2019 A Level Results
15th August 2019

A Level Results from Gordon's School

The hard work, sacrifice and dedication has paid off. Once again A-Level students from Gordon’s School, Surrey have excelled with a 100 per cent pass rate, in which 93 per cent of entries were graded A* - C.

Students from the non-selective, co-educational boarding school in West End, which is in the top one per cent of the country for progress at A-Level, notched up:

36% of entries were graded A* - A 
72% of entries were graded A* - B 
93% of entries were graded A* - C 

Among the delighted A-Level students opening their envelopes was Hana Godfrey who earned a place at Cambridge with her A*s in Biology and Chemistry and an A in Maths.

For Hana, her place at Peterhouse College fulfils a long-held ambition to study there. Since joining Gordon’s as a residential boarder aged 11, she has been part of the Oxbridge Group at the school. She enthused: “My heart was set on Cambridge”.

Hana will read Biological Natural Sciences at Peterhouse. But the 18 year old is no stranger to the college, the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, having been awarded the Peterhouse Kelvin Science Prize last year for her essay on ‘Why are some molecules so poisonous?’. Applicants for the award had to write their essay about a subject they had not previously, or were not currently studying as part of their sixth form work.

Andrew Moss, Head Teacher of Gordon’s said: “Congratulations to our students and staff for their hard work and commitment in achieving another set of superb results.”


A-level success for multi-faceted St Swithun’s girls

U6 girls at St Swithun’s again earned successful A-level results this year. 86% of A levels were graded A* to B against a national backdrop of a decline in top grades to the lowest level since 2007. 44% of girls achieved AAA or higher and 59% AAB or better.

100% of A level results were graded A* to B in the nine individual subjects of Classical civilisation, economics, French, further mathematics, German, Greek, Latin, history and Spanish, and all seven girls taking Cambridge Pre-U in art history gained Distinction grades, equivalent to A* and A, two of whom gained grade D1, which is above A* at A level.

In addition, all the pupils who undertook the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) gained A* to B grades, with 86% at A* and A. The EPQ is equivalent to half an A level and is held in high esteem by universities for the skills of self-directed, independent study that it cultivates.

Impressively, when data from baseline testing is taken into account girls from St Swithun’s achieve a half a grade higher at A level than predicted, with 48% of all U6 results at least one grade higher.

This year’s leavers have earned places at a wide range of top universities, including Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, King’s College London, Liverpool, LSE, Nottingham, Queen Mary London, St Andrews, Southampton, UCL, Warwick and York to study a remarkably diverse set of degree courses, including architecture, ancient history, art history, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, economics and management, education with psychology, engineering design, English literature, English and modern languages, French and Russian, geography, German, history, international relations, law, marine biology, management, medicine, music, natural sciences, physics and philosophy, psychology, social policy and politics, sociology, Spanish, sustainable development and veterinary science.

The headmistress, Jane Gandee, commented, “This year’s leavers are a multi-talented group who have achieved academically and, importantly, contributed so much more to St Swithun’s and the wider community. They have led by example not just in the classroom but in all parts of school life, including dramatic, musical and sporting pursuits. They have also  spearheaded fundraising and volunteering efforts which this year has seen the school community raise over £14,000 for charity and dedicate over 1,700 hours to volunteering through the Duke of Edinburgh programme alone. We are proud of all their accomplishments, supported by our dedicated team of expert teachers, and wish them well in all the fantastic opportunities that are now open to them.” 



In the third year of the reformed A Levels and in a context of a nationally challenging picture, Lancing College is delighted to report another strong set of results and success for many pupils. Thirteen of this year’s Upper Sixth scored a clean sweep of all A Levels at A grade or better, and 82 candidates scored two or more A*s, As or B grades in their A Levels.

Other highlights include:

  • All of our candidates for Oxford and Cambridge will be taking up their places, in subjects as diverse as Modern Languages, Engineering, Mathematics and History.
  • 87% of Further Mathematics passes were at A or A* grade. For well over a decade, the Department has sent at least one candidate from Lancing to study the subject at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • 80% of candidates for German, 86% of candidates for French and 100% of candidates for Italian scored A*-A grades, marking the College as a particular proponent of outstanding teaching of modern European languages. Across all modern languages taken at Lancing, the A*-B pass rate is 93%, a striking success in a diverse and cosmopolitan boarding school.
  • Five students from this year’s application cycle will go on to study Medicine at university including one of this year’s two Head Girls, Lydia Brown.
  • Biomedical and life sciences continue to be popular with 11 students going on to study the subject at some extremely competitive universities including Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and Nottingham.
  • All students taking the Extended Project Qualification scored A* or A grades, testament to the great value placed on independence of thought at Lancing rather than simply ‘teaching to the test’.
  • Economics, Business and related disciplines also remain a very strong and well-performing speciality of the College with a very wide range of students going on to study this subject area at universities as diverse as the London School of Economics, Warwick, Cardiff, Exeter and Nottingham.
  • Everyone in our Sports BTEC programme gained the equivalent of A* or A grades.
  • The average UCAS points score of our candidates equates to equivalent of above AAB at A Level, meaning that our students compete for places at some of the best universities in the UK and around the world.

Commenting on the results Dominic Oliver, Head Master said: ’I am delighted at the results this year; Lancing’s young men and women alike have continued to respond impressively to the changing demands of the A Level system. We have again seen supremely positive results from those who joined us just for the Sixth Form as well as those who have been at Lancing since the age of 13.

The Sixth Form at Lancing provides a final two years of scholarship and intellectual stimulation where pupils learn with real enthusiasm and with the expert support of experienced teachers and tutors. The breadth and personalised approach of our Sixth Form offer means that we can support and extend the individual talents and aspirations of all of our pupils.’

Pupil success stories:

Mary Banfield of Worthing, West Sussex, leaves Lancing with AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Religious studies in order to go to Edinburgh University to study Medicine. A school prefect who has been at both Lancing Prep Hove and Lancing College, Mary has been a stalwart of Lancing’s Medical Society which has prepared an impressive array of students for medical, veterinary and related courses.

Lydia Brown of Ditchling, West Sussex, leaves Lancing with A*s in Biology and Mathematics along with an A grade in Chemistry in order to study Medicine at Sheffield University. As Head of School who has been at both Lancing Prep Hove and Lancing College, Lydia has been an outstanding ambassador for the school and a stalwart of Lancing’s Medical Society which has prepared an impressive array of students for medical, veterinary and related courses.

Christopher Brooks of Cuckfield, West Sussex, leaves Lancing with A*AB in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics in order to read Mechanical Engineering at Warwick University. Christopher has been greatly aided in his application by Lancing’s outstanding STEM provision which includes a CREST Engineering scheme with local Shoreham engineers Ricardo.

Timothy Clifford of Ferring, West Sussex, achieved A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics as well as an A grade in Computing. He goes on to read Engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge, having been a school prefect and an outstanding sportsman.

Hannah Eastbury of Dyke Road, Brighton, leaves Lancing with grades A*A*A in History, German and French to read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. An internationally ranked long-distanced swimmer, Hannah has attended both Lancing Prep Hove and Lancing College and has combined her outstanding swimming and academic achievements at Lancing - now home to its own elite swimming academy run by Mrs Karen Woolliscroft and her daughter Charlotte, a former pupil and Olympic and Great Britain swimmer.

Karl Li from Shijiazhuang, China, scored grades  A*A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and goes on to read Mathematics at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Sophie Millward-Sadler of Arundel, West Sussex, leaves Lancing with A*AA in History, Politics and English Literature in order to take up a place to read History at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. Sophie, an outstanding student and school prefect, has been at Lancing for the last five years.

Sophie Williams of Lindfield, Haywards Heath, leaves Lancing with grades A*A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in order to read Engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge. Sophie, one of Lancing’s Heads of School, has been greatly aided in her application by Lancing’s outstanding STEM provision which includes a CREST Engineering scheme with local Shoreham engineers Ricardo.

Sebastian Slade of East Preston, West Sussex, leaves Lancing with grades of A*AAA in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics and Chemistry and is currently choosing between a gap year and a place at Warwick University or UCL to read Economics.

Anson Wong of Cobham, Surrey, leaves Lancing with grades of A*AA in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Computing and will go on to pursue his passion for computing gaming at the University of Sussex, where he will study Games and Multimedia Environments.


Loretto School 2019 A-level and BTEC results

Loretto School is pleased to report that our senior pupils have achieved impressive results in their A-level and BTEC qualifications, with nearly three quarters attaining grades A*-C, and 99.4% passing grades. In the first year of BTEC results, we are pleased to report a 100% pass rate with two pupils achieving Distinctions.

Many pupils performed beyond expectations in achieving their A-level results, and have been successful in securing places at Universities such as Glasgow, Oxford, York, Nottingham, Loughborough and Exeter. At these institutions, pupils will pursue courses ranging from Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Earth Science, International Relations, Acting, Sport Science, Modern Languages, Events Management, Fashion and Art courses. 

Dr Graham Hawley, Headmaster of Loretto School, said “These remarkable results are a testament to the hard work of the pupils and teaching staff. The Loretto ethos of knowing and nurturing pupils has contributed to many of our pupils surpassing expectations, facilitating their entry to University – we anticipate that more than 9 out of 10 will have secured a place at the institution of their choice. Our School takes great pride in offering A level and BTEC courses to all our pupils, allowing a breadth and range of future pathways for Lorettonians”.



Llandovery College pupils are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results.

Pupils maintained strong performances in the much coveted A*- A grades with an impressive 12% securing an A* and 33% achieving A*- A.

The College has bucked the UK trend which has seen the proportion of pupils achieving the top grades at A Level fall to its lowest level for over a decade.

Staff and pupils celebrated as the percentage of pupils securing A*- B and A*- C grades increased significantly. Many College leavers now move on to their chosen universities including Russell Group institutions.

Llandovery College Interim Warden, Anna Sandford, said: “I am incredibly proud of our pupils’ A Level and BTEC results. We have recorded our highest level of A*- B grades since 2013 at a time when top grades have dipped across the UK. This success is due to our unique approach which provides a bespoke education catering for the needs of every individual child. Many congratulations to all our pupils and staff.” 


Bedford School Sixth Form Success Brings Varied and Exciting Opportunities

Bedford School is celebrating success with its IB and A-Level leavers this summer as they take up a wide range of university courses and opportunities.

Almost three-quarters of papers were marked at A*-B grade, with many boys now off to take up interesting and varied offers at leading universities in the coming days.

Three mathematicians: Thomas Pelling, Harry Chen and Henry Shaw, scored 8A* and 4A grades between them to secure places at Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick respectively.

Music success also featured strongly for the year group. Silas Sanders and Felix Asare will take up their offers to read Music at Cambridge – Silas with a Choral Scholarship. Boys are also set to read music at the Royal Northern College of Music and Durham, and Music Technology at Coventry and Nottingham Trent.

Two physicists are set to further their talents, with Trystan Coveney scoring 5A* grades to read Physics at Imperial College, and Zory Davoyan (who left the school in 2016) returning to the UK after military service in Armenia to take up his place to read Physics at University College London.

Arthur Marie will read Fashion Marketing at University of the Arts London. Arthur called upon the experience of Careers Officers at both Bedford School and Bedford Girls’ School for his application – a great example of the two schools working together.

Architecture also proved popular and successful with five boys set to read the degree subject. A special mention must go to Sung Yat Ng, who not only achieved 3A* to read Medicine at Birmingham but also proved a wonderful ambassador of Chinese culture during his time at the school.

Away from the UCAS system there were further success stories, including Trent Abraham who takes up a rowing scholarship at Syracuse University in New York, Marco Sarro who has won a place on a degree apprenticeship scheme with international aerospace firm, Airbus, and Luca Maier who will begin an apprenticeship in hotel management in Munich.

Bedford School Head Master, James Hodgson, said, “Well done to the leavers of 2019 on some fine results across all disciplines – we are proud of them all. Academically, they have made their mark, and they have had copious success on the sports field, the music halls and in Art and Drama. They leave with wonderful memories and a great foundation for the future; and we wish them all well as they set out on their various paths.”


Bishop’s Stortford College - 100% A Level Pass Rate 

In this, the first year of fully reformed A Level examinations, Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Sixth Formers are once again celebrating a 100% pass rate.

In this, the first year of fully reformed A Level examinations, Bishop’s Stortford College Upper Sixth Formers are once again celebrating a 100% pass rate. 74 of the 120 strong year group have achieved grades of ABB or higher. Nearly half the results were graded A and above, far outperforming the national average of 25.5% (ITV/BBC).

Students Ruilin X, Luke E, Nena N, Wendy C, Ai K achieved the top results with 17 A* and 3 A grades between them. A quarter of the year group gained 3 A grades or more.

Of the 13 pupils who took the optional EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), 7 have achieved A* and 5 a grade A.

Analysis of the Value-Added data, the measure that seeks to identify the difference the school has made to pupils’ attainment, shows once again that teaching at the College has made a significant difference to the progress and outcomes of the pupils.

College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin said, “I am once again thrilled by the excellent performance of our students, more than half of whose grades were A*/A and who, year on year, with the assistance of our outstanding team of dedicated specialist teachers, produce fantastic results, which show strongly positive value-added. As a school, our aim is to develop potential and to exceed expectations and our students have, once again, realised this aspiration.

These results have been achieved in an extremely busy, successful school, where pupils enjoy a wealth of opportunities through a very wide extracurricular programme; this sets them up for university and for broader life after secondary education. I am really proud of our Upper Sixth who have worked so hard to make their dreams come true. Their places at many of the country’s top universities, will not only provide them with a fresh challenge, but will also ensure many more wonderful opportunities as they look to develop their life skills and prepare for their future careers.”


Excellent A-level results for LRGS students

Lancaster Royal Grammar School Sixth Form students were celebrating an outstanding set of A-level results today.  

Students achieved A and A* grades in over half of all the exams that they sat (52.9%), with almost a quarter of all results awarded the very top A* grade.  Three-quarters of all results (75%) were graded A*, A or B. 

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said, “Our Sixth Formers deserve huge congratulations for the hard work that has gone into these fabulous results.  We are very proud of every single one of them for their achievements. 

“These students have contributed to a fantastic culture of academic achievement, extra-curricular commitment and leadership opportunities within the school.  Some students have come through difficult personal circumstances to achieve very impressive results.  We are delighted at their success.”

Sarah Haigh, Head of Sixth Form said: “This year group has been a delight to work with and fully deserve these superb results. They have a wide range of exciting options lined up for next year and we wish them success and happiness in these next steps.”


A* for academic at Eastbourne College (A-level results)

Yet another set of healthy A-level results and some very happy Year 13 (Upper Sixth) pupils today as Eastbourne College continues its quest to combine academic success with character building.

Building upon its recent ranking among the top 4 per cent of schools nationally for value added (pupils achieving above expectation) the overall pass rate was 99.7 per cent, with almost 40 per cent of grades awarded A* or A.

Over one in five pupils achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades, or the Cambridge Pre-U equivalent; another gold-standard qualification offered by the most academically ambitious schools.

Other headline results include:

• Close to three quarters of all grades were A*, A or B

• Close to 90 per cent of all grades were A*-C

Results in maths, the sciences, modern languages and the creative arts continue to be beacons of excellence, with 100 per cent A* to B grades in key facilitating subjects. Once again, the majority of pupils achieved A-level grades that enabled them to access top courses at the leading universities at home or abroad.

Sixth formers gave their heart and soul once again and there were outstanding individual performances from Abigail Thompson, Bill Cao, Eleanor Long, Ian Chee and Remus Gong who each gained three A*s among their A-level grades.

‘Improved results this year demonstrate the College going from strength to strength. Our inclusive approach leads to pupils fulfilling their potential in exams while having enjoyed a diverse and successful wider school life’, delighted headmaster Tom Lawson enthused.


JUMPING FOR JOY! - A Level Success at Kent College

Kent College Canterbury A-Level Examination results for Summer 2019

Kent College students and staff are celebrating another successful year for A level results, with over 70% passed at grades A*-B, and almost half of all grades at A* - A. 12 students achieved the coveted 3 or more A-A* grades

Particular congratulations for high levels of academic achievement go to the following top performers at A level:

Harry Blake, Benjamine Artaud, Shiran Chen, Alistair Figgis, Isabelle Hobday, Henry Jia, Serene Lau, Daisy Lee-Browne, Summer Leung, Yuhan Liu, Kris-Rajah Thirunamachandran, Olaf Ungier, Gladys Wong, Elaine Zhao, Eddie Tugwell.

These results follow an excellent IB performance with this year’s cohort achieving an average score of 37, which matched the best the school has achieved and should keep Kent College in the Top 10 schools in the UK for IB.

The results will enable access to top universities in the UK and further afield. Louis Kind has a place to read Global Governance at the prestigious Esada, Barcelona with support from UNICEF. Places have also been awarded at Melbourne, Maastricht, Humbolt Berlin, Lawrence, Wisconsin, and the Ecole hotelier de Lausanne.

The success of Kent College students means that they will access courses across a wide range of subjects, including: Medicine (Bristol and UAE), Music (York, Royal Hollaway), Art (Central St Martins), Economics (Durham and Warwick), Natural Sciences (UCL and Loughborough), and Engineering (Structural Civil, Electrical and Acoustic).

Along with top scores in the IB announced in July these A level results secure UCAS points (the basis for university offers) with an average of over 150 per student: the equivalent of A* A A.

Executive Head, 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 extracurricular, 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.”


Felsted School Achieves Impressive A Level Results

Felsted School pupils gained a very impressive set of A Level results, with 82% achieving A* to C grades and a 99.6% pass rate. 

Key Highlights

  • 92 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2019
  • 82% of all grades were A* to C
  • The pass rate was 99.6%
  • 29 students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 100% pass rate. If IB results are combined with A Level grades, the A*-B percentage is over 70%
  • Many subjects achieved exceptional results; Latin achieved 100% A*/A, with History and Classical Civilisation achieving 100% A*-B and Politics more than 80% A*-B grades
  • English Literature, Drama, Chemistry, Music and PE achieved 100% A*-C

Headmaster Chris Townsend comments: “This is a very encouraging set of results, being the result of a great deal of hard work from students and teachers.  I am particularly pleased to see so many Felsted pupils going off to some of the best universities around the world, as well as to take up some very exciting apprenticeship opportunities.  When A Level and IB results are combined for this year group, over 70% of entries are graded at B or higher. 

I am very proud of the hard work done by this outstanding group of young men and women and am particularly pleased that two of our top achievers were supported by the school with full bursaries.

Congratulations to everyone who took exams at Felsted, and the very best wishes for your future studies or careers.”

Felsted’s top performing boy is Jack Huang a full boarder from China. Jack scored an incredible 3 A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, which he hopes will secure the place he has been offered to read Mathematics at Cambridge next year. Jack, who hopes to become a professor, held the school’s prestigious Wallis Scholarship, named after former Felstedian and Mathematician, John Wallis, who is most famous for inventing the infinity symbol. The Wallis Scholarship is awarded annually to a pupil who shows great potential and passion in Maths and intends to study this at the highest level at university and beyond. Jack balanced his studies by playing badminton, one of Felsted’s many co-curricular activities. 

Felsted’s top performing girl was Shola Akindayini, age 18 from Braintree. Shola achieved a clean sweep of 4 As, exceeding her offer to read Medicine at Edinburgh. A school prefect, Shola took advantage of many opportunities during her nine years at Felsted, including being an active member of the medical society and completing her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. She comments “I would like to thank all my teachers for their support throughout my time at Felsted and I am so happy that I am one step closer to my dream career in Medicine.”

Head Boy Peter Hipkin, age 18 from Felsted, scored an impressive A* in History and 3 As in Economics, Latin and Spanish. Peter, an academic scholar at Felsted, will be taking up his first choice offer to read History at Durham. Peter was a 1st XI hockey player at Felsted and played a key role in the Model United Nations. Peter hopes to combine his passions for travel and work by pursuing a career in the Diplomatic Services.   

Eric Xiao, age 18, a full boarder from China, also achieved 1 A* and 3As in Maths, Further Maths, Classical Civilisation and Physics respectively. Felsted was able to accomodate Eric in his unique combination of A Level subjects and provided the support needed in EAL (English as an Additional Language) to develop the essay writing skills required to pursue his passion for Classics. Eric will be accepting his offer to read Classical Studies at St Andrews.

Matthew Hudson-Lund, age 18 from Wickham Bishops achieved A* A A, securing his first choice place at Durham University to read Geography. Matthew was a keen sportsman at Felsted playing for both the Hockey and Rugby teams whilst fully immersing himself in all areas of school life. Matthew was delighted with his results and is looking forward to celebrating on holiday with his family before moving to Durham in September.  

Elliot Reeve, age 18 from Writtle, achieved an A* in English, and 2 As in German and History, to take up his first choice place at Exeter to read History and German. Elliott is a keen public speaker and secured first place in the school’s recent Upjohn Declamation public speaking competition. Elliott was also fully involved in Felsted’s Model United Nations and was Secretary General for the 2019 conference. 

These results follow on from a 100% pass rate on the International Baccalaureate Diploma earlier this summer. Across all 174 individual subjects taken by the 29 students, more than three quarters of results were a Level 5 or better. 43% of examinations were awarded a Level 6 or 7. Five students secured 38 points or more, placing them in the top 10% of students globally.


Felsted’s top IB performer was Olga Adhikari, 17, an international boarder from Poland, who achieved a world-class 43 out of a possible 45 points. This secured her offer from Cambridge to read Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with Persian and Arabic. Other top performers included Lea Wolf and Amber Aitken who both achieved 39 points. Lea, age 18 from Germany, secured an academic scholarship to The American University in Paris to read International Business Administration (major) with Environmental Sciences/Global Communications (minor), whilst Amber, from Great Leighs, will be heading to the University of Birmingham to study International Business with French.

Another year of excellent A Level results at The Royal School

A-Level students from The Royal School achieve their first-choice universities by shining in the most rigorous, facilitating subjects, seen to be of greatest value to universities and major employers.   Thirty one percent of A Level grades attained are at A*/A/B with particularly excellent results in a number of subjects. 67% of our students in German attained A*- A, 56% at A*/B in chemistry, while 22% in Business Studies attained A*-A.  Pupils studying Computing performed well with 17% attaining A*/A grades and in Geography 60% attaining A*/B grades.  As a non-selective school, we are very proud of our students and their results.

Worth mentioning are some of our star students.  Davids Savruckis will be studying Computer Science at Manchester as a result of his A’s in computing, maths and physics and A* in Russian.  Safa Mahboob achieved three A’s in biology, chemistry and maths and will be pursuing medicine.  Weronika Witos achieved a very impressive set of A Level results with two A’s in biology and chemistry, and a B in maths and

In these times of high competition for the best university places, it is pleasing to note the great success that The Royal students have in securing their first-choice places for competitive courses such as medicine, law, economics and the sciences.  Even more impressive, however, is the fact that that their achievements are in the most rigorous academic subjects that the universities demand.

“This is excellent news for the pupils, particularly at the highest end. We are extremely proud of our students, who have together with a talented and committed staff achieved excellent examination results and leave us as truly well-rounded individuals.  At The Royal our focus continues to be on the development of the whole person as all pupils engage in a range of enrichment activities as part of life in the Sixth Form, take significant leadership roles and develop teamwork skills which will take them beyond outcomes in examinations into a productive and successful career in their chosen discipline.” said Principal Mr Mark Heywood.

The Royal School was founded in 1850 originally as an orphanage and is now a fully co-educational day and boarding Free School.


Plymouth College celebrates excellent A Level results with 76% of pupils celebrating A*-C grades

Plymouth College pupils are celebrating outstanding A level results today, with 76% of results in all qualifications at A*-C grade or equivalent.

Jonathan Cohen, Headmaster, said: “I am incredibly proud of our Sixth Form pupils, who emerge from their Plymouth College education not only with these fantastic exam results but also as rounded, confident young men and women. This is made possible by the hard work of the pupils themselves and the dedication of our talented teaching staff. Excellent teaching and support in small classes ensures that every pupil fulfils their academic and intellectual potential and are prepared for the next step in their educational journey. At Plymouth College we strive to educate, enrich and empower every single one of our pupils and our exceptional exam results and performance in the value-added league tables demonstrates our commitment to providing educational excellence both in and out of the classroom.”

There were some notable performances by a number of pupils, particularly in STEM subjects. Tom Beagley, who swims as part of our highly successful high performance partnership with Plymouth Leander, achieved an impressive 3 A*s and will study Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. Tommy Osrin will study Engineering at Durham University after achieving A*A*A and an A* in his EPQ. Imogen Smerdon has obtained a place at the University of Bath to study Natural Sciences with A*AA and an A* in her EPQ.

In recent years Plymouth College has achieved an outstanding success rate in securing offers for students applying to Medical School. Those going to study Medicine this year include George Hadjiyiannakis who will study at St George’s, University of London; Dizzy Leman, who will study at the University of Nottingham and Victoria Vincent, Commonwealth diver, who will study at Plymouth University.

The rest of the class of 2019 will go on to study a wide variety of subjects at University, including Psychology, Classics, Fashion, Song writing, Sport and Exercise Science and Law, demonstrating the diverse curriculum and wealth of opportunities offered at Plymouth College.

As well as A Level results the College is also celebrating outstanding results from its Sports Baccalaureate Programme, a BTEC-based course. University destinations include University of Exeter, University of Nottingham, Durham University, University of Bath, University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, Kings College, London and The London Institute of Banking and Finance to name a few.


Denstone College Pupils Celebrate Impressive A Level Results

Denstone College pupils are today celebrating some excellent achievements following the release of A level examination results this morning. These results are particularly impressive given the reforms to A Level, which meant that students sat linear exams after two years’ study in the Sixth Form.  This is a significant challenge which pupils and teachers have risen to, and once again the vast majority of leavers are bound for their first choice university or course.

37 students have achieved the top grade in one or more of their subjects, and 15 have gained a complete set of A*/A grades.

There were some particularly pleasing individual performances, including Captain of School Jess Harding leading the way with A*A*A*A*. Jess leaves us to study Medicine at Downing College, Cambridge.  Also bound for Cambridge are Dan Jones, (A*A*A*A), Natural Sciences (Downing College) and Heather Jones, A*A*A*, Medicine (Jesus College).

Alice Copestick also goes on to study Medicine (AAA) at Sheffield, as do Meg Dent (A*AA) at Glasgow, Isabel McManus at Newcastle and Morgan James (AAA) who is off to his parents’ Alma Mater, Cardiff.

Other notable performances include Ollie Rylance (A*A*AA), Oscar Dale (A*AA), Ben Bourne (A*AA), Laura Evans (A*AA), Millie Frost (A*AA), Rob Gray (AAA), Lexie Linnell (AAA), Max Webber (AAA) and Captain of School, Ollie Bailey (AAA).

23 students gained the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and 13 of these achieved A*A grades.

Headmaster, Miles Norris said “ We are proud of this year’s leavers who are to be congratulated on such excellent individual achievements with five pupils off to study Medicine, three pupils headed to Cambridge, five to Durham and five to Bath not to mention many other leading universities. More importantly however, they leave Denstone independent, resilient and confident, ready to take on the challenges of university and beyond.”


Relief and happiness as Brentwood School students pick up A Level Results

Sixth Form students at Brentwood School are celebrating another strong set of A Level results. 25 of the talented cohort got all A*s and A Grades, six are off to Cambridge University, and over 100 students are going to their first choice university. 

The average UCAS tariff score of a student leaving our Sixth Form is 156. This is remarkably strong and reflects the more demanding courses we are offering in both the IB Diploma and our A Level, including the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) pathway. This means that the average student leaving our Sixth Form has qualifications equivalent, or better, than AAA at A Level.

Among the individual successes are an overjoyed Faye Barnard, who got A*AA, was looking forward to celebrating with friends in Chelmsford in the evening. She mentioned the invaluable help that Mrs Morris, Head of Psychology had given her to get the coveted A* Grade. She’s off to the University of Exeter to study Business.

Shwetha Sivaraman will be heading to University College London to study Law after securing A*A*AA, and then the world is her oyster. “Law is a good way to go for now,” she explained. Shwetha also thanked Spanish Teacher Miss Campbell for all the extra help and support she had given her.

Robert Pardington was ‘absolutely flabbergasted’ with his results (A*AAB) which were ‘so much better’ than he had expected. “The exams were challenging and I did not think I had done that well. The School has helped me an insane amount. All the teachers and students are happy to help. It’s been amazing and I wouldn’t change the School for the world.” He will be studying Mathematics and then plans to see where life takes him.

An impressive six students are heading to Cambridge University. Robert’s revision buddy Chani Merrell, one of the School’s most recognisable Performing Arts students, had more than opening night nerves. “I was the most nervous I have ever been in my life,” she said. Her two A*s and one A see her off to St John’s, Cambridge, to read Education with English and Drama but she takes with her so many memories of “performing, Public Speaking, Dance, Model United Nations, good friends and so much more.” 

All the hard work paid off for a very focused Lucy Patchett who was celebrating the three A*s which will pave the way for her to study Classics at Queen’s, Cambridge. In fact, Lucy did so much revision to achieve her three straight A*s she had no idea what to do with herself when the time came to stop cramming. As for her immediate future, Lucy said: “I am going out with family and friends and then I am going to sleep and sleep and sleep as I haven’t properly slept for a very long time.”

It was also a sleepless night for nervous Alex Rowley, who was waiting on a place at Pembroke College to read Natural Sciences, but had nothing to worry about, as he aced his grades with A*s in Chemistry and Mathematics and As in Biology and Further Mathematics. He paid tribute to Mathematics Teacher Mr Ewin and Head of Chemistry Mr Endlar. Tallulah Allen received A*s in English, French and Spanish and will study Medieval Modern Languages at Jesus College. 

National Public Speaking champion Alice Grundy need not have been ‘so scared’ to come into School for her results which proved to be a resounding reflection of all her hard work – A*A*A enough to see her off to read History at Homerton, Cambridge.

“It is the hardest I have ever worked for anything in my life,” she said. “I hope to become a History professor or an Academic. I am good at School so I think I might continue it on a permanent basis,” she joked. Once Alice and her family had finished mopping up tears of joy, she was off out to celebrate with friends.

Abi Chapman (A*AA) is also Cambridge-bound, excited to study Geography at Fitzwilliam. She thanked Mrs Carter, Head of Geography, for her support and for having so much faith in her.

The School is a national test centre for SAT American Admissions Tests, and each year, several students in the cohort head stateside and to international universities. This year is no exception and among them are Ashley Chalmers, who is heading to High Point University in North Carolina on a Scholarship, Simon Botbol, heading to Liberal Arts-focused Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Christian Lear to Munster in Germany and Guillaume Goodey who begins his studies at Kings College London and will spend a year abroad at the prestigious SciencesPo in Paris.

Five students are off to study Medicine or Dentistry courses, traditionally the most difficult courses to get into, and the School’s MDV department is rightly proud of the hard work they put in. Abbie Greenhill, who studied the International Baccalaureate, is off to Bristol to study Medicine, James Morbin is heading to Keele University to study Medicine, Kimberley Punwani will be studying Medicine at Leeds, James Rowell will also be studying Medicine, and Shalini Sahni will be studying Dentistry at Plymouth.

Director of Sixth Form Rob Higgins, who politely declined to jump off the outdoor stage with students, was delighted to see so many happy and relieved faces. He congratulated them, and said: “This is the culmination of years of hard work from both students and staff and I’m delighted to see that so many students got in to their first choice university again. Particularly pleasing to see are those students who did better than expected, which demonstrates not only their dedication but also the proven added value of our growth mindset mentality.”


It All Adds Up for Harrogate Ladies’ College As Pupils Celebrate Top Maths Results  

Pupils at Harrogate Ladies’ College are today celebrating excellent A level results which saw the girls achieve 6 times more A* grades than predicted and an impressive clean sweep of A*-A grades in Further Maths.

The pupils at the school achieved top results across all subjects with 81% of all grades at A*-C level.  It was in Maths and Further Maths, however that the girls achieved their best results with 50% of all Further Maths grades at A* and 100% at A*-A.   

This was the first year of the new, more rigorous A level Maths and Further Maths exams which Ofqal (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) describe as having significantly changed from the previous courses.

According to the Office of Fiscal Studies, girls account for just 28% of all students taking Further Maths at A level, but Maths graduates earn 13% more than the average graduate.  The Girls’ School Association reports however, that pupils are 75% more likely to take Maths A level in an all-girls school.

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College commented, “There’s a lot of discussion at the moment about the gender gap and the importance of encouraging girls to take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.  I’m particularly pleased that as an all-girls school, we’re leading the way in this area.  We put a lot of focus on encouraging girls to be bold, to be brave and to think differently about their subjects and their future careers.  Our Maths results are testament to this and I’m delighted to see our girls now going on to study amazing STEM related subjects at university such as Medicine, Computing, Pharmacy, Neuroscience, Criminology and Aerospace.

“I’ve seen a lot of hard work and determination from the girls and I hope that they are all very proud and that the results announced today will give each and every girl the opportunity to follow their own individual and unique path in the world.”


Scarborough College delighted with 2019 IB results

Following a magnificent year for IB exam results in 2018, Scarborough College enjoyed greater success in 2019 with an average score of 31 points. These IB exam results are once again significantly higher than the world average. Whilst the average points total at Scarborough College has increased, the world average has dropped to 29.6 points. This year’s results are equivalent to just over two A*s and an A grade in terms of university entrance tariff points. 

Director of IB, James Fraser, commented: “I am delighted with the performance of many of our IB students. A significant number have been accepted to their first choice university and there is a continuing trend for students to look overseas for university places including, this year, Canada and the Netherlands.”

The Headmaster, Guy Emmett, added: “I am proud of our excellent results, which are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff. The IB provides a great passport to higher education for our students and is rightly regarded as the educational gold standard. We have pupils going to some of the most prestigious universities in the UK and abroad, as highlighted by Berenice Collignon, who has earned a place a McGill University in Canada, and Laila Starkey who was accepted to study dentistry at King’s College London.”


Leweston School celebrate best A* Performance for three years.

Pupils at Leweston School, Sherborne, have once again produced an excellent set of A Level results with 17% of all entries achieving the highest A* grade, the best performance at this level since 2016. The School’s Dorset based pupils achieved a 77% pass rate at grade A* to B.

Three students gained A* or A grades in four subjects including Deputy Head Girl Emma S from Weymouth. Emma achieved four A*s in German, Maths, Further Maths and History. For the past two years Emma has also been leading the School’s Eco-Committee and was instrumental in Leweston achieving the Eco-Schools Silver Award this year. Through her work on the Committee Emma has organised fundraising, debates and specific initiatives such as ‘Switch Off Fortnight’.

Mrs Kate Reynolds, Head of Leweston, commented:
“Emma is a fantastic representative for Leweston’s Sixth Form. She has not only worked hard to achieve an outstanding set of A Levels but she has also made a real difference to the School’s wider community through her role on the prefect team and in spearheading our drive to reduce our impact on the planet”.

Once again, the largest number of entries were in the highly academic subjects of Psychology, History, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths. Maths and Further Maths saw over 50% of exams gain A* to A grades and 8 departments including English, Religious Studies, German and Music saw all their entries achieve A* to B grades. The School’s Art Department is celebrating the third year running of 100% A* or A grades for Fine Art.

These results have enabled Leweston’s leavers to receive places on a wide range of courses including Physics and Astrophysics at Manchester, Sociology at Newcastle, Philosophy and Ethics at King’s College London and Zoology at Reading.

Mrs Reynolds went on to say:
“Every year the results and percentages only tell part of the story that makes Leweston so proud of all that its students achieve. The grades speak for themselves but behind each set of statistics is a pupil who has achieved so much more, both inside the classroom and beyond. The successes of each and every pupil are celebrated here and well-deserved congratulations go to all our A level students and to their teachers and other staff who have been influential in ensuring another year of exceptional outcomes.”



Cheltenham Ladies' College students are celebrating outstanding A Level outcomes today, with A* grades making up almost a third of results (31.1%).

This year, 10 pupils have gained four or more A* grades at A Level, and 23 have achieved three A* grades or more.

Across the cohort of 129 students, 71.2% of grades are A* or A, while an impressive 89.6% are A*- B.

Exceptional individual achievements from across the Class of 2019, which encompasses the results of our IB, A Level and Pre-U students, include one student who achieved 6 A* grades at A Level, and 17 girls who have met the requirements of their Oxbridge offers. These offers comprise places to study Medicine, Economics, Law, Theology, and Geography at Oxford, and English, Engineering, History of Art, Maths, Modern Greek and Linguistics, Biology, and Medicine at Cambridge.

Students have also secured places at a number of prestigious global universities, including Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Georgetown, John Hopkins, NYU, Parsons School of Design, and many other US colleges. One has been accepted onto the innovative World Bachelor in Business programme, delivered jointly by the University of Southern California, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Bocconi University in Milan.

Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: "I am delighted by this year's wonderful results, which are only made possible by the dedication and hard work of all our students and staff. Upon leaving CLC, our students are pursuing a bold and imaginative range of courses, both here in the UK and around the world, and we wish them every success for their future endeavours."

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Strathallan Upper Sixth Form - Best results in a generation for Scottish Boarding School in A Levels

Strathallan pupils secure best results in a generation Strathallan Upper Sixth Form students are celebrating securing an outstanding set of A Level results, the best in almost a decade, following the impressive Higher Grade results last week. A quarter of A Level students achieved straight A*/A grades, with three fifths of students overall achieving at least one top A*/A grade. Mateja Zdravkovic achieved 4 A* grades, achieving a rare Advanced Extension Award Distinction and will take up his place at Oxford University in October to read Physics. Bella Boyd and Ossie Smith both who joined Strathallan in Year 9 from Craigclowan Prep School, achieved 3 A*s apiece and will take up places to read Bio Engineering and Medicine respectively. With 45% of all grades achieved being A*/A and 79% of all grades being A*- B, significantly above the UK national average and the grades required for selective university entry. These were more than matched by Strathallan’s first EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) results this year with 86% of all grades achieving A*/A and 100% of grades being A*-B. Headmaster Mark Lauder said: “I am delighted the hard work and dedication of the pupils and their teachers has been so well rewarded with these excellent results, the best for nearly a decade and the best results so far with the new exam specifications. These strong results reflect Strathallan’s increased focus on academic outcomes for our broad ability students and I am especially pleased that 90% of our A Level students are now set to begin their degrees at the Universities of their choice. What makes their academic results all the more pleasing and impressive is that they sit alongside the huge range of sporting, musical and other co-curricular accomplishments for which Strathallians are so rightly renowned. I congratulate all involved.” The A Level results follow a superb year at Strathallan School which included the top grade of ‘excellent’ in pastoral care from the Care Inspectorate

Headington girls celebrating another stellar set of results

It was celebration time at Headington School as girls picked up another fantastic set of A Level results. An impressive 49.5 per cent of all entries were rated at A* or A, and 78 per cent were graded at B or higher. Girls collected a total of 146 A* and A grades between them, sitting a total of 295 A Levels.

It was a particularly special results day for fourteen of our girls who have been with us since joining our Prep School in 2005. Holly Richards successfully gained 3 A*, Phoebe Graham and Bethany Jones both achieved two A* and one A, whilst Isabelle Rooney secured her place to study Medicine at Bristol University with one A* and two A’s. Izzy and Beth have been together in the same form group throughout school.

Beth said, “I felt nervous this morning but now feel relieved and very happy with my results. I’ve loved my time at Headington, it’s been amazing but I will be sad to leave my friends”.  

Izzy said, “Today has been so emotional. I’ve been at Headington since the beginning of Prep School and have grown up here. I am so happy with my results but feel really sad to be leaving.”

Phoebe’s mother said, “I am one happy parent and so so proud of Phoebe. Headington has been amazing and the teachers have been so supportive. She has worked very hard and I am delighted for her and what she has achieved. She has so many opportunities ahead of her.”

Coco Rifat, who has been at Headington since Year 2 and gained a mix of A*’s and A’s said,

“I am amazed at my results as I don’t see myself as ‘academic’ but Headington has been so supportive and my time here has been very rewarding. I feel I’ve achieved what I have through being at this school and receiving the support from the teachers – both pastorally and academically.”

A few of our sixth formers are headed overseas with two securing scholarships abroad. Grainne Morgan is heading off to the University of Groningen in The Netherlands to study International and European Law, while Charlotte Barker will be taking up a rowing scholarship at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. Other destinations include USC in South Carolina and UCLA in Los Angeles.

In our Year of Languages, we were delighted to see significant numbers of the year group moving on from Headington to study Language related subjects. They include Grace Guthrie, off to study Modern Languages at Nottingham University and Head Girl Emily Morgan who is going to Leeds University to study Languages, Culture and Linguistics.

Grace said “I am shaking and overwhelmed with my results and feel speechless. It is crazy that my time at Headington ends today. I am so grateful for my French teacher’s support who challenged me and helped me so much. Without all the teachers’ support I wouldn’t have achieved what I have.”

Emily said “I am happy with my results but sad to be leaving Headington. I’ve loved it here and have always felt at home, the teachers are amazing and so supportive and I have always felt I belonged. I am excited and feel ready to move on; Headington has made me prepared for the next step.”

With the imminent development of Headington’s aspirational Creativity and Innovation Centre it is fantastic to see our students heading off to study creative subjects such as Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science, and Design subjects after doing well in their exams. These include Eliza Turner who is going to Leeds to study Fine Art after gaining two A*s in Art and Spanish and an A in Music, Zoe Zheng is heading to Southern California to study Graphic and Media Design and Thalia Blick is studying Fashion at Ravensbourne University whilst Ollie Kurilova will be studying Computer Science at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.

Annagreta Amadio achieved one A* and two A’s and is going to Oxford to study Classics. She joined Headington in the Sixth Form, having lived and grown up in Italy.

Annagreta said, “It was a big change coming from Italy to here but the staff have always been incredible and helped and supported me with anything I needed. I have had a whale of a time and managed to do lots of extra-curricular activities on top of my studies which I wouldn’t have been able to do back in Italy.”

A number of other students are also heading to Oxford and Cambridge including Liv Fugger who is studying English at Oxford and Audrey Lee who is studying Archaeology at Cambridge after gaining three A*s and an A and an A* for EPQ.

Over half of our Mathematicians achieved an A* or an A, with Maths being our most popular Sixth Form subject. 48.8 per cent received an A*-A in Maths and 100 per cent received an A*-A in Further Maths and we are proud of them all.

Today’s results add to this year’s excellent set of IB results published in July, which saw three girls, achieving 44 out of a maximum possible 45 points and a fantastic average points score of 37.2.

Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “I’d like to congratulate each of the girls on their tremendous achievements, which are the culmination of two years of very hard work. This year group has had an absolutely incredible work ethic and I am so pleased to see that their results reflect this fantastic attitude, which will stand them in good stead for what comes next in their educational journey.”

A Level results at a glance:

  • No of students        93
  • Passes at A* - A:     49.5 %                        
  • Passes at A* - B:     78.0 %
  • Passes at A* - E:          99.3 %             


Badminton School’s “innovative individuals” awarded impressive A Level results

Badminton is a community of innovative individuals as reflected once again by their eclectic mix of strong outcomes. An impressive 83% of all grades awarded were at A*-B, with over a third of the Year Group achieving straight A*-A and 12% achieving three or more A* grades. All pupils studying Art, French, Latin and Religious Studies are also celebrating these departments’ straight A*-A achievements.

The varied future pathways Badminton students will follow reflects their ability to determine their unique journey. Not only are Henrietta and Arina from Bristol celebrating achieving straight A*-A, with Henrietta off to read Economics at Exeter and Arina Natural Sciences at Cambridge, but both also found time to follow interests more widely. Henrietta gained a Distinction for Grade 8 Piano along with a Leiths award in cookery, whilst Arina achieved Grade 7 Flute, with a merit for her ESB and an A in her EPQ.

Underlining the range of strengths seen at the School, keen Geographers Isla and Phoebe from Bristol and Nicole and Natalie from Hong Kong, led the School’s commitment to working for a better planet through their involvement in the InterClimate Network, Climate Voices Summit at Westminster where they were the team winners of the ‘Leadership Award’.  Inspired by all they have learnt both inside the classroom and beyond, 3 of the girls will be off to university to study Geography with Phoebe taking a gap year first to carry out environmental work. A significant number of the Year Group are also off to study STEM subjects: Chloe, who gained straight A*s said,  ‘I am very excited to  study Civil Engineering at Imperial next year and thank all the teachers who inspired me at Badminton.’

Badminton girls also gained places on courses at a range top universities both here and overseas including Fine Art, Medicine, Economics and History, as well as Law at Oxford.

Mrs Tear, Headmistress, said: ‘This was a Year Group which led the way in so many aspects of School life and pioneered an innovative approach to all that they did both inside and outside the classroom. These pupils are ready to pursue their ambitions in a range of different areas at top universities and I look forward to seeing them make a difference in the world.’


Stoker School - A Level Examinations Results

Sixth Form pupils at Stover School have achieved another set of pleasing A Level outcomes, with 84% of entries being pass grades or better. There are many individual successes, with particular mention being made of our top performer, Jessica Bamsey, who achieved 3 A grades and an A*. The challenging Extended Project Qualification was a notable success with the 9 entrants securing 1 A*, 3 As and 5 B grades.

Mr Richard Notman, the Headmaster, commented: “Today’s examination success is the product of both the hard work of the pupils and the dedicated support of their teachers. I am delighted for the cohort, the overwhelming majority of whom secured their course of choice at university. I wish them the very best of luck with their further education.”


Bredon School students celebrate A Level and BTEC success  

Bredon School students are celebrating today after another year of excellent A Level and BTEC examination results, with a 100% pass rate achieved again for the School.  

82% of pupils have achieved grades A*-C at A Level, with nearly half (47%) of students gaining an A*-B grade. The pass rate for BTECs is also 100%, with over a third (36%) awarded Distinction* or Distinction.    

Mr Koen Claeys, Headteacher at Bredon School said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s results. Our Upper Sixth students have performed to their personal best and have achieved individual outcomes to be proud of in their A Level and BTEC examinations. These excellent results are a fitting testament to both the students’ hard work and the quality of teaching at Bredon School.”  

Earlier in the year (January 2019), Bredon School was ranked number one out of 4434 schools and colleges in England for ‘value added’ for students aged 16-18 years. Bredon’s top ranking is based on Department for Education figures which show how much progress A Level students at Bredon made between the end of Key Stage 4 and the end of their Sixth Form studies, compared to similar students across England.   

Mr Claeys continued: “As a school specialising in teaching children with dyslexia and additional learning needs, we know how much progress a child can make with their studies after they join us. It has been amazing to watch these students not only work hard to achieve these results but to see them enjoying and contributing fully to school life. Each student has shown commitment and progress in their learning journey since joining Bredon School and they should be very proud of their results today. The whole Bredon School community wishes them every success as they embark on the next stage of their lives, whether this is at university, in an apprenticeship scheme or starting out in the workplace.”  

Notable individual achievements include:  

Sam Thomas has achieved an A in his Mathematics A Level and a Distinction in his Applied Science BTEC. Sam also completed his CISCO CCNA Industry Certification Level 3. 

Tom Barker has achieved a Distinction in his Applied Science BTEC and a B for his Mathematics A Level. Tom has also gained his CISCO CCNA Industry Certification Level 3.   

For Mathematics, Geography and Fine Art A Levels, 100% of students achieved grade A* - C and for Business Studies BTEC, all students achieved a Distinction* or Distinction. 

Bredon School specialises in teaching children with dyslexia and other additional learning needs and the School is committed to enabling pupils to make academic progress in ways that are best suited to their individual learning styles. Alongside the traditional academic subjects, Bredon places a strong focus on practical and vocational learning and offers BTECs in subjects including Business Studies, Agriculture, Engineering, Child Care, and Hospitality. It also offers has a CISCO Academy offering IT programmes leading to apprenticeship employment. Students of the thriving CISCO Academy have done extremely well throughout the year, achieving excellent results and securing further education and useful work placements.  


Increase In Top End A-Level Grades Demonstrates Impressive Progress Made By Students At LVS Ascot

Students at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot celebrated receiving their A-Level results today, with many exceeding their expectations and receiving higher grades than they thought possible, with an increase in A* and A grades and a pass rate mirroring last year’s. 84% of students got into their first or second choice universities, with Warwick, Exeter, Birmingham and Southampton all confirmed destinations amongst this year’s cohort.

LVS Ascot, which was second in the table for student progress throughout A-Levels in 2018 amongst fourteen schools and colleges in Bracknell Forest, and ahead of schools including Wellington College, again saw a high level of progress amongst students. This year’s A-Level results continued to show added value, particularly in biology, history, computing and PE where there was improvement of over a third of a grade per student based on their expected grades when they began A-Levels. The school will release confirmed A-Level grade information after the remarking process has been completed and all statistical data has been compiled.

Head Boy Darshan Solanki received A* in biology and As in chemistry and maths and is now going to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Parnian Mohammadi, 17, will be joining him in the capital after taking her A-levels a year early to gain a place studying law at Queen Mary University of London. Having been identified as being capable of early exam entry, the school helped her prepare to successfully earn As in English and French and a C in philosophy. She said: “The staff at LVS Ascot encouraged me and made me believe that I could step up and do my A-Levels early. They really helped me with my confidence and whilst it was tricky it meant everything fell into place”.

Sam Walkden was one of many students delighted that the progress he has made at LVS Ascot paid off with results beyond his expectations. After he won a place at University of Birmingham to study philosophy his father Roger Walkden said: “Sam joined LVS Ascot from a state school in Year 9 as he had no real aptitude for anything and was in the middle of the pack. We moved him so he could receive the attention he needed and he fitted in and knuckled down straight away. The school has helped him develop a real interest and amazing skill in philosophy so it has more than met expectations”. Sam himself added: “Without this school I’d have never have even done philosophy and now that’s the reason I’m going to Birmingham”.

Many students at the school come from military backgrounds due to the school’s HM Forces discount, and Alex Richardson was one of those collecting his results today. His As in geography and physical education and B in biology will take him to the University of Exeter to study exercise and sport sciences. Today was the culmination of nine years of boarding at the school, following in the footsteps of his older brother and sister, with the school providing stability rather than constant change. He said: “My dad is in the army and my brothers and sisters came here because of the really friendly boarding community and the forces discount. It meant I didn’t have to change schools when my dad was posted somewhere else which provided a stable environment for a long time and the chance to make some long lasting friendships”.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “With this being the first year of truly linear A-levels, making them harder as seen from the national figures, I am delighted that we have maintained our excellent pass rate and increased our top end grades. I am so pleased that the development of our sixth formers over the past two years has resulted in so many receiving fantastic news today. It is testimony to the hard work ethic of our students and teachers that we continue to be in the top two schools in the area for progress between the end of key stage 4 and A-levels, and we will continue to aim to exceed expectations and inspire independence”.


Sexey’s Sixth Form students celebrate another year of outstanding results  

Bruton, 15 August 2019: Sexey’s Sixth Form students are once again celebrating outstanding excellent A Levels results today, well above the national average. In a year when grades nationally have dropped, Sexey’s students have performed consistently strongly, with 47% achieving at least one A or A* and 83% of students gaining A*-C grades.   Sexey’s results are well above the national level published by the Joint Council for Qualifications, as follows: A*-C 83% (Sexey’s) versus 75.8% (national), A*-B 62% (Sexey’s) versus 51.6% (national), A*-A 25% - in line with the national level (also 25%).   

88% of students who applied to go to university secured their preferred destination, with at least 49% gaining a Russell Group university place. 100% of students who elected to go into industry secured their apprenticeship.  

Commenting, Headteacher Mrs Helen Cullen said, “While exam results should not be the sole goal of education, they provide a helpful yardstick to how our students are competing on a national level. We are proud to yet again have high performing, hardworking students who are reaping the benefits of their study and the excellent teaching, care and support they receive from their teachers. Moreover, in achieving and exceeding their own personal targets, they have a positive future ahead of them, both at university and in industry.”   

Sexeians with particularly noteworthy successes in 2019 include: 

• Charlotte Linscott, who achieved A*, Distinction*, Distinction*, B, from Ansford Academy, going to Exeter University to study Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity 

• Emily Johnstone, who achieved A*, Distinction*, Distinction, from Sexey’s School, taking a Gap Year • Jocasta Fay, who achieved A*, A, A, from Sexey’s School, and is taking a Gap Year

• Hazel Luscombe, who achieved A*, A, A, from Preston School, going to the University of Plymouth to study Dental Therapy and Hygiene

• Omni Thiessen, who achieved A, A, A, A, from Southgate School, going to the University of Leeds to study Biochemistry

• Harry Bewley, who achieved A*, A, A, from Sexey’s School, and is taking a Gap Year

• Caleb Maskell, who achieved A, A, B, from King Arthur’s School, is going to University of Reading to study Mathematics and Psychology

• Alice Enever, who achieved A*, Distinction*, Distinction, C, from Sexey’s School, and is taking a Gap Year   

Helen Cullen continued, “We would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate those numerous students who achieved grades significantly higher than originally predicted at the start of their A Level course. The provision for A Level at Sexey’s enables students to achieve their maximum potential in a supportive and caring environment, led this year in Sixth Form by Mrs Alice Elliott and Mr Dan Glover – my thanks to both for their hard work. We are delighted that our students now have the opportunities to continue their studies at some of the most selective and prestigious universities or enter a competitive employment market with a strong academic foundation.”   

Mrs Russ, whose daughter accepted her apprenticeship, said, “It’s an end of an era today. I have had three children board at Sexey’s, right through to Sixth Form, and they have all been so nurtured, and treated as individuals. They have flourished in their own ways – Sexey’s has really focused on the personal, as well as the academic success of my children.” 

There are a number of top performing departments who are today celebrating their results, including History, Business Studies, Biology, Psychology and Photography. We are particularly proud of the achievement of our BTEC Sport Students, whose average grade was a Distinction (A equivalent).   

We wish all of our Year 13 leavers every success as they move onto the next stage of their journey of lifelong learning and hope that as they leave us, they take with them happy memories, confidence and a determination to be successfully in all that they do. We look forward to hearing about their future successes through Sexey’s Alumni. 


Wellington School Celebrates A Level Success

Wellington School is celebrating another strong set of A Level results with 36% of grades being awarded at the top A*/A level. Pupils across the year group will be taking up places on a range of courses at leading universities, including two at Oxford and one at Cambridge.

In addition to Tim Kilbey, Victoria Zhang and Angus Hunter going on to Oxbridge, notable performances came from Alexander Richardson-Jones with 4 A* grades; Michelle Jacob with 3 A* grades, and Morwenna Maunder, Tommy Law and Derek Lai all gaining 3 A* grades and an A.

Outgoing Headmaster, Henry Price commented, ‘Whilst it is easy to focus on the highest grades, I am delighted by a number of pupils who achieved hard-earned results whilst continuing to contribute broadly to the wider life of the School. It is these qualities, as well as their grades, which will serve pupils well in the future and I am proud that Wellington continues to serve able and well-rounded pupils.’

Wellington pupils will proceed on to an excellent range of academic and vocational courses ranging from Maths to Medicine, Economics to English, Over 80% of pupils will be going to their preferred choice of university, with 65% going to Russell Group universities or equivalent.  ‘The individual support for pupils in the Sixth Form at Wellington is a significant factor in guiding pupils towards the right choices, which we hope will be a springboard for ongoing learning and future success. I am very grateful to all the staff at Wellington, who work so hard to support and advise pupils during these crucial Sixth Form years, as well as the parents who support their children through their crucial school years,’ concludes Henry Price.

The reins at Wellington have now been formally handed to Mr du Toit, who said, ‘I congratulate all the leaving pupils on their successes and I look forward to building on the strong academic platform that is already in place at Wellington.’


A Level Celebrations at Sherborne Girls

On the back of an excellent set of IB results last month, Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating an incredibly strong set of A Level results with 74% of grades awarded at A*to B and 50% of grades achieving the highest grades of A* and A.

On the back of an excellent set of IB results last month, Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating an incredibly strong set of A Level results with 74% of grades awarded at A*to B and 50% of grades achieving the highest grades of A* and A.

More than a quarter of students achieved all straight A* and As in their subjects – a huge jump in comparison to the previous year and evidence of the high academic calibre at Sherborne Girls.

Headmistress, Dr Ruth Sullivan, commented on the results, saying:

“We are so pleased for our girls; they have worked incredibly hard and these results are a fitting reflection of their dedication and perseverance. We wish them well as they move on to the next exciting stage of their education.”

2019 Results for A Level and IB Equivalent

Grade 2019

A* 15.6%

A*/A 50.8%

A* to B 74.4%

A* to C 91.6%

Average UCAS tariff 147.8 AAA


Third of King’s Ely A Level grades are all A* and A

KING’S Ely is celebrating an excellent set of A Level results, with a third of all grades achieved being A* and As.

14 per cent of A Level grades this year were A*, 34 per cent of results achieved were A* or A, 58 per cent of grades were A* to B, 82 per cent were grades A* to C and 99 per cent of all students achieved A* to E grades.

Sue Freestone, who retires as Principal of King’s Ely this month after 15 years at the helm, said: “Once again, many of our students have done themselves proud this summer. Not only do we celebrate those who have earned As and A*s but all of our students who have achieved above predictions and even their own expectations to equip themselves to move on to the next steps in their journeys through life.   We congratulate them, their parents who have supported them and the staff who have taught and guided them over the years.”

Students who achieved all A* and A grades were Maria Campbell (A*, A*, A), Tobias Dunlop Brown (A*, A, A), Rebecca Garrett (A, A, A), Ella Greening (A*, A*), Felix Hawes (A*, A*, A*), Holly Lancaster (A*, A*, A), Annabel McCraith (A*, A*, A*), Jenna Richards (A*, A, A), Sam Wege (A*, A, A) and Jing Wang (A*, A*, A*).

Maria, Rebecca, Felix and Holly also took the Extended Project Qualification, achieving A* and A grades here as well.

Felix, who was Head of School this year, has been a student at King’s Ely for 13 years as he joined in Reception. He is off to the University of Nottingham to study Politics after achieving A*s in Government and Politics, History and Religious Studies.

Felix said: “I am excited for university but I am so sad to be leaving King’s Ely. The support I have been given over the years has been second to none, particularly during my A Levels, and my grades are massively down to the guidance and support of my teachers and the Sixth Form staff team. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that I had achieved three A*s – I kept refreshing my computer screen!”

Despite significant commitments with Rowing training and competitions, Rebecca Garrett, who joined King’s Ely in Year 7, achieved As in Chemistry, Biology and Maths. She is heading to the University of Leeds to study Medicine after taking a gap year. Friend Holly Lancaster, a student at King’s Ely since Reception and who has rowed for Great Britain, is off to the University of Newcastle to study History after achieving A*s in History and Spanish and an A in Maths.

Holly said: “I’m delighted with my grades. It’s been difficult juggling everything sometimes as King’s Ely is such a busy school with so many opportunities, but I did it.”

King’s Ely’s Textiles, Photography and Spanish departments achieved all A* and A grades this year and the school’s French, Latin, Drama and Classical Civilisation departments achieved all A* to B grades.

Jane Thomas, Vice Principal Academic at King’s Ely, said: “Our A Level students have achieved some fantastic results again this year; grades which they should be very proud of indeed. Sixth Formers at King’s Ely have consistently gained places at their first choice university or institution over many years, with a large number each year going on to study at Russell Group universities. However, we do not believe that success solely comes in the form of academic grades. We are proud of all of our students’ achievements, whatever their subjects and passions.”

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Prior's Field - Signpost of Success: A Level achievers off to top Universities

Oxford, St Andrews, Liverpool and Exeter are just some of the Universities which Prior’s Field’s super star Sixth Form will be heading to in September. The school is celebrating some of the best individual results for some years and is delighted by the kaleidoscope of talent and interests which sees girls embarking on courses in: Medicine, Material Sciences, Archaeology, Midwifery and Modern Foreign Languages, to name just a few.

The Class of 2019 achieved 59% A*-B with 34% A* - A and with 7 girls celebrating all As and A*s. Head Girl, Martha Simmonds has secured a place at Corpus Christi College at Oxford to read Material Science, having achieved 3 A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Martha’s long-term friend Megan Wood, matched her A* in Maths with an A* in both French and Spanish and is eager to join Exeter this autumn, to read Modern Foreign Languages. Rebecca Haynes is a budding medic who set her sights on bonnie Scotland. She achieved an amazing 2 A*s in Biology and Maths and A in Chemistry. She will commence her degree in Medicine at St Andrews. Haslemere-based Hannah Crosby achieved A* in English, with A in History and Biology and chose Liverpool as her destination to read Anthropology and Archaeology.

Tracy Kirnig, Head commented:

”The breadth and diversity of talent we have seen this year is astounding and we are so delighted at the wonderful results which are so richly deserved by girls and teachers alike. Our ability to deliver right across the curriculum has never been more evident with top results across, Art, Maths, Physics, and Languages.”

Exam success for Sibford students

Pupils at Sibford School in Oxfordshire have been celebrating their A Level results with many achieving places to study at their first-choice universities. Overall almost half of Sibford students gained A* - B Grades in their A Level and BTEC exams.

Ed Goundrey and Iain Monaghan both gained 2 A*s and a B at A Level, with Ed heading off to study English at York University and Iain off to Southampton University to study Electrical Engineering in September.

There was also impressive success for Sibford’s international students. Mingjing Chen gained an A*, A and B and is going to study Bio Chemistry at Warwick University. Deng Pan also achieved an A* and an A and will be studying Electrical Engineering at Kings College London.

Students that studied for BTECs at Sibford Sixth Form also achieved fantastic results. Charlotte Kirk gained Distinction* (the equivalent of an A* at A Level) in her BTEC Countryside Management and George Clarke achieved Distinction* in his IT BTEC. Collectively there were another 6 Distinctions and 8 Merits for BTECs across Media, Sport, IT, Business and Countryside Management.

Sibford Head Toby Spence said: “It has been a remarkable morning at Sibford with our students and staff celebrating some outstanding personal achievements. We are not only thrilled with those who have achieved As and A*s but also those who have exceeded their expectations in many other areas.’

‘I am also delighted for the many students who opted to take one or more BTEC examinations with the majority achieving results of either Merit or Distinction. We are very proud of the wide range of destinations and pathways that our students are pursuing – from those who are heading to ‘Russell Group’ universities such as York, Warwick, Southampton and Queen Mary’s to those who are furthering their careers in a wide range of vocations such as fashion, sport, media, land management, music and marketing. This reflects the diverse and thriving community that is found at Sibford School.”


Excellent A level results from Bruton School for Girls

Bruton School for Girls is once again celebrating the success of their Upper Sixth leavers with excellent A Level results.

Nearly 20% of girls received straight A*/A grades, and 40% of all grades were awarded an A or above, while nearly 85% of grades were C or above.   On the back of recent coverage regarding the decline of English Literature A Level, BSG bucked the trend with nearly 25% of the cohort taking the subject and every grade awarded an A* or A.

Of particular note were:

Karris H, from Pilton, who received an amazing 5 unconditional offers and achieved 3 straight A*s in English Literature, Drama and Photography.  She is off to Bristol Old Vic to study Production Arts.

Millie W, from Frome, who achieved 3 straight As in Biology, French and Latin is off to Warwick to study Psychology and Linguistics.

Joanna U who achieved an outstanding 2 A*s in Chemistry and Maths and 3 As in German, Physics and Polish and will be off to read Natural Sciences at Durham.

Zuzanna H received an A* in Economics and 3 As in Polish, German and Maths and will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at university in London.

Lucy A, from Gillingham, achieved 2 A grades in Drama and English and a B in Biology and will be studying Midwifery at Cardiff.

Headmistress, Nicky Botterill said: “We are delighted for all our Upper Sixth, huge amounts of hard work and determination from both girls and our dedicated staff go into achieving such impressive results.  As an academically non-selective school I am thrilled for the girls, and some have achieved significant personal triumphs. Alongside their A Level results girls obtain an array of extra qualifications here such as the English Speaking Board qualification, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Extended Project Qualification.  This means they leave us extremely well prepared for their exciting futures; the power of an all-girls education cannot be underestimated.”


Outstanding A Level and BTEC Results for Shebbear College

Students at Shebbear College are celebrating some outstanding A Level and BTEC results. Most of the class of 2019 have secured places at their first choice universities and are looking forward to the next exciting stage of their lives. A number of departments including English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics, and Psychology achieved record results, but the top performer was Art for whom five of the eight students achieved A*s. Students will now be studying a diverse range of courses across the country.  Head Girl Antonia has decided to study Economics at the prestigious University of Bocconi in Milan whilst her twin brother Alessandro will study Philosophy at Cardiff, Merryn is going to Loughborough to study Maths, Alex will undertake a Gap Year in Canada before studying Business at Lancaster and Holly is going to Leeds to learn about Fashion Marketing.  Other university destinations for leavers include Exeter, Newcastle, Reading, and Bristol.

A number of students who joined Shebbear for Sixth Form from other local schools enjoyed fantastic results.  Eloise, who came from Great Torrington School is going to the University of Edinburgh to study English Literature.  She obtained an A* in English as did Maddie, from Okehampton College, who also achieved an A* in Art and an A in Psychology and will be studying English at the University of Nottingham.  Head Boy Will, from Holsworthy Community School, achieved ABB and will be studying Coastal Engineering at Plymouth.

Headmaster Simon Weale commented ‘Shebbear has an excellent Sixth Form which gives individual attention to every student so that they can fulfil their potential.  I am so pleased that these students were able to settle in so well and achieve so much.  We are immensely proud of all of our Upper Sixth leavers.  They leave us as confident, hard-working young people who are mindful of others.  I am sure they will be successful in whatever they go on to do.’

A number of students were the first Old Shebbearians to obtain BTECs.  These more vocational courses have helped to broaden the appeal of the curriculum.  Will and Sione took BTECs in Sport and have been rewarded with rugby contracts from Ealing Trailfinders and scholarships to Brunel University.  Lachlan achieved a Distinction in his Creative Media BTEC to add to his A* in Art and will now study Graphic Design at Reading. This autumn the school will also be offering A Level Computing for the first time.


RYDAL PENRHOS: Strong individual performances highlight superb A-level results

Some extremely strong individual performances were the highlight of another superb set of A-level results at Rydal Penrhos School.

Imogen Camp, Gowri Pradeep and Nick Fiorita all began their education at Rydal Penrhos Prep School and have thrived for well over a decade both academically and from an extra-curricular perspective under the guidance and support of specialist staff at both sites.

The undoubted standout was Colwyn Bay resident Imogen, who managed to secure an exceptional five grades at A* in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

This incredible set of results for the Welsh youth chess champion has confirmed her place at the prestigious Queens’ College Cambridge, where she will study Natural Sciences.

Her results included 499 out of a possible 500 in Chemistry and 497/500 in Physics.

Departing Head Girl Gowri, who lives in Bodelwyddan, was another to achieve a considerable amount thanks to her sterling commitment to her studies.

With an A* in Chemistry and two A’s in Biology and Mathematics, Gowri will now head to King’s College London to study Medicine over a five-year period.

Nick, who held the position of Head Boy at the school and is a Llandudno resident, attained four A grades in Economics, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology and will now head to the University of Warwick to study Physics.

Alistair Irvine, Venus Kwong, Ewan Luke and Caitlin Qu were others that emerged from their respective subjects with impressive results, with a number of Year 12 pupils also achieving considerable success one year into their A-level studies.

Incoming Head Boy Ioan Peake-Jones, Abhishek Bathula and Eddie Farrell all managed to secure A* grades in Mathematics a year early, with Kathleen Cheesley and Bijou Rajagopal gaining A’s.

The subjects that achieved 100 per cent pass rates were Art and Design, Biology, Chinese, English Literature, French, Geography, Further Mathematics, Music and Spanish.

Executive Principal John Waszek, said: “Imogen, Nick and Gowri have been with us almost from the cradle and their success further highlights the truly exceptional education we provide here at Rydal Penrhos School.

“We are rightfully proud of our long-standing history not only of our excellent examination results over a prolonged period, but also giving each pupil under our care the best possible platform from which to thrive, be happy and prepare them for whatever they go on to do in later life.”


St Edmund's School, Canterbury - Excellent A-Level Results

St Edmund’s School Canterbury Sixth Formers are celebrating an impressive set of A-Level results.  This year’s pass rate is 98% with the number of A*-B grades increasing to 56% with eleven academic departments scoring 100% success at gaining A*-C grades for their students.

There were a large number of notable individual achievements throughout the year group, with most students achieving or outperforming their predicted grades. Particular congratulations to Matthew Nordin for achieving 3 A* grades in Economics, History and Politics and Alice Mount who received 3 A* grades in Geography, History and Politics.

Many have won places at elite universities and medical schools including Durham, LSE, UCL, King’s College London, Exeter and Warwick.

This year also saw another great crop of results in the Extended Project Qualification with 50% gaining A* and 90% achieving A*-C.

The Head of St Edmund’s School Canterbury, Edward O’Connor, said “We are immensely proud of this year group’s achievements. Our pupils have excelled themselves with these results. Now, as they move on to the next stage in their careers, at university, medical school, drama school or at conservatoires, I wish them every success and thank them for the wonderful contribution they have made to our school. St Edmund’s teaching staff also deserve great credit for their exceptional work supporting our students.”


St Mary’s Calne girls celebrate superb A Level results    

The girls at St Mary’s Calne have achieved some excellent A Level results, with 64% of the entries graded A*-A, an impressive 21% graded A* and 43% of the girls being awarded all A*/As.  In addition, all of the girls who held Oxbridge offers secured their places and almost 90% gained their first choice of university. There were strong performances across all subjects, particularly Further Maths (100% A*), Art (86% A*), Politics (57% A*), Latin (50% A*), History (29% A*) and Physics (25% A*).

Special mention must go to Vicky Shi who achieved 5 A*s and will be reading Physics and Philosophy at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and to 11+ Foundation Scholar*, Zara Collier Baggs, who was awarded 4 A*s and will be reading History and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford. Congratulations also to Georgina McLintock and Charmaine Li, who were both awarded 3 A*s.

Head Girl, Hannah Barber and her Deputies, Charka Stout and Sylvia Rutherford, achieved all A*/As to secure their places to read Classics at Worcester College Oxford (Hannah), History at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford (Charka) and History and Ancient History at Exeter (Sylvia). Many congratulations also to Oxbridge applicants, Frances Arnold, who will be reading History and Modern Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Anna Hastie, who will be studying Classics at Oxford.

St Mary’s Calne girls will be going on to study at a range of leading Russell Group universities including: Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, St Andrews and UCL. The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects, ranging from Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Classics, Economics, Geography and History to Medicine, Modern Languages, PPE and Zoology.  Every year a few St Mary’s girls also choose to study abroad and this year Eliza Glover has been accepted to read Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at the prestigious Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, University of Southern California.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: “I am delighted for all of the girls on their wonderful set of A Level results and fantastic university destinations; the girls worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve these impressive outcomes. My thanks also go to their dedicated teachers and pastoral staff who supported the girls on their journey through the school. I wish our 2019 Leavers the very best as they move on to the next exciting stage of their education and lives.”

* Foundation Scholarships are offered to gifted and talented pupils who require financial support to join St Mary’s Calne.


Woldingham girls lead the way with one in four achieving straight A*-A grades at A Level

Pupils at Woldingham School achieved excellent A Level results with nearly half of all grades at A*-A, one in five at A* and a quarter of pupils achieving straight A*-A grades.

Woldingham students are all expected to engage with the fullness of co-curricular opportunity, to commit to service and leadership and to develop interests beyond the curriculum. Students showed that this engagement goes hand in hand with academic success with one in four achieving straight A*-A grades at A Level.

The Head Girl team, Lily, Becky, Mo and Taisie, proved that this commitment to service and leadership is no barrier to success in examinations with six A*s and five As between them. Lily, Taisie and Becky also achieved A*s in an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - a qualification that develops the highly valuable skills of independent learning and intellectual curiosity. Head Girl, Lily has A*A* A and is headed to Durham University, alongside Deputy Head Girl Taisie who will read Anthropology. Becky will read English at Exeter and Morayo will study Social Policy at Bristol – Mo has big plans to make a difference in world politics.

This team follow in the footsteps of last year’s Head Girl, Rachel Oyawale. Following a whirlwind gap year in which she has been performing with the English National Opera, she now heads to Clare College, Cambridge to read English.

Woldingham’s drama scholars are also well known for going on to become household names and we have no doubt that Emily Sargent has a glittering career ahead of her. Since joining Woldingham in the Sixth Form Emily has thrown herself into the life of the school, taking on leadership roles and performing in numerous drama productions. She has a full set of A*s and will study Drama and Film at Royal Holloway. 

Similarly, community prefect Natalia, who won the prestigious European Commission Translation Competition earlier this year, achieved four A*s in sciences and languages and is headed to Imperial College to read Biochemistry with Spanish. Natalia beat students from 73 schools to win the Juvenes Translatores prize for her translation from Spanish into English (remarkably English is her third language) and was awarded her prize in Brussels last April.  Woldingham’s results in languages were outstanding with 79% at A*-A.

Woldingham girls continue to shatter gender stereotypes with STEM subjects proving popular and successful choices. Nearly half of the year took STEM A Levels, and half of all STEM grades were at A*-A. Marie Mori’s raft of A*A*A*A sees her head to Imperial to read Chemistry, and Alina Wei has a place at London School of Economics with A*A*AAA. 

Headmistress Mrs Alex Hutchinson commented:

“In a girls’ school there are so many more opportunities to take on leadership roles, to try new things without feeling self-conscious and to grow as individuals. I am thrilled that our girls demonstrate that this understanding of service and this willingness to be involved with the wider community goes alongside academic success. Watch out for our Woldingham women – we expect them to change the world.”


Cardiff Sixth Form College - Number One College in the UK records 3% increase on A Level results

Top of the league tables school for the past nine years, Cardiff Sixth Form College, has recorded its best A*-B results for A Levels since 2015 and grades are up a staggering 3% increase on last year’s results. 

The number one school in the UK has again performed outstandingly with 89.47% of its students gaining A*-A grades and 99.19% gaining A*-B.  A*-A results are also up 1% on last year’s figures.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s A Level results and the truly outstanding grades that our students have managed to achieve” said Cardiff Sixth Form Principal, Gareth Collier.  “What we aim to do at Cardiff is to really stretch bright young people through inspirational academic teaching with lots of one-to-one support, a super curricular programme of academic societies, lectures and tutorials as well as top class careers guidance and work placement schemes so that they can reach their potential.

“This year we have put in a lot of reforms to our A Level timetables and structure to enable our students to excel academically and it has really paid off.  Here at Cardiff we are not frightened of change and are always aiming for excellence.  This is giving the school a tremendous reputation, not just in the UK, but all around the world.”



More House School Sixth Form Results 


50% of candidates were the subject of Education, Health and Care plans.  

The percentages below given in each case refer to the proportion of the total number of certificates awarded to this summer’s Upper Sixth at Level 3 

(A’ Level, and equivalent BTEC or Design…Engineer…Construct! qualifications realising the equal number of university admissions points to a full A’ Level).  

A Level and Level 3 BTEC results combined

35% A*-A or Distinction*-Distinction 79% A*-C or Distinction*-Merit 98% pass rate A Level and L3 BTEC combined  


A Level only 

(including Design…Engineer…Construct!)

13% A*-A

65% A*-C

96% Pass rate  


Level 3 BTEC only

64% Distinction*-Distinction (equivalent to A*-A at A’ Level)

97% Distinction*-Merit (equivalent to A*-C at A’ Level)

100% Pass rate (equivalent to A*-E at A’ Level) 



The Royal School - Girls finish with a flourish!

The Royal School is celebrating the A Level success of its final all female Upper Sixth, as the school becomes fully co-educational and joins United Learning in the Autumn term 2019.

The Royal School is celebrating the A Level success of its final all female Upper Sixth, as the school becomes fully co-educational and joins United Learning in the Autumn term 2019.

More than 50% of all A Level passes by this year’s Upper Sixth were graded A*-B and 80% of all grades were A*-C. There was success right across the curriculum. 100% of grades in Accounting, Art, Chemistry, Chinese, Further Mathematics, Physics and Textiles were at A*-B and 100% of passes in Geography, Mathematics, Music and Psychology were at A*-C.

University entrance is looking particularly strong, with 50% of the Upper Sixth achieving places at Russell Group Universities. As always, our students are going on to study a wide variety of courses, including: Accounting & Finance, Art, Geography, Global Health & Social Medicine, Management, Mathematics & Statistics and Physics.

The school is also delighted that the first co-educational Lower Sixth cohort has enjoyed huge success with their EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). 20% of the year group entered an EPQ this academic year and 100% achieved A*-A grades.

These results reinforce The Royal School's reputation for strong academic progress, a robust value-added education and high individual achievement.

Royal School Principal, Mrs Anne Lynch, commented: “We are very pleased with these results and very proud of our students and their teachers. These results are the reward for many years of hard work and we are thrilled to see our students progressing to a wide variety of courses at prestigious universities. Many congratulations to one and all.”


Tettenhall College Celebrates A Level Success


Tettenhall College would like to congratulate their Year 13 pupils on their A Level results.


Headmaster, David Williams commented: “With 25% of pupils achieving A*, A or B in all of their subjects and with the majority of our pupils gaining places at their first choice of university including some of the top institutions in the country, we are delighted with the results.  They are testament to the hard work and dedication of pupils and staff alike.


Tettenhall College has come a long way in recent years and we pride ourselves on our academic success, but also on knowing that our pupils gain a truly all-round education, which enables them to enter university and the world of work with confidence and optimism. As well as achieving outstanding grades at A Level, these Sixth Formers have also played a significant part in wider school life; taking lead roles in plays, captaining teams, mentoring younger pupils, participating in bands and choirs and competing in national art, science, business, law and maths competitions.”


Cranleigh Celebrates Excellent A Levels

Cranleigh School celebrates another excellent set of A Level results, with 77 per cent of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.

Students collecting grades today experienced major changes to A Levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout their courses. Yet they scooped 39 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 77 per cent at A*-B.

Deputy Head Academic, Mr David Boggitt, said: “We have been working with some of the most significant reforms in decades, so we’re all delighted with these results. Almost 40 per cent of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects, with almost two-third achieving all A*-B.

“The results show just how hard our students and staff have worked and they are thoroughly well deserved. The vast majority of our leaving Sixth Formers have achieved the grades they needed for further studies and we wish them all continued success in the next stage of their academic careers.”

Sixth Form students also performed well in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), with 13 per cent achieving the top grade of an A*, and 80 per cent achieving A*-C. Nearly 200 students in the Sixth Form take the EPQ in addition to three A Levels.
Headmaster, Martin Reader added: “These results show yet again that young people can succeed academically without a narrow focus on the classroom to the detriment of their development in other areas. We wish them all the very best of futures in their chosen fields.” 

The students who collected their results today are already focusing on their futures and most have had their university places confirmed.


Oswestry School A level results 2019

Pupils at Oswestry School are celebrating another set of fabulous A-level results this year. We are delighted to have maintained our 96% pass rate with our top five pupils achieving an average of 3.5 A levels equivalent to a points tally just below A*A*A*. With the media suggesting that “students achieving the top grades at A-level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade” we are pleased to have maintained our %A*-A at 16%

The vast majority of our pupils are heading to university in a range of qualifications. Demetre Devidze secured the grades for his place at Oxford University to read Physics whilst Oliver Anwyl will study Veterinary Medicine after a gap year. Other destination studies include archaeology, real estate, cybersecurity, and philosophy. Our sporting successes also continue with Owen Robinson accepting a soccer scholarship to an American university and Ben Clark moves on to a professional contract with Welsh champions TNSFC.

Julian Noad, Headmaster, commented “I am delighted by the wide-ranging successes of our pupils. Given our non-selective intake and the increased challenge of A-levels, we are pleased by the overall figures. Moreover, I celebrate the individual successes. Our pupils have worked hard at their studies but also engaged with a wider co-curriculum which has developed their much needed ‘soft’ skills’. I wish every one of them every future happiness”.



15th August 2019: 38 students from King Edward’s Witley have received their A-level results this morning, marking another successful year for King Edward’s Sixth Form.  The pupils, who had chosen the A-level programme alongside their peers taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma, are going on to a diverse range of universities, courses and futures. 

King Edward’s outgoing Headmaster, John Attwater, congratulated the students, commenting: “Their results reward a lot of hard work by staff and students alike, with some real individual achievements in evidence.  I am delighted that their success really reflects the diversity of pupils here and the breadth of exciting futures in store for them;  this year in particular we have seen a wider range of universities applied to as students have chosen very specific courses to match their interests. I think this reflects both the excellent careers advice they have received and a real desire among today’s school leavers to seek value for money and practical use in their degree courses.  For instance, Sam Hung, from Hong Kong, whose 4 A-levels include an A*, two As and a B, has specifically chosen the Mechanical Engineering course at Bristol, Jozef Gaszka, from Witley, is off to the Royal Academy of Music with a Scholarship in Organ Studies, and Jonathan Chan goes to study technical theatre at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; other courses chosen range from Creative computing to Civil and Railway engineering and Business Management.”

Head of Sixth Form, Richard Davies, notes: “there are some stand-out individual performances in this year’s results that reflect the tremendous amount of effort these pupils have invested in their studies over the past two years, and the lengths teachers have gone to in order to challenge their thinking. More broadly, however, as all of our pupils embark on the next phase of their learning, whether that is university, business or a gap year, they will be able to draw on the wider skills, knowledge and understanding they have gained, from across both their rigorous A-level studies and the rich extra-curricular programme here, to hit the ground running and pursue their career goals and aspirations”.

Although the 38 had to wait an extra month for their results compared with their IB counterparts, who achieved record results for the School on 6 July, they complete another successful year for King Edward’s which sees students go on to top universities in the UK, Europe and the Asia including Cambridge, UCL, KCL, LSE, Bocconi, IE and Hong Kong University.


A Level Celebrations at Sherborne Girls

On the back of an excellent set of IB results last month, Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating an incredibly strong set of A Level results with 74% of grades awarded at A*to B and 50% of grades achieving the highest grades of A* and A.

On the back of an excellent set of IB results last month, Sherborne Girls in Dorset is celebrating an incredibly strong set of A Level results with 74% of grades awarded at A*to B and 50% of grades achieving the highest grades of A* and A.

More than a quarter of students achieved all straight A* and As in their subjects – a huge jump in comparison to the previous year and evidence of the high academic calibre at Sherborne Girls.

Headmistress, Dr Ruth Sullivan, commented on the results, saying:

“We are so pleased for our girls; they have worked incredibly hard and these results are a fitting reflection of their dedication and perseverance. We wish them well as they move on to the next exciting stage of their education.”

2019 Results for A Level and IB Equivalent

Grade 2019

A* 15.6%

A*/A 50.8%

A* to B 74.4%

A* to C 91.6%

Average UCAS tariff 147.8 AAA



Giggleswick School continued its track record of A level success with a 100% pass rate with 63% achieving grades A*-B.

Eighty-five per cent of the leading Northern independent school’s year 13 students received offers from a Russell Group university and these results have now secured their places at some of the foremost centres across the UK and overseas.

The school had a strong showing in science subjects, with 100% A*-B grades in physics and students securing their places for medicine, biochemistry, veterinary science and dentistry. Giggleswick’s excellent reputation for performing arts was also reflected in some impressive results for both music and drama, with 100% A*-B grades in theatre studies, including George Collins who has won a place at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.

Headmaster Mark Turnbull said: “We are delighted by the results with so many pupils performing above expectations and putting in so much hard work to realise their ambitions at top universities. Beyond the raw statistics of results are lots of individual tales of triumph and we congratulate them all.

“I believe the true measure of good a school is how well the curriculum in its broadest sense supports students in getting grades that are better than they expected. That is genuinely what Giggleswick does best.”

Alongside their A level study, all sixth form students at Giggleswick take the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and this year more than 73% of them achieved A*-C grades.

Tom Russell, from Kilnsey, was delighted to hear that he had secured his place to study medicine at Plymouth University and puts it down to the EPQ that clinched it for him. His research investigation into the impact of concussion in sport was awarded a top A* grade.

Giggleswick prides itself on nurturing talent of all kinds and the range of university destinations and subject interests is clear evidence of this. George Collins, who lives in Stainforth, is a talented guitarist and is delighted to be heading to America to study.

Eve Hutchinson from Clitheroe achieved three straight A’s and will be taking a gap year before starting a dentistry degree next year.

Eve said: “I just put in lots of hard work and effort and it paid off! It’s also thanks to Anne Coward, our head of sixth form, who gave us all so much encouragement and advice.”

Giggleswick’s sixth formers are heading for wide ranging further study and careers from cyber security and law, to business, product design, interior design, ancient history, sport and real estate.

More and more students are choosing BTEC subject options as well as A levels and this year more than half of Giggleswick’s BTEC students have achieved the Double Distinction (D*D*) grade. They will be heading to universities including Durham, Oxford Brooks and Northumbria.

Mrs Coward welcomed students to collect their results with a team of staff on hand to provide help and guidance on their final university decisions.

She said: “There are so many highlights for our students to celebrate. They have exciting futures ahead of them and we wish them well as they start on the exciting next step into further education and careers.”


A Level Results from Moreton Hall

Students at Moreton Hall are celebrating another exceptional year of academic success with over 70% of grades achieving A* to B. 

For Principal Jonathan Forster - who retires this year - these results are a testament to the commitment and determination of staff and students alike. 'During my time at Moreton, we have scaled every academic height and I am delighted to be leaving the school in such good shape for my successor George Budd'.
Amongst the many successes, particular mention should be made of Eliza Kiel, who achieved three A*s and takes up her place at King's College, London to read Medicine. 



King’s Rochester has a strong reputation for maximising the potential of pupils and this year is no exception as pupils have achieved another set of excellent A Level results, published today.

Grades were significantly higher than in 2018 with 11% at A*, 31% at A*/A and 57% of grades at A* to B, showing an improvement in performance from pupils after the shift away from modular qualifications to the new linear grading system.

The top 40% of the year (comparable to a grammar school cohort), achieved 61% of their grades at  A*/A  with  100%  at A* to B.

With such pleasing results it is no surprise that our pupils are off to a range of exciting and prestigious destinations including Oxbridge, Durham, Exeter, Nottingham, Manchester, Brunel, Goldsmiths and ACM London.

Giselle Harris and Isobel Gilbert deserve particular congratulations on their grades. Giselle takes up her place at Magdalen College, Oxford to read English Language and Literature having achieved three A* grades; Isobel, a ‘lifer’ who has been at King’s since Nursery, will study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey after achieving 3 A grades.

After sitting his Further Mathematics examination a year early, Erez Li achieved an outstanding 4 A* grades and will study Engineering at Robinson College, Cambridge.

Vibrant travel experiences await Head Boy, Leon Neubauer, (A*, 2 As) who will be reading Japanese at Durham and for Lewis Bentley, (A*, A, B) who goes on to study The Ancient World at University College London as both courses include a year abroad.

Chris Walji is looking forward to starting his time with the Royal Navy in September and Leon Kennedy will be heading to Tanzania to support an entrepreneurial charity, showing that studying at King’s opens up a world of opportunities in the future.

Mr Ben Charles, Principal of King’s Rochester said, “Set against a background of A Level reform where exams are now linear, these results are particularly pleasing and reflect the hard work of pupils and staff alike. Particularly pleasing is the broad range of courses pupils will pursue including Music Production, Architecture, Law, Languages, Zoology, Psychology, Economics, Accounting and Mathematics. But, behind all these statistics lie some compelling and exceptional personal triumphs for our pupils and we celebrate their success with them and their families today”.


A Level and BTEC successes at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

Students at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, near Dover, are celebrating success at A Level and BTEC with 45% of exam results obtaining A* - B grades.

Year 13 selecting A Level and BTEC courses obtained a 97% pass rate. The school is particularly pleased 80% of students will be going to university to continue their education, 10% into the military and 10% employment.

Outstanding success includes: Fiona Saunderson with A*A*AA* in English Literature, Government & Politics, History, EPQ, respectively (meeting the Cambridge entrance requirements); Sam Russell with Double Dist.* in Engineering, AA in PE, EPQ, B Maths; and Saskia De Giles with A* Geography, A EPG, BB in Business, Government & Politics.

Fiona, who has already passed the Law National Aptitude Test, will read Law at Cambridge or Bristol; for Sam it is Civil Engineering at a Russell Group university; and Saskia will read International Relations at Leeds.

Alex Foreman, the School’sPrincipal, said: “We have seen remarkable results and great progress this yearwith outstanding achievements in subjects such as Engineering where the averagegrade was the highest possible at Dist.*. This can be credited to our studentsthriving in our boarding environment, superb facilities and links to STEMresources through our extensive military connections. Other subjects with highlevel performances include History, Chemistry, Photography, and Performing Arts,demonstrating strength across all faculties. I’d like to congratulate all ourstudents on an excellent set of results and wish them well in their chosenpaths.”


Excellent A Level Results Confirm Queen Margaret’s “Excellent” Inspection Rating

After being awarded the highest possible rating of “Excellent” in a recent inspection, Queen Margaret’s has yet again proven the quality of the education it provides to girls through today’s excellent A Level results. Students and staff at the Escrick school have much to celebrate, with a 99% overall pass rate and an impressive quarter of all students achieving three or more A*-A grades.

The benefits of being at the all-girls boarding school have shone through in today’s results. Boarders Jenny Feng and Katrina Kitchell scored an impressive three A* and two As, and two A*s and three As respectively, supporting the Inspectors’ observation that “boarding makes a very positive contribution to pupils’ overall academic success”. However, with day girls also performing exceptionally well it is clear that they too benefit from the structured boarding environment that they are immersed in during their school day - none more so than Stillingfleet girl Lizzie Page who achieved an outstanding A* and two As in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

As a small school which offers no less than 26 subjects (including Cambridge Pre-U qualifications), Queen Margaret’s is ideally placed to nurture its students’ individual strengths with one girl commenting that the School does not expect them to fit a particular mould, but that they have the freedom to ‘find their own niche’ and flourish as individuals. Today’s results have indeed shown how they are flourishing as individuals across a varied curriculum - Head Girl Amy Coates secured an A* and two As in Music, Chemistry and Spanish and Yorkshire girl Romilly Taylor-Littler gained three As in Economics, English Literature and Geography.

What is perhaps most impressive is that the Queen Margaret’s girls perform at such an impressive level academically whilst also succeeding in the vast array of enrichment opportunities on offer at the School such as Leiths, Dance, Drama, Music, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and a variety of Sports at regional and national level.

Acting Head, Lars Fox, is delighted with today’s results, he tells us “I feel immensely proud of what each girl has achieved. Small class sizes, a bespoke curriculum and individualised support from dedicated staff, as well as a structured boarding school day all contribute to this phenomenal success where every girl is enabled to reach her potential”.

Queen Margaret’s recent inspection highlighted that “Pupils’ high academic achievement means they are very well prepared for eventual employment. A very large number of sixth form pupils achieve admission to university courses in highly competitive institutions, successfully meeting the School’s aim of empowering pupils to achieve their life, academic and career aspirations”. Indeed, many of this year’s leavers will go on to Russell Group universities with Law, Medicine and Veterinary Science being popular course choices.



For the fourth year running, Kingham pupils are celebrating record-breaking examination success, with 45% of all grades achieving A* or A grades. 

“Coming first in the Oxfordshire league table for Sixth Form academic qualifications last year was a tough act to follow, but I am delighted that our pupils and their teachers have secured record-breaking results yet again,” said Headmaster Nick Seward. 

Nearly three quarters of all grades achieved were A* to B, giving students the confidence and courage they need as they embark on their university journeys. The Head of Sixth Form, Helena Berkeley, commented,  “I am so proud of all my Sixth Formers as they head out into the world, fully equipped to flourish. From UCL to Loughborough, Edinburgh to Amsterdam and Exeter to Syracuse, I am certain that the Kingham class of 2019 will be embracing the school’s unofficial motto and working hard, playing hard and serving well in the years to come.” 


Heathfield School students celebrate exceptional A level results

Heathfield School in Ascot – rated ‘Excellent’ across all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate – is celebrating another year of exceptional A-level results with nearly 40% of its students’ securing A*/A, 64.4% A* to B and 82.2% A* to C.

The English department has marked its most successful year to date with all girls gaining A* or A grades. Performance in Maths was also outstanding with 67% of students securing A* or A and 50% an A* in Further Maths. Other results of note included Biology in which 40% of students secured an A* or A, Photography in which 44% attained an A* or A, Art in which 40% secured an A and Religious Studies in which 80% of the girls secured an A.

An impressive number of students are destined for leading Russell Group universities such as Exeter, Edinburgh and Warwick and other leading universities.



92% Distinction and Merit grades in their Pre-U public examinations with forty-three pupils attained Distinctions (or A Level equivalent) in every one of the subjects they took.  

This year’s Charterhouse school leavers have equalled last year’s superb examination record by attaining 92% Distinction and Merit grades in their Pre-U public examinations.

Forty-three pupils attained Distinctions (or A Level equivalent) in every one of the subjects they took. Over 50% of all grades achieved were A* or A, and over 4 out of 5 grades were A*-B.

The largest Sixth Form cohort on our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) has recorded excellent results too, and our IBDP graduates have maintained an average points score well beyond the international average.

Our pupils have secured places at some of the world’s top universities: eleven will take up offers at Oxford and Cambridge, nine at Durham, and fifteen at UCL. Beyond the UK, this year’s leavers will attend Bocconi, NYU Stern, Princeton, Brown, Columbia and Chicago.

Dr Alex Peterken, Head Master, is delighted: “Our leavers have done exceptionally well, and I am so happy to see their academic success. Our pupils committed diligently to challenging academic courses, and they are to be congratulated on the perseverance and hard work they have shown in the Sixth Form”.

Dr Peterken also thanked all the school’s teachers, for their dedication in working closely with pupils, and expressed gratitude for the support for pupils that comes from all in the Charterhouse community.

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