent education for girls. She joins me in congratulating the girls and is very excited about taking the school forward with this secure foundation of achievement”.
Girls from Year 13 have been receiving their results today and here are some of our result highlights.
Three talented Art pupils, already in receipt of unconditional offers to read Art, gained A*; A* and A grades in their Art A level. All three are taking up their places at the prestigious Central Saint Martin's; Glasgow School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Olayemi Greene, 17 years old is delighted to have achieved an A* and 2 A grades and has accepted a place to read Modern Languages at Durham University.
Lucy Marsh, aged 18 from Kingscote, Gloucestershire is going to her first choice University to read Music at Cardiff. The talented singer and musician currently plays flute to Grade 6 standard as well as holding a Grade 8 certificate in singing. She follows in her sister Alice's footsteps as she also went to Cardiff University and has recently graduated with a 1st in Archaeology and Ancient History. Charlotte Whitham, 18yrs, from Churchdown, Gloucester is also delighted to be taking up her first choice place to read Geography at Plymouth.
Two girls accepted places to go to the Royal Agriculture University in Cirencester, Phoebe Lowes and Tilly White, and both are excited to be furthering their knowledge of the countryside and rural affairs at the RAU. They will also be joined by Molly Prince who will read Business.
Headmistress Natasha Dangerfield said 'The girls have achieved well across the board and these are very solid results. They will also take with them the whole experience they have had here at Westonbirt and we wish them all the best of luck in their future chosen paths.'
Overall results were 8% A*; 17% A*-A and 44% A*-B grades with the majority of girls going on to their first choice of University.
At A Level, 93.8% of entries achieved A* to B, an improvement of 5.7% compared to 2014. 98.44% achieved A* to C, and 100% achieved A* to E. In AS examinations, 81.1% of entries gained A or B grades, and 98.6% achieved A to E.
At A Level, five boys achieved five A*s. Matthew Hankins from Caversham, who achieved A*s in Mathematics, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History, and Latin, is going to study Biochemistry at New College Oxford in the autumn. He recently won a silver medal whilst representing the UK at the International Biology Olympiad in Denmark.
Kieran Toms from Kidmore End, John Richardson from Lower Earley, Dan Mead and Roy Zhang, both from Wokingham, also gained five A*s. Kieran and Roy are both going to study Medicine at Cambridge University. John and Dan are both going to Oxford. John will study Economics and Management at Keble College, while Dan will read History and Economics at St John’s College.
Aleksandr Stepanyan from Whitley is also heading for Oxford, where he will read Law at St Hugh’s College. Aleks was part of the Reading School team who represented the UK at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Competition in Hong Kong at Easter.
Our boarding students also did well at A Level. Amongst them, Paddy Byfield gained A* in Economics, English Language and Literature, and Geography, and Charlie Taylor achieved an A* in Biology and As in Chemistry, Drama and Geography. Charlie is a keen cyclist, and recently won the 2015 British Schools Cycling Association National Hill Climb at Ditcham Park in Petersfield.
Headmaster, Ashley Robson says: “All of the pupils should be congratulated for the outstanding A Level results achieved this year. These represent our second highest results ever at A Level, an improvement of 5.7% compared to 2014.
Undoubtedly, this excellent performance is a result of resilience, commitment and character demonstrated over the last two years. In addition, it is also the consequence of first rate teaching by subject teachers and pastoral support of the superb sixth form team, led by Mr Tim Harris, Deputy Headmaster, Mrs Fran Smith, Head of Year 13 and Miss Sarah Drummond, Head of Year 12.
Furthermore, it is important to acknowledge the leadership demonstrated by the governing body, especially the Chair of Governors, Mr Bob Kenwrick, in ensuring that there is the necessary support and challenge evident in order to enable our pupils to achieve their academic potential. Significantly, the success has also been shaped by the support of parents through the two year course.
We wish all of our pupils well in the next phase of their lives. Importantly, the positive set of AS results achieved by our Year 12 pupils certainly augers well for the future.”
Ratcliffe College is delighted with its outstanding ‘A’ Level results. Earlier this year, the College was awarded ‘Excellent’ in all categories by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and the ‘A’ Level data has reinforced the Inspectors’ comments that the attainment of the students across all external examinations is excellent. An impressive 6% of our Year 13 students gained entry into Oxford University and 19% scored A*AA or better. The College provides for a wide range of abilities and yet there was a 100% pass rate at ‘A’ Level with 75% of all grades being A*-B, the best
in the history of the College, with 40% of all grades being A or A*. The overwhelming majority of students have secured their First Choice University.
Headmaster, Mr Gareth Lloyd, commented: “Our current Year 13 students have been exemplary in every way; I am so proud of them. They have worked extremely hard to access exciting and fulfilling opportunities after school; they have played hard in a fantastic variety of extra-curricular activities, especially sport, music and drama; and most importantly, they have looked after each other and others both within the School community and beyond. I am delighted that their exemplary work ethic has been rewarded with demonstrable academic success.”
- Number of students entered: 64
- Percentage passed with A* to E grades: 100%
- Percentage passed with A* to C grades: 89%
- Percentage with A* to B grades 75%
- Percentage of grades A or better 40%
Royal Alexandra and Albert School
The hard work has paid off for Sixth Formers at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. Today they received their results and many students exceeded expectations. The majority have secured a place at their first or second choice university with others planning a gap year or going straight into employment.
25% of results were graded A*-A, and 53% of results were awarded grades A*-B. There were some excellent results in specific subject areas with students who took History, Maths, Sociology and French doing particularly well.
Head of Sixth Form, Kate Ross, says “I am very pleased with the results today. Students worked hard and should be proud of what they have achieved. I was confident they would do well as they really focused on their studies, produced excellent coursework and were supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers.”
Clifton College’s class of 2015 receive the best A Level results ever, with 82% of pupils gaining A* to B and 55% of pupils gaining A* to A grades.
Girls have done particularly well, achieving 88% A* to B grades, whilst an impressive 30% of all pupils gained grades that were only A*s and As. In total, 17 Clifton College pupils have gained places at Oxford or Cambridge University.
Head of College Mark Moore says ‘We are immensely proud of all our pupils, and these outstanding result are testament their hard work and dedication. We wish them all a fantastic onward journey’.
Loughborough Grammar School
“These are very good results for this Year 13 which has maintained the Grammar School tradition of gaining top grades in what are regarded as the hardest subjects. Acceptance on the top courses in the country should be straightforward for most of our boys and a very high proportion will be heading for Russell Group or equivalent Universities.” Paul Fisher - Headmaster
The most number of A*s was six gained by Kelvin Leung who was awarded them in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics , Further Mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification together with an A in Chinese. Kelvin, whose home is in Hong Kong, joined the school as a boarder in 2011 and is torn between reading Mathematics and Medicine.
Those charged with leading the school during the past year did not allow their duties to affect their academics studies, the Head Boy, Henry Throp (whose brother Will was Head Boy two years ago) and his three Deputies, Angus Rogers, Rayyan Ahmed, and Andrew Russell amassing 8 A*s and 7 A grades between them and succeeding in getting to their first choice universities – Henry to Imperial to read Physics, Angus to Edinburgh to read Geography and Rayyan and Andrew to read Medicine at Bristol and Birmingham respectively.
In the light of the perceived difficulty of the subject, Alexander Brown ‘s achievements in Modern Languages was especially outstanding with A*s in French and Spanish and an A in German. Of equal note is that of Edward Burnett (now heading to Oxford to read Archaeology and Anthropology) who gained A*s in Biology, English and Mathematics together with an A* in the Extended Project Qualification and that of Arjun Lakhani (also heading to Oxford but to read Medicine) who achieved the same number of A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and As in Spanish and the EPQ.
In all, ten boys will being going on to read medicine this year, amongst whom is Patrick Ashby who also gained an A* in the EPQ to add to his A* and As in Biology, French and Chemistry.
The overall picture
- 45% A*- A grades
- Over two-thirds of all grades A*-B
- 20 boys achieved 2 A*s or better
- 10 boys achieved 3 A*s or better
Woldingham School is delighted with its A2 results this year, attaining a 100% pass rate overall. 22.4% of the grades were A*, with almost 58% of the grades achieved at A* and A, resulting in a 2% improvement on last year.
We are thrilled that 10 girls achieved a stunning three A* grades or more with Lucia Keijer-Palau attaining a fantastic four A* grades. Lucia will be going to Cambridge University to read History. 24 girls achieved straight A* and A grades and eight girls from this cohort will be starting at Oxford and Cambridge in the autumn reading a variety of subjects including Modern Foreign Languages, History, Theology and Architecture.
The results for subjects including Economics, Further Mathematics, English Literature, Politics, RS and Spanish have exceeded all expectations with each department accomplishing over at least 80% of grades at A* and A. 21 of the 26 girls who sat Economics A Level achieved A* or A grades, with 10 of these at A* - perhaps we will see some of these students running the British Economy in the future!
Seven students in Upper Sixth entered for the Extended Project Qualification and we are thrilled with the six A* grades and one A grade awarded to them.
The Headmistress, Jayne Triffitt, said ‘I am very proud indeed of the A2 and AS results this year. I know how incredibly hard the girls and the staff work at this school and how remarkable these results are for the individual girls. I would like to pay tribute to everyone – teachers, pastoral staff and parents – who has supported the girls in achieving this success.’
SIXTH FORMERS at Barnard Castle School in County Durham celebrated with parents, friends and teachers as they picked up their results this morning.
Sixty-nine students received the grades they have been anxiously waiting and wishing for with ten of the upper sixth form students boasting a string of A’s or A*s.
Traditional AS and A level results were received alongside equivalent Pre-U (Pre-University) and EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) grades, both qualifications which the school introduced in the last decade. Over half of the school’s students who undertook EPQ’s achieved A*s.
Alan Stevens, head teacher at Barnard Castle School said: “There has been a buzzing atmosphere at the school this morning. We offer breakfast to pupils and parents on results day and they didn’t start eating until their results had been opened, friends and family had been called and their appetites had returned - it takes a lot to put an 18 year old male off his breakfast. We’re really proud of our pupils and wish them every success in the future.”
Jonathan Taylor, Principal, commented: ‘In key areas our results are record-breaking, with the numbers of A* and A grades being especially pleasing. We are absolutely delighted to have a record overall pass rate and 35% of grades were awarded as A*/A. 8 students achieved 3 or more A* grades and 60 students achieved at least 2 A grades. I would like to congratulate all of our students on their excellent achievements”
Matilda Curzon, Year 13 gained 4 A* today in English Literature, French, History and Mathematics which means she has successfully gained her place at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, studying Modern and Medieval Languages. She said “I’ve always loved learning languages and I am really excited to start my degree in September. Thank you Wymondham College for all your support”. Well done Matilda! A brilliant achievement.
Jali Packer in Year 12 was another high achiever. Jali gained 3 A grades in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. He gained these grades while competing with his cycling team Strada Sports, in the Eastern Road League with which they finished in 1st place and now qualify to go on to the Junior International tour in Wales later on in the year. It takes exceptional determination and hard work not only to excel in a sport but to also achieve the fantastic results he got today. He says “I am looking forward to studying for my A Levels and know that I can achieve good grades next year. I am hoping to go on to study a degree in Psychology at Oxford University once I have finished my final year at Wymondham College”.
Ken Glover, Director of Sixth Form, added “The high standard of our results, with so many students gaining top grades in tough academic subjects, means that more students than ever look to be heading for top universities this year and we are delighted that so many fantastic young men and women have set themselves up for wonderful futures. On a day when people naturally talk about grades it is even more important to remember that exams are fundamentally about setting young men and women up for their future life and we are thrilled that so many terrific young people are now facing fantastic lives out in the world.”
From Strength to Strength at the Wellington Academy
Another year, another set of record A Level results at the Wellington Academy, this time absolutely smashing their previous best. The percentage of A*-A grades have gone up from 11% to 27%, and A*-B grades have jumped from 27% last year, to 47%, and our students have achieved on average the equivalent of BCC . Head of 6th form, David Maxwell, is rightly ecstatic with the figures, “Grades like this change lives, there is no doubt. We have been very clear with the students about how to maximise their potential, and they have more than risen to the challenge. It is not an easy journey; students have to sacrifice a lot in terms of their personal time, and are often juggling their studies around paid work, but this just shows what is possible with the right attitude, a supportive environment and an aspirational outlook.”
Top achievers included Head Girl, Alix Williams, who achieved A*A*A in Politics, Economics and Maths, as well as an A* in her Extended Project. She is deferring her place at university and will take up an internship at our sister school Wellington College, Shanghai, in January, along with Dan Reynolds who also managed A*A*A, and Grace Connor who achieved A*AA. Head Boy, Matt Bates, achieved AAAB in English Language, History, Psychology and Media Studies, and is going to Birmingham University to read English Language. George Tucker secured a place at Manchester University to study Architecture with A*AA in Physics, Maths and Chemistry while Katie Whyte and Faye Radford head to Southampton and Plymouth with ABB grades to read International Relations and Psychology.
Executive Principal, Mike Milner said “The students and staff deserve praise for these results, easily the best in our history. We are a great local choice for 6th Form, with impressive academic performance matched with a broad and inclusive curriculum and outstanding facilities. The Academy has been on a remarkable improvement journey since I took over as Principal in late 2013, and these results show how ambition and hard work can lead to outstanding results.”
Cranbrook School is celebrating a bumper crop of GCSE and A-level results this year. Along with other SBSA schools it has turned in some table-topping performances.
A2 results breakdown (2014 in brackets):
A* = 13% (8.6%) - school record
A*-B = 76% (69.2%) - second best ever
A*-E = 99.1%
Our three year average of A*-B grades at A2 level is now at 75%. Our ALPS value added rating is now at 2 – also a school record.