A Level Results from Boarding Schools
18th August 2016

King’s Ely


King’s Ely Sixth Form students have received outstanding results this year in their A Levels

43% of all A2 grades achieved were A* or A, 72% were graded A*- B, 84% were graded A*-C, whilst just one grade prevented 100% of all students achieving A*-E.

15 students achieved at least three passes at A or A*, with Phoebe Ryan achieving 3 A* grades and Hongye Guo achieving 3 A* grades and an A.

Phoebe and Hongye will be taking up their offers from Cambridge University to read Theology, Philosophy and Religion at Murray Edwards College and Natural Sciences at Queens College respectively. James Mitchell also takes up his place at Girton College, Cambridge to read Music after obtaining 1 A* and 2 A grades. Rosamond Van Wingerden, who achieved 2 A* grades and 1 A grade, will attend Princeton University, USA.

Across the board, real success stories see students far exceeding their predicted grades and gaining places at top Russell Group universities.

Jane Thomas, Vice Principal Academic, commented: “A Level success requires hard work and dedication and we are delighted with the achievements of all of our Year 13 pupils.”

Sue Freestone, Principal of Kings Ely, added: “Every August I find myself humbled by the achievements of our students. I pay tribute to their teachers and their parents for the support they have provided and to them for the commitment and tenacity with which they meet the challenges of A level whilst finding time to make such telling contributions to their communities.” 

The Royal School, Wolverhampton

19% achieve A*/ A grades 
STEM Specialism shines through

A-Level students from The Royal School Wolverhampton have distinguished themselves once again in the most rigorous and facilitating subjects.   A most welcome 19% of A Level grades attained are at A*/A with particularly excellent results in our STEM subjects. 80% of our students in chemistry attained A*- B while 57% in Maths attained A*-B of which 29% are at A*/A.  In Psychology, 50% attain A*/A and an amazing 100% achieved A*/A in modern foreign languages. As a non-selective school, we are very proud of these results.

Worth mentioning are some of our star students who will be heading off to their first choice universities.  Head Boy Bartosz Szyszka will be studying medicine at Imperial College thanks to his three A*s in biology, chemistry, and Polish, one A in maths, and an A in AS Physics.  Head of Academics Prefect Kamil Pufal attained three A*s in biology, chemistry, and Polish and an A each in German, maths, and physics.  Kamil will be studying medicine at the University of Birmingham. Elite swimmer and Junior European Champion gold medallist Tom Derbyshire not only concentrated on his sporting performances, he also achieved a very impressive set of A Level results with an A* in biology, an A in psychology, and a B in chemistry.  Talented pianist Tai Kan achieved two A*s in further maths and maths, an A in physics, a B in Chinese and a C in Economics.  He will be pursuing computer science at the University of Warwick. 

Our two top performing girls were Linh Pham with four A Levels -  two A*s in further maths and maths, a B in physics, and a C in Economics; and Sandy Boparan with two A grades in biology and psychology, and a B grade in chemistry.  Linh plans to study business management and Sandy will be heading to the University of Birmingham to study Pharmacy.

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

“This is excellent news, particularly at the highest end. We are extremely proud of our students, who have together achieved great results and leave us as truly well-rounded individuals.  At The Royal our focus continues to be on the development of the whole person demonstrated by the academic success of our Elite Swimmers.  The Royal helps young people exceed their aspirations, preparing them to take on leadership roles and succeed in a competitive global world,” said Principal Mr Mark Heywood.

The Royal School was founded in 1850 originally as an orphanage, and is now a fully co-educational independent day and boarding school opening as a Free School in September, 2016.

Adams' Grammar

Highest ever number of top grades at Adams’ Grammar School

Once again sixth form students at Adams’ Grammar School have returned an impressive set of A-level results. Out of 155 candidates 80% of results were graded A*- B. 42 pupils achieved 3 or more passes at A*-A and one pupil achieving 5 A* grades.

Headmaster, Mr Gary Hickey, expressed his pleasure: “These results are the best the school has ever seen and are testament to the hard work and dedication of our pupils and staff and I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of them. Results day is always a day full of emotion but it’s a privilege to witness pupils who you have worked with since the age of 11 see all of their hard work come to fruition. I’d like to wish all of our leavers all the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming them back to let us know how they’re getting on.”

Oswestry School 

Oswestry School is celebrating a fantastic set of A-level results this year with improvements in all categories: A*-B 62.3% (up from 51.3%); A*-C 84.5% (up from 75.0%); and A*-E ’passes’ 98.3% (tantalisingly close to 100% and up from 92.8%). This is a fantastic achievement from this year’s pupils, especially given the concerns about the introduction for this cohort of ‘harder’ linear A-levels.

Tilly Hancock, from Ruyton-XI-Towns, secured three A*s in Biology and Mathematics and Physics; she has gained a place to study Physics at Bristol University.  Local girl Abigail Adcock, from Oswestry, achieved excellent grades.  Abigail will go on to read Hispanic Studies and History at Exeter University, having scored A*AB in Spanish, History and English Literature.

Overseas pupil Renato Pecovic, from Montenegro, achieved three A levels with grades of AAA, and will read Philosophy and Economics at the London School of Economics.  Senior Prefect and Deputy Head Boy, Joseph Marks, secured grades of AAB and will take up his place at Loughborough University to read Economics while local boy, Oliver Renwick also achieved AAB and will read Chemistry at Nottingham University.

Headmaster, Julian Noad, was quick to praise the hard work of his pupils and staff, “A-level results are the culmination of many years hard work.  That this year’s pupils have performed so well in the context of new style A-levels for most is especially pleasing.  Although the pupils deserve the praise, there is much hard work from staff to be commended.  This year’s fabulous inspection report praised the School; these results demonstrate the increased academic emphasis, ensuring that every pupil benefits from the very best support to achieve their goals”.

Sibford School


Sibford School is delighted to announce some fantastic A Level results achieved by students across a broad range of subjects.

Students achieved the highest A* - A grades across nine subjects. Meanwhile, nearly half of results were in the top band, A*-B, with particularly strong performances in Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Psychology.

Cate Mallalieu-Needle, Head of Sibford Sixth Form, said: “The overall results reflect some significant personal achievements and I am absolutely delighted.

“The highest academic standards were achieved by James Cook, who gained two A*s; twins Alex and Daniel Bullard-James, who achieved A*AB and ABB respectively; Laura Grant and Millie Stewart, who also achieved ABB; and Rosie Weston, who achieved AAC ... all the more remarkable as she took time out in May to compete in the 2016 European Triathlon Championships in Portugal where she won the Gold Medal in the Under 20s section.

“I would also like to give special commendation to those students who have shown tremendous resilience in the face of challenging personal circumstances. These include Millie Stewart and Katy Mackenzie, both of whom have suffered bereavement, and James Cook, Joshua Mulhearn, Colton Braddyll-Brown and Annabel Baker who have demonstrated incredible perseverance and fortitude.

“Finally, the school would like to mention the posthumous achievement of B grades in History and Design & Technology awarded to Angus Oakey who tragically died on 23 March this year. I know his family will be extremely proud of his achievement.”


                                                                                2015                       2016

Number of pupils                                                42                           38

% of entries A* to A                                           19                           18

% entries A* to B                                                41                           48

% entries A* to E                                                99                           98


Barnard Castle School 

RUGBY brothers Jamie and Sam Adamson showed their mettle after tackling their exams with fractures sustained pursuing their passion for sport.

Barnard Castle School’s outgoing head boy, Sam completed a succession of A Level written papers unaware that he had a clean break in his wrist that will now require surgery.  At the same time his brother Jamie was sitting his GCSEs with stress fractures to his spine, a hazard of the sport for an elite athlete who plays for the England and Falcons academies.

Despite the physical setbacks, both brothers, of Hunwick, County Durham, proved to be brains and brawn as they secured top results at A Level and GCSE.  County player Sam, 18, gained  A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths and a prestigious and rare Distinction Level 1 in physics. He will now read natural sciences at Durham University, where he plans to continue his rugby.

“I’d played in a tournament and don’t even remember hurting my wrist,” said Sam, who plays second or back row and was vice captain for the school’s first XV.
“It was hurting, particularly in some of the longer exams and was getting worse. A scan revealed a clean break in the scaphoid bone which will need surgery.”

Jamie, 16, will collect his GCSE results next week but has already secured his iGCSEs securing three A*s and an A. He plans to stay on at Barnard Castle School to take A levels and make the most of the newly opened dedicated sixth form centre.  As well as playing flanker for school, he is also a member of the Falcons Academy and the England Academy, which develops the next generation of elite players.

“I was diagnosed with stress fractures in my L5 and L4 vertebrae and had to spend several months recovering,” said Jamie, who would love to play rugby professionally, particularly Sevens.“I’m all right now as long as I take care to warm up properly but I love rugby so it is definitely worth it.”

Barnard Castle School achieved an overall pass rate of 98 percent, the second highest A2 results for seven years.

Headmaster Alan Stevens said: “Both boys are incredible role models because they involve themselves in so many aspects of school life.
“Their achievements in the classroom and on the pitch inspire those around them and the fact that they have achieved so much academically, while flourishing in elite sport despite their injuries, shows how dedicated and committed they are as young people.”

Caterham School


Today’s A Level results saw a quarter of all grades achieved at Caterham School the top A* grade. Another year of outstanding Sixth Form success has seen 85 per cent of A Level results at A* to B grades. Once again, the School has secured double figures into Oxford and Cambridge University, with a total of 50 former pupils currently studying at the world-leading universities.  

Royal Russell School

Royal Russell is celebrating another impressive set of A level results, with a record number of our Sixth Form girls and boys achieving A* / A grades.

Our international boarding students continue to contribute outstanding results. Russian student Maria achieved A*, A*, A, A, B and will attend Cambridge university this Autumn. Chinese students Duncan and Linda excelled with A*, A*, A, A, B and A*, A, A, A, A and leave Royal Russell for Bath university to study Mechanical Engineering and Edinburgh university to study Veterinary Medicine.

Headmaster, Chris Hutchinson says:

All our young people have worked hard and achieved the success they deserved. They have played key roles in the leadership of their School and have proved to be outstanding role models for our next group of Sixth Formers who eagerly follow in their footsteps. 

Our students chose a diverse range of university courses, reflecting their broad range of talents and skills. They leave Royal Russell as confident and ambitious individuals ready to tackle new challenges with optimism. I look forward to hearing of their future successes and careers and to regularly welcome them back to their School as Old Russellians.

I am very proud of our teaching and support staff who have provided direction, guidance and continually raised the aspirations of this group to ensure they achieved their best results. 



AUGUST 2016    
(AUGUST 2015)

Number of candidates

% of entries gaining A* to A

% of entries gaining A* to B

% of entries gaining A* to E


•    36 candidates achieved a full house of A* or A grades at A level in all their subjects.

•    41 candidates (that is 1 in 3 of last year’s upper sixth) gained at least 3 A*/A grades at A level.

•    Results were strong across the board. This year’s A* trophy goes to the Economics department which scooped up 21 A*s (out of a total entry of 49 candidates).

DLD College

98% pass rate

A*A 38%

A*B 63%

A*C 84%

BTEC – Level 3 (all subjects combined) – 100% Merit or above.

Moreton Hall

A Level Results Exceed all Predictions

Despite continuing national uncertainty, the A Level results at Moreton Hall this year have exceeded all predications with an impressive haul of top grades across all subject areas.

Jonathan Forster, Principal of Moreton Hall commented: “As one of Britain’s leading non-selective schools we are delighted by these excellent results which are indicative of the quality of teaching and learning that is the hallmark of the school. The perseverance and determination of individual students has been outstanding, with many students exceeding their predications.”

Nearly 70% of entries were awarded the top grades of A*, A and B with a number of subjects – such as Economics, History and Classical Civilisation - achieving 100% A*-C.

Outstanding results at Kilgraston School

It has been an extremely happy day here at Kilgraston School as our girls received another stunning set of results in their 2016 public examinations.

Headmistress Mrs Dorothy MacGinty said “I am absolutely delighted with our results, particularly for the Upper Sixth where every girl has achieved the grades to gain a place at her chosen university.  We wish them every success as they move on to the next exciting stage of their education. Results for Highers and National 5’s were strong and I congratulate the girls and their teachers on their success”.

At Advanced Higher the number of examinations being awarded an A grade was an extraordinary 65.5%, the A-B pass rate was an impressive 90.5% and the overall A-C pass rate was 98.5% against 81.7% nationally.

The Higher results were strong with girls achieving target grades across all subjects. The overall pass rate A-C this year is 92% against a national average of 77% with 46% of our pupils achieving an A grade.

Our Upper Fifth have achieved commendable results at National 5 level. Their A-C pass rate of 95% clearly outstrips the national average of 79.4% and impressively more than one third of the girls achieved at least 7 A grades.

There have been some outstanding individual performances with our Head Girl Team achieving a suit of straight A’s at Advanced Higher and close on their heels are next year’s Head girl Team, each achieving 5 A’s at Higher: well done!

Mrs MacGinty said: “We wish all our Upper Sixth well as they move on to University courses across the United Kingdom and beyond with places confirmed at Oxford, Imperial College, Durham, St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh and Glasgow to study courses ranging from Engineering to French and Medicine to Equine Studies. I am particularly proud of one Upper Sixth girl who has won a place to study music at the prestigious National Conservatoire of Wales (with scholarship).

“These results continue not only to strengthen the academic profile of Kilgraston but also celebrate the wide range of disciplines our girls go on to study”.

UWC Atlantic College

IB co-founder continues to lead the way 50 years on 

A co-founding college of the International Baccalaureate (IB) has been lauded by the global organisation for its enduring academic and extra-curricular success, as its exam results continue to rise above the global average.  In a new five-year evaluation report, the IB praised UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major, South Wales for the breadth of its curriculum, as well its provision of “education that goes beyond academic development”.

The report findings are backed up by the release of the college’s 2015/2016 academic results, where the average score was 35 out of 45 for a second year running – a full five points above the global average. 

In the annual results, 86% of UWC Atlantic College students awarded the IB Diploma scored 30 points or above, with more than 20% achieving 40 points or higher.

At UWC Atlantic College, students split their week equally between their IB studies and co-curricular activities. These are divided among four faculties – Environmental, Global, Social Justice and Outdoor – with each holding special conferences and events throughout the year that “enrich the curriculum” according to IB’s report.

The college’s student-led initiatives and community outreach programmes were praised for encouraging “awareness beyond the individual and his or her immediate community”. These activities range from volunteering with local sustainability protects, to providing music therapy for those with mental health difficulties, and teaching English to refugees. 

The college was also commended for its “exemplary” CAS [Creativity, Activity and Service] programme which ensures “all members of the community are involved in a wide variety of local and global projects”. 

UWC Atlantic College’s association with the IB goes back to the programme’s inception. Founded by German philosopher and creator of the Outward Bound movement Kurt Hahn to be a global college that would make education a force for peace in the world, UWC Atlantic College was a natural place to help shape and establish the radically international curriculum of the IB. 

In 1971, the College became the first school in the UK to discontinue A-levels in favour of the IB, and the first college in the world to adopt the IB as its sole examination qualification. It continues to provide innovative education today with its co- curricular model – where students divide their time between their IB studies and wider activities on campus and in the community. 

Today, UWC Atlantic College has over 350 students from more than 90 countries, and strives to continue building upon its founding principles and “very strong mission statement that is fully aligned with that of the IB” according to the report.  

Academically, the IB commended the college for offering a “remarkable variety of IB Diploma courses in all groups”. The most recent addition to the college’s curriculum has been the Global Politics course, which is taken by more than 60 students; the most enrolled in the subject among all IB schools worldwide.   

The college’s Academic Director, Kate Vincze, said of the report: “The history of the IB is intertwined with the history of UWC Atlantic College.  We are extremely proud of this connection, and want to continue building upon it 50 years on by remaining a pioneering force within the programme. This glowing report is a testament to our continued improvement, both among our outstanding students and innovative staff. Crucially, it confirms that we are still delivering on our founding principal, of making education a force for peace in the world. We are also proud of the results of yet another strong year group and would like to congratulate everyone in the class of 2016.  We look forward to seeing how they go on to apply the education they have experienced here to make a difference in the world.”


Headington girls celebrate another stellar set of results

Another fantastic set of A Levels resulted in many happy faces at Headington this morning. This year 62.5 per cent of all entries were rated at A* or A, and 86.8 per cent were graded at B or higher. Eleven girls achieved three or more A*s, with six taking home four top grades. Girls collected a total of 218 A* and A grades between them, sitting a total of 349 A Levels.

An impressive 80 per cent of all those taking Art recorded an A*, giving the department a clean sweep at A*-A in the subject, while a third of all English students also achieved the highest grade and 36.5 per cent of those studying Maths. In our last year offering Salters’ Chemistry, an alternative more applied Chemistry syllabus, 50 per cent of those taking the qualification achieved the top grade.

The marks add to this year’s excellent set of IB results published in July, which saw one girl, Stephanie Wong, achieving a perfect score and an average points score of 39 out of 45.

Among the individual success stories are Simi Fajemisin, who will take up a place at Harvard College to study Liberal Arts after securing A*AB. Lydia Currie topped off a fantastic summer which included rowing for Great Britain at the Couple de la Jeunesse by securing her place at Edinburgh University with 2A*s and an A. Jenny Bae dropped just 13 marks across 11 papers, achieving a perfect score in her Chemistry, Maths and Biology papers. Her four A*s will see her head off to Cambridge University to study Medicine. Frances Tappin, who is headed to Edinburgh University to study Philosophy, will be well set up to do so after achieving a perfect score in her Religious Studies A Level, giving her an A* and two As. Naomi Robson will study International Relations at Exeter University on an Army scholarship after achieving A*A*A.

Headmistress Mrs Caroline Jordan said: “I would like to congratulate each and every one of our girls on a fantastic set of achievements. It is always a joy to see so many happy faces and to know that all their hard work – and the efforts of our extremely talented staff – has paid off.”

A Level results at a glance: 2016 (provisional) 2015

Passes at A* - A: 62.5 % 64.3 %

Passes at A* - B: 86.8 % 87.2 %

Passes at A* - E: 99.7% 100 %

Heathfield School


EIGHT in ten girls at leading independent girls’ school Heathfield in Ascot achieved all A*-C grades in their A level exams this summer with half achieving all A*-B grades.

In a record year for the Berkshire school, over four in ten (42%) of the exams taken were also awarded the top A*-A grades with 91% of the exams taken scoring an A*-C grade.

All students (100%) achieved A*-B grades in English while 100% achieved A* in Further Mathematics, 86% were awarded A*-C in Mathematics and an outstanding100% of candidates recorded all A*-A grades in every single modern foreign language: French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.

In the Sciences, in the year which saw the opening by Lord Robert Winston of the school’s state-of-the-art STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) facility, three-quarters of students achieved all A grades in Chemistry and over two-thirds (67%) all A grades in Physics with a third achieving A* grades in Biology.

Two girls impressed with six A* grades and 2 A grades between them, with one confirming a place to read Medicine at Keble College, Oxford, and another to read Mathematics at University College, London.

Another student achieved a rare 100 per cent full marks in her Art and Design Photography A level, securing a place at Newcastle University in the process.

Over six in ten girls scored at least one A*-A grade in their exams (63%) while over two-fifths (46%) of the girls achieved at least two A*-A grades in their tally of A Levels.

An outstanding 75% of A Level exams taken at Heathfield were awarded A*-B grades.

Heathfield School Director of Studies Marina Gardiner Legge, who becomes Head of Heathfield in September, said:

‘These outstanding results which see our school’s A level performance improve year on year pay testament to the hard work of staff and students. I look forward to guiding Heathfield onwards as its academic performance continues to flourish.’

A Level breakdown (grades by exams taken):

A* – 18% 

A*-A – 42%

A*-B – 75% 

A*-C – 91%

A*-E – 99%

Percentage of girls with all:

A*-A grades – 17%

A*-B grades – 50%

A*-C grades – 79%


Kingswood School


With 85% of all A2 results at A*- B, 61% at A*/A and 22% at A*, Kingswood students have this year achieved record-breaking results.  An impressive 38 students gained at least three A*/A grades.  Particularly outstanding results were achieved by Freddie Barnes, Peter Edwards, Harriet Haysom , Samuel Liu, Rhiannon Osborne and Isabelle Thornton, who each achieved at least three A* grades. 

Furthermore, every student who completed an Extended Project Qualification achieved either an A* or A, with nearly 80% being awarded the coveted A*.

Headmaster Simon Morris commented:  “I am not at all surprised to see such excellent results from this quite exceptional year group, but I applaud each and every one of them on such terrific achievements. I am delighted to see so many students meeting very challenging offers at leading universities; this year this includes seven students who have secured places to read Medicine.”

Top marks go to Kingswood Head Boy, Ben Bates, who has not only gained a place at Birmingham University to read Medicine, but has also has just finished representing Great Britain in the U23 European Men’s Foil Championships held in Bulgaria.  Here the British team finished ninth in the competition with Ben, and two other competitors, defeating the Hungarian and Turkish teams before losing to Georgia.

Ben has also just qualified for Gyor in Hungary, the U20 World Cup Fencing Event, which takes place in September 2016.  He is currently ranked 5 in the UK for Under 20s and is still only 18 – most fencers peak at the age of 26.

Ben, who lives in Bath, achieved an A* in Chemistry, A in Maths and a A in Biology.  He is going to take a gap year working as well as training with Bath Sword Club at Bath University and is aiming to qualify for the under 20 World Championship Team.

Top marks also go to Yasmine Meaden (18) from Bath who has not only gained excellent results in her A Levels (A* in English Literature, A in Theatre Studies and B in Psychology) but has also been accepted by Guildhall School of Music and Drama onto their highly competitive Preliminary Acting Course. 

Queen Anne's

Academic A Level Success for Queen Anne’s Girls

Queen Anne’s School is pleased to report another year of excellent academic success with a set of A-level exam results for 2016 that the girls can be extremely proud of. We congratulate all of our Upper Sixth on their tremendous achievements, which has delivered 64% of all grades at A*, A or B. In true Queen Anne’s style, we have some outstanding stories of brilliant academic achievement alongside real sporting, musical and dramatic triumphs. 

Headteacher Mrs Julia Harrington said: “Our girls have again done extremely well and I am enormously proud of each and every one of them. These results reflect their considerable hard work, determination and resilience, as well as their talent, and the girls – and their fantastic teachers – are to be warmly congratulated!”

Gabby Woodward from Beconsfield, Buckinghamshire, has demonstrated that academic success does not preclude excellence in other areas of Queen Anne’s girls lives. Gabby, who already studies at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, excels in music composition and has been commissioned to compose a piece which premiered at a special 100th year anniversary concert commemorating The Battle of Jutland and The Battle of the Somme in London. Gabby’s composition also featured at the unveiling of a sculpture at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in memory of the victims of 9/11. Gabby was also announced as a finalist for the National Centre of Early Music (NCEM) Young Composers Award 2015. Gabby will continue her love of music by going on to study Music at Worcester College, Oxford University with a choral scholarship having received 2 A* grades in English Literature and Music and an A grade in Mathematics.

Rosie Dart, from Wargrave, has claimed her place at Durham University with a Vice Chancellors Scholarship to study English having achieved an incredible 3 A* grades in Drama, English Literature and Psychology. Rosie has been an excellent drama student throughout her time at Queen Anne’s and has been offered a prestigious place at the National Youth Theatre. Rosie managed to combine her exceptional drama talents with her charitable personality by raising over £2,000 for Rosie’s Rainbow Trust alongside staging the school’s first ever student directed musical production of ‘Annie’.

Holly Bartlett, will celebrating today with her 3 A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Geography. Holly is a key member of our VOCES8 singing group who continually perform to an excellent standard. The group have collectively gained skills which include working independently, effectively communicating and perseverance which all stand Holly in good stead for her Dentistry course that she will now go on to study at Cardiff University.

Annabel Fountain, our U19B Captain who lead the team to Division Two to become National Champions in the National Schools Lacrosse Championships is celebrating outstanding success by achieving an A* grade in Biology and 2 A grades in French and Geography. Annabel will go on to study Geography at Exeter.

Amelia de Normann, one of Queen Anne’s Head Girls, has done exceptionally well in attaining a dazzling 3 A* grades in Religious Studies, History and English Literature. Amelia continues to demonstrate why she was chosen as Head Girl throughout the past year as she won 4 prizes at Speech Day and a Gold Medal at the Woodley Arts Festival in 2016. Amelia will be focusing her studies on English Literature at Durham University in September.

Charlotte Way from Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, will also be joining Amelia and Rosie at Durham University as she has achieved an A* in Spanish and 2 A grades in English Literature and History. Charlotte will be going on to study Liberal Arts. 

Prefect, Matilda Brock aged 18 from Sonning Common, Berkshire, is celebrating an incredible A* grade in Biology with a further 2 A grades in Geography and Chemistry and will be going on to take up her place to study Medicine at Nottingham University. 

The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s A Level results is as follows:
A* - 9%
A* - A    34%           
A* - B    64%  
A* - C    88%    
Pass     100%    

Buckswood School

Buckswood Sixth Form results are in!

93% A*-E A Level pass rate

100% IB pass rate

Congratulations and good luck at University!


Charterhouse’s 2016 Sixth Form Results

Charterhouse is again celebrating a splendid set of examination results with 92% of Cambridge Pre-U examinations taken awarded Distinction or Merit grades. Forty-eight pupils achieved Distinctions (or their A level equivalent) in all subjects taken; sixteen achieved the equivalent of A level A* grades in all their subjects and, of those, three achieved the absolute top grade available in the examination that they sat (either all D1s or A*s).

The IB Diploma Programme results were extremely strong, too and the highest to date: 80% of grades awarded were either 6s or 7s (a 7 being the highest) and almost 50% of the cohort achieved 40 points or more (typically seen as an average score for Oxbridge entry). Three pupils were awarded 44 points, which is tantalisingly close to the maximum of 45.

Delighted pupils from both courses of study are now celebrating securing their university places, including those pupils who have achieved their offers for Oxbridge entry as well as to leading US universities such as Chicago, NYU, Stanford and UPenn, as well as other top-flight international universities such as Hong Kong. Our Second Year Specialists have done extremely well, indeed.

Mr James Kazi – Deputy Headmaster (Academic) said that he had been “hugely impressed by the commitment of the pupils” and “the endeavour that they had shown in preparing themselves for the examinations”. In addition, he also paid tribute both to the teaching staff, for their superlative work in preparing pupils for the examinations, and the support that was provided by the whole of the Charterhouse community.

The Royal School

Another year of excellent Results at The Royal School
19% achieve A*/ A grades 
STEM Specialism shines through

A-Level students from The Royal School Wolverhampton have distinguished themselves once again in the most rigorous and facilitating subjects.   A most welcome 19% of A Level grades attained are at A*/A with particularly excellent results in our STEM subjects. 80% of our students in chemistry attained A*- B while 57% in maths attained A*-B of which 29% are at A*/A.  In psychology, 50% attain A*/A and an amazing 100% achieved A*/A in modern foreign languages. As a non-selective school, we are very proud of these results.

Worth mentioning are some of our star students who will be heading off to their first choice universities.  Head Boy Bartosz Szyszka will be studying medicine at Imperial College thanks to his three A*s in biology, chemistry, and Polish, one A in maths, and an A in AS physics.  Head of Academics Prefect Kamil Pufal attained three A*s in biology, chemistry, and Polish and an A each in German, maths, and physics.  Kamil will be studying medicine at the University of Birmingham. Elite swimmer and Junior European Champion gold medallist Tom Derbyshire not only concentrated on his sporting performances, he also achieved a very impressive set of A Level results with an A* in biology, an A in psychology, and a B in chemistry.  Talented pianist Tai Kan achieved two A*s in further maths and maths, an A in physics, a B in Chinese and a C in Economics.  He will be pursuing computer science at the University of Warwick. 

Our two top performing girls were Linh Pham with four A Levels -  two A*s in further maths and maths, a B in physics, and a C in economics; and Sandy Boparan with two A grades in biology and psychology, and a B grade in chemistry.  Linh plans to study business management and Sandy will be heading to the University of Birmingham to study Pharmacy.

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

“This is excellent news, particularly at the highest end. We are extremely proud of our students, who have together achieved great results and leave us as truly well-rounded individuals.  At The Royal our focus continues to be on the development of the whole person demonstrated by the academic success of our Elite Swimmers.  The Royal helps young people exceed their aspirations, preparing them to take on leadership roles and succeed in a competitive global world,” said Principal Mr Mark Heywood.




Downside School

This year’s A level results show that Downside School is continuing an upward

trend in academic performance that we have come to expect from England’s

most distinguished Catholic school; in 2016 more than double the number of

pupils achieved straight A*/A as in the previous year and 28% of pupils achieved

at least 3 A*/A grades

Not a school to shy away from the serious subjects that ensure all pupils can apply for quality university places, 23% of this year’s cohort have been awarded a full set of A*/A grades and have achieved places at their first choice of university including Oxbridge, London, Ivy League and places to study medicine.

The school achieved 45% A*/A grades overall; this compares to the national average of 29.5% (Joint Council for Qualifications). In a school clearly looking to stretch the most able, 90% of those who sat the EPQ qualification achieved an A or A* in this challenging academic option.

Dr Whitehead, Downside’s Head Master, has commented “Pupils work extremely hard at Downside and the proof is found in another year of very pleasing academic results”.


Lime House School

Another excellent set of A level results with 58% of A level grades being an A*/A standard and 65% of BTec grades being either Distinction* (A*) or Distinction (A).

Most notable results were in Mathematics where all grades achieved were A* or A and the minimum grades achieved in Physics and Chemistry were B grades. 100% pass rates were also achieved in Business and ICT. At this early stage we believe that all University applicants have gained places at their first choice University.

Bethany School

Celebrating success at Bethany School, Goudhurst

Bethany pupils once again achieved impressive A level results, with a significant improvement in the numbers celebrating A* and A grades.

The vast majority of our pupils are thrilled at securing their preferred choice of university, including a number of Russell Group institutions.
This is a reflection of the hard work of our young people and the dedication of School staff, who enable our pupils to achieve their full potential.  We are delighted that our Head of School Sophie Lowther from Marden, who wowed double Olympic Gold Medallist, Rebecca Adlington with her valedictory address at our Speech Day, achieved straight A*s.

As an indication of the range of opportunities available at Bethany, success in the performing and creative arts continues apace with Immy Oakes (Maidstone) going on to read Fashion Design at Leeds University having secured A grades, while Charlie Deane (Cranbrook) will study automotive and transport design at the world leading centre in this field in Coventry. Other high achievers include Isobel Sherlock (Horsmonden) who will read Politics with Creative Writing at Surrey and William Wilkins (Paddock Wood) will also go there to study Theatre and Performance with Film Studies.  In addition, Jack Wood (Tunbridge Wells) has secured a place at the prestigious East 15 Acting School in London.

Francie Healy, Headmaster, comments:
“I am delighted with our improved results this year.  Our focus on the individual has ensured that pupils of all abilities achieved beyond expectations.  It is a great honour and a privilege to observe such growth in character and accomplishment and I wish our pupils continued success and happiness.  Fundamental to our Philosophy of Learning is that we encourage all pupils to develop excellent learning habits which will serve them well in life after Bethany. I would like to thank our dedicated and hardworking staff who have made this possible.”

Bruton School for Girls

Best ever A Level results for Bruton School for Girls

Bucking the national trend, Bruton School for Girls has announced its best ever set of A Level results with a huge jump in the number of A* grades awarded.

This year, 90 % of all grades awarded were A*-C grades with an impressive 28% gaining the top grade of A*, far above the national trend.

The percentage of girls with three or more passes at A Level has jumped to 96% - the school’s best result ever.

Almost one quarter of girls gained three A Levels at AAB or higher in the tougher ‘facilitating’ subjects which universities favour such as sciences, maths and modern languages.

This excellent set of A Level results continues to build on the girls’ school’s reputation for achieving top academic results, even though it is an academically non-selective school.

Particularly outstanding results were achieved by:

Emma Lipscomb from Shepton Mallet who gained three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be taking up a place to read Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Julia Wons from Templecombe was awarded three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will be studying Maths at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Georgie Lewis from Castle Cary gained an impressive A* in Biology, A in both Chemistry and Music and B in Maths and is heading to Edinburgh to study Medicine.

Antonina Kielkowska from Poland did outstandingly well with five A* in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Polish, plus another two As in Further Maths and French at AS level.  She will be heading to Pembroke College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences.

However, it was not just successes for the mathematicians and scientists with, for example, the English and Art Departments also securing some fantastic grades. 

Tierney Chappell who lives near Bruton gained two A* and an A and will study English and Drama at the prestigious Royal Holloway in London having taken part in the well-respected National Youth Theatre Summer School.  Beth Moody from Glastonbury gained full marks on both her English papers securing two A*, A and C, having had an unconditional offer from Birmingham to study History of Art.  

The English Department had an outstanding set of results with every student gaining either an A* or an A, and the successes continued with the majority of art students awarded A*.

Headmistress, Nicky Botterill, was absolutely delighted with this year’s results: 

“First and foremost we are thrilled for our girls.  These outstanding results are well deserved and a fitting reflection of their resilience and hard work, supported by the excellent teaching here at Bruton. The successes for both the sciences and the arts demonstrate the breadth of our academic achievements but this is all underpinned by the exceptional pastoral care which truly sets us apart and ensures our girls are ready for whatever lies beyond A Levels.”

Wychwood School

Advanced Level Results, 2016

The staff, governors, and head of Wychwood congratulate the Study II (Year 13) girls in Wychwood Sixth on their hard work and strong academic performances, resulting in an excellent 11% A* grades and 64% A*AB grades.  

They have undertaken an individual and sometimes eclectic variety of subject combinations over some 23+ subjects offered.  The girls have maintained their extra-curricular and personal interests alongside their A-levels and will go on to a variety of prestigious universities to read courses that reflect their personalities and aspirations. 

Those girls who have been at Wychwood for many years have gained the full advantages attendant on our small class sizes, academic rigour and personal tutoring.  We are delighted with their achievements, and wish them even more success in the future.   However, those girls who came into Wychwood Sixth two years ago and who have embraced our ethos and values have, in every case, outperformed expectations.  

That we succeed is aptly illustrated in the accolade received from the parent of a girl who completed her A-levels in July 2016, having come to Wychwood in Year 12: 

‘She has changed and developed into a more rounded person, with dreams and aspirations she would never have had if she had gone elsewhere. With the benefit of hindsight I now know that if we had put her in your safe hands earlier, she would have achieved so much more, but we cannot turn the clock back!’

Shiplake College

Shiplake College has received its best ever A Level results, breaking records across the board. Not only has the percentage of results at the top end risen, with 41% A* and A grades compared to 36% in 2015, but the College has also achieved a 100% pass rate for the first time. Most significantly was the 13% rise of A*-C grades, up from 74% last year.

The Headmaster, Gregg Davies, comments: “Naturally I am extremely pleased with this year’s record-breaking results. They are a reflection of a distinctive partnership between the pupils and staff, which includes crucial guidance regarding appropriate A Level and BTEC subject choices and admirable hard work and dedication from all involved.

There are many stories of individual successes, including personal goals achieved at all grade levels. Of note are those who achieved all A*s and As: Ed Warren (Law, Warwick), Scarlett Martin (Psychology, Exeter), Oscar Oglina (Medicine, Bristol), Oli Riley (Theology and Religion, Durham), Sam Collett Fuzesi (Psychology, Southampton), James Fenton (Business Economics, Exeter) and Freddie Brady (Physics and Astrophysics, Bath).

Our Year 13 leavers are going on to a variety of educational establishments, with Exeter, Oxford Brookes and Newcastle remaining popular destinations. Degrees range from Criminology to Architecture, as well as many Business, Sports and Science related courses.

This year also marks the first set of results attained by boys who joined the school in Year 7, when that year group was established in 2009. These boys all gained a high set of results, with a large number of A*, A, and Distinction* grades in their A Level and BTEC subjects.

Congratulations to the class of 2016 and I wish them every success for the next stage of their lives.”

New Hall School

Record Results at New Hall School


Record 81% of grades at A*-B

One quarter of the year group achieve at least 3 A grades

47% of grades at A*-A

94% of grades at A*-C

Oxbridge success

Sixth form students from New Hall School are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results.  The majority have gained a place to study at their first choice university, including Oxbridge successes in highly competitive courses.

Courtney Sanders (School Prefect) gained one A* and three A grades and will read Law at the University of Oxford.  Abigail Wells achieved three A* and two A grades and will read Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge.  Top performer, Matthew Gorton, achieved four A* grades and one A grade and will be reading Physics at the University of Lancaster.  Will Ma achieved three A* grades and one A grade and will be reading Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London.

New Hall’s outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl celebrated brilliant results.  Henry Baird, a former New Hall Preparatory pupil, achieved one A* and 3 A grades and put equal effort into captaining the school’s first fifteen rugby team.  Henry will be reading Classics at Durham University.  Lucy Cracknell achieved two A grades and one B and has secured her place for Dentistry at King’s College, London.

The 2016 A Level grades build on the excellent results seen in previous years, with once again a 100% success rate and a record 81% of grades at A*-B.  New Hall maintained a high number of top grades, bucking the national downward trend; 47% of grades were at A*-A.  Almost one quarter of the year group achieved at least three A grades at A Level.  Overall, 94% of results were at A*-C. 

At New Hall School, it isn’t just about academic success.  Students are offered a range of co-curricular activities, including sports, dance, drama, equestrian, debating and photography, and enjoy the rounded education the variety brings.  New Hall received today stunning LAMDA results from one of the largest school cohorts nationally to be taking the public speaking qualification.  Alice Talbut, Head Girl, achieved Distinction in Grade 8 Gold Medal Public Speaking, with a perfect 100% score.  Former New Hall Preparatory School pupil and riding team vice-captain, Gemma Cotton, achieved two A* and one A grade.  Gemma will read Theology and Religion at the Durham University. 

Other high performers were: Jacob Tan, with two A* grades and one A grade; Mia Chen with two A* grades, one A grade and two B grades; Janna Pan with two A* grades, one A grade, one B and one C; Madelaine Twaite with two A* grades and one A; Katherine Streatfeild with one A* grade and three A grades; Felicity Allen with one A* grade, two A grades and one B; Hugo Tai with one A* grade, two A grades and one B grade; Caroline Buckley with one A* grade and 2 A grades; Zainab Oladipo with one A* and 2 A grades; Laura Weller with one A* grades and two A grades; Zoe Williams with three A grades and one B grade; Charlie Treacher with three A grades and one C grade; Louise Abraham with three A grades and one B grade; and Molly James with three A grades and one B.

Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said “We are incredibly proud of all our students’ successes and it is wonderful to see their excitement today after all their hard work.  We are delighted to hear that so many students have secured places at their first choice universities, to read competitive subjects such as Law, Dentistry and Engineering.  We are pleased to see notable success in STEM-related subjects and so many students securing places for medical, science and mathematics based degrees. It is also a tremendous achievement to see so many New Hall students scoring 100% in A Level modules, which we believe is testament to their hard work and the high quality of teaching.”

Head of Sixth Form, James Alderson, said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate with our students today. The impressive results achieved are a great reward for the hard work of all students.  We wish them every success in their continued studies and future careers.”


Ashford School

Medicine, Maths and the best universities after an impressive set of results at Ashford School

There are celebrations at Ashford School after nearly half of all students achieved the grades needed for entry into the elite universities (A,B,B).

Results day has already confirmed a place to study Maths at Cambridge University for Sam Zhang after he achieved four A*s and an A grade. His fellow student Toby Clifton is also taking up a place at Cambridge University with four A* grades under his belt. He will be studying Natural Sciences.

Nearly a quarter of all students achieved at least three A*/A grades with 40% achieving at least two A*/A grades after two years of dedicated work. Three quarters of students were celebrating at least one A*.

Head Mike Buchanan said: “This is another set of impressive results for our students who come from varied academic backgrounds. The results are testament to their hard work and attitude – but also to the ability of our teachers to draw out the very best from our students.”

Lizzy Aviss, a keen violinist who is off to study Medicine at St George’s University of London, said: “I am absolutely over the moon. It was hard work but it paid off.” Congratulations are also in order for Euan Nicholls who, despite competing at national level on the cross-country field, is taking up a place at Keele to study Medicine after achieving A*, A*, A.

Students at Ashford School are also encouraged to study for EPQs – an Extended Project Qualification. These projects – which can be a 5000 word essay or a product and a 1000 word report – are highly regarded by the best universities as evidence of students learning independence and research skills.

This year six students undertook EPQs: results saw five A*s and one A.


Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is celebrating a bumper crop of top A-level grades this summer, following publication of their students’ A-level results.

72.6% of the grades achieved were at A*-B grade (the fourth highest on record). 91.9% of all grades were recorded at A*-C and 10.7% were at A*, making for another hugely successful year for the Cranbrook Sixth Form.

Many of last year’s Year 13 are off to study at some of the best universities in the world, with ten gaining places to study at Oxbridge. One  such student is Phoebe Thomas who leaves to study Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge after achieving three A*s, while her brother Angus is keen to take up the challenge with four A grades in Year 12. James Lloyd and Imogen Stevens both also finished with straight A*s, while many others finished with straight As and above, including our Head Girl Ellen Pickett who celebrated her 18th birthday on results day with two A*s and an A. We are also celebrating a fantastic year of results in Year 12, where 68% of all grades were at A-B, the best we have ever done. Once again, this is a credit to our hardworking students, outstanding teachers and superbly supportive parent body. 


The Royal High School Bath

Royal High School Stars Continue to Shine

The Royal High Sixth Form students are jumping for joy after another year of exceptional A Level results.

With 82% achieving A*-B grades overall, the percentage of A* grades rose from last year, with the cumulative A*/A % rising by an impressive 7%. Nearly 25% of girls achieved all A*/A at A Level. 

Elizabeth Dunn’s exceptional path to success is inspiring: achieving 2 A*s and an A, Elizabeth overcame the unimaginable challenge of the death of a close family member shortly before her exams to excel in her subjects and secure a place to read French and Spanish at Trinity College, Oxford University. Commenting as she received her stellar results, Elizabeth said “this school has been with me, supporting me every step of this journey: had it not been for the staff here at the school, I would never have considered Oxford for my future.”

An impressive amount of our girls achieved a full sweep of A*/A. Annabel North, who achieved 2 A*s and an A has said “I just can’t believe it, I never thought I’d do that well. I actually thought I’d messed up, but apparently not! I honestly didn’t imagine I could achieve more than one A*”. 
Although Annabel has been accepted onto her chosen course to read Geography, in light of her shining results she is reviewing her plans:
“These results mean somewhere bigger might be on the cards, I’m going to have a gap year and re-think where I’d like to go!”

Mrs Jo Duncan, Head at The Royal High School commented: “I am exceptionally proud to see our students achieving such wonderful results which reflect all the hard work of the past two years. 

“These fantastic results also reflect the outstanding support and teaching our students receive from the staff here at The Royal High School. They are with the girls every step of their learning journey encouraging and enabling them to succeed and I know they will share my pride today.

“The wide range of top universities and subject disciplines our young women will be going on to reflects our commitment to providing an outstanding contemporary education for our students. They leave us as well-educated, well-rounded and well-balanced young women ready for university life and beyond. With the support of the GDST and their Alumnae network, our students will have an invaluable resource to draw on as they embark on their careers”

These excellent A Level figures complement impressive International Baccalaureate results, released in July, with an average score across the cohort of 37 points, 7 points above the world average. Four girls scored 40 points and over, out of the possible total of 45 points.

Anna Weston, IB Coordinator, said: “I am thrilled for our students and proud of all that they have learned and given to the school. This IB cohort was a particularly caring and cohesive group; they worked hard, played hard and cared deeply for each other. They deserve everything they have achieved.”


Abingdon School


Number of boys sitting A Levels:                             139                

% of passes at grade A*:                                 17.5%

% of passes at grade A* and A:                             55.9%        
% of passes at grades A* to B:                             84.3%
% of passes at grades A* to C:                             94.6% 
% of passes at grades A* to E:                             99.8%    

Number of boys with 4 Grade A*s or more:         2            

Number of boys with 3 Grade A*s or more:          7            

Number of boys with 2 Grade A*s or more:         23          

52 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A or A*

The Head, Miss Felicity Lusk, said: 
“This set of A level results sees almost 40% of the boys gaining A* or A grades in three or more subjects and complements the wide-ranging achievements of a talented year group.  Their enthusiasm to seize the many opportunities available to them and their determination to work hard to achieve the best they can will ensure they have a very bright future.  I wish the boys and their families all the very best and I thank them and the staff at Abingdon for all their hard work.”

Eastbourne College

Another excellent year for A level results at Eastbourne College 

Once again Eastbourne College girls and boys are celebrating another superb set of A level and AS level results with 77% of all grades at A*, A or B.  

Outstanding individual performances came from Toby Brooks with five A* grades; Sophie Noton with four A* and one A grade; Tianyu Wang with three A* and one A grade; and Mia Finnamore, Megan Good and Robert Meikle each achieved three A* grades.  Vanessa Erl and Ivan Loginov secured an excellent two A* and two A grades. Nick Atkins, Katie Butler-Manuel, Lucy Hyde and Jack Turner all attained two A* and one A grade.  A further twelve pupils achieved at least one A* and two A grades and there were many, many other notable performances.

Commenting on these achievements, newly-appointed Headmaster Tom Lawson said: 

‘We are delighted that these headline figures confirm, once again, how Eastbourne College pupils achieve results of which they and their families can be very proud.  The College serves to bring the very best out of each individual, ensuring that every young woman or young man successfully responds to our realistic, high expectations of them.’
At AS level, the Lower Sixth also performed well, with 60 % of grades awarded A or B, positioning them well for a highly successful final year at the College. 

The Headmaster said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with how this year’s sixth formers have risen to the challenge of their AS and A level examinations and really pleased for all those who have done so very well. These results are a real tribute to the hard work of the pupils and teaching staff of Eastbourne College. We celebrate their outstanding individual and collective success both in and beyond the classroom.’

Steyning Grammar

  • Yet again another set of outstanding examination results from Steyning Grammar School’s Sixth Form College students –99% pass rate at A Level. Over 50% of grades at A*-B at A Level.  
  • Exceptional attainment in Sciences, Maths, English and Humanities.
  • Prestigious progression destinations and offers at highly sought after research based universities including four for Oxbridge.
  • Increasingly impressive higher level apprenticeships including places with Thales, the NHS, DHL and Wilton Park.

Headteacher, Nick Wergan is delighted to announce another excellent set of A level results for Steyning Grammar School Sixth Form College. "We are yet again immensely proud of our fantastic Sixth Form students whose hard work and determination has produced the outstanding outcomes they deserve. A pass rate 99% at A level from a cohort of 274 students for the fourth consecutive year is a measure of this success, with 24% of our results at the highest A or A* level and 52% at B Grade or higher. Given the national context of fluctuating results, and the changes to linear testing, it is incredibly pleasing to see our high standards again maintained. In 30 of our A level subjects, the pass rate was 100%. Value added is once again strongly positive, indicating that Steyning Sixth Form College students make stronger progress than the national average from GCSE to A level.

Sixth Form exams are tough qualifications – our students have shown the grit and growth mind-sets needed to be successful, guided by excellent teaching and support staff. It requires a great team effort, from students, home and school, for a Sixth Form of our size to perform with consistent excellence like this, and I am grateful to all for meeting our high expectations. As ever, it is the way our students achieve as well as what they achieve that impresses me – and I thank them all for the zest and curiosity they have put into being such fantastic Steyning Grammar role models. They deserve the exciting destinations in front of them, at University, in work and increasingly in post-18 Apprenticeships and I am hugely confident of their future accomplishments in these pathways. These results have opened the doors for them, and their strong Learning Characteristics will ensure they continue to be happy and successful”.

We are impressed with the high achievements of our very academically able students. Five students attained 4 or more A* and A grades; Rosie Dommett who is progressing to the University of Sheffield having gained 1 A* and 4 A grades, to read Physics and Astrophysics, Amy Haeffner who will study Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter with 4 A grades and 1 A*, Ben O’ Brien with 4 A* grades has been accepted for Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London and Calum White with 3A* and 1 A grade who takes up a place at the University of Oxford to follow a degree course in Physics. Jocelyn Francis with 3 A* and 1 A grade will be studying Psychology at Bristol University.

Steyning also congratulates the exceptional achievement of students achieving three A*/A grades, where all take up places at their first choice universities. The University of Oxford is also the destination for Atticus Albright for Biological Sciences and Mark Nader for Computer Sciences. Head Girl, Olivia Francis will be taking up her place at Cambridge University to read English. Samuel Bowers going to the University of Warwick for French Studies with German where he will be joined by Tobias Heaver who progresses to read Mathematics having attained 3 A* grades and outstanding grades on the Maths Sixth Term Examination Papers. Nicholas Bristow takes up a place at the University of Southampton to follow Modern History and Politics. The University of Exeter is the destination for Louisa Hunt and the University of Birmingham for India Nathan, both students will be reading History. Anastasia Maciver proceeds to Birmingham City University to study English and Creative Writing. Toluwani Oyegbesan will be at Loughborough University to commence a degree course in Accounting and Financial Management, William Sproxton-Miller has chosen the University of St Andrews to study English and Amber Varley the University of Leeds for English and Sociology.

In Further Mathematics and Mathematics, 33 students obtained an A* or A grade with STEM subject uptake and successes continuing to routinely outperform national trends. In facilitating subjects; English Literature 9 students attained A* or A grades and in History 11 students. In German, French and Spanish at A level the pass rates were 100% A*-C. Elsewhere in the curriculum, there was a 100% pass rate in the BTEC National Diploma in Sport. Nine students attained the ultimate Double Distinction grading and in Music Practitioner all grades were at Merit or above, equating to A*-B grades. Exemplary results in Creative Arts with 13 entrants gaining A*-B grades in Art and 11 in Photography, many of whom will be starting on Art Foundation courses at local colleges this September.

Alongside these, there are many other excellent sets of results, including many which represent real achievements for the students concerned, even though they may not hit the headlines. As a comprehensive school we also pride ourselves on offering opportunity as widely as possible. Prestigious apprenticeship contracts have been secured by some of our leavers including: Louise Harris at Wilton Park in Digital Marketing and social Media Design, Laura Brooker with Thales in Project Control and Bid Management, Ruby Taylor with the NHS, Tom Gayner with DHL in logistics and William Brookshaw through TrAC for Morgan Sindal Construction. Higher level apprenticeships are a practical way to start a career offering a chance to work towards qualifications through an employer while earning. Careers in finance and banking are being pursued by Emily Andrew with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Ella Gardner with American Express. Exam results are only one part of education and this year group have been a wonderful group to work with in every respect. They have been fully involved in the extensive co-curricular life of the College, and have been excellent role models who have inspired the younger years and shown considerable leadership. We are equally proud of all our students who have worked extremely hard. Our dedicated teachers, support staff and parents all play their part in supporting the students through one of their most challenging periods in education.

As one of only 38 State Boarding Schools in the UK, Sixth Form College boarders at Steyning demonstrated that they have already made a successful transition to independent learning and living with progression routes to UK and overseas universities with others taking up deferred places following gap year placements.

There were also excellent performances in the AS examinations by our Y12 students, suggesting an equally promising group for next year’s A level, BTEC National and Music Practitioner. Adam Dillamore, Hannah Appleton and Kenny Adebanjo all attained 5 A grades. The following students attained 4 grades at A; Oliver Allman, Ella Canton, Hannah Jones, Hannah Morris, Maia Peat, James Shepherd, Alex Thomas, Emma Vickers and Harriet Williams. Georgina Liley and Connie Lynas both gained A grades in all of their examined subjects. Year 12 students have laid excellent foundations for the coming year and we know that they will continue to strive to reach the highest standards in their learning and enrichment opportunities.

King's Rochester

King’s Rochester is celebrating another year of top A level results! 

Just under a third of all passes were in the coveted A* and A brackets and 58% were top grades A* to B. 83% of all passes were A* to C. This year the 40% of students in the grammar stream at this broad-ability school achieved an average points score per pupil equivalent to three A* grades each. Pretty impressive results from a broad-ability intake!

With such a set of results, it is no surprise that star performers Jessica Xu (A*AAA), outgoing Head Girl, Georgia Luckhurst (A*AA), Il Ho Park (A*AA) and Francesca Moorman (AAA), will take up places at top universities - UCL (Civil Engineering), St Andrew’s (English), Imperial (Biomedical Engineering) and St Andrew’s (Biology and Geography) respectively. Top achievers, Abbey Thornhill (A*A*B), Deputy Head Girl, Sasha Napoli (A*AB), and Jourdain Grech (AAAB) will, likewise, take up degrees reading Economics, Fine Art and Mathematics. Well done to all!

In addition, Alexandra Lucinschi deserves particular mention. She joined King’s just four years ago from Moldova, gained an astonishing five A levels in Art (A), Russian (A), Spanish (B), French (B) and Business Studies (C) and will go on to read Modern Languages at UCL. 

“This has been another impressive year for our A level results”, said Principal, Jeremy Walker Principal of this popular independent school. “But, as a high-achieving, broad-ability school we are just as interested in the value we add to a pupil’s results. Not everyone can be a straight A-grade student but if a pupil is taught in ways which help them to better understand their subjects, then they will improve and realise the best results they possibly can! My hearty congratulations go to all our hardworking students and their talented staff for such an impressive set of results today”.

The Call of the East
Who would have thought that a love born at five years old for a very specific form of Kyokushinkai Japanese karate would grow into a love of all things Eastern - and to a degree in Korean Studies for King’s Rochester Sixth Former, Delphi Day- Winter? 

“As a little girl, karate was a great passion of mine”, said Delphi. “I remember having to bow when we entered the Dojo, calling my teacher Sensei and being taught to count and the names of the moves in Japanese. From that point onwards, I was hooked on the East!” “My interest only deepened with age and, as access to Korean popular culture grew, I began to watch dramas and listen to music and to learn more about Korean history and culture too”. 

Delphi’s A* B C in Art, English and Religious Studies respectively have opened the door to a place at Sheffield University to read for a degree in Korean Studies – and she couldn’t be happier. “One day I hope to live and work in Asia and this is the first step to realising that dream”, she said.

King’s Principal, Jeremy Walker, added, “One of the major strengths of King’s as a broad-ability school is our commitment to ensuring that each individual pupil obtains the results at A level to get them on to the best course in the best place for them to study their chosen subjects for their future careers. Pupils and their staff work hard here to enable aspirations to be realised and Delphi now has a very exciting future in her sights. We wish her all the very best in her studies”.

Double the A level celebrations for King’s Moorman twins 
2016 has been another great year for A level successes at King’s Rochester but there will be double celebrations tonight in one household! 
Twins, Francesca and Charlotte Moorman, who have been at King’s since Year 7, have today, scooped a double-helping of top grades and are looking forward to taking up places on prestigious degree courses in September – at opposite ends of the country! Francesca’s three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Geography will take her to St Andrew’s to read for a degree in Biology and Geography whilst Charlotte’s A*BB in Art and Design, History of Art and Religious Studies have enabled her to take up a placement at Christie’s Auction House where she will also study for her BA in History of Art and Art World Practice. 

Jeremy Walker, Principal of this popular, broad-ability school, said, “My hearty congratulations go to Charlotte and Francesca today and to all our hardworking students and their talented staff for such an impressive set of results.”

He continued, “This has been another good year for King’s A level pupils and we are very proud of them all. One of the major strengths of King’s is our commitment to ensuring that each individual pupil obtains the results at A level to get them on to the best course in the best place for them to study their chosen subjects for their future careers. For some this could be a place at Oxbridge, a top Russell Group university such as Durham or Bristol, or one of the newer universities offering more vocational degree courses; for others it may be a prestigious, specialist institution like the Royal College of Music or Christie’s. Good luck to all our talented leavers this year. I have no doubt that they will continue to thrive as they enter Higher Education”.


Lancing College

Pupils from Lancing College have performed extremely well in the 2016 A Levels, with 22% scoring A* and 77.2% A* to B.

  • 53% of pupils secured grades of A* or A
  • All five offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge have been successful
  • Average UCAS Score 385, which is in excess of A*AA
  • The modal score is A across all pupils
  • Two pupils will be going to the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music

Commenting on the results Dominic Oliver, Headmaster said “I am delighted at the results this year; they come in the context of a continually changing educational climate and our pupils have performed exceedingly well -  we are very proud of them. We have seen exceptional results from pupils who have been at Lancing since the age of 13 as well as those who joined us just for the Sixth Form. The results demonstrate the success of Lancing’s genuinely all-round approach: our excellent academic results are achieved within an environment where pupils also take part in a wide range of co-curricular activities. Our role at Lancing is to ensure academic excellence and to prepare our pupils to enter the next stage of their lives, independent, confident and self-aware. Pupils, parents and staff alike have a great deal to celebrate today.”

Here are just some of the results and destinations that have been chosen by this year’s A Level pupils:

Matilda Dichmont (Chichester) attained 5 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics. She has a confirmed place and choral scholarship at Trinity College Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Matilda (Tilly) is the oldest of three Lancing students.

Grace Hanna (Horsham) confirmed place to read Mathematics at Oxford. Grace attained four A* grades in History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics and an A grade in French.

Joseph Banfield (Worthing) - Achieved A*s in German and History, A in Dutch, B in French.  He has a firm place at Durham University for Liberal Arts (with specialism in Politics and Languages).

Beth Richardson (Lancing) has a confirmed place at University of East Anglia on the highly prestigious English and Creative Writing course having attained a clean sweep of A grades in English Literature, Religious Studies and History.

Florence Hardy (Seaford) joined Lancing in the Sixth Form and has a confirmed place at Edinburgh University to read Philosophy and English.  Florence attained a clean sweep of A grades in Economics, English Literature and History.

As well as excellent grades Lancing has once again supported pupils in finding the right courses to suit their individual interests. This year our students will be going to:

  • UCL’s prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture
  • University of Bristol to read for a degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Imperial College London to read for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art to read Art History

Guy Leads the Way at King’s

Local student Guy Torrance came top of the A level rankings at King’s College this year, achieving an impressive clean sweep of four A* grades in biology, chemistry, maths and physics. Guy, who will be taking a gap year, will apply to study medicine in 2017.

The school was last week celebrating a strong set of A level results. The A* to B rate was 61%, with an overall pass rate of 98%. Twelve students gained three or more A* or A grades. Along with Guy, others to perform particularly well were Henry Cole, with A*s in geography and history and an A in German; James Crocker, with an A* in maths and As in chemistry, further maths and physics; Marco Lung, with A*s in art, maths and further maths; Richard Milbradt, with A*s in economics, maths and physics and an A in chemistry; Hugo Lyon with A*s in maths and physics and As in chemistry and further maths; Grace Murray with an A* in biology and As in chemistry and maths.

Other high achievers include George Willis with As in economics, geography and philosophy of religion and ethics; Felicity Hamilton with As in biology, chemistry and geography; Michelle Chan with As in Chinese, further maths and maths, and Bs in biology and chemistry.

This year King’s College leavers will be going to universities both in the UK and across the world, including Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Imperial College, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham, to study a wide range of subjects including engineering, veterinary science, medicine, law, history and architecture.

In 2014 two Indian students blazed a trail as the first scholars from that country to come to the King’s Sixth Form. Both have done exceptionally well: Ananth Palaniappan achieved A*s in maths, further maths and physics and an A in chemistry, and Advik Sanyal gained A*s in maths and further maths and As in chemistry and economics. Ananth will be going to Cornell University in the USA to read physics and Advik has a scholarship to read economics at the London School of Economics.

Departments which have done particularly well this year include art, where an outstanding 83% of the students gained A* to B grades. Other departments performing well in the A* to B measure include: German (91%), chemistry (64%), drama (75%), economics (72%), maths (62%), English (65%), geography (63%) and further maths (100%). At the top A* level, the College’s nationally acclaimed design and technology department performed particularly well, with one fifth of the candidates gaining the top grade. Half the candidates in further maths gained A*s; 28% in maths; and 29% in physics. 

Commenting on these results, the Headmaster, Richard Biggs, said: “I am delighted to see the success spread across the sciences, the creative subjects, the humanities and the languages. I congratulate our students warmly on their achievements, which represent many years of hard work and, more importantly, keen interest; and I thank my teaching staff for their enthusiasm and unstinting support of the candidates. As always, the true excitement of these results lies not in the headline figures, but in the individual successes, the stories that lie behind the grades. I am as delighted with those students who have worked their socks off to get solid B grades and secure places at top universities as I am with Guy’s astonishing virtuoso performance of four A*s. They all deserve credit and praise. One thing I know for certain: our students are going on to make their mark on the world. They have been a terrifically talented and enthusiastic year group and their achievements both inside and outside the classroom speak volumes for their all-round ability, their leadership skills and their resilience. We will keep a fond eye on them all as they forge their way in the world.”

The Duke of York's Royal Military School

A Level and BTEC results for The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School students are celebrating a third year of increased success at A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses today.

Some 52 students in Year 13 were entered for more than 25 different A Level and BTEC courses, with 98.1% passing with two or more subjects.

Joe Graham achieved an A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Spanish, a B in Physics and a C in Chemistry and is off to his first choice of University of Manchester to study Artificial Intelligence. Lucy Davies, a School Prefect and Junior Under Officer, achieved A* in Business Studies, B in Psychology and B in Biology and is also going to her first choice of University of Southampton to study Nursing (Paediatric). Tadiwanashe Mkonto (Junior Under Officer) achieved an A in Mathematics, a B in Physics and a C in Chemistry and is going to his first choice of University of Kent to study Actuarial Science.

Chris Russell, the School’s Executive Principal and Commandant stated: “These excellent A Level results demonstrate how students can study at a very high level and also participate fully in sport, combined cadet force, ceremonial and other social activities. This special combination develops superb qualities of leadership, character and resilience. I am very proud of all the students, and of the teachers who have helped them achieve these results.”

Head of Sixth Form Patrick Barber said: “Students have worked hard to achieve these results as well as meeting the individual targets we encourage them to set whatever their ability. Our support doesn’t stop with the results, and we’re busy helping students to finalise their university, employment or military career plans.”


Godolphin School

Mrs Emma Hattersley, Head of Godolphin Salisbury, is “absolutely delighted” to announce that the A-level results for 2016 are the best in the past three years.

The percentage of A* has held steady, with bigger increases in the A* - A and A* - B categories.

            A*        A* - A        A* - B
    2016        14%        47%        81%
    2015        14%        44%        74%
    2014        11%        46%        74%

“This is a wonderful achievement and I would like to congratulate all those involved – the girls, their families and the staff at Godolphin. This is really something to celebrate” said an elated Mrs Hattersley.

Four subjects recorded 100% pass at either A* or A: Art, Latin, Food Technology and Music. While several subjects showed 100% A* - B: English Literature, French, History of Art, History, Maths, PE and RS. There was also a good showing in the sciences where 14% of the cohort achieved A* for Biology, 18% A* for Chemistry and 20% A* for Physics.

Head Scholar, Emilia Ames, has achieved amongst the highest A-level results in the country! Her five A*s included maximum marks in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and secures her place to read Natural Sciences at Robinson College, University of Cambridge. Lucy Simon and Isabelle Bryan both received 100% in their Art exams.

Congratulations to Emilia and to all the A-level students who produced an excellent set of results.

Other notable achievements were Best Eiamsumang, Sarah Kuszynski, Annabel Smith (Head Girl) and Philippa Sumner who collectively gained a total of 5A*s and 8As.

Mrs Hattersley said “congratulations to all the girls on an outstanding set of results. The range of higher education and other opportunities the girls are going on to highlights the diversity of their talents, and the education available to them at Godolphin. It is very rewarding to see the students entering the fields of Science, Engineering, Medicine and the Arts.”

AS results were also well received in a year where there was a ‘mixed economy’ between reformed and unreformed subjects. 82% of all papers taken gained an encouraging A-C grade with eight students achieving three or more A grades.  Congratulations to Katie Henderson for achieving straight As in five subjects and to Anna van der Horst (Head Girl 2016-17) obtaining four A grades. Sisters Emilia and Madeline Ames and Alexandra and Charlotte Burdge will have more to celebrate next week when the younger sisters get their GCSE results.


Rydal Penrhos

Pupils at Rydal Penrhos are celebrating another year of fantastic A-level results.

As results were published nationwide on Thursday, August 18, pupils at the school achieved a 96.8 per cent pass rate for their efforts.

Once again A* and A were the most frequently awarded marks, with 34.9 per cent gaining the top grades, an increase of 3.4% from the previous year.

In addition 60.3 per cent of entries achieved passes at A*- B, which is a 3.8% hike from 2015.

A* - C grades reached their highest total in three years at 76.2 per cent.

Head boy Shaswath Ganapathi, of Colwyn Bay, was rewarded with two A* grades in Biology and Chemistry, while also achieving two A’s in Mathematics and Physics, and will now go on to study Medicine at the University of Brimingham.

Other pupils celebrating success are Egle Budrevicuite and Chino Iwobi, who picked up a pair of A* grades, while Alex Bytheway gained one A* and three A’s and will head to York University to study Chemistry.

James Sanders gained two A*’s in Maths and Further Maths earning him a place at Durham University (Computer Science), and Lloyd Parry-Williams, having not applied for university before the results were revealed, has now set in sights on a place after gaining an A* and two A’s.

Chemistry pupils at the Colwyn Bay school gained superb results, with 75 per cent of pupils achieving A*-B grades.

The modern languages department also achieved impressive grades with every pupil studying French, German or Chinese obtaining A-C marks.

Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “These results are due to exceptional hard work of our pupils, combined with teaching of the highest level, which are things we are very proud to boast here at Rydal Penrhos.

“We wish each of them well as they move on to their future academic careers and look forward to hearing about their future progress.”
Other success came from eight pupils who obtained A* grades in their OCR Technicals Diploma in Sport, including Wales U18 international and RGC senior squad member Efan Jones.

This latest set of impressive grades comes on the back of Rydal Penrhos’ International Baccalaureate results, where the school achieved an average score of 33 points, which is the equivalent of three A* grades at A-level, with Anjalina Mitra gaining 44 out of a possible 45 points.

Rendcomb College


Pupils at Rendcomb College, the independent co-educational day and boarding school in Gloucestershire, are collecting their record-breaking A Level results today.

This year, pupils achieved an average of 374 UCAS points, bringing the average clutch of results per student to AAA with 95% making it in to their chosen university.

The school, famous for championing an inclusive and broad-ranging education, has exceeded results from previous years bringing the A* to A count up to nearly 50%.

Headmaster Rob Jones said: “I believe that much of this success comes from the close working relationship that pupils and staff can form in a small school. These pupils contribute in all areas of school life but are also hard-working and reflective learners who are well taught.

“I now look forward to following the progress of our newest alumni as they embark on undergraduate courses at their chosen universities including Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Leeds, Exeter and Cardiff.”

Speaking about the Sixth Form provision at Rendcomb College, Rob said: “Last year we announced that we would reduce our Sixth Form day fee by 30%, an unprecedented move but one which has been welcomed and supported by local families. We now have a Lower Sixth cohort that is double the size of last year’s group. Today’s results once again reaffirm that Rendcomb College provides an unrivalled environment for pupils to grow, explore and learn.”



Bede’s Sixth Form Achieves Best-Ever Grades

Sixth Form students at Bede’s Senior School have once again broken school records with 25% of all grades at A*, 53% at A*-A and 78% at A*-B.

These successes build on Bede’s ranking for two successive years in the top 1% of schools in the UK for Value Added, with 60% of all grades at A or A* in a startling 17 subjects including English, Maths, Music, Computing and Sport.

Most notably, pupils at Bede’s Art School earned 100% A*-B grades for the sixth consecutive year, with 67% of all grades at A*, while Bede’s on-site Legat School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance saw every single pupil achieve the equivalent of straight A* grades in their vocational dance qualifications.

With 100% A*-B grades in Economics, Philosophy and Ethics, and Latin, 86% A*-B grades in Chemistry and 82% A*-B grades in Design Technology, Bede’s departments achieved top grades in a diverse array of areas including over 75% A*-B grades in Media Studies, Further Maths, Geography and Theatre Studies.

Individual high-achieving pupils included Nadia Gjerdingen and Ben Laws, both of whom earned straight A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths, Joshua Simonassi, who earned straight A*s in History, Spanish and English Literature, and Jack Rickard, who earned A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics with an additional A in Computing.

Straight A*-A grades were also earned by a substantial number of pupils including Bede’s Head of School for the year Bertie Cook and the trio of Alice Potter, Joe Robson and Harvey Cole, three of the year group’s brightest performers and lead players in Bede’s production of Into The Woods at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre last February.

John Tuson, Bede’s Academic Deputy Head, said of these accomplishments, “It is extremely gratifying that so many of the pupils who have achieved at the highest levels academically are also those who have contributed most to the life of our School. Indeed, for well in excess of half of all grades to be at A or A* is quite remarkable, particularly in light of Bede’s continued determination to not top-slice its intake.”

Outgoing Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney added, “My final cohort at Bede’s have exceeded all ours and their expectations and I am delighted to be leaving Bede’s on a high note. I have seen this wonderful group of young people achieve so much inside and outside the classroom and to have that success underscored by such excellent exam results is wonderfully affirming. Once again, Bede’s commitment to academic excellence, whilst valuing every individual within a holistic educational environment, has borne great dividends for our pupils.” 



Burford School

    2016    2015    2014    2013
A*- A    35%    25%    28%    23%
A* - B    63%    50%    52%    53%
A* - C    81%    76%    73%    71%
A* - E    99%    100%    99%    99%
Students    115    92    82    85

Once again students at Burford School have been celebrating some excellent ‘A’ level and BTec results. Deputy Headteacher, Mr James Pilgrim said:

‘Our students have achieved another outstanding set of results. We are so pleased for them and know that the hard work and efforts that they and their teachers have all put in over the last two years has enabled so many of them to take up their first choice University places. We are particularly pleased to have three students taking up places at Oxford and Cambridge, demonstrating the excellent environment for learning that Burford School continues to provide.’

Some individual results of particular note are as follows:

Four A*/A grades:
Kieth Collister – Computing, Maths, Further Maths, Physics (A*A*A*A*) going to Cambridge University to read Computer Science
Joseph Duffy – Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics (A*A*A*A*) going to Cambridge University to read Natural Sciences
Mia West – Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, EPQ (A*A*A*A*) going to Durham University to read Physics  
Annabel Redman – English Lit, French, Geography, Spanish (AAAA*) going to Oxford University to read Spanish and Russian
Lara Connolley – Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics (AAAA) going to Leeds University to read Medical Biochemistry

Three A*/A grades:
Emma Becket – English Lit, French, Geography (A*A*A) going to Bristol University to read French and Spanish
Maggie Boyd – Biology, Chemistry, Maths (A*AA) going to Manchester University to read Biochemistry
Becky Chatwell – Biology, English Lit, History (AAA) going to York University to read English and History
Jack Davies – Geography, Psychology, PE (AAA) going to Bristol University to read Geography
Jenny Digby – Maths, Further Maths, Physics (A*A*AB) going to Sheffield to read Civil Engineering
George Genc – Biology, Chemistry, Maths (AAA) going to Durham to read Biological Sciences
Ella Gorton – Biology, Maths, Spanish (AAA) going to Manchester University to read Anatomical Sciences
Will Legood – Biology, Economics, English Lit (AAA) going to Bristol University to read Law
Matthew Pilkington – Maths, Further Maths, Physics (AA*A) going to Southampton University to read Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Emma Purvis – Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths (AAABB) going to St Andrew's University to read Geology
Liana Sandhu – French, History, Spanish (A*A*A) going to Leeds University to read Ancient History and History
Andrew Skidmore – Maths, Further Maths, Physics (A*AAB) going to Manchester University to read Mathematics

Two A*/A grades:
Martha Austin (AABB) going to Southampton University to read Biomedical Sciences
Emily Day (AABB) going to Leeds University to read Human Physiology
Neoma Fisher (AAB) going to Bristol University to read Medicine
Annie Harrison (AAB) going to Manchester University to read Psychology
Raif Johnson (A*AB) going to Loughborough University to read Mathematics
Courtney Jones (A*ABB) going to Birmingham to read Criminology
Natalie Law (A*AB) going to Southampton University to read Film
Harry Williamson (A*AB) going to Exeter University to read Economics

Other Achievements:
61 students (53%) achieved an A*/A in at least one subject
100% of students studying French achieved an A*/A grade
100% of students studying Further Maths achieved an A*/A grade
100% of BTEC grades were Distinction Star/Distinction
75% of students studying English Literature achieved an A*/B grade
100% of Product Design grades were A*/C
100% of Drama grades were A*/C
86% of Art grades were A*/B


St George's Ascot

Top Marks for St George’s Ascot Students

Girls at St George’s School in Ascot are celebrating today after achieving excellent A level results, with many individual students gaining outstanding grades as well as entrance to top Russell Group universities.

With 74% of all results graded A*/B, the girls and staff are justly proud of their fabulous achievements. 

Top marks in the school go to Moe Kishima, who was awarded 3 A*s, 2As and an A grade in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Moe is thrilled to be accepting a place to read Medicine at University College London.   Other girls achieving stellar marks include Head Girl, Lottie Hughes who has not only led St George’s over the past year, providing an invaluable link between staff and students but has also achieved A*, A, A.  Other notable performers are Jade Agnew and Qianyi Deng who both achieved 2A*s, A.

Particularly impressive results were awarded in Modern Foreign Languages with 100% of students achieving A*/A in French, Spanish and Russian.  Additionally, 100% of students achieved A*/B in Further Mathematics.

St George’s girls also excelled in the EPQ with 86% achieving A*/A.  This research project which is highly regarded by top universities stands the girls in good stead for the independent study skills required of undergraduates.  From September 2016, all Sixth Form students at St George’s will study for this qualification alongside their A level studies.

Headmistress, Rachel Owens commented: “Every girl has worked extremely hard to achieve this outstanding set of results - I am proud of each and every one of them.  A key indicator of our success at St George’s is our value-added score, which shows that our students achieved on average 1.5 grades higher than predicted by baseline testing.  These confident young women have the life skills as well as the results they need to pursue the careers of their choice and I wish them all the very best of luck for the future”.


Burgess Hill Girls

A* to A grades improve by a staggering 12% as Burgess Hill Girls yet again exceed 80% A*-B.

Another set of superb A level results have placed Burgess Hill Girls amongst the very strongest schools in Sussex. Despite warnings from exam boards that A levels are becoming harder, Burgess Hill Girls have bucked the trend, gaining their highest ever proportion of A*-A grades. For the fifteenth consecutive year, Burgess Hill Girls’ A*-B record stands at over 80%.  

This year, the 12% increase in A*-A grades confirms Burgess Hill Girls is maximizing the outcomes of its most aspirational students whilst maintaining consistency at the top end. At Burgess Hill Girls, individual learning programmes are the key to success and this has been clearly demonstrated by these outstanding results.

Top grades in Modern Foreign Languages are recognised nationally as amongst the most difficult to achieve. In this highly competitive area, Burgess Hill Girls gains an outstanding 88% A*-A record. With two thirds of the year group taking at least one Science or Mathematics A Level, we are also proud to highlight the strength of the school in encouraging girls to pursue STEM subjects at school and university.

The vast majority will be heading off to their chosen universities to pursue a wide variety of first choice courses. Others are setting off on gap year adventures confident that their excellent results have secured them university places deferred until September 2017.
Their destinations and course choices are impressive and diverse: 

Teresa Fu, an outstanding academic scholar and boarder, achieved 4 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Art. In October, Teresa takes up a place to read Architecture at the University of Bath.

Head Girl, Nikita Kandwala from East Grinstead, achieved an impressive A* in Spanish and A grades in Latin and English Literature. In addition to these outstanding results, Nikita also achieved an A* in her Extended Project Qualification, in which she investigated the extent to which emojis and emoticons constitute a bona fide language. We wish Nikita all the best for her future endeavours as she takes up a place to read Spanish and Linguistics at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

Deputy Head Girl Elizabeth Fuller, from Hassocks, achieved A*/A/A in Geography, Biology and History respectively, as well as an A* in her Extended Project Qualification with a geographical focus. This impressive tally secures her a place at her first choice university, Durham, to read Geography.  

Georgiana Kloos, from Seaford, is celebrating her A* in Mathematics together with two further A grades in Further Mathematics and Physics.  These wonderful results confirm her place at the University of Bristol to read Aerospace Engineering.

With an A* in Spanish, and two further A grades in French and Mathematics, Matilda Loughton, from Burgess Hill, meets her offer of a place at Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge, where she will read Modern and Medieval Languages.

Highly creative Chloe Shilton, from Lindfield, gets an A* in Media Studies and another two A grades in English Literature and Fine Art. Following an impressive work experience stint with Burberry, Chloe will go on to study her first choice course, Fashion Journalism, at London College of Fashion, University of Arts, London.

Both Caroline Welford and Alicia Critchley take up places to study one of the most competitive courses, Medicine. Alicia, from Burgess Hill, gained A* in Biology and another two A grades in Chemistry and Physics and is off to the University of Cardiff. Caroline, from Horsted Keynes, achieved straight A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, which confirm her place at the University of Southampton.

Warm congratulations go also to Phoebe Izzard-Davey, from Cuckfield, whose impressive results in Media Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies and English Literature mean she can pursue her passion for radio production, as she takes up a place to read Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Another Cuckfield success, Beth Howell, is off to read English Literature at the highly competitive University of Exeter. 

There is another superb crop of straight A grades for Isabel Widdowson, from Burgess Hill, in Business Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies and Religious Studies. Together with an A* in her Extended Project Qualification, this impressive haul wins Isabel a place at her first choice university, Nottingham, to read International Management.

Several students who achieved highly last year, elected to take a gap year and have since secured unconditional offers from a number of Russell Group universities. Laura Darnley has accepted a place to read Political Economy at Kings College, University of London. Katherine Lane, from East Grinstead, will go on to read Neuroscience at University of Sussex and Alexandra Wright, from Wivelsfield Green, takes up a place at Queen Mary, University of London to read Biomedical Sciences.

Boarders, Priscilla Chau, Spring Kuk, and Jessica Liu achieved some excellent A* and A grades and have secured places at University of Warwick (Psychology), King’s College University of London (Master of Pharmacy) and the University College, London (Statistics) respectively. 

Mr Nick Dyson, Head of Sixth Form said “We are absolutely delighted by the performances of our A level students. Their passion for learning and dedication to subjects has clearly paid off. It is so pleasing to see such a tight-knit year group fare so well; this is the culmination of two years of hard work and I wish our girls all the very best at their universities of choice. 

Mrs Kathryn Bell, Head, added, “Our girls have met the challenges put before them to achieve higher standards than they may have ever dreamt possible, and to do their very best. They have produced an outstanding set of results alongside their commitments to the school community. They have made the most of all the opportunities on offer. They have broadened their mindset and grown into unique and powerful individuals. Burgess Hill girls do not simply blend in with the crowd. My heartfelt congratulations to all the girls; we will miss their enthusiasm and energy and wish them all a bright future – they certainly deserve it.” 


Tonbridge School

Tonbridge enjoys strong A level results

Tonbridge School has produced another strong set of A level results, with almost three quarters of grades being either A* or A.

There was a 100% pass rate and the ‘average’ holding for a Tonbridge boy is A*AA.

The percentage of boys achieving ABB or better, a key marker for many universities, is 86%, compared with 81.1% last year.
Almost 60% of the boys hold three or more As or better and almost 93% of all grades were A*, A or B.

Headmaster Tim Haynes said:  “Congratulations to all the boys who have received their A level results.  We wish them every success and look forward to hearing about their future achievements.” 



Hethersett Old Hall School

Percent of A-levels graded A*-C:  61% (39% A* - B)

Training for the clergy, make-up for the film industry, songwriting, astrophysics, interior design – just some of the higher education paths chosen by sixth formers at HOHS in another successful year for the school’s leavers. With most of the students having a D of E Gold Award under their belt as well as good A Level results, they are well positioned to impress their universities and future employers with skills that go beyond the academic.

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is now well established at the school and has proved popular with universities as it fosters research skills.  This has been another interesting and successful year, with 86% of the passes in this A-level standard qualification being at A or A* grades. The qualification enables pupils to explore a subject of personal interest to them – this year our girls have written songs, created books and conducted original research into their chosen areas.


Bromsgrove School

Top Results at Bromsgrove 

Bromsgrove School has once again recorded outstanding A level and BTEC results, with 15.7% gaining A* grades, 60% gaining A* or A and 86% gaining A* to B grades.

In BTEC every single entry was graded at least Distinction with 34 of the 43 candidates gaining Distinction* grades (equivalent to A* at A level).

IB results reported in July were also outstanding with an average point score of 38. 

We are delighted the two Heads of School have created School history by both securing their Oxbridge offers:  Headboy, William Lockhart, who gained A*, A* A in Chemistry, Maths and Economics will go on to read Land Economy at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Headgirl, Kate Edgington, who gained A* A A also goes to Cambridge to study Law at Queens College.  

Special mention has to go to local boy Tom Lynch who gained 3A*  and 2A but he also gained a B grade in Further Additional Mathematics – the highest level Maths can be studied prior to degree level, Tom now follows his older brother to Oxford to read Materials Science, mention also to Alice Vaughan who gained 4A* and A and now goes to Cambridge to read Modern and Medieval Languages.

Bromsgrove’s star of the stage, Olivia Wormald, who played Beggar Woman Lucy to much acclaim in the School’s 2016 production of Sweeney Todd, is off to study Drama at London’s Mountview Academy of the Arts.

IB students have had to wait to have their university places confirmed, and we are delighted that top scorers Daria Nasledysheva (43 points) will take up her place at LSE to study Finance, having also secured a place at Toronto University, and Niall Simmons (43 points) will go to UCL to study Medicine.


St Mary's School, Cambridge

A result for everyone as St Mary’s School, Cambridge embraces academic diversity

Members of the St Mary’s School, Cambridge community have collectively spent the 2015/2016 academic year focusing on the importance of ’Embracing diversity’ – one of the 12 Characteristics of a Mary Ward School – and today, on A Level results day 2016, the school is delighted to celebrate its academic diversity as Sixth Form students at the school – the only all girls’ school in Cambridgeshire – receive excellent results across a remarkably broad range of subjects: 50% of students’ results  were awarded at A* - A grade and 75% at A* - B grade – across 25 subjects.

Cora L. is typical of St Mary’s School, Cambridge girls who have celebrated success across different academic disciplines, achieving straight A grades in each of her five subjects – History, Psychology, Chinese, Mathematics and Economics – and will go to King’s College London to read Politics.

Theology students achieved A* - A grades in 75% of cases, including student Melissa J. who now heads to the University of Cambridge to undertake the Theology and Religious Studies degree, thanks to her impressive clutch of four A* grades in Theology, Art, Classical Civilisation and English Literature. Melissa commented on the school’s dedication to support girls in their pursuits of a wide range of pathways: “I swapped from Physics to English Literature at half term during my Lower Sixth year. People are different and have different learning styles, and I am so pleased that the school enabled me to re-assess my choices after starting Lower Sixth and supported me in changing course”.

Students at the school have performed exceptionally well in the Performing Arts, with two thirds of both Music and Drama students achieving A* - A grades. Kathryn B. is delighted to be heading to Bournemouth University to read Film, having achieved A* grades in Drama and Photography as well as a B grade in Spanish. Kathryn praised the school, saying “I decided from a young age that I would like to study Film at university and the teachers have been so great – they get the right balance and push you just the right amount and the school is such a friendly place – and Ms Avery is such a firm supporter of the arts!”

With straight A* grades for Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology, Diane C. will now go on to read Biological Sciences at her first choice university, Imperial College, London. Having started at St Mary’s School, Cambridge in the Lower Sixth from China, where Biology is not studied, Diane said: “Biology is a relatively new subject to me; however my interest in Biology developed way before could actually attend any lesson.” For Diane’s Extended Project Qualification (for which she achieved an A grade) she enjoyed the opportunity to combine her passion for Biological Sciences with her interest in Thi Chi, by investigating the biochemical explanations for Thi Chi treatments. Over half of the students taking Mathematics, 67% of those taking Further Mathematics, and 57% taking Biology, join Diane in achieving A* - A grades.

In our highly regarded Art department, 100% of Art and Design students achieved A* - B grades. Sisters Sukey and Lucca C. are rounding off a summer that featured the pair’s joint work experience placement at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the Head of woodwork, jewellery and silver, organised by the school, by celebrating Sukey’s B grade in Art, which has enabled her to head to Leeds College of Art to undertake the Art and Design Foundation course.

Younger sister Lucca moves into the Upper Sixth at St Mary’s Sixth Form, Cambridge to continue her studies in Art, English Language and Geography – the latter she intends to read at university. Humanities and languages are heavily invested in at the school and results are equally impressive: 100% of students taking Chinese, Russian and Italian at A Level achieved grade A* - A, and 60% of Geography students were awarded A* - A grades. Lucca commented: “Our Geography teacher has been really inspiring – and the topics are so relevant to real life”.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “Congratulations to each and  every one of our girls who has worked so hard towards this collective feat of excellence. We invest in each student through pastoral provision, sporting opportunities, a wonderful range of adventure trips and extra-curricular clubs, cultural visits and skills workshops. Whichever combination of subjects students choose, the emphasis has been on instilling in the girls a sense of personal endeavour, intellectual curiosity and preparation for life beyond school – and as the Upper Sixth girls head off to their many and varied new adventures, we wish them the very best and urge them to keep in close contact, and to tell us of their incredible, and wonderfully diverse, accomplishments that are bound to follow.”


Queen Margaret's

A Clean Sweep for Queen Margaret’s


Students and staff at Queen Margaret’s, Escrick, are celebrating another year of outstanding A Level results, including a 100% pass rate and nearly 80% of entries achieving an impressive A*-B grade.

Testament to their success is the emphasis which the School places on recognising each girl as an individual with her own talents and motivations. Delivering a personalised timetable and never sacrificing the ambitions of individual girls means that this years’ Upper Sixth Form students are going on to pursue an extremely diverse range of subjects at some of the country’s top universities. The courses which the girls will now undertake include Law, Dentistry, Forensic Anthropology, Automotive Engineering, Zoology and Fine Art, demonstrating that their all-girls’ education really has empowered them to try everything that life has to offer.

Nearly a quarter of all girls at the School were awarded A* or A grades in all of their subjects and one such success story is Alice Hickie. Alice carefully balanced the responsibility of being Head Girl at the School last year whilst simultaneously studying for three A Levels. She managed the challenge perfectly and admirably achieved A* grades across the board. Alice has secured her place at Bristol University to study English.​

Queen Margaret’s Head, Jessica Miles, commended the girls’ success: “Our UVI girls have worked extremely hard and have performed exceptionally well, for which we are immensely proud. Their dedication, their pride in the School and their enthusiasm for independent thought are demonstrated in today’s results. Their success is well deserved and we wish them luck as they embark upon the next chapter in their lives.”


Stamford Endowed Schools

A-level students at the Stamford Endowed Schools celebrate their results 

Students at the Stamford Endowed Schools - Stamford School (boys) and Stamford High School (girls) - are again celebrating strong A’ level examination results. 

Overall the 175 students gained grades of A*, A, B or C in 86% of their examinations.  The percentage of A*, A and B grades was a pleasing  66%.  Of the 518 A’ level exams taken, 193 resulted in either A* or A grades.  34 students (about one in six of all students) gained at least three A grades.  

Will Phelan, Principal of the Endowed Schools, said "I am delighted to congratulate the students on their exam results.  Overall the results have been strong, particularly set against a background of flux and change in the A Level examination system. There were many outstanding individual performances which are the culmination of two years’ dedication and hard work. I would also like to thank the teaching staff for their professionalism and commitment to the students. It is very pleasing that the vast majority of our students who have applied will have gained a place at university. For those pursuing other paths, their good grades and broad education will give them a strong advantage in the job market. I wish all of our departing students every success in the next stage of their educational journey."

The Sixth Form open evening will take place on Wednesday 12th October 2016 and will give students and their families an insight into what makes our Sixth Form so special. Please visit or call 01780 750311 for more information on joining our Sixth Form.

Key facts:
%A*/A: 37.3%, %A*-C: 86.1%, %A*-E (passes):99%


Tring Park

Tring Park students celebrate outstanding A Level results

Students at the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts have a lot to celebrate today after securing a raft of outstanding A Level results.  The school’s A/A* percentage has risen for the 3rd year in a row to 34.3% and it has achieved its highest ever A* percentage across all subjects at A-Level.   The school is also proud to announce that 77% of students have achieved a Distinction or Distinction * in BTEC Performing Arts.

A number of students achieved very highly, most notably Isobel Clarke A*, A*, A in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, Holly Mitchell A*, A*, A  in Art, English Literature and German, Grace Proctor A*, A*, A in Biology, English Literature and History, Charlotte Saunders A*, A*, Distinction * Drama and Theatre Studies, History and BTEC Performing Arts, Danielle Saunders A*, A and Distinction* in Drama and Theatre Studies, Psychology and BTEC Performing Arts and Toby Spence-Jones A*, A, A in Maths, Physics and Music.

The performance in the AS examinations was also very pleasing with the A-B percentage rising to 48.6%. Oliver Nicholas was the stand out performer with 4 A grades at AS. Amelia Dolan, Mariella Dykhoff, Clea Godsill, Aisling Lally and Bethany Taylor achieved 3 A grades at AS.

Students leaving the school this year will be going to a variety of destinations at prestigious academic and vocational schools throughout the world. Tring Park’s Head Boy, Will Boyes has gained a place to study Medicine at Manchester and Head Girl, Olivia Nurmi, is heading to the Boston Conservatory in the United States of America to study Performing Arts. 

Other students are taking up their places at such prestigious institutions as the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Arts Educational School London, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Exeter University.

Principal Stefan Anderson said: "I am extremely proud of the class of 2016 and their A Level results and would like to congratulate them all!  Their hard work and dedication to both their academic and performing arts studies has paid off. We wish them all the best of luck with their future studies and careers. 

“Our pupils spend only 50% of their lessons in school on academic subjects as the rest of their time is focused on performing arts training so these results are proof of how hard they work, and their determination to achieve excellence in all areas of their studies.

"And, while many students are naturally heading off to embark on further courses in performing arts, we also have pupils who are going to study other subjects, such as Medicine and English, which is an indication of how an education at Tring Park prepares students for any career path they choose to follow."

Tring Park's Class of 2016 have an impressive alumni to aspire to with the likes of Lily James (Disney's Cinderella and Juliet in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) taking the world of movies and theatre by storm over the last 12 months. Dance alumni include Olivier award winning choreographer Drew McOnie.

For school children keen to follow in the footsteps of the Class of 2016, there will be open days for 2017 admissions in October.

The open days, which take place on 7, 13 and 14 October, are a perfect opportunity for parents who have children with a passion for performing to experience the school, meet the principal Stefan and senior members of staff and enjoy performances by pupils on all the vocational courses in the school's very own Markova Theatre.


The Mount Senior School

The Mount Senior School celebrated another strong year for A Level results with well over a third of pupils achieving two or more A*-A grades and 70% of all entries at grade B or above. 

The all-girl Quaker senior school in York, which prides itself on getting A2 students into the university course of choice, saw 100% of girls achieving A* grade in Physics, “a fantastic achievement” in a subject more traditionally a strength of boys.

Caroline Rosenzweig, who has accepted an unconditional offer to study Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and scored 100% on one of her Physics papers. Caroline was also Head Girl also founded the school’s Robotics Club which will continue to be run by the Science department.

Kelly Yiu, who was a Deputy Head Girl, accepts a place to study Civil Engineering at Imperial College.  In June, both Caroline and Kelly joined the school’s trip to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva.

Suzannah Nellis, who has an unconditional offer to read Politics at Lancaster, has during her time at The Mount met three Nobel Peace Laureates through the school’s PeaceJam and Global Thinking curriculum.  Suzannah was also a Deputy Head Girl.  

Ellie Tucker (pictured), who trained with York City Football Club ladies team, was thrilled that her results got her into her first choice course to study sociology at Sussex.  

Madeleine Dean had already accepted an unconditional offer to study BA in Early Years Development and Learning at the world-renowned Norland College.  Twins Flora and Hannah Smith will part ways with Hannah taking Biology and Psychology at Newcastle and Flora taking Geography and Biology at Loughborough. Kiri Armstrong had three different universities offering her a place to read Medicine and accepts her first choice at Cardiff.  Kiri was also a Deputy Head Girl. 

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), taken by one fifth of A2 pupils at The Mount, provides students another ‘string to the bow’ when applying for university places.  Some universities are willing to offer lower admissions requirements if pupils achieved well in their EPQ, and some Mount students have been able to accept places based on outstanding EPQ results.  

Principal Adrienne Richmond said, “These results are excellent; the 100% A* in Physics is a fantastic achievement. What is important is that the girls who sought to get into further education have secured a place at their university of choice. Congratulations must go to the girls themselves, who worked hard to earn these results, and to our dedicated teaching staff who offered extra support through clinics and one-to-one help, which in many cases undoubtedly helped individuals achieve above and beyond their expectations.

“The Mount is not an academic centre of excellence but a place that provides a holistic education, allowing all pupils to develop a love of learning and to fulfil their future ambitions and in the years to come will continue to spark their inquiring minds.”


Dover College

Dover College’s excellent A Level results

Dover College today celebrated some of the best results on the Kent coast with 44% of all A Level/BTEC results at a four year high of an A* or A grade. Over half of all grades were above a B, equating to an impressive average UCAS candidate points per entry total of 93 and UCAS points per candidates total of 347 which is higher than local selective grammar schools on previous year’s results.

The value added through small class sizes and a caring individually focused approach was clearly evident across all departments with 77% of all A Level/BTEC subjects offered by the school recording no grade less than a C. Art, Textiles and Health & Social Care BTEC achieved nothing less than an A grade.  Not to be outdone, out of a total of six modern language subjects on offer, including French and Spanish, 63% of all grades received were either an A* or an A.

Gareth Doodes, Dover College’s Headmaster said proudly:

“I am delighted by our excellent A Level and BTEC results.  They are a testament to all the hard work of our pupils, staff and parents. In what is an extremely exciting time for the College with the launch of our Project 150 development plans, these results represent a strong platform on which to grow and consolidate.”

“Our leaving pupils can now proceed with confidence to university. They leave the College having had the benefit of small class sizes, creative teaching and high academic standards within a caring, family community.” 

A Level/BTEC Results 2016:

A*/A                                       44%

A*-B                                        51%

A*-C                                        83%

UCAS Points per Entry           93

UCAS Points per Candidate    347


St Swithun's Winchester

Over half of A level pupils at St Swithun’s School achieve 3 As or better.

Girls at St Swithun’s School are celebrating successful A level results against a national back-drop of decreasing numbers of top A level grades.  Impressively, over half (54%) of girls achieved three A grades or above and in 10 subjects, including physics, further maths, history and Spanish, 100% of candidates achieved an A*-B grade.

23% of candidates were awarded an A* grade and 66% of entries awarded grades of A* or A (compared to the national average of 25.8%)

St Swithun’s leavers will now go on to study degree subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, economics, English, geography, law, mechanical engineering, medicine, music, neuroscience, physics and politics at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, UCL, Exeter, York, Warwick, Edinburgh and Imperial College.

Jane Gandee, headmistress of St Swithun's, said “What I most enjoy about results day is seeing the girls achieving grades that they had not previously thought possible. We are proud of their tenacity and their self-belief even when things don’t go as they had hoped. I hope that this year’s leavers will take their mental toughness out into the world and change things for the better.”

Ashville College

Ashville Celebrates Record Year For A-Level Results

Harrogate’s Ashville College is celebrating a record breaking set of results with 76 per cent of students gaining A*-B grades.

Forty six per cent of Ashville College’s A-level students have achieved either an A* or A in this year’s exams, continuing the upward trend in Ashville’s results enjoyed over recent years.

Ashville’s BTEC Sport qualification’s first results also included outstanding performances, with 75 per cent of students achieving a Triple Distinction, the equivalent to three ‘A’ level Grade A*s. 

Ashville College’s headline figures for 2016 A-Level results are:

  • 46 per cent of all results were A*-A
  • 15 per cent of students passed with straight A*/As
  • 76 per cent of all results were A*-B
  • 97 per cent per cent overall pass rate
  • Record value added score (indicating that students have significantly exceeded their predicted grades)

Individual successes saw Ed Keen achieving three A*s and securing his place at Cambridge University to study Law.  Alice Butcher will also be taking up her place to study Law at Oxford University.

The majority of students have now secured places at the top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Warwick, Newcastle and Bristol.

Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder said: “We are highly delighted with this year’s record breaking A-level results.

“They reinforce our position as a school that is committed to excellence in academic performance, through fully resourcing the steps required for each individual pupil to achieve their best. 

“These outstanding results show this is clearly working for the benefit of all our pupils.

“My congratulations go to all students, the fantastic results demonstrate the hard work they have put in over the last two years.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to my colleagues on the teaching staff who have supported and inspired these Sixth Formers through their studies.” 


Wymondham College

Wymondham College is delighted to announce an excellent set of A level results. We are delighted to confirm 7 Oxbridge places and 20 students achieved 4 A grades. 32% of all grades were A*/A.

Special congratulations  to Eric Chapman who achieved 5 A* grades and Owen Jack 4 A* grades.’


West Buckland School

A-level students excel at West Buckland

Sixth Formers at West Buckland School in North Devon have delivered another excellent set of A-level results which will see students heading to Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities later this year.

37% of all exams were awarded the highest A* or A grades and the overall pass rate was 97.3%.  Within this high level of performance are some outstanding individual achievements. 

Beth Keech is Oxford bound to read French and Russian after gaining two A* grades and an A, whilst Ed Mabon will take a place at the University of Cambridge to study Engineering after achieving a clean sweep of three A* grades.

Ed’s twin brother, James, also kept up the high level of family achievement after recording a set of straight A* grades which will see him take a place at the University of Warwick to read Mathematics.

Peter Dawson was also awarded an impressive three A* grades and will now study Physics at The University of Manchester.

Emily Morrish studied four A-levels and recorded an outstanding three A* grades and an A which will see her take a place at Durham University to read Economics with Management, whilst Alex Cammack also studied four A-levels, achieving two A* grades and two A grades and he now intends to study Architecture at the University of Bath.

There were strong results across the curriculum, with over 80% of students in Art and Design, Product Design, Economics, English literature, French, Geography and History all achieving A* to B grades.

West Buckland’s incoming Headmaster from September 2016, Phillip Stapleton says: 

“I’m delighted that the hard work of our sixth formers has paid off with some excellent results.  They are to be congratulated and many have achieved or exceeded their expectations which puts them in a strong position as they move towards their futures beyond school.  They will be the first to recognise the contributions of their teachers and parents who have helped them make the most of their abilities in achieving these results”.



Bredon School

Bredon School congratulates students receiving A Level/ Level 3 results

Bredon School near Tewkesbury is very pleased with the A Level/Level 3 results received this morning.

Many students within the school take vocational subjects, studied at a level equivalent to A Level and this morning's results show some outstanding individual and subject area performances, including;

Distinctions in OCR Sport Level 3 and a 100% pass rate.
Distinctions for OCR Business Level 3 and a 100% pass rate.
A 100% pass rate for ICT Level 3.

In the A Level subjects, there is also a 100% pass rate for students achieving grades A* - E, including an A* for one of our students Max Willson in the field of Art, Design and Photography. 

Max also completed all of his Cisco qualifications which is a very difficult certification to obtain. He has done very well and we are all very proud of him here at Bredon.

Mr David Ward, Headmaster said, “Bredon has a very wide-ranging curriculum offering traditional academic and vocational study options for all. This is a great set of results, particularly in Business Studies, Sport and Art, Design and Photography.”

“I would like to thank the staff here who work very hard to support our students toward these successes. We all wish our A Level and Level 3 students well in their next steps in education, the work place and beyond.”


Old Swinford Hospital

Outstanding A- Level Achievements 

Students at Old Swinford Hospital have once again achieved impressive results in their A Level examinations.  The 100% pass rate across 23 subjects means that vast majority of students have secured their first choice of university.  

Headmaster, Paul Kilbride commented: 

‘Our students are to be congratulated on these impressive results.  Their grades reflect the benefits of a balanced education where the performing arts, sport, outward bounds and prefecting are pursued alongside academic study.  It really is to their credit, and that of their teachers, that they are going off to university or the workplace as rounded, confident and capable young people.’  

A large number of OSH students have done particularly well including Budd Crooks from Worcester, who gained straight A*s, and Nat Slater from Kingswinford, with one A* and two A grades.  Both students will continue their education at the University of Bath, studying Natural Sciences. 

Stourbridge boys Oliver Mann who achieved straight A’s and Cameron Harrison who achieved A*AB are to study in London, at the LSE and UCL.

Arthur Heung from Penn who obtained top grades in Maths and the sciences will also move to London in the autumn to study Material Science at Imperial College.  

The humanities are represented by candidates who each took four A Levels: Rob Hipwood (AABB) and Izzy Detheridge (AABB), from Stourbridge, will both be accepting places at the University of Birmingham, Rob to read History and Izzy English.  Louise Potter from Kingswinford achieved A*AA and will take a gap year before applying to read medicine at university


Wellington School

Wellington School Pupils Celebrate A  Level Success

Students at Wellington School have been celebrating another year of strong A Level results. The Upper Sixth pupils exceeded expectations achieving even more A* grades than last year’s cohort, with a significant number achieving three or more A* or A grades.
Individual successes include Lydia Buckingham who achieved 5 A* grades and Kieran Wachsmuth who achieved 4 A* grades. These impressive results have secured both pupils places at Oxford University, where Lydia will be studying Mathematics at Merton College and Kieran will study Physics at Pembroke College. They will be joined by William Langdon, who achieved excellent grades to secure his place to read Biological Sciences at New College Oxford, and Catherine Bridges who will study Classics at St John’s College Oxford. Charlie Pemberton, who achieved 3 A* grades, will also be taking up her place at Newnham College, Cambridge to study Classics. Charlie has also won a Choral Scholarship to Selwyn College Cambridge.  

Headmaster, Henry Price commented, “I am of course delighted at the individual successes of these hard-working and able pupils. They fully deserve their Oxbridge places and will continue to thrive academically. It is striking how well they did on their papers with full marks achieved across several modules, which is a major success. To have five Oxbridge students across a year is a great academic achievement for Wellington School.

Looking at our statistics as a whole, I am very pleased with the increase in A* grades to 17% and the fact that almost 40% of grades were A*-A. Almost 20% of students achieved 3 or more A/A* grades and more than a quarter of students achieved at least 1 A* grade. 
Statistics do not, however, tell the whole story and there are some fabulous results for a number of pupils who have not found A Levels easy, but have persevered and will now be able to secure a place on a good university course. All our pupils deserve praise for their efforts and I am especially pleased with the additional contribution that pupils make to the life of the School beyond their academic achievements.”

Wellington pupils in the Lower Sixth are also celebrating a very promising set of AS results with an impressive 46% of results being awarded the top A grade.

“Although we must take this statistic in the context of fewer papers being sat, due to the ongoing reforms to the A Level system, this is nevertheless an excellent set of results and bodes very well for success at A2 in 2017. 

As ever, I am very grateful to all the staff that have supported and encouraged our pupils both in and out of the classroom and I wish all our leavers well as they take their next steps beyond Wellington,” concluded Henry Price.


Rossall School

Rossall celebrates A Level results  

Rossall School is celebrating after its A Level students secured outstanding results.  

The school achieved a 96 per cent pass rate, with 100 per cent of students gaining passes in Chemistry, Computing, English Literature and Geography.  

Elaine Purves, Head at Rossall said: “We are thrilled our students have gained such excellent exam results. It’s an outstanding performance for Rossall, especially following on from the recent 100 per cent pass rate achieved by our International Baccalaureate students.

“The results overall are excellent and reflect both the dedication of our students and the exceptional levels of tuition and one to one academic support provided by our staff.  

“Our aim is to help students make informed choices at Sixth Form level which will enable them to pursue successful careers in their chosen fields.  

 “We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students every success for the future.” 

The results mean almost all Rossall students have secured their preferred university places, and will be taking up studies at institutions including Cambridge, Manchester and  York. 

Philip Wilkinson, from Blackpool, plans to study at Cambridge University's Sidney Sussex College after gaining 4 A*s and an A.  

Philip, who earned top grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Economics and Geography said: “I’m really pleased with my results. Studying at Rossall has pushed me to a higher level and given me the opportunities to do things I would not normally have done.  

"It's been a dream of mine to study at Cambridge since I was in junior school, so it's fantastic to know I've got a place there."  

Rachel Hoggarth, who was awarded an A in Maths, and Bs in Computing  and Chemistry said: “The last two years have involved a lot of hard work, but the support I’ve had from my teachers has been fantastic – they’ve given up a lot of their time help me get through my exams.” 

Rachel, who lives in Thornton, will now take up a place at Manchester University to study Chemistry.

Gabriella Davey from Lytham plans to study Sports Science at Lincoln University after gaining Bs in Business Studies and Psychology and a C in English Literature.

Gabriella, who hopes to become either a sports psychologist or a physiotherapist said: “I’m really happy to finally have my results. My teachers have been a huge help and really helped me to keep calm ahead of the exams.”  

School captains Hayley Hughes and Jack England will take up places at Bangor University and on a Technical Apprenticeship respectively, with Hayley studying Geography and Jack an Advanced Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Engineering with Birmingham based firm UTC. 

 Speaking of his time at Rossall, 19 year old Jack said: “Rossall has provided me with great opportunities to excel in my education, with clinics after school hours and friendly teachers who are willing to go the extra mile to help students achieve their desired grades.” 

Hayley, from Fleetwood, who has been student at Rossall for 7 years, says the multicultural environment at Rossall has inspired her choice of subject at degree level.  

Rossall has given me wonderful opportunities to meet and make friends with people from many different countries and backgrounds. It’s really sparked my curiosity and made me want to find out more about the world around me, which is why I’ve chosen to study Geography at university.  

“My experiences at the school have put me on the first steps to what I hope will be a career involving a lot of travel!”  

Rossall has also inspired the future career of Jonathan Lee, who plans to be a primary school teacher after gaining A Levels in English, Religious Studies and Music.  

Jonathan, who’s been a student at Rossall since the age of two, hopes to teach in the independent schools sector after being inspired by his own primary school teacher, Mr. Condon.  

“The small class sizes and one to one attention you receive at Rossall really do give you the confidence and skills to handle the pressure of A Level study,” said Jonathan. 

“The school guides you to become responsible for your own learning from primary school onwards and the help and encouragement Mr Condon gave me has played a huge part in my decision to become a teacher myself. I just want to thank him and all the staff for helping me to achieve the results I need to do it!” 



Giggleswick School

Another record-breaking year for A levels at Giggleswick School

Giggleswick School is celebrating another record year of A level results with over 67%  A* to B grades this year, 10% of candidates achieving at least one A*and 32% A*/A grades. Average UCAS points have also risen to 331, opening up plenty of fantastic opportunities at leading universities for these students.

The School’s A*to B results have increased by 18.3% over the last two years and many of  the Upper Sixth have also achieved exceptional results in their EPQs (Extended Project Qualifications) with 75% at A*/A grades.

Headmaster, Mark Turnbull, who joined Giggleswick in 2014, said of the results

We are absolutely delighted for our students and it is great to see such excellence across so many different subjects. Our community encourages young people to throw energy into everything they do and today’s results are testimony not only to their hard work but the strong pupil-teacher partnership and our belief in every individual’s potential for success.

Giggleswick is renowned for nurturing a wide range of talents and this year is no exception with everyone from musicians, mathematicians and scientists to designers, linguists and drama students securing their places at leading universities, specialist schools and colleges across the UK.

Amongst those celebrating was Edward Percival, whose work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and who has now won one of only five places on the Graduate Diploma of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Dan Chivers, from Ilkley, has achieved A*AA and will be going on to study medicine at Birmingham University. Dan won the School’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ playing classical guitar and represented the county in rugby and has been accepted as an ESU scholar in America before he starts his course in 2017.

John Davidson was delighted with three straight A’s and has decided on Biochemistry at the University of Leeds. Chris Mills secured his place to study Physics at the University of Bath with another three straight A’s.

Chris said

Giggleswick has been fantastic. It’s not all about the academic here, it’s the diversity and the chance to take part in so many things. All of the clubs and societies give you plenty of time to relax, take the pressure off and focus your mind ready to study. I’ve tried just about everything from rugby, hockey and football to kayaking and CCF and then moved on to coaching too.

With A level results day falling just weeks before the School’s anniversary of 40 years of co-education, Giggleswick’s sixth form girls were celebrating with plenty of A level success. Issy Francis has been awarded a place at the University of East Anglia to study medicine having scooped A*A*A grades and Rebecca Hurst has been accepted onto the Theatre and Performance course at Leeds University having achieved A*BB with A* in Theatre Studies. Rebecca, who has performed in a number of productions at the School’s Richard Whiteley Theatre will now hone her skills in the professional theatre stage@leeds where the course is based.

Issy was at the school early today to collect her results and said

I am so pleased and it’s big thanks to all my fantastic teachers who were always there to help and have gone above and beyond to support us. They have really broadened my horizons.


Talbot Heath School

Talbot Heath school student, Georgina Harris, is a picture of success after achieving 100% for every unit in both A-Level Fine Art and Photography; she received an unconditional offer from Lancaster University to study Fine Art. The Art faculty at Talbot Heath have always celebrated her exceptional talents as an artist stating how she is a committed student who is already working at degree level.

Other successes are widespread throughout the Sixth Form as girls are pursuing a range of courses: Lowri Fernyhough achieved an A* and three A grades (as well as an A* for her EPQ) and she is to study Law at Oxford.

Some girls are heading to UCL for Medicine, Classics and Physics, and National tennis player, Eleanor Baker, has secured a scholarship in the US.

Over one-third of A-Level results were A* and A grades this year and 90% of EPQ grades were A* and A grades. Mrs Holloway offered her congratulations to the girls and stated how immensely proud she is of their achievements, adding, ‘the breadth of courses is remarkable. I am delighted that so many of the girls will be able to realise their ambitions and wish them every success for the future.’ 


Pocklington School

Pocklington School is celebrating students’ A level successes including Oxbridge places for three scholars following their results.

The high A level grades have been maintained at the school with students achieving 37.5% of grades at A* to A and 23% of the year group achieving 3 A grades or above.

Mark Ronan, Headmaster, said: “I am delighted this is such a successful year for students going on to study at university including Cambridge and Oxford. They should be very proud of what they have achieved during their time at Pocklington School.

“The excellent results at A and above reflects the extraordinary breadth of ability and talent among our students.

“I am proud of the success that all our students of all abilities have achieved this year and congratulate them and the teachers who have supported them.  We have a strong tradition of nurturing individual talent so each student can reach their full potential, both academically and outside the classroom, to prepare them to go forward and make their mark in the world when they leave school.

“The holistic nature of the education we offer means our A level students have secured these excellent results while many are making outstanding contributions to school life, including leadership responsibilities, representing the school in sport and music, and participating in the many extracurricular activities on offer.”

“I wish them every success as they embark upon the next stage of their lives.”

Pocklington’s Oxbridge-bound students are:

Katrina Summerton 3A* Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, who will read Veterinary Science at Cambridge

George Heywood 3A*A Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Politics who will study Engineering at Oxford

Peter Micklem-Cooper, who won a place to read Music with a Choral Scholarship at Oxford


Pocklington’s other top achievers are: 

Ed Wightman 3A* Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics to read Medicine and Surgery in Newcastle

Oli Peeke-Vout 2A* 2A Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Economics – to study Mathematical Sciences at Bath

Flo Judge-Clayden 2A* 2A Biology, Latin, Chemistry, Mathematics, who is applying to read Medicine 

Olivia El Jassar 2A* A Biology, Chemistry, French will read Medicine at Sheffield

Georgie Fenny  2A* A Business Studies, Photography, Art  goes to Manchester for an Art Foundation 

Tash Leach 2A* A Business Studies, Geography, Physical Education will study Marketing at Newcastle

Jenson Yan 2A* A B Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chinese, Physics to read Mathematics and statistics at Manchester

Katrina Summerton and Will Norgate achieved A* grades for their Extended Project Qualifications. This qualification involves the completion of a major piece of evaluative research in an area of personal interest, is undertaken in the student’s own time, and is highly regarded by universities as an important transition qualification in preparation for university study. The EPQ is a demanding qualification and to gain an A* is outstanding. Six other students undertook the qualification and all achieved A grades.

Among those who excelled in other areas of school life are Flo Judge-Clayden (Gold Crest Award for Nuffield Research and ACE summer programme in China) and Oli Peeke-Vout (tennis and cricket).

Ed Long, Head of Sixth Form, said:  “I am very pleased with the achievements of all our students who deserve success for their commitment and dedication and am delighted we have been able to help.

“There have been some amazing successes in A* and A grades and I am particularly pleased for and impressed by the students who are going to Oxbridge. They deserve this and I am pleased we were able to give them the support they needed.”


Brentwood School

Brentwood School students celebrate raising the bar again with another year of excellent grades, with an average of 3 As at A Level. 

Academic Deputy Head, Jeremy Quartermain, commented that “following on from our best ever set of results achieved in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the beginning of the summer (Average 37 points), we are once again delighted that our A Level students continue to perform very highly. We are particularly thrilled that 24 students achieved all A* or A Grades, and nearly 80% achieved A*-B including IB results. Congratulations to all of them and our talented teachers.”

Star mathematician Bryan Leung, whose hard work paid off to achieve his 2 A*s and 3 As is heading to Warwick University to study Mathematics. He paid tribute to Mr Drake, one of the School’s longest serving teachers, who made the whole teaching experience ‘inspirational’. 

Super soprano Hannah Ambrose couldn’t stop smiling as she held onto her results. She got an A* in Latin, and As in Greek, Music, and Mathematics which comfortably saw her gain a place at Durham to read Classics. 

Seventeen-year-old Calum Connelly, who was a Senior Praepostor, was ‘very relieved’ with his A*s in Economics and Mathematics and As in Further Mathematics and Latin and is now off to his first-choice university, Durham, to read Economics. 

Eighteen-year-old William Gennings was delighted to open his envelope to find three straight A*s in Economics, French and Spanish. “It was a surprise, I was expecting one A* at the most,” he said. William, who will be studying French and Spanish at Warwick University, thanked the School and teaching staff for all their support. “After my AS exams I was a bit disappointed but I have received so much help.”

Claudia Meister, who achieved A*s in Physical Education and Psychology and an A in Geography, also thanked teachers for their help and encouragement. Claudia, who was captain of the School’s 1st Netball Team, is off to Bath to study Psychology and dreams of becoming a Sports Psychologist. “I am going to celebrate during the day with my family and tonight with my friends,” she said. “Even though the grades were the ones I had been predicted, I thought maybe the teachers were being optimistic!”

Amongst those celebrating, two delighted students have gained places at Cambridge University. Hamish Kadirkamanathan will be studying Japanese after scoring a world-class 44 points in his IB Examinations, putting him in the top 0.9% of students globally according to the official IB website ( Lily Ball will be studying Psychological & Behavioural Sciences after achieving an A* in the subject, and an A for both Biology and Economics. Understandably ecstatic from the news, Hamish paid tribute to all of the teachers who have gone the extra mile to offer him support, and is spending summer reading, learning to drive, and visiting Japan to fine tune his linguistic skills.

Along with the vast majority of students awarded places at leading universities such as Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick in the UK, an increasing number have taken up places at prestigious universities overseas. Daniel Hirst, who was awarded a highly coveted scholarship to the University of North Carolina, USA, was over the moon with his A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Latin and his A in Physics. Since he has already started his course, his father Paul was at School to receive his results, and said ““I am very proud of Daniel especially as he is taking a greater risk. He has had this dream of studying in the States for a long time and the fact that he has made it happen is brilliant.” He paid tribute to the School for giving children with all levels of ability the opportunity to excel in so many different areas from academia to life skills, Sport, Music and Drama. “These young adults are very resilient, team players and that is very powerful.” Deputy Head of School, Greg Humphries will be heading to Ivy-League Columbia University, New York. 

An impressive six students will go on to study Medicine including Franco Ngan, one of very few international students in the country to receive a place at a UK Medical School. His 4 As were enough to secure his place at Southampton. Deputy Head of School Kieren Higginson, who achieved 3 As, will be studying Medicine at Liverpool; Chloe Jordan is heading to Queen Mary University of London; and Narendra Mampitiya and Emily Warren to Bristol. Antonia Ashaye is heading to Cardiff to study Medicine, and her mentor, Psychology teacher Mrs O’Connell was heard saying “It’s people like you that make everything worthwhile”. Head of School, Nirvana Leaver, who achieved AAB in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics is looking forward to studying Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Headmaster Ian Davies said: “These are a very impressive set of grades achieved by our hard working students. Once again, 70% of them got into their first choice university and I wish them all the very best with their continued studies. The fact that we are able to say that an average student at Brentwood is most likely to gain the equivalent of AAA on leaving our Sixth Form whether enrolled on the A Level or IB Diploma Programme, is a fantastic achievement for the School and a huge tribute to all of our students and staff, both past and present.”



Leweston Celebrates Superb A Level Results

Leweston School, Sherborne, is celebrating another year of superb A Level results. Over half of all exams taken were passed at A*, A or D3 grades, with 76% passed at A*-B or Pre-U equivalent.

A third of students gained A* or A grades in 3 or more subjects, with certain departments celebrating sensational A Level success stories. Topping this list is the School’s English department; in this subject an outstanding 80% received distinctions. This follows on from Leweston’s recent Good Schools Guide award for excellence in English Literature at Cambridge Pre-U. Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Design and Further Maths also saw excellent results: with Modern Foreign Languages seeing 50% of exams passed at A*-A (across 6 different language options); Art and Design celebrating a 93% A*-B rate in the specialist areas of Fine Art, Textiles and Graphics; and Further Maths seeing a sensational 75% of examination applicants achieving A* grades.

These results have enabled almost all Leweston’s leavers to win places at their chosen universities or specialist colleges. This year’s outstanding achiever was Katarzyna Z with 5 A* grades, who will now go on to read Natural Science at Cambridge. In addition to her exceptional results, Katarzyna has also recently returned from competing in the illustrious International Chemistry Olympiad in Georgia, where she was awarded a Bronze medal. Another notable success story came from Natasha P, whose change of direction in Year 13 saw her completing A Level Music in one year and gaining an A grade. Natasha has also recently achieved an ATCL Performance Diploma on the flute and will read Music at Kings College London.

Mrs Kate Reynolds, Head of Leweston, commented:

“We are delighted that the high academic quality of education our students receive has been reflected in their superb exam results and we are absolutely thrilled with another set of brilliant results across the whole ability range. These results build on our strong record of success and pay testament to the hard work and aspirational attitudes of both the teachers and staff alike. All pupils should be immensely proud of these achievements which will undoubtedly carry them far in their further studies and lives beyond the School. “

Mrs Emma Massey, Head of Sixth Form at Leweston added:

“I am delighted that the students’ hard work, dedication and work ethic has paid off. We are particularly pleased to have been able to help the students follow their own individual  aspirations whether it is following a highly academic route through a world class university, a more creative and artistic future in fashion promotion or the theatre, or a specific interest in Sports Science and Nutrition.”


Cheltenham Ladies' College


Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating excellent A Level results today, with a total of 62 girls achieving three or more A* or A grades (50% of all those sitting A levels).

In addition to the 124 girls who sat A Levels, 36 pupils received outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results in July, with an average points score of 40.0, which carries a UCAS tariff equivalent to A*A*A*A.

Many pupils have secured places and scholarships at leading UK and US universities to study a range of courses, including Chemical Engineering and Law at Cambridge, and PPE, French and Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford, as well as securing places at Berkeley, New York University (NYU) and Minerva in the US.

Exceptional individual achievements will be enabling CLC students to pursue their higher education goals, including Nina Banbury (Courtauld Institute), Georgiana Gilgallon-Scoular (Philosophy at Cambridge), Lucinda Kirk (Languages at Oxford), Isabella Sheridan (International Relations at St Andrews), and Alice Pringle (Mechanical Engineering at Bristol).

Xara Davies has secured a prestigious Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, which provides a full financial support worth over £250,000. Exceptionally, Eleanor Wang scored full marks for individual Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics components as she achieved 4 A*s in her A Levels in addition to an A* in the Extended Project Qualification. Eleanor will now go on to read Medicine at Cambridge.

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “We are extremely proud of all the girls and staff, whose hard work and inspiration has enabled such wonderful results.”


Hampshire Collegiate School

A Celebration of A Level Results at Hampshire Collegiate School, Romsey

Pupils and staff at Hampshire Collegiate School (HCS) are celebrating today after receiving the school’s very pleasing A level results with 21% of the exams being awarded at A* or A grade and a 100% pass rate overall.

Amidst the whole-school success, some notable individual achievements stood out, including:

  • Chun Ming (Chris) Fok (Hong Kong - boarder) achieved three A*s in Physics, Maths and Chemistry and is heading off to UCL to read Civil Engineering at UCL
  • Alex Gowers, Head Girl, achieved A* in Textiles, A* in Photography and B in Drama – Alex has been offered a place on the foundation course at prestigious ALRA drama school in London
  • Robbie Dawes gained A in Design Technology B English Literature B Drama and has been selected for the Royal Marines
  • Stephanie Wisely (Indonesia - boarder) gained A* Maths, A Chemistry, A Biology and an A in AS Further Maths and will read Medicine at Exeter
  • Jinpei (Rex) Han (China - boarder) gained A* Maths, A Chemistry, C Biology and A in AS Further Maths

Computer Science at Manchester

  • Emanuel Eissfeldt (Germany - boarder) is going to Munich Technical University to do Management Technology.

Emma-Kate Henry, Principal of Hampshire Collegiate School, said:

"At Hampshire Collegiate School we pride ourselves on being academically ambitious for our pupils and I am delighted that they will be leaving us having achieved the excellent results required to be accepted on prestigious Universities and courses.  These results also demonstrate our strong reputation for pastoral care and individual pupil support. We strive to develop attributes that will enable pupils to thrive both personally and professionally in their futures; wherever this may take them. The diversity of student destinations is testimony to this from competitive courses at Russell Group Universities to renowned drama institutions and beyond."

Quotes from pupils:

Robbie Dawes, who is going to join the Royal Marines in October commented: “I am pretty chuffed. Being at HCS have been the best years of my life, in fact the only years as I have been here since nursery! The best thing about HCS is the people. I have made lifelong friends.”

Jenny Prince who is going to Oxford Brookes to study Publishing Media.

“I have loved studying at HCS. It’s the best school I could have chosen. I’m very pleased with my results.”

Henry Webb who is going to study Business Studies at Oxford Brookes said:

“I’m happy I managed to get my first choice university. I couldn’t have asked for any more.”

James Charman who is going to study Business Management simply said he was “Ecstatic.”


Ripon Grammar School

The head boy and girl of Ripon Grammar School have led from the front in this year's A levels achieving eight top grades between them.

James Donaldson, of North Stainley, gained four A*s in biology, chemistry, further mathematics and mathematics and will now take up his place to read natural sciences at Cambridge University, one of seven students to gain an Oxbridge place. 

His co-student leader Donna Castle-Ward, of Ripon, achieved two A*s in English and history and two As in geography and mathematics to read history at Durham University.

Their double success was followed by that of twins Emma and Thomas Beaumont, who achieved six top grades.

Emma, who gained an A* in art and two As in biology and psychology, plans to read architecture and landscaping at Sheffield University, while brother Thomas achieved two A*s in biology and geography and an A in chemistry and will study veterinary science at Liverpool University. 

The school's overall 100 per cent pass rate saw 76.2 per cent of grades being at A*-B, which is nearly five per cent up on last year. Out of 395 A level entries, 77 were A*s and 115 were A grades.

The results ended a week of celebrations at the school after former pupil Jack Laugher collected two medals at the Rio Olympics, including Team GB’s first ever gold medal in diving. The 21-year-old added a silver in the individual 3m springboard final on Tuesday to the gold he won with partner Chris Mears in the 3m synchronised event last week.

Headmaster Martin Pearman said: "We're delighted with this year's A levels. It's one of best sets of results we've had in recent years and I'm very pleased with the five per cent increase in top grades, which helps our students to follow their chosen paths in the future.

"Donna and James have been an excellent head boy and head girl. Their results prove their capacity for hard work since they have combined demanding subjects with their roles as senior student leaders and ambassadors for the school."

Other notable successes were Florence Hall who gained three A*s in classics, history and religious studies to read history at Oxford University, having joined Ripon Grammar School from another school for the sixth form.

Vicky Frost achieved three A*s in art, design technology and English and an A in psychology and will go on to study a foundation degree in art.



Gresham’s A-Level pupils celebrate exam results

Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt are celebrating their A level results today (Thursday 18 August), with 96% of pupils passing their exams and an impressive 81.3% achieving A*-C grades.

The A-level results follow the School’s outstanding International Baccalaureate results which were released in July and comes after an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection saw Gresham’s graded as ‘excellent’ in all nine of its categories.  The ISI noted that: “Gresham’s fully meets its aims in that the day and boarding pupils should realise their full potential and achieve the highest standards possible in their learning.”

Headmaster, Douglas Robb, said, “I am so very proud of the pupils, and they should be very proud of themselves. They have seen their hard work and commitment pay off and I would like to wish them success and happiness as they make their journey onwards from Gresham’s.  We delight in celebrating successes of our former pupils, and I am looking forward to sharing great news from the class of 2016.”

Pupils will head off to study a diverse and interesting range of subjects at universities including St Andrews, Edinburgh, Durham, Newcastle and Leeds College of Art.  

Former Head Girl, Lily Denham, from Thornage, achieved three A*s in Chemistry, French and Maths and will take up her offer from the University of St Andrews to study French and Management.  Lily reflected on her time at school and said: “I have received such great support from all the teachers at Gresham’s; I’ve had an amazing time.”  Feeling relieved, she added: “I found that studying past A-level papers really helped together with a lot of hard work and focus!”

Sophie Hare, from Docking near Kings Lynn, gained 2 A*s in English and French and 2 As in History and Maths.  She will study Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University.  Sophie, like Lily, found that past papers helped her and said that she “treated her mocks as though they were the real thing.”

Arriving at Gresham’s as the results were released, Charlie Williamson opened his envelope to discover that he had achieved an impressive A* in Business Studies, A* in Economics and an A in Maths.  Charlie, who has been working as a sailing instructor at Morston during the summer, said: “I have done even better than I was expecting; I am looking forward to celebrating with friends later!”  Charlie will go on to study Business and Economics at Edinburgh University.

Harriet Kemble, from Great Snoring, will now head off to Nottingham Trent University to study Primary Education after achieving A*s in ICT and Art and a B in Geography.  A delighted Harriet, who completed her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award while at Gresham’s, said: “I want to become a Primary School teacher to make a difference” as she credited her own teachers with helping her grow in confidence.

Gresham’s School would like to wish every one of the Class of 2016 the very best for a happy and successful future.


The Royal School

Royal School student achieves an incredible 6 A*-A grade A Levels


The Royal School has significantly exceeded the national average by securing another year of excellent A Level grades and sending almost all of its Upper Sixth to their first choice of university.  The hard work and commitment of both students and staff resulted in success in the very broad range of A level subjects offered at the School.   In the face of the number of students nationally gaining the top grades at a new low, these results reinforce The Royal School's reputation of consistent high achievement, year-on-year, and very strong value-added at A Level.  

With 80% of students securing their first choice university, there were some remarkable achievements by individuals. 

Deputy Head Girl, Alice Reynolds, achieved the most impressive A Level results that The Royal School has seen to date. Having taken a total of 6 A Levels, 1 AS and an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), she gained A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Economics, General Studies and A grades in French, Chemistry and AS Computing. She was one of three students to achieve two A* grades in Maths and Further Maths, but her journey has been rather different to that of her peers. Having shown an exceptional aptitude for Maths, Alice took her GCSE at the end of Prep 6, aged 10, gaining an A*. She then completed Maths A Level by the end of Year 9, also gaining an A* and was able to complete the necessary units to gain an A* in Further Maths alongside her GCSE and AS studies, allowing her to take a further four A Levels in the Sixth Form. Alice also went beyond the A Level syllabus and sat the STEP 1&2 papers in Mathematics this summer. Her EPQ topic focused on the potential commercial applications of the use of big data, drawn from social media. Alice has chosen to study for a degree in Natural Sciences at Durham University.

Further outstanding performances came from Eleanor Craggs, who achieved 3 A* and an A at A Level and has chosen to study Economics at Exeter University and Constance Lin who achieved 2 A* and 3 A grades at A Level and has selected to study Mathematics at Durham University. 

Overall results were extremely positive with success in a wide range of subjects.  100% of students achieved A*-C grades in the following A Levels: Accounting, Art, Chinese, Economics, English, French, History, Maths, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish, Textiles and General

13.7 % of A levels taken were awarded the A* grade, compared to a national average of 8.1%.
40% were graded A*-A compared to a national average of 25.8%.
64.2% were graded A*-B compared to a national average of 52.9%.
83.2% were graded A*-C compared to a national average of 77.3%.



Royal School Principal, Mrs Anne Lynch, commented: “We are delighted with our students’ success and congratulate them warmly. These results are testimony to many years of hard work by both staff and students and also reflect the importance of the nurturing and affirming environment at The Royal School. When students are well taught, work hard and are encouraged to believe in themselves, it is remarkable what they can achieve.”

The Royal School is a non-selective school attracting pupils of wide ranging abilities and interests, all of which are valued and celebrated.



Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools


A level pupils celebrated a glowing set of results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.

The hard work and dedication of sixth formers and staff paid off with almost one in three students gaining all A* or A grades. 

At HMSG, 56.9% of grades were A* or A - more than double the national average - and the vast majority of girls gained access to their first choice university. 82.4% of grades were A* to B, and the pass rate was 100%. 

Monmouth School enjoyed its best set of results in four years, with 50.2% A* - A grades and three quarters of all grades A* - B. Three boys, Freddie Parker, Dan Smith and Sam White all achieved four A*s.

One girl from HMSG, Stephanie Wai, was awarded five A*s and secured her offer to read engineering at Cambridge. 

Ellena Gale achieved two A*s, two As and a B and will take up her place at Oxford to study psychology and philosophy, and Cass Lowton has secured her place at Oxford to study theology with two A*s, two As and a B.

Ellena said: “It means a lot – it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“When you put in so much work it’s gratifying to get good results. 
“I’m most looking to forward to being able to look really in depth at the subjects I love and to being surrounded by such academically-minded people.
“Going to Oxford will be another chance to shape my academic future all over again. I’ve definitely had some very supportive teachers at HMSG who have encouraged me and helped me along the way.”

Mary Lord, from Chepstow, achieved three As and will be reading French and Spanish at Durham University. The actress, who played Mrs Potts in HMSG’s recent Beauty and the Beast musical, also has a Vice Chancellor’s Performing Arts Scholarship which will see her work on drama productions within primary and secondary schools throughout her time at university. 

She said: “I’ve acted all my life and I’ve loved drama from such a young age, so it will be amazing to help other young people discover the same love for it.”

And Pippa England, who has rowed for GB and was Captain of the Boats when the HMSG team won the Schools Head this year, is off to study bio chemistry at Imperial College London.

She said: “I was absolutely terrified opening the results. I was very surprised and extremely happy.
“It’s been tough since Easter right the way through, but it’s been worth it.
“I’ve been training the whole time as well – which is great for time management
“Rowing for the last seven years has definitely taught me how to motivate myself.
 “I’ve been at HMSG since Year 3 and I couldn’t have done this without being here. All of my teachers have been so amazing.”

Monmouth School’s Head Boy, Sam White, will take up his place to study maths at Oxford after achieving a remarkable 4 A*s and 100% in his physics paper.

The 1st XIII rower said: “I was really nervous but excited this morning - my hands were shaking over my cup of tea! I was genuinely surprised and relieved when I opened UCAS to see my offer was confirmed.”

Zac Raouf was awarded two A*s and an A and is excited to begin reading medicine at Oxford.
He said: “I mostly felt relief when I opened my results. All the hard work has paid off and I’m looking forward to what’s next – it means a lot.”

Freddie Parker’s four A*s will enable him to study medicine at King’s College London. 
He said: “Both of my parents are farmers, so I’ll be the first medic in the family. I’m thrilled with my results. I’m hoping to specialise in forensic psychology or surgery and I’m very excited about embarking on my medical career.”

Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School, said: “Such strong results have allowed Monmouth School boys to take up places at their universities of choice, including Oxford and Cambridge, and the elite Russell Group Universities.  We are particularly pleased that the boys achieved such excellent results alongside being involved in many other activities: many of our most committed sportsmen and musicians, for example, achieved outstanding grades.  This is the hallmark of Monmouth School - the boys certainly work extremely hard in their academic studies, and achieve outstanding results, but they also make highly valued contributions to a wide range of other activities in School.”

And Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of HMSG, added: “We are delighted there has been an improvement on last year’s results. It is a huge relief when the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils pays off and the girls achieve their personal best, whether that is an A*, A, B or C grade.  HMSG has achieved above and beyond the national average for A* - A grades across the board, including core STEM subjects. It’s so lovely to see the dedication of such a talented year group help them progress on to their next step.”


Badminton School


Badminton School girls go for Gold in STEM


Just as the Great British athletes aim high in Rio, the girls at Badminton School achieved top results in their A Levels; 67% of all grades awarded A*/A, whilst 90% were graded A* - B. 

For the third successive year, all Medics, Dentists and Veterinary Scientists at Badminton secured their university places. Girls leaving Badminton this year will go on to study a range of STEM subjects including Medicine, Dentistry, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences, Engineering and Computing at university level. Anisha, who joined Badminton in Year 5, will begin her course in Chemistry at Lincoln College, Oxford in October after securing 4 A*s; “I am really looking forward to going into more detail in the subject. The support from the teachers at Badminton and the opportunities in Science Outreach really boosted my love for Science; I can’t wait to get started!”

Lucy, from Bristol, is excited to embark on her study of Dentistry at Sheffield. “I got 2 A*s and an A and want to study Dentistry following personal experiences growing up. I was lucky enough to be offered a place at all the universities I applied for but am looking forward to moving to Sheffield and meeting new people in September.” 

Mrs Warden, Head of STEM commented; “As a school we appreciate that great results are not enough; it is all the extra-curricular activities that help the girls access the most competitive university courses.”

Mrs Tear, Headmistress at Badminton School commented; “our girls’ individual achievements are a true testament to their hard work. The support from our inspirational teachers and pastoral staff propel the girls into being the best they can be. I am immensely proud of this year’s A Level cohort and what they have achieved. Whilst I am delighted at the strength of our STEM applicants, I am equally proud that we have girls going on to study a wide range of subjects from History of Art to Anthropology. It is a strength that we enable each girl to find her niche.”


Kent College

Individual approach leads to Academic Excellence at  Kent College

A Level Examination results for Summer 2016

Kent College students and staff are celebrating another excellent year for A level results, with over 70% passed at grades A*-B and a 100% pass rate.

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

Frank Radcliffe-Adams, Lotty Astbury, Emma Chu, Samuel Cox, Eloise Gauzan, Thomas Gray, Rahul Gupte, Matthew Lai, Antonio Marelli, Callum Monro, Jonathan Nevett, Nicole Ratti, Sam Sherwood, Ellie Stone, Man Tsoi, Katrina Yao, Matthew Yip, Rosie White.

These results follow IB outcomes which were again excellent. The results will enable access to top universities in the UK and further afield: Head Boy, Sam Hines scored an almost perfect 43 points and will study History at Christchurch, Oxford; Jules Frank gained 42 points and has been awarded a scholarship at prestigious Bocconi University in Milan reading Economics; Greta Milesi achieved 41 points and will follow a Liberal Studies programme at Durham University; and Allyx Guitard scored 40 points and has won a place to study Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford.

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 400 per student: the equivalent of A* A* A.

All students gained places at their universities of choice including Oxbridge. Top musicians also performed well: Hannah Parry secured her place at the Royal Academy of Music and Tom Ashdown a place at the Royal Northern College of Music.

News of two former Kent College IB students reached us recently: Thomas Sayer graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge with a double first in Natural Sciences and Claudia Sanchez Jimenez not only achieved a first from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, but the highest mark that Oxford has ever awarded for a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. Not surprisingly, both will continue as PhD students.

Head Master, Dr. David Lamper said,

“I am delighted with the very high levels of academic achievement shown by the students who took examinations this summer. They worked extremely hard whilst at the same time adding an immense amount to the extra curricular, musical, dramatic and sporting life of our community. They have been excellent ambassadors of Kent College and they deserve every success. I am also delighted for my colleagues who have worked so hard in supporting and nurturing the development of all our students. Many congratulations to them all.”


St Mary's Calne

Girls celebrate excellent A Level results at St Mary’s Calne

Girls at St Mary’s Calne have very good reason to celebrate, following another set of superb A Level results, with 14 girls achieving straight A*s and As and over half the entries graded A*-A.

All of the girls who held offers for Oxbridge were successful in gaining their places, not only meeting but exceeding the extremely high grades required. Head Girl, Charlotte Paterson secured her place to read Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge with 4 A*s and

Eleanor Swire, who joined St Mary’s in the Sixth Form, was also awarded 4 A*s and will be studying Human Sciences and Political Science at Homerton College, Cambridge.  Heading for Oxford University is Cynthia Li, who, with 4 A*s and 1 A, will be reading Mathematics and Statistics at Somerville College, while local girls Isobel Smith (1 A*, 2 As) from Tytherton Lucas, Wiltshire, will be reading History at Lady Margaret Hall and Laura Steel (2 A*s, 1 A) from Calne goes on to study Biological Sciences at Magdalen College.   

Other local girls who received exceptional grades include: Helena Boase from Calne, who secured her place to read History at St Andrews with 3 A*s; Luana Sharp from Bath (1 A*, 2 As) who will be studying Chemical Engineering at Manchester and Jessica Enthoven from Spye Park, Wiltshire, (3 As) who will be reading Philosophy and Politics at Edinburgh.

Congratulations to Amanda Cai who received a remarkable 3 A*s, 2 As to secure her place at Imperial College to read Mathematics and also to Francesca Pullan (3A*s) who will be reading Chemistry at Durham, with both girls exceeding their required grades.  Esme Graham and Georgia Murdoch also received all A*s and As to secure their places at Sheffield to read Medicine and Modern Languages at Durham respectively and Hebe Field secured her place to study History of Art at Edinburgh with straight As. 

The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects, such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages and the Arts at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and other leading Universities. Examples include: Music at Birmingham; History of Art at Bristol; Anthropology, Theology and Religion at Exeter; History of Art, Social Anthropology, Russian Studies and English Literature at Edinburgh; English and History at Leeds; Economics at Manchester; Earth Science and Geography at Newcastle; Chemistry at Nottingham; Economics at Southampton and Physiotherapy at St George’s (University of London). We are also delighted that three girls will be heading to universities in the USA to major in: Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University; Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

The impressive results included 100% A*-A grades in Further Maths (for the sixth consecutive year), 100% A*-A grades in Music, 86% A*-A grades in History, 83% A*-A grades in Art, 75% A*-A grades in Latin and 64% A*-A grades in Chemistry.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented “I am delighted and very proud of all the girls who have worked so hard to achieve these results.  So many of the girls have not only met, but by far exceeded the extremely high grades required to secure their university places, and I am sure they will flourish as they move on to the next stage of their education. The girls at St Mary’s enjoy and achieve so much in all areas of school life – sport, art, drama and music - and participate in so many extra-curricular activities which enrich their time here, so it is especially rewarding to see them attaining these fantastic academic results.  I would like to thank the teachers and staff who have supported and encouraged the girls exceptionally well and wish the girls the very best of luck as they leave St Mary’s.” 


Sexey's School

Sexey’s students continue to attain outstanding A Level results
Thursday 18 August 2016, Bruton: Sexey’s School’s students are once again celebrating excellent A Level results today. Results have remained as consistently strong as last year, with 34% of students once again achieving A*-A grades and 86% achieving A*-C for the second year in a row - the highest A*-A grades achieved at Sexey’s School since 2012. 
Sexey’s results are well above the national level published by the Joint Council for Qualifications, as follows: A*-A 34.4% (Sexey’s) versus 25.7% (national), A*-B 61.93% (Sexey’s) versus 50.9% (national), A*-C 86.24% (Sexey’s) versus 75% (national).
Commenting, Head Master Mr. Irfan Latif 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. Once again I would like to congratulate our students and staff on another outstanding year of A Level results – consistently strong across the top grades and well above the national level. Our students’ achievements are a testament to the expectations and high aspirations we have for them at Sexey’s. Moreover, in achieving and exceeding their own personal targets, they have a positive future ahead of them, both at university and in industry”.
Mr Dan Bull, Deputy Head, added, “The students have worked so hard to achieve another year of excellent results, with consistently strong performances across the top grades. I would like to add my congratulations to them for their achievements, and to thank their families for their encouragement, and all our staff for their academic guidance. 
“I would also like to congratulate students Ed Dowding and Telita Worthington, who achieved two or more grades 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. 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.”
Sexeians with particularly noteworthy successes in 2016 include:
•    Lynsey Whittaker, A* (Biology) A* (Mathematics) A (Chemistry), originally from Sexey’s School, going to Cambridge to read Veterinary Medicine
•    Ed Dowding, A* (English Literature), A (History), A (Politics), originally from Sexey’s School, going to Edinburgh to read Economic and Social History
•    Ella Hutchinson, A* (History), A (Mathematics), A (Politics), A (EPQ), originally from Sexey’s School, going to LSE to read Government and History
•    Flora Jardine, A* (Mathematics), A (Biology), A (Chemistry), A (Physics), A* (EPQ), originally from Durham Johnstone School, going to Edinburgh to read Medicine
•    Callum John, A* (Mathematics), A (Chemistry), A (Physics), originally from Frome Community College, taking a gap year, applying 2017 
•    Ellen McNeill, A* (Psychology), A (Biology), A (English Language), originally from West Somerset Community College, going to Durham to read Psychology
•    Hannah Petrovic, A* (Mathematics), A (Further Mathematics), A (Physics), A* (EPQ), originally from Sexey’s School, going to Durham to read Physics and Astronomy
•    Phoebe Searle, A* (Psychology), A (Biology), A (History), originally from Sexey’s School, going into full time employment
•    Dan Smaje, A* (Chemistry), A (Biology), A (Mathematics), originally from Frome Community College, going to UCL to read Biochemistry
•    Matthew Hunt, A (Biology), A (Mathematics), A (Psychology), originally from Sexey’s School, going to Southampton to read Psychology
•    Holly Austin, A (Biology), A (Chemistry), A (English Literature), originally from King Arthur’s, destination to be confirmed
Commenting on her success, Lynsey Whittaker said, “Gaining a place to study Veterinary Medicine is the culmination of seven years’ hard work and outstanding support from Sexey’s; I can’t thank everyone enough. To be able to do this course at Cambridge University is just unbelievable.” 
Sexey’s also reported a number of top grade achievements in AS Levels, with many students on target to achieve the top grades next year.
Mr Latif continued, “In addition to our consistently strong grades, I would like to add that at Sexey’s, we embrace a culture in education that goes beyond percentages, and awards pupils’ passion for bigger life goals, aspirations and values. Our dedicated staff – who regularly go over and above both in and out of the academic arena - work hard to promote those qualities”.

LVS Ascot

LVS Ascot Celebrates Highest Ever A-Level Pass Rate


LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said she “couldn’t be more thrilled” after the independent all-ability school posted an excellent set of A-Level results which saw its best ever pass rate of 99.2% surpass the national average of 98.1%.

19.9% of grades were A or A*, a significant rise from 16.3% last year and a 63% increase on 2014’s 12.2%, against the national backdrop of a marginal fall in top grades for the fifth successive year . With just two ungraded papers out of 246, LVS Ascot boasted its highest ever pass rate, ensuring its success was shared by all students and highlighting the school’s expertise in helping all students succeed and reach their full potential.

32  departments (23 last year) boasted a 100% pass rate including music technology and six languages, whilst the Extended Project Qualification attracted an A* - B rate of 100%.

Headline figures are:

  • Grade A* results  – 7.7% (up from 5.8% in 2015 and 3.8% in 2014)
  • Grade A results – 12.2% (up from 10.5% in 2015 and 8.4% in 2014)
  • Grade A* – A results – 19.9% (up from 16.3% in 2015 and 12.2% in 2014)
  • Grade A* - B results – 44% (up from 42.6% in 2015 and 41.9% in 2014)
  • Grade A* - C results – 73.2% (up from 62.2% in 2015 and 71.8% in 2014)
  • Overall pass rate A* - E – 99.2% (up from 96.2% in 2015 and 96.1% in 2014)
  • 84 students took A-level exams taking 246 A-levels in total

Major success stories included Head Girl Georgia Acton, whose A* and three As in French, Chemistry, Core Maths and German saw her celebrating a place at Bristol University. Georgia said: “I am really grateful to LVS Ascot for the support and teaching that has helped me achieve my goal, but also for the opportunity to be involved in so many other aspects of school life too”.

National level swimmer Abbie Johnson was also celebrating after gaining A* in Biology and A in Applied Maths, combined with a double BTEC to allow her to study Sport & Exercise Science at Birmingham University. Abbie broke her personal best at the British National Swimming Championships earlier this year in the 50m breaststroke where only the top 24 swimmers in the country qualified. She has also won four national competition medals for the school in the London 2012 Olympic swimming pool, and said: “I am really pleased to get such good results and be going to my first choice university. With an indoor swimming pool and gym on site at LVS Ascot I have been able to focus on studying and excelling at sport too”.  Abbie’s mum Helen added: “Abbie has been at LVS Ascot since Year 3 and the school has been such a huge part of her success, giving her confidence and support”.

Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “We are incredibly proud to receive such a good set of results, showing what a great place LVS Ascot is to study. Our results this year have been excellent, building on last year’s success when again our A and A* grades grew in contrast to the national picture. It is testimony to the skill and commitment of our staff that as a non-selective school we are able to inspire students and get the very best out of them”.

Head of Sixth Form Charlie Jenkins said: “We are delighted with this year’s results which are just reward for the hard work and talent of our students. Our sixth form options continue to make LVS Ascot an exciting place to study, maintaining the broadest possible A-Level curriculum with 35 courses at a time when other schools are cutting back what they offer due to financial pressure. We are also keeping our offering in sync with universities and as they are accepting an increasing number of BTECs LVS Ascot is also growing its courses in that area. Our Sport BTEC this year saw 100% of students receive distinction – distinction*”.


Prior Park College

Another outstanding results day for Prior Park A level Students

Prior Park College, the UK’s largest Catholic, co-educational, independent senior school, is thrilled to be celebrating another outstanding performance from A Level students. With over 90% of all grades awarded at A* - C grade including 42% of grades awarded at the highest grade A or better, it is no surprise that the vast majority of our leavers have gained entry to top universities.

No fewer than 13 departments including Mathematics, Science, Theology, French and Geography are delighted with at least 1 in every 2 grades at A or better. Other subjects to shine include Further Mathematics with over 67% of pupils attaining the top A* grade, and English being amongst other core departments inspiring over one third of their candidates to achieve A* in this subject.

High achievers include Alexander Tometzki, who secured a full house of four A* grades earning his place to read Physics at Oxford University, while Joseph Zhong secured no less than five A levels including three at A* gaining a place at Exeter University to read to Material Sciences. Special congratulation is also extended to Georgia Fulton and Emma Lyons who achieved five passes at A and AS level at A grade or better, including A* grades in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The Headmaster, Mr James Murphy-O’Connor comments that “this year’s excellent A-Level results have once again reflected our school’s passion, commitment and dedication to providing a truly outstanding education, giving our young people the very best start in life. We would like to congratulate each and every student in our A Level community and wish them well as they embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives”.



Felsted pupils gained an impressive overall set of A Level results, with 81% achieving A* to C grades and a 99% pass rate. More than 30% of all results were at A* or A grade, with many students confirming their places at the country's top universities.

Top Highlights

·         85 students took A Levels at Felsted in 2016

·         30% of all grades were A* or A

·         More than 4 out of 5 of all grades were C or better

·         The pass rate was higher than 99%

·         37 students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  If IB results are included with the A Level grades, the A*-B percentage is 68% overall, with 88% of all grades A*-C or the equivalent

·         Many subjects achieved exceptional results –  German, Latin, Further Maths and Theatre Studies all achieved 100% A*-B; while History, Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Religious Studies also achieved over 75% A*-B.

Felsted’s top A Level achiever was Anthony Hickling, age 18 from Chelmsford, who secured two A*s and one A grade and is waiting to hear from Robinson College, Cambridge for a place to read Mathematics. As Felsted’s Wallis Maths Scholar, Anthony was named as the top Mathematician in Essex after his performance in the British Maths Olympiad last year. Anthony was also one of only 40 students across the UK last year to be invited to take part in a prestigious Maths Summer School based at Oxford


  • Two students achieved places at Oxbridge this year: In addition to Anthony Hickling, Faye Calow, age 17 from Castle Hedingham, gained 39 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma to read English Language and Literature at Trinity College, Oxford.
  •  Modern Language students achieved extremely well, bucking the national trend for a decline in a Modern Language results, with Pierre Davies, age 18 from Chesham in Buckinghamshire, gaining three A grades to read Modern Languages at Durham University. Pierre was a School Prefect and took advantage of many aspects of Felsted School life including public speaking, the Choir and sports. Tom Lane-Feldman, 18, who has been at Felsted School since the age of four, also gained three A grades to read Modern Languages at UCL. Tom, a weekly boarder from Braintree, pursued his talent for Drama and Music at Felsted, taking many lead roles, including the most recent production of ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’. He was also captain of Badminton.


  • Michaela Pawley was Felsted’s top performing girl, and is going to read Sociology at Durham University.  Michaela’s results included 2 A* grades.  A full boarder from Sri Lanka, Michaela played 1st XI hockey and helped to start a girls’ football team. In addition to being a prefect, she also starred in School drama productions and won the School’s public speaking competition, the UpJohn Declamation. Georgia Willson also achieved her goal of studying Business Management at Birmingham University, having gained an A* in Business Studies, among her exceptional results. Georgia also starred in a number of School productions and performed in the Senior Choir. She also succeeded in gaining a place on the Goldman Sachs Inspire Programme last year to pursue her passion for business.

Other top achievers at Felsted included: Will Bargate, Charlie Broom, Max Boyce, Izi Ditchburn, Harry Pilcher, Simon Holme, James Hoile, Max Griffin, Faye Ayodeji, Isla Cuthbert, Greg Flack, Sok Lew, Alexandra Malyon-Davies, Oliver Salmon, Jamie Smart, Stefan Warner, Georgia Willson and Sophie Wise.

Headmaster Mr Chris Townsend, comments;

 “It is fantastic to see so many Felstedians rewarded for their efforts and the hard work of their teachers, with many going off to the best universities in this country and abroad. Including IB results with our A Level grades, the approximate A*-B percentage increases to 68% overall, which reflects the outstanding level of work done by this year group. Lower 6th AS results also showed significant progress with as many as 34% of all papers graded at A, and 59% graded A or B”.  


Sutton Valence

One in five achieves straight A grades at Sutton Valence

Once again, Sutton Valence School Sixth Formers are celebrating phenomenal A Level success, with one in five students achieving straight A* or A grades.  Contrary to a recent nationwide drop in the top grades, Sutton Valence students, sitting their final examinations, proved that hard work and dedication always pay off.  

For several years now, the School’s academic results have consistently improved and this year is no different, with 42 per cent of examination entries earning the very highest grades (A*-A) and 13 per cent achieving the coveted A*.  Across the broad-ability cohort, the School is delighted that 67 per cent received A*-B grades and the students had an overall pass rate of 99 per cent. Sutton Valence celebrates its aptitude for improving the outcomes of all students, recognised this year by its position in the top 10% of schools nationally for adding academic value for every student.

The School has a tremendous track record of getting students into their first choice of university and helping them achieve their academic ambitions.  Amongst those with the highest grades is Prefect and Captain of the Shooting team, Emil Evans; with three A* grades he has secured his place at Cambridge to read History.  Another perfect three A*s were gained by Saskia Roestenburg, a School Prefect, who will be reading Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol.  Freddie Parker, one of the stars of this spring’s outstanding production of Les Misérables, also gained three A*grades and goes on to read Psychology at the University of Bath.  Students from across the year have gained their places at Russell Group universities and other prestigious institutions.

Headmaster, Mr Bruce Grindlay said, “We are extremely proud of our students’ success; with focused hard work, excellent teaching and high expectations they have achieved and often exceeded their goals. This has been an outstanding cohort in every way; both inside and outside the classroom.  We wish them all of the best in their exciting futures.”


St John's College

Sixth Form students of St John’s College in Southsea have today received the best set of results since 2012.  While the overall pass rate of 97% achieved this year remains consistent with previous years, other grades have improved considerably.  Students achieved 78% A* - C (62% in 2015), but it was the A* – B grade which saw the biggest rise, with 61% of students achieving this year compared with 38% in 2015.

The wide-ability and non-selective school has a Sixth Form of 90 students.  Well-regarded for its pastoral ethos and strong sense of community, the 40 students receiving their results today have taken advantage of the wealth of support and expert advice over the two-year A Level programme.   Matthew Jeffrey, 18 from Portsmouth and received 1A* and 3 As, accepted a Choral Scholarship with Exeter Cathedral after taking advice from his music teacher. Matthew comments, “Although I spent seven years singing with the St John’s College Chapel Choir I didn’t think I was a good enough singer to go to the next level but after speaking with the new music teacher I had the confidence to apply for a Choral Scholarship.  My time with the Choir was so enjoyable; I am pleased I can continue signing for another year.”   Matthew continues, “I am very happy with my results today, and most proud of my A in Further Maths as this, for me, was the hardest exam.  I am looking forward to my year of singing with the Cathedral.”  As well as his A Level results Matthew also achieved Grade 8 Piano and Grade 8 Singing, both with Distinction. 

Sarah Khan, 18 from Southsea, returned to the College to take her A Levels after realising a local College wasn’t right for her. Today, Sarah received 1A*, 2As and 1B, and comments.  “My results are a lot better than I expected – I can’t find the words to describe how I feel.  I started St John’s in Year 7 so have really got to know the teachers and this helped me in the Sixth Form. The smaller classes of St John’s suited me better than a large College and I have received support from my teachers – I wanted to thank the English Department especially, for not giving up on me and helping me get my A*!”

Deputy Head Girl Esther Olanihun, aged 18, is a boarding student from Nigeria and moved to Southsea three years ago with her sister.  Esther was delighted that she got into her first choice university (Birmingham) with 3As, and comments.  “I just feel great – all the hard work, tears and long nights have truly paid off.  I found the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) most testing but I just stuck with it and I am so pleased I did. This project has really helped me to prepare for my Law degree ahead.”  

Head Boy David Evans, aged 18 and from Southsea, received an A and 2Bs, and is now planning to study Politics and International Relations at Birmingham University. David comments, “I am very happy to be going to Birmingham – it is an excellent opportunity for me.” He continues, “The work ethic here at St John’s is very strong – teachers are supportive but make sure you work hard and push yourself. I have really enjoyed my time as Chair of the Politics Society and singing with the Chapel Choir – and these life experiences have been really valuable.”  

A number of overseas students studying at the College have also done particularly well.  Joy Hong, 18 and from China, achieved an excellent set of results: 2A* and 2Bs, and is off to study Maths at her first choice university: Bath. Grace Dong, also 18 and from China, plans to study Aerospace Engineering at Bath University with her 1A*, 2As and 1B.  Man Hin Yung, aged 19 and from Hong Kong, received 2As and 2Bs and will start his Chemical Engineering degree at Manchester University.  

Mr Tim Bayley, who became Head of College in April this year, is delighted with the results and comments.  “Students should feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved today.   Here at St John’s College we strongly believe in challenging students, but in a supportive environment. As a small school we know our students well – tutors work hard to set realistic and achievable targets, and I think the improved results we have seen today are testament to students’ hard work and commitment but also the staff’s dedication to their students’ success.”


The Royal Grammar School


Staff and pupils at the Royal Grammar School were delighted with an outstanding set of A Level results released today with over 74% A*, A, and B grades, 48% being A*/A and an overall pass rate for the school of 100%.  All 190 A2 candidates have qualified for Higher Education places, with the vast majority having accepted their university choices.  
Amongst the superb set of personal achievements, 1 student gained 6 A levels (5 A*s and an A grade), 1 student achieved 5 A* grades at A level, 4 candidates achieved 4 A* grades, and 9 candidates achieved 3 A* grades. 

Our Boarders performed highly with a pass rate of 100% and over 80.3% A*- B grades, 53% being A*-A.

Headmaster Philip Wayne said of the results:

“This pleasing set of results is testament to the hard work of our pupils, the encouraging support of their families and our staff.  It also gives me a very firm foundation on which to take RGS into the future.  The school takes great pride in a Sixth Form ethos of independent learning, where pupils are encouraged to study beyond the syllabus to develop a strong subject knowledge from which to call upon.  Today marks the culmination of rigorous learning and revision for RGS boys and I have no doubt that the personal successes of our pupils today will carry them forward into successful futures.  My personal congratulations to every pupil who received results today.”

More House School

Triumph over adversity for Frensham students

Sixth Form students at More House School, Frensham, are again celebrating extraordinary results this year in their A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses.

With a 100% pass rate in BTEC courses and a 97% pass rate at A Level, More House pupils, all of whom have overcome specific learning and language-based difficulties, have again succeeded in achieving what many thought impossible before they joined the school.

Headmaster, Jonathan Hetherington, congratulated the school’s Upper Sixth leavers on chalking up a 71% A*-C or BTEC equivalent grade in their certificates.  “We are again incredibly proud of the determination and tenacity of our students, and wish them well for their future destinations which, for many, means university degrees”.

 96.3% of the school’s students achieved 100% passes in each of their courses, and many have been accepted onto university degree courses to read subjects such as History, Music, Computer Science and Mathematics.

Mr Hetherington also paid tribute to the commitment and expertise of the More House teaching and specialist therapy staff.  21% of the certificates awarded to More House students were at the highest A* to A, or BTEC equivalent of Distinction* and Distinction, grading.
More House School is recognised as a national centre for excellence, providing independent day and boarding education for 470 boys aged 8-18 with specific learning or language-based difficulties, including Dyslexia.  This summer’s Sixth Form results are especially impressive given that 52% of the Upper Sixth boys have a Statement of Special Educational Needs.  More House School was graded ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible rating, across the board in its Ofsted inspection this year.


King's Ely

King’s Ely students excel with latest A Level Results


King’s Ely Sixth Form students have received outstanding results this year in their A Levels.

43% of all A2 grades achieved were A* or A, 72% were graded A*- B, 84% were graded A*-C, whilst just one grade prevented 100% of all students achieving A*-E.

15 students achieved at least three passes at A or A*, with Phoebe Ryan achieving 3 A* grades and Hongye Guo achieving 3 A* grades and an A.

Phoebe and Hongye will be taking up their offers from Cambridge University to read Theology, Philosophy and Religion at Murray Edwards College and Natural Sciences at Queens College respectively. James Mitchell also takes up his place at Girton College, Cambridge to read Music after obtaining 1 A* and 2 A grades. Rosamond Van Wingerden, who achieved 2 A* grades and 1 A grade, will attend Princeton University, USA.

Across the board, real success stories see students far exceeding their predicted grades and gaining places at top Russell Group universities. 

Jane Thomas, Vice Principal Academic, commented: “A Level success requires hard work and dedication and we are delighted with the achievements of all of our Year 13 pupils.” 

Sue Freestone, Principal of Kings Ely, added: “Every August I find myself humbled by the achievements of our students. I pay tribute to their teachers and their parents for the support they have provided and to them for the commitment and tenacity with which they meet the challenges of A level whilst finding time to make such telling contributions to their communities.” 


Sherborne Boys

Sherborne boys are celebrating excellent results, including 51% A* and A grades, a School record.

We are delighted to congratulate this year’s Upper Sixth, who have achieved the School’s best ever A level results, including 15% graded A*, 51% A* to A, and 77% at A* to B.  More than a quarter of the year group secured straight A* and A grades, with 28% of the boys achieving this distinction, another School record. Among the many highly impressive individual performances were the three A*s achieved by Noah Chillingworth and Harry Reynolds; the three A*s and one A obtained by Max Vinycomb; and the sweep of four straight A*s awarded to Oliver Rose.   

Special congratulations are also due to Chris Bocz, Charles Howard, Edward Pyman, Oliver Rose and Archie Wing, each of whom gained the grades needed to confirm their Oxbridge offers.  Others, meanwhile, are preparing to head off to other leading universities including Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, LSE and Imperial College.  

The Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett, expressed his delight, commenting:
‘These exceptional results reflect the talent, commitment and dedication of the boys and those who taught them.   The boys’ success is the result of sustained hard work and a real appetite for intellectual challenge and achievement.  The results are all the more impressive in view of the extraordinary range of sporting, artistic and other successes achieved by this tremendously talented group of boys.   I am very proud of every single one of them and they deserve our warmest congratulations and best wishes for the future as they embark on their university careers.’


Prior's Field School

Behind the A* headlines, tales of individual success at Prior’s Field

Prior’s Field pupils were celebrating unparalleled A-Level results today, with girls achieving a 76% A*-B result that represented a 13% increase over 2015, equalling last year’s 15% A* grades and delivering a 100% pass rate. Pupils taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), highly regarded by universities, all gained an A* or A.

Behind these excellent top-line results lie many stories of individual hopes and success. Head Girl, Kesney Boon, was one of those celebrating a superb EPQ result, along with an A* and two As that will take her to Bath to study Business. Saskia Lawrence balanced singing in a rock band and working in a local stables with achieving a top result of two A*s and two As, and will study Geography at Durham.

Weekly boarder Rosalind Fomin, who had never boarded before Prior’s Field and who gained full marks for her EPQ on the gender inequality within today’s engineering profession – flies to Canada tomorrow to begin an engineering degree.

Head Tracy Kirnig, who joined Prior’s Field in September 2015, congratulated each and every girl on their hard work and outcome: “We are so proud of all our girls. They have joined us at various stages in their education – at 11, 13 or 16 – and grasped the opportunities at Prior’s Field, achieving so much both in the classroom and beyond. We are a school focused on the development of unique individuals and the wide range of universities that our students will now go on to, and diversity of courses, reflects their huge array of individual talents, interests and future ambitions.

We have also been delighted this year by outstanding EPQ results, representing a minimum of 90 hours work on top of A-Levels and demanding intensive research, linked to their intended degree. We are seeing an increasing number of our girls rising to the challenge of this qualification.”

University destinations this year include Bath, Bristol, Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, The Royal Veterinary College and UCL to study degrees including neuroscience, architectural engineering, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, geography with volcanology and veterinary science.
The GSA, 11-18, boarding and day school promotes participation, motivation, self-belief and enjoyment to bring out the best in young people and transform lives.


Tudor Hall School

Tudor Hall School students are celebrating outstanding success in today’s A Level results, marking yet another year of excellence in academic and extra-curricular achievements. Students have achieved 100% pass rate, with 38.1% of grades A*/A and 78.6% A*/A/B.

Wendy Griffiths, Headmistress, said, "We are thrilled with the results of our girls at A Level. They have worked extremely hard and I am very proud of what they have achieved as a consequence. At Tudor Hall we accept girls with diverse talents and it is wonderful to see them all exceed expectations, with nearly 40% of the girls achieving two or more grades at A or A*. This year we are particularly pleased with the success of Lucinda Mills who achieved A* in History, English and Politics and goes on to Bristol University to read History. It is uplifting to see our girls leave us as confident young women ready to embark on degree courses in universities including Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter and Newcastle to study subjects such as Law, Biomedical Science, history, English and Spanish whilst others go on to courses in the Arts across the UK and in the USA. We all feel privileged to have played a part in their journey”

Georgina Woodward, 2016 Leaver, is going on to study Law at Cambridge University. She commented, “I am thrilled with my results. I got an A* and two As in Government and Politics, English Literature and History respectively. I also gained at A* in my Extended Project Qualification. I have really enjoyed my time at Tudor and the teachers are great and have been really encouraging. Without this support I wouldn’t have considered applying to Cambridge. Now I’m so excited to be going!”

Congratulations to all our girls as they leave us and we wish them well as they take up their places in Higher Education or begin their gap year. 

Reed's School

Reed’s School in Cobham is celebrating another set of excellent A level results with, yet again, a quarter of pupils gaining all A*/A grades and almost a half of all grades achieved overall were A* or A.

The four students who had offers for Oxbridge were successful in gaining their places. Patrick Leong-Son led the way with four A* grades – he goes on to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Matthew Smith and Joseph Chandler will join him at Cambridge to read Economics and Engineering respectively. Oxford will welcome the talented Dylan Price who will read Music. Top scorer Connor Ward gained four A*s and an A grade; he will go to Durham to read Physics and will be joined there by Rhiannon Schofield who gained 3 A*s and 2 A grades.

Headmaster, Mark Hoskins, commented ‘‘I am delighted for the pupils (and of course their parents) and the staff who have worked so hard this year and have been rewarded for their efforts. The vast majority of Reed’s pupils will be attending their first choice courses and universities and we have had record success at Oxbridge this year. The range of degree courses and institutions that our students will be studying next year also demonstrates the ability of the teachers at Reed’s to identify and nurture their passions and interests. As they move into the next phase of their lives I am immensely proud of the fact that, as a group of young people, Reed’s students will go on to study such a wide range of subjects including STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the Social Sciences such as Geography, History and Economics, Modern Languages, Classics as well as the Arts including Drama, Music, Fine Art and Graphic Design. They will thus, I am sure, make a collectively rich and varied contribution to society and in so doing will be true to the central principle of our Founder, Reverend Andrew Reed, of shaping the world they inherit and seeking to make it a better place.”

Grades achieved were as follows:
    A*/A grades         46%
    A*- B grades         75%
    A*- C grades         91%
    A* - E grades        100%


Gordon's School

A Level 2016

47.0% of entries were graded A* - A  (only beaten in 2012)

79.7% of entries were graded A* - B  (School record)

93.4% of entries were graded A* - C  (School record)

Congratulations to all our talented staff and students for their hard work and application in achieving another set of superb results. Special congratulations to Ben Kenworthy and Camelia Hamdi -Cherif who each achieved A*A*A* and will be taking up places at Oxbridge.


Epsom College

College celebrates record A level results

Epsom College students performed outstandingly well in this year’s A level examinations with a record 61% of all grades awarded in the A*-A range.

Epsom bucked the national trend, which saw a marginal fall in the proportion of A* and A grades awarded, with 22% of all examinations being graded A* and 39% graded A, together more than 10% up on the previous year's results. Some 85% of grades were awarded in the A*-B range and the overall pass rate was 100%.

The top performers this year were Thomas Egan and Ella Witts, who both achieved four A* grades, while Hoe Kiu Chan, Gabriella Francis, Renat Karimov and Mathilde Lundsberg-Nielsen all achieved a clean sweep of three A* grades.  Ella Witts and Renat Karimov will take up places at Cambridge and Oxford University respectively.

There were outstanding performances in both the arts and the sciences, with Felix Kok achieving a very rare top grade in the Cambridge STEP Mathematics examination and Hannah Webb achieving a top Distinction in the prestigious Pre-U English qualification. Both have secured their places at Cambridge University.

By 10.00 am on results day, 104 students had had their places confirmed at Russell group universities, making this a very successful UCAS cycle for the leavers. It has been a particularly strong year for the top London Colleges, with 22 students collectively gaining places at UCL, Imperial, King’s and LSE.

The most favoured destinations with this year’s leavers are Leeds with 19 students and Bristol with 16, with Bath, Nottingham, Exeter, Durham and Edinburgh also proving popular.

To date, the leavers have gained places at 39 different institutions, including five in the USA, one in Russia and also the Royal Veterinary College in London.

“This excellent set of results reflects admirably upon the hard work of the students and the dedication of the teaching and support staff. It is gratifying that such a large number of our students have secured places at top universities. Congratulations go to all concerned,” said Headmaster, Jay Piggot.

Loughborough Grammar School

Leading By Example

Year 13 students at Loughborough Grammar School are celebrating outstanding A Level results this morning. At a time of considerable change in educational assessment, they have had a nervous wait over the last few weeks, but all boys can be proud of their grades and we wish them every success as they embark on university courses, gap years or their first job. During their time at Loughborough Grammar School, the skills they have acquired alongside their academic study, such as independence, creativity and integrity will help them to face the challenges ahead with confidence and enthusiasm. We look forward to hearing about their future successes and seeing them back at the Grammar School before too long.

Results summary
                Entries 477
                A*          16%
                A*-B      67%
                A*-C      85%
                A*-E      99%

Of particular note there were 201 A* and A grades, 20 candidates achieved 2 A*s or better, 43 achieved at least three 3 As or better and 9 achieved their aims to go on to Oxford or Cambridge. 

In addition 28 boys achieved the highly-regarded Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where students develop the independent study skills required for university by undertaking an in-depth research project on a topic of their own choice. 14 A*s and 7 As in the EPQ are testament to how well prepared our boys are for the intellectual challenges ahead at university.

Of particular note is the fact that as well as shouldering the extensive responsibilities of their leadership roles, our Head Boy, Ben Crookes, and his two Deputies, Callum Eve and Luke Tyers, achieved a remarkable 3 A* and 6 A grades between them (and, for Luke, an additional A* in the Extended Project Qualification).  Their success means that they will be going on to their first choice universities in October, Ben to read Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield, Callum to Leeds to study Medicine, and Luke to Bristol to read History.

For Tom Johnson, however, the sky is the limit as he sets off to achieve his ambition of being an RAF pilot, choosing not to go to university but to undertake Direct Entry to the RAF College at Cranwell, his destination following his successful completion of his aptitude tests and his A Levels.


The Oratory School

The Oratory School celebrated another strong set of A Level and AS Results with the overall pass rate of A*-E grades up on last year, enabling the vast majority of pupils to obtain their places at their first choice university. 

High achievers were: Chris Humphreys 2A*s 1A (Bath - Chemical Engineering); Henry Lale 1A* 2As 1B (Surrey – Mechanical Engineering); Rory Baxter 1A* 2As (Bath – Economics); George Tyler 3As (Durham – Classics); Ruben Lo 1A* 2As (Bristol – Economics & Management); Mark Price 2As 1 B (Sheffield – French & Economics) and a significant number of personal success stories. One of these was Anthony Duke who suffered a severe setback in his studies after a motorbike accident but with grit and determination, bounced back to gain 1A* 1A 1B. Michael Merritt finally gained his place at Bristol to study Aeronautical Engineering with a D1, 1A*, 1A & 1B. 

Particularly outstanding were the results for Pre-U Art & Design (which includes Photography) and for A-level Art. Five grades at D1 which is beyond A* at A Level and seventeen in total were achieved all at Distinction, D3 or above. At A-level we achieved a complete set of fifteen grades at A* re-enforcing The Oratory School’s award winning Art Department as being one of the best in the UK for A Level. It was a fitting final set of results for Paul Tomlinson, who retires on a high having been Director of Art and Design for the last 37 years at the school.

AS Results top scorers were: Ramon Krah, Chris Leong, Ossian Warren and Johnny Wong.

The new Head Master, Mr Joe Smith, who was on hand to offer his congratulations to boys and parents said: “These are very pleasing A level and Pre-U results, which reflect the enormous amount of hard work and commitment by our boys and staff. Our top performers have achieved very well, with a healthy proportion of 37% of all grades being A* or A grades, and with some notably excellent results in subjects including Art and Mathematics. Also important for The Oratory, as a broad entry school, are the many individual success stories where boys have added significant value beyond what they might have hoped for. We celebrate all their achievements today.”

St Francis' College

A Level Celebrations at St. Francis’ College

St. Francis’ College has yet again received a set of outstanding A Level results with 84% of grades being A* - B, with 47% of these being A/A*.  These results are testimony to the hard work and dedication of staff and students which breeds excellence here at St. Francis’.

It is known that girls excel in STEM subjects at all girls’ schools and this is certainly demonstrated in the Chemistry and Biology results where all students received A*.  A fantastic achievement. There was also a 100% grade A*/A pass rate in German.  

Luwaiza Mirza achieved an amazing 3 A*s and has fulfilled her dream of studying medicine.  She goes to Kings College, London in September. An excited Luwaiza said “I’m really thrilled with my results and I cannot thank my teachers and my year group enough for supporting me throughout my time at St. Francis’ College.”

83% of the girls have confirmed places at their first choice universities.  Angelica Wolanska goes to Oxford to read languages and she says “The teachers have been a massive part of getting the results – all the extra work that they put in to support me was amazing.”

Mrs Goulding, Headmistress says: “at a time when the nation is celebrating the successes of Team GB, it is wonderful to see our young people also achieving so much success in the academic arena.  I am very proud of the girls and the staff who have supported them in achieving these ‘medal worthy performances’.”



Haileybury celebrates its class of 2016

The Haileybury community is celebrating the hard work and achievements of its class of 2016 today (Thursday 18 August).

A Level pupils have achieved provisional grades of 44% A* or A, and over three quarters of all grades were A* to B. 22 pupils secured three or more A* A grades.

Haileybury offers both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and just last month celebrated its IB graduates achieving a collective provisional average score of 37.7 points out of a possible 45 (the global average score is 30.07 points).

This means that with the A Level and IB results combined, Haileybury’s class of 2016 has achieved grades of over 56% A* A or equivalent. Almost one fifth of all provisional grades are A* or equivalent.

Many pupils are now looking forward to the next stage of their education and will go on to study at universities in the UK and all over the world, including three pupils to Cambridge and Oxford.

Will Christensen achieved two A*s and one A, and has secured a place to read French and Spanish at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He studied French, Spanish and Italian A Levels and was head of boys’ boarding house Batten in his Upper Sixth year. 

He said: “You spend all of those weeks waiting and then when the results day comes it is a bit nerve racking! But I feel brilliant and am looking forward to starting at Cambridge in October.”

Head Girl Bronte Sykes also achieved two A*s and one A. She was recently selected to play for England’s Touch Team, and along with the rest of her teammates won the European Championships in Jersey last month. She is currently training with the South East England team for the National Tournament at the end of August.

Describing how she felt when she found out what her results were, she said: “Incredibly relieved, a tad surprised, but absolutely thrilled! I’m heading to Bath University to do a four year Psychology course with a placement year.”

Joe Davies, The Master said: “Congratulations to all of our pupils on their well-earned results, which demonstrate their hard work and effort. We are very proud of everything you have achieved and would like to thank you for your rich contributions to College life. We wish you lots of luck and good wishes for the next chapter of your lives beyond Haileybury.”

Simon Smith, Deputy Head (Academic) said: “The class of 2016 has given so much to the school - not just academically but also musically, through sport, and on the stage. There are so many highlights, from the boys’ rugby team winning the County Cup to show-stopping concerts and plays, raising funds for our school charities and CCF cadets demonstrating their leadership and teamwork week after week. Well done to all of our pupils and thank you to everyone who has played a part in supporting them, from teachers and Housemasters and Housemistresses to parents and families.” 



Roedean’s best ever A Level results!

Roedean is delighted that 96% of all examinations at A2 level have been awarded A*-C grades, the school’s best ever results.  Even more impressively, the girls achieved 62% A*-A grades, which is the second successive 7% rise in top grades.  

This success comes hot on the heels of an outstanding ISI Inspection report in May which judged the school to be ‘Excellent’ in every area, and commented that ‘pupils have an extremely positive attitude towards learning’ and ‘the atmosphere in class is one of enthusiasm with a strong collaborative desire to learn’.  We are confident that the school’s upward trajectory in the national league-tables from last year – up 66 places – will continue this year, placing us well inside the top 100 schools in the country.

Roedean is delighted in particular with the individual successes at A2 level of 23 students, well over a quarter of the cohort, who achieved straight A*-A grades, as well as the phenomenal achievements of Phoebe Connolly, Kelly Chan, Honey Gupta, Angela Tang, and Alex Turck who were all awarded 100% in the A2 modules in Art, Roshni Mistry who scored 100% in Biology and will be going to Cambridge in October to read Medicine, and Selene Lu who achieved the incredible score of 1190/1200 marks across 12 modules in Maths and Further Maths.  We are however equally proud of those girls who may not have a string of A* grades, but have surpassed expectations to achieve the best possible grades.  

It is clear that our girls took to heart one of the school’s messages that small but constant improvements do make a considerable difference to overall success.  In recent years, many local girls from the state sector have joined Roedean in the Sixth Form, and we have been hugely impressed by their high achievements and wide-ranging contributions to the school.

The Headmaster, Oliver Blond, is delighted that all the girls’ hard work has borne fruit:  ‘I am proud of the girls’ successes, and believe that their results will place Roedean amongst the top girls’ schools in the country.  It is wonderful to see such success across day and boarding pupils.  Our job is to help the girls to develop all of their talents, whether they be sporting or musical or creative, and to combine these with strong academic results, so that they leave Roedean ready to make their mark in the world.’

To be judged so highly by the ISI Inspectorate is a remarkable accolade for the school, and every single girl benefits greatly from the exceptional provision.  With a £½ million refurbishment of the Sixth Form facilities over the summer, and a flood-lit astroturf in the near future, the school combines excellent academic achievement with opportunities to excel in a range of co-curricular activities, as well as wonderful facilities and buildings – a Roedean education truly is a unique experience.


Fulneck School

Significant Rise in Fulneck School A-Level  Pupils Achieving A*-B Grades

Fulneck School has seen a significant rise in the number of pupils achieving top grades in this year’s A-level results.

Whilst 72 per cent achieved A*-C grades, the independent school saw 58 per cent attaining A* to B grades, compared to 45 per cent last year.

In addition, 100 per cent of those who sat BTEC subjects attained a Distinction or Distinction *, which are the equivalent to A-level A and A* grades.

And it was also good news for those receiving their AS results today with 93 per cent of students achieving A*-E grades, a 12 per cent improvement on 2015.

One of the highlights of today’s results is Nathan Burns – a Fulneck School pupil for seven years – who achieved three A*s in his chosen subjects of mathematics, further mathematics and physics. This has secured him a place at Edinburgh University to study mathematics.

Other home grown success stories include Annabelle Swift and Ryan Watt, who both joined Fulneck as nursery pupils in 2001.

Annabelle achieved an A* in biology, an A in chemistry and a B in history. Ryan attained two As and a B in economics, politics and history, in addition to an A* in the Extended Project Qualification.

Fulneck School’s international cohort, who study intensive English alongside their post 16 programme of study, have achieved some outstanding results.

Derrick Kwan, who arrived at Fulneck as an overseas student in 2011, has excelled to achieve two Distinction* grades (D*D*) in the BTEC Sport Diploma, a B in A-level biology and a B grade in A-level Chinese.

Ismael Garcia Gomez achieved three B grades in A-level religious studies, media studies and Spanish and a C grade in AS Level English Language respectively. Meanwhile, Jacky Zhou achieved A, A, B in A-level mathematics, applied business and Chinese respectively.

Fulneck School Principal Deborah Newman said: “These are a very encouraging set of A-level results, and are a testament to the hard work our students have put in over the last two years.

“We have had some outstanding individual successes, with Nathan’s three A* being the highlight, and many of our students now going on to the universities of their choice.

“We wish all those who have collected their results all the best in the future – be it further education or employment, and look forward to welcoming them back at former pupil events.”


Truro School  

Truro School’s Headmaster Proud of A Level Success

There were smiles all around in Truro School’s Sixth Form Common Room this morning as A-Level students celebrated two years of hard work with an overall 99.7% pass rate. Over one-third of all grades were A* or A, with nearly two-thirds of grades between A* and B.

Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown was at the forefront of proceedings and said: “I am delighted to see so many smiles and tears of joy in our Sixth Form Common Room today. These results are the culmination of two years of dedication from our students and indeed everyone involved with Truro School.

What has impressed me the most is some of the individual achievements in our Sixth Form, not just from the 15 students who achieved three A*/A’s or better, but also those students who have excelled in specialist areas, many performing above expectations. There are also a number of triumphs for students for whom more modest grades are a real success story.

When focusing on academic subjects there are strong performances across a broad spectrum; Maths, Physics and Modern Foreign Languages have done particularly well with approximately 75% of students achieving A*-B. A very similar picture is evident in the Humanities with History and Religious Studies.

The results in the Creative and Performing Arts arena continue to excel here at Truro School with more than 75% of our students achieving A*-B in the subjects of Art, Drama, Design Technology and Music.

I have also been impressed with our stellar performance in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a subject which represents an optional extra A-Level qualification that allows pupils to study any topic of interest during their two years in the Sixth Form. I am over the moon to see that a phenomenal 79% of projects were graded A*-A in the EPQ. This is a great celebration of the individuality of our students that we embrace so much here at Truro School.”

Amongst all the hugs and emotion there have been some notable success stories for a number of Truro School students.


St Edmund's Canterbury

Many notable achievements on A level results day at St Edmund’s

The pupils and staff of St Edmund’s School are celebrating some terrific A level results today, with many notable achievements to be proud of.

Head, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, said “I congratulate most wholeheartedly our wonderful outgoing Upper Sixth year group and their teachers on the enormous effort that they have put into their academic work over the last two years. I’m delighted that all of our Oxbridge and Yale candidates secured their places and that so many of our pupils will now progress to their universities and courses of choice”.

Bishop's Stortford College

A Level Results 2016

This morning, Bishop’s Stortford College pupils are celebrating another very successful set of A Level results with 81% achieving A* - B and 92% at A* - C. 

This was one of the largest Upper Sixth Form groups the College has taught, with a near record number of entries, which makes these percentages all the more impressive. “This year group have had an incredibly diverse range of interests outside the classroom as well as a greater than ever uptake of the Extended Project Qualification, which is studied alongside 3 or 4 A Level subjects. The EPQ is an in-depth student-led research project designed to develop their university-style investigative work methods and presentation skills,” commented Jeremy Gladwin, the College Headmaster. He went on to applaud “the passionate and dedicated teachers who have gone beyond all reasonable expectations to assist and guide these students in achieving these excellent results.”

Top performers were; Roy Lin - 6 A*, Max Burrows - 4 A*, and Lydia Alexander, Mary Devine, Victoria Farrant, Hardev Matharoo, Claire Moran, Harriet Roberts, Andrius Vaitkus and Andy Wong who all achieved at least 3 A*. 18% of the year group gained 2 or more A* grades. 

The Lower Sixth are also celebrating a stunning set of AS Level results with a very high proportion of top grades in the exams taken.

The College looks forward to welcoming families to their Open Morning on 24th September in the hope that more students will be able to share similar success in the future. Further details can be found on the website.



Hard work and perseverance rewarded with excellent exam results at Clayesmore 


There was much cause for celebration at Clayesmore School this morning as this year’s leavers received their A-Level and BTEC results. With an overall pass rate of 98%, the school’s largest upper sixth cohort to date was understandably proud of its achievements, the more remarkable because of Clayesmore’s all-ability intake. These results have been made possible through the pupils’ hard work, the commitment of staff, preparing pupils for A-level and university, and the excellent support offered by our Learning Support Centre to students. 

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs SarahJane Newland, praised the entire year group for their dedication to their studies:

“We must particularly congratulate Pat Green (2A* and 2As) who is going to Exeter to study English, Maddie Noll with (2As and a B), going to Bristol to study Zoology, and Imogen Marshall, who achieved 2A*s, 2As and a B and is now planning to study in Australia.”

Some 80% of candidates have gained places to study at their first choice universities, almost a third of which are Russell Group institutions. Courses include Accountancy at Southampton, Business Management at Liverpool, Reading and Warwick, Economics at Exeter and Newcastle, History and Politics at UCL and Zoology at Bristol and Southampton. 

Clayesmore’s new Head, Mrs Jo Thomson, was delighted with the results, commenting that it was wonderful to see that the students’ dedication and her colleagues’ excellent teaching recognised in the results. 

Royal Hospital School

Simon Lockyer, Headmaster at the Royal Hospital School congratulates 2016 cohort.

“I am delighted to report that our 2016 A Level pass rate reflects the continued benefit of the breadth in our curriculum that provides opportunities for all our pupils and opens pathways beyond RHS. This year considerably more RHS pupils have secured their first place choice of university including Cambridge, UCL, St Andrews, Durham, Exeter, York, Birmingham and Warwick and on courses as diverse as Medicine, History, Natural Sciences, Economics, English Literature, PPE, Engineering and Anthropology. We are also delighted that a number have secured competitive apprenticeships, places at International universities, as well as entry to the Conservatoire of Scotland. Many will have surpassed more than they had dreamed possible and all should be congratulated on their personal successes.

With exams taken in over 30 A level subjects supplemented with enrichment courses and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), RHS demonstrates that breadth of choice combined with academic rigor is the formula for success. In the first year of running the EPQ programme, 100% of pupils gained an A* or A grade further enhancing their combined UCAS points. Overall half of all grades were A* to B and 15 pupils achieved three A*/A grades or more. Particular success was seen amongst those taking the most rigorous of academic subjects with over 90% of pupils gaining more than a B grade in their chosen Modern Language and an 80-89% A*-B pass rate across the core sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology).

One of the best indicators of success is employability. Within 5 years of leaving school, an impressive 91% of former RHS pupils are in graduate level employment. This is achieved by providing the best possible support and guidance, helping young people to navigate their way to achieve success in whatever career path they choose”.


Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Record breaking A-level results for LRGS students

LRGS Sixth Form students were celebrating the school’s best ever A-level results today.  

Students achieved A*, A or B grades in over 81% of all exams which they sat – the highest total ever achieved by the school.  
Well over half of all subject entries for the 151 Upper Sixth students were awarded A or A* grades (56%), and almost a quarter of all subject entries received the top A* grade (23%).  

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said, “I am delighted to be able to congratulate our students and teachers on these excellent results.  They are just rewards for our students’ hard work and determination, and reflect the outstanding teaching which is the hallmark of the school.”  

“It is excellent to see student success across the whole range of the curriculum:  arts, technology, humanities, languages, sciences and mathematics.”  

“I am delighted that the great majority of our students have achieved places on their first choice of very competitive university courses and high quality business apprenticeships.  Very many congratulations to every single one of our Sixth Form students on their achievements.”  




Students celebrated at Bedales School on Thursday with the highest percentage of A* grades since the top grade was introduced six years ago with 22% of grades at A*.

Bedales, established by John Badley in 1893 as one of the first co-educational boarding schools in the UK, also saw its students notch up the school’s highest ever percentage of A*-B  grades at 77%.

Headmaster Keith Budge said: 
“I am delighted that our students’ hard work has been recognised with these impressive results which will enable them to access some of the most demanding universities and art schools in the UK and overseas. Our departing sixth formers leave with a healthy appetite for learning and enquiry, well equipped for the rigours of further academic study – they have also enjoyed our broad and stimulating curriculum which encourages students to follow their interests and passions.”   

Chloe Zhao and Angel Fang achieved four A*s each in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Art respectively. Chloe will progress to the University of Warwick to read Maths and Angel will read Architecture at the University of Bath. Head Girl, Becky Grubb from Petersfield, achieved three A*s in English Literature, Religious Studies and Art and a grade A in Latin. Robyn Whittaker achieved two A*s in French and Spanish, a D1 (equivalent to A*) in Mandarin Pre-U and an A in Latin to study Ancient Languages at University College London.

Among those celebrating were Bella Anderson who achieved two A*s in English Literature and French and an A grade in History to read Arabic at Wadham College, Oxford, and Max Hannam, with one A* in Biology and two As in Physics and Chemistry and will read Biochemistry at Worcester College, Oxford. 

Students bound for international institutions include Robbie Ward (Psychology A*, Art B, English Literature B) and Katy Scott (English Literature A, Classical Civilisation B, Religious Studies A), who will both take up their places at New York University to study Liberal Arts, and Ashley Viljoen (Biology A*, Chemistry A, Maths A) who will also study Liberal Arts at University of British Columbia. Josie Parker achieved A grades in History and Spanish and a grade B in Maths and takes up a Liberal Arts place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Winner of the Cecily Eastwood Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Bedales community, Sam Headon, will take up a place at the prestigious ESMOD in Paris to study Fashion (Classical Civilisation B, Design B, English Literature C).

Continuing the school’s tradition of developing promising young actors, a Bedalian sixth former trained with the National Youth Theatre this summer, a leading arts organisation that invests in training performers and theatre technicians. Hebe Bartlett, who attended the Acting Senior Course, achieved one A* (Drama) and two Bs (English Literature, Dance) to gain entry to the prominent East 15 Acting School. Seven Bedalians will take up places on Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (FdAD) courses following strong A Level results in Art at Bedales.

Top line statistics:
•    A* passes: 22%
•    A* - A passes: 45%
•    A* - B passes: 77%
•    A* - E passes: 100%


Shebbear College

New Sixth Form Centre encourages excellent results at Shebbear College

Students at Shebbear College who have been enjoying the benefits of their new Sixth Form Centre have been rewarded with another very successful year at A Level with almost 60% of all results being graded A*-B.  The school’s very strong reputation for Maths was reinforced with ten out of eleven grades from A* to B. 

Head Boy Ross Bennett ended his school career by securing his place to study Chemistry at Bath whilst Head Girl Abbie Selwyn has decided to follow a lifelong ambition to train as a supernanny at the prestigious Norland College. Among other notable successes were Angus Crookes who will study Physics at Exeter and Bella Westlake who will read English at Keble College, Oxford.  International student Louis Cheuk achieved two A*s and 2 As and will study Management at Warwick whilst Sparkle Ip has won a scholarship to study cello at the Royal Welsh School of Music. Max Warren and Ella Thomas have deferred their university plans and are taking up places as Gap Students in two of the top schools in Australia - Canberra Grammar and Geelong.  A full list of student destinations will be published on the school’s website next week.

Headmaster Simon Weale was delighted with the results:-

‘The most important thing is that our students leave us as self-assured, confident and resilient young people with the ability to learn and to live happy and productive lives. The class of 2016 more than lives up to that. I am pleased that they were also the first cohort to benefit from our new purpose built Sixth Form Centre.

Our Sixth Form programme is demanding and we only offer A Level courses which provide the rigorous preparation needed by all of our students for university and the world of work. It is just as important for us that the student who doesn’t find A Level study easy ends up with three decent passes at A Level as it is for our high fliers to get A* and A grades. In this respect the value added to these students this year is outstanding'. 


Box Hill School

Thrilling Thursday- A Level Results Success at Box Hill School

There were smiles all round yesterday (Thursday 18th August) at Box Hill School where A Level students, excited if not a little anxious, gathered to pick up their A Level results.

They need not have worried – following on from a superb set of recent IB results, the A Level cohort were soon celebrating some excellent grades and an impressive 95.4% pass rate, up by 10% on last year, with an average 310 UCAS points per student, equivalent to three B’s. 

Among some of the best results was Allie Dakin’s A*A*A which, along with an exceptionally well written application, has earned her a place at Imperial College to study Mechanical Engineering. Allie said “A few years ago I would not have believed I’d be where I am right now. I couldn’t have got these results without the support I received from Box Hill School, they allowed me to grow into the person I am today without trying to mold me into something I’m not. I would especially like to thank the Maths department who went out of their way to help me prepare for the A* I needed for my university course.”

Of particular note was the performance of two of our international boarders. Keiichi Migita was awarded 3 A*s and Koji Sakurai achieved 4 A Levels at A*A*A B.  

The Headmaster Mr Corydon Lowde commented “I am delighted that we have exceeded our own targets and recorded results that include personal triumphs for a number of students.  As well as our top four students picking up 12 A* and A grades between them, we have yet again championed holistic, non-selective education with success stories across the board”.
“One young man for example is over the moon because he secured his place at Portsmouth University on the strength of his additional two distinctions in LAMDA. My thanks as usual go to the dedicated team of staff who work so hard through the year.  When combined with our record breaking success in the International Baccalaureate this year, where each student achieved an average of four grade points value-added, this is a very pleasing moment for our Sixth Form”.


Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate

Top marks all round

Students and staff at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate near York are once again celebrating results that should see them near the top of national academic league tables.
The independent school at Thorpe Underwood, which had its two sixth form schools - the College and the Faculty - ranked first and second in the North of England in last year’s Daily Telegraph independent school league table, welcomed a 100% pass rate for both schools.
“The quality of this year’s results is wonderful and rewards our students’ hard work and conscientiousness with excellent university places and opportunities for the future. The strong partnership between staff and students is key to our success and I congratulate them all,” said QE Principal, Steven Jandrell. 
Students in QE’s College, which follows a more traditional, academic curriculum, returned 85% of A level grades at A* or A and 98% of grades at A*to B. An impressive 78 of the 128 students achieved 3 or more A* or A grades at A level. Last year’s rankings saw the College named the top school in the North of England and the second placed co-educational day and boarding school in England based on A level results. 
Faculty pupils, who can take more vocational BTECs alongside A-Levels, celebrated  81% of A level grades at A* or A and 96% of grades at A*to B. 91% of BTECs taken in the Faculty were awarded a Distinction * or Distinction grade – the equivalent of A* and A grades at A-Level in UCAS points. Last year the Faculty was ranked as the second placed school in the North of England.
“I believe our success is down to our individual approach to our students and the wide range and quality of our curriculum which allows students to find courses that capture their imaginations. Their courses offer a variety of ways forward for them and cater for their specific interests,” added Steven Jandrell. “This, along with the breadth of our extra-curricular programme which develops the wider skills necessary for success, gives us a winning combination,” added Steven Jandrell.
Six students have secured Oxbridge places this year and a large percentage will be attending prestigious Russell Group and former 1994 Group Universities. The most popular destinations include: King's College London, University of Warwick, University College London, Imperial College London, University of Exeter, Durham University, University of Manchester, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Leeds. Particular mention should be made of Megan McEveley from Frodsham who achieved full marks on 18 of her modular examinations and Lucy Ferguson from Sherburn in Elmet who gained a full 400 out of 400 marks in French A level and an A* in her Extended Project.


Ryde School

Ryde School A level results 2016

Many Ryde School pupils are celebrating some excellent A level results this morning. 68% of entries were graded as B or above with over a third at ‘A*’ or ‘A’ and there was a 97% pass rate overall.

Deputy Head Boy Hamish Trowell received four A* grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will now go on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge whilst Head Boy Jonty Parkes secured three A*s so securing his place to read Medicine at Plymouth. 
Jonty is one of three students to have secured a place to read Medicine; Layla Beckett and Liv Parnian leave to study Medicine at Brighton & Sussex and King’s, London respectively.

Around a third of the Upper Sixth leavers had already got their results in early July as they had taken the IB Diploma rather than A levels. Here the fifteen students scored an average of 35 points, the equivalent according to UCAS of A*AAA at A level. The world average last year was 29.88 with a maximum of 45 points available. Five got the equivalent of four A*s at A level or higher; Charlotte Day achieved 42 points and will study Modern Languages at University College, London. Head Girl Heidi Hamilton and Alex Enderle both achieved 39 points and Sasha Brytova and Iryna Fedenko both achieved 38 points.  

Looking at A level and IB results together, the average UCAS points per student is 378 with AS grades and 353 without – the equivalent of three ‘A’ grades at A level per pupil.

Mark Waldron, Headmaster, paid tribute to the continuing hard work and determination of both staff and pupils; ‘we are of course delighted to see so many of our pupils achieving  excellent results after many months of hard work with most students making significant improvements on their AS grades from last year. Whilst results do matter of course, and our UCAS average point score of 378 is incredibly encouraging, today is also an important moment to look forward with excitement at the many and varied university courses our students are leaving to join’. 


Tring Park School

We are proud of the results that our students have achieved across A-Level with our A/A* percentage rising for the 3rd year in a row to 34.3%. We achieved our highest ever A* percentage across all subjects at A-Level and 77% achieved a Distinction or Distinction * in BTEC Performing Arts. 

A number of students achieved very highly, most notably Isobel Clarke A*, A*, A in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, Holly Mitchell A*, A*, A  in Art, English Literature and German, Grace Proctor A*, A*, A in Biology, English Literature and History, Charlotte Saunders A*, A*, Distinction * Drama and Theatre Studies, History and BTEC Performing Arts, Danielle Saunders A*, A and Distinction* in Drama and Theatre Studies, Psychology and BTEC Performing Arts and Toby Spence-Jones A*, A, A in Maths, Physics and Music.

Students leaving us this year will be going to a variety of destinations at prestigious academic and vocational schools throughout the world. Our Head Boy, Will Boyes has gained a place for Medicine at Manchester and Our Head Girl, Olivia Nurmi, is heading to the Boston Conservatory in the United States of America to study Performing Arts. We wish them all the best of luck and congratulate the class of 2016 on a fantastic year at Tring.

The performance in the AS examinations was also very pleasing with the A-B percentage rising to 48.6%. Oliver Nicolas was the stand out performer with 4 A grades at AS. Amelia Dolan, Mariella Dykhoff, Clea Godsill, Aisling Lally and Bethany Taylor achieved 3 A grades at AS. 

Congratulations to them all!

Kent College, Pembury

Kent College Celebrates Successful Sixth Form 

Kent College is celebrating yet another set of successful A Level results, with a 100% pass rate and three-quarters of the girls achieving top A*, A or B grades.  The school in Pembury is also proud to announce an increase in their average university points score which is enabling girls to secure places at top Russell Group universities, as well overseas higher education placements in Sydney, the Netherlands, Boston and New York. 

The results this year show strength across all 29 subjects, with 11 girls awarded three straight A’s or above. The news highlights excellence across the curriculum and epitomizes the hard work of all the girls and devoted staff.  Parents and girls have praised the school for the wide variety of subjects it offers for A level learning, as well as its commitment to tailoring each programme of study to suit girls’ individual needs.  Particular congratulations this year to the Theatre Studies department who saw 71% of grades awarded A* or A, and the English department who saw 62% of grades awarded the top A* or A marks.  

The class of 2016 have also demonstrated their versatility and hard work in gaining outstanding academic achievements, as well as actively participating in other areas of school life including Head Girl roles and leadership responsibilities.  

Headmistress, Ms Julie Lodrick commented: “We continue to be proud of the academic achievements of the girls at Kent College and our increasing strength across the curriculum. Alongside the outstanding A Level results, we are also delighted with the AS grades, which show strength and allow an excellent springboard for the girls to commence their Upper Sixth studies, which start in September.  At Kent College, we pride ourselves on nurturing and supporting our girls to become independent women ready for the future.  We recognise it is more important than ever that alongside their academic qualifications, the girls leave us having developed the confidence, resilience and leadership skills that will make them employable at the highest level.” 

Head Girl Kirsty Girvan who achieved 2A* and 1A and will be studying Geography at Edinburgh University commented: “I am overwhelmed by my results today and am so thankful to all my teachers who have helped me achieve this. We as a Sixth Form all supported one another, and we as a Head Girl team made a conscious effort to balance our leadership tasks and school work. I think it is important to experience some level of responsibility in school life, I am very grateful for all the skills I have learnt and memories I have made here at Kent College.”

Congratulations to Lauren Newman who achieved 3A* and 1B and will study English and Classics at Exeter University commented: “I am so happy; I cannot believe it. Thank you to the school and my teachers for helping me achieve these results, and to my friends for a fantastic few years.” 

On hearing her results Alice Finta, who achieved 2A* and 2A grades and will study Spanish and Portuguese at UCL commented: “I am so relieved to have found out my results today. Kent College has been such a huge part of helping me achieve these grades, especially the Modern Foreign Languages department. I am very excited to be moving to London and am looking forward to embracing my next chapter.”

International rally car champion and Deputy Head Girl, Catie Munnings achieved 1A* 1A and 1B commented “I have adored my time at Kent College.  I have been here since the Prep School and couldn’t have asked for better teachers and support throughout the years. I have had a really busy year competing and the school has gone above and beyond to ensure that I still could achieve my academic goals.” 

Dance Prefect Katherine Sweet who this morning celebrated her 1A* 2A and 1B commented: “Kent College has helped prepare me for these exams in many ways and encouraged us to work hard academically but still have fun with all the extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that they offer.”


Oundle School

Pupils at Oundle School have once again performed exceedingly well in their Sixth Form examinations, with just under one in four grades being awarded A* or equivalent, continuing the School’s record of high achievement at this level.  10% of the grades for Pre-U subjects attracted the D1 grade, which represents a step above the equivalent A*.
20% of pupils scored at least two A* grades, with stand-out results from William Brettle (4 A* and 1 D2), Magnus Jeffery, Ming Ting Lau and Edward Wilson (all 3 A* and 1 D1), and Winnie Liu (4 A*).
As a result, twenty seven Oundelians have so far confirmed their places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities, repeating the success of previous years' cohorts.
Pupil performance was strong across all subjects: noted success came in English, Mathematics, Latin, Greek, and Chemistry, where over 30% of all candidates secured A* grades or equivalent; all candidates taking German this year secured the highest Distinction grades at Pre-U.
Head of Oundle School, Sarah Kerr-Dineen commented, “I am really delighted with the consistently strong performance of our pupils, with over 60% once again receiving A* or A grades (or the Pre-U equivalent) and the vast majority going on to their university of first choice.”

Bedford School


Bedford School is delighted to announce another set of outstanding Sixth Form results, with 80% of all leavers’ exams marked at A*-B (or IB equivalent) and, impressively, 54% of all exams at A* or A (or equivalent).  

Seven boys secured prestigious Oxbridge places with their outstanding results: Simon Beale, Angus Quinn, Ray Ren, Benjamin Moule and Bryan Ng will be all be studying at Oxford.  Jim Cooper, who was awarded an organ scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, and James Smith, who scored an impressive four A* grades, both head to Cambridge.  

Tze Chong also achieved an impressive four A* grades and will be taking up a place at Imperial College London to read Computing.  Joshua Carmichael achieved 41 out of 45 in the IB and will read medicine (6-years) at University College London.  

Head Master, James Hodgson said "The boys have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve these excellent results.  I congratulate them and their teachers.  It is particularly pleasing to see so many boys going on to study such a wide variety of degrees - from Aerospace Engineering to Zoology - they certainly have exciting and bright futures ahead of them.  Outside the classroom it has also been a highly successful year, and these fine academic results truly round it off in style".


Wynchwood School

Advanced Level Results, 2016

The staff, governors, and head of Wychwood congratulate the Study II (Year 13) girls in Wychwood Sixth on their hard work and strong academic performances, resulting in an excellent 11% A* grades and 64% A*AB grades.  

They have undertaken an individual and sometimes eclectic variety of subject combinations over some 23+ subjects offered.  The girls have maintained their extra-curricular and personal interests alongside their A-levels and will go on to a variety of prestigious universities to read courses that reflect their personalities and aspirations. 

Those girls who have been at Wychwood for many years have gained the full advantages attendant on our small class sizes, academic rigour and personal tutoring.  We are delighted with their achievements, and wish them even more success in the future.   However, those girls who came into Wychwood Sixth two years ago and who have embraced our ethos and values have, in every case, outperformed expectations.  

That we succeed is aptly illustrated in the accolade received from the parent of a girl who completed her A-levels in July 2016, having come to Wychwood in Year 12: 

‘She has changed and developed into a more rounded person, with dreams and aspirations she would never have had if she had gone elsewhere. With the benefit of hindsight I now know that if we had put her in your safe hands earlier, she would have achieved so much more, but we cannot turn the clock back!’


Campbell College


Campbell College boarding pupils Justin Savage and Sam Austin were two of 123 pupils receiving their A Level results today (Thursday 18th August). Both boys celebrated 6 A*/A’s and a B between them and have turned their grades around during their time as boarders at the College. Their achievements are a clear reflection of how a boarding environment can provide focus and encourage a strong work ethic which can literally transform individual performance.

Seven years ago Justin received a D in his 11+ and started Year 8 in the bottom stream. Today, at the end of his School years he opened his results to reveal two A*’s and two A’s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. From a difficult beginning, Justin now looks forward to heading off to University to study Engineering.

Sam joined the Boarding department two years ago with two C’s and a D. Today he opened his results and celebrated achieving 2 A’s and a B. Sam looks forward to a bright future at Imperial College – a Russell Group University – studying Biological Science.

Head of Boarding, Mr Bert Robinson stated, “We were delighted with the many individual success stories this year from our Boarding students. Justin has been an outstanding pupil and with this performance he finishes his time at the College with a flourish. Sam is also a superb example of how boys develop and mature at different rates and with hard work, determination and encouragement, they can achieve their very best. They are a testament to our belief that an all-round education is about achieving success both inside and outside the classroom. My congratulations go to all boys, their parents and our staff on the hard work and the achievements today. “


Harrogate Ladies' College

Harrogate Ladies’ College Celebrates Impressive A Level Results 

Harrogate Ladies’ College pupils and staff are today celebrating an impressive set of A level results which saw the number of top A* grades more than double.

A third of all pupils achieved a clean sweep of 3 A* or A grades and 66% of all grades were A*-B.  There were excellent results in subjects such as Biology with over 45% A* grades and pupils achieved 100% A*-B grades in a total of 10 different subjects.  

Girls from the school have already secured places at some of the UK’s top universities to study subjects including Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Physics, Biochemistry, Architecture, Economics and Law.

Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College said, “I am so delighted that the girls have achieved such excellent results.  I know how hard they’ve worked and I’ve seen their grit and determination to succeed.  They should be immensely proud of their success”.

“Today’s results mean that the girls now have amazing opportunities open to them as they move onto to the next phase in their lives.  We always encourage our pupils to be individuals and to choose the path that is right for them.  The range and diversity of the subjects the girls are going on to study is a reflection of this and I hope that as a school we have given the girls the confidence to continue to be themselves for the rest of their lives”.

Among those celebrating today were cousins Alice and Amy Brown who achieved 5 A* grades and 1 A grade between them.  Alice, who 2 years ago achieved straight A*s at GCSE, was awarded 2 A*s and 1 A and has now secured a place to study Medicine at Bristol University.  Meanwhile, Amy, achieved a full set of 3 A*s and is going on to study Veterinary Medicine after a well-deserved Gap Year.

Alice said, “I’m so happy.  It was a lot of hard work but I’ve got my place to study Medicine at Bristol University, so it was definitely worth it.  The teachers at Harrogate Ladies’ College have helped and supported me all the way – they helped me believe I could do it!”

Also celebrating are Nikki Miao who achieved 3A* grades (including a score of 100% in Physics) and is now going on to study Physics at Imperial College London; Francesca Leyshon who achieved 2 A* and 1 A grade to secure a place to study English Literature at Leeds University and Arajeane Aravindan who has a place to study Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University after achieving 2 A*s and an A.


King's College Saint Michaels

From Cairo to Worcestershire to Harvard: a King’s College student achieves a full scholarship to one of the most prestigious universities in the world

King’s College Saint Michaels student, Abdelrhman Saleh, have confirmed today his entrance to Harvard University with a full scholarship after receiving his A Level results, an outstanding 5 A*. In fact, all of the UK boarding school’s upper sixth students were celebrating an excellent set of A Level results today: 12% of papers were graded A*, 38% of papers were graded A* or A, and 64% of papers were at A*, A or B. The pass rate was 98%.

•    Abdel Saleh was awarded a full scholarship from King’s College Saint Michaels two years ago to undertake his Sixth Form studies in the UK.
•    This year, Harvard University’s acceptance rate was 5.2%, the lowest in the university’s history: from a pool of more than 39,000 applicants, only 2,037 were admitted for the Class of 2020 – of which Abdel was one. 
•    Other King’s College Saint Michaels students have guaranteed their places at other prestigious UK universities such as Cardiff, Edinburgh and Queen Mary.
•    “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s A Level results. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our pupils that they achieve such fantastic results, often only a couple of years after arriving in the UK, comments Stuart Higgins, Principal of King’s College Saint Michaels.

King’s College Saint Michaels students are celebrating today an excellent set of A Level results: The school’s remarkable pass rate was 98 %, while 12% of papers were graded A*, 38% of papers were graded A* or A, and 64% of papers were at A*, A or B.

“We are absolutely delighted with this year’s A Level results. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our pupils that they achieve such fantastic results, often only a couple of years after arriving in the UK. These results will mean that the vast majority of pupils will be able to continue their education at one of the top universities in the UK and, in some cases, further afield. Particular congratulations to Abdel Saleh, who achieved a remarkable 5 A* and who will now continue his education at Harvard. I would also like to pay tribute to the dedication and professionalism of the teaching and support staff, without whose efforts these results would not be possible”, comments Stuart Higgins, Principal of King’s College Saint Michaels.

The excellent results obtained by the students have granted them access to some of the best universities in the world such as Edinburgh, Cardiff and Queen Mary. Furthermore, this year King’s College Saint Michaels is particularly proud of one of its scholarship students, Abdel Saleh, who has been awarded a full scholarship to study Physics at Harvard University. This achievement is even more remarkable considering that this year; Harvard’s acceptance rate was just 5.2%, the lowest in the university’s history. 

“As cliché as this may sound, I wasn’t even going to apply to Harvard until the last minute. It was my cousin who convinced me to submit my application by telling me that I have a good chance of getting accepted. I never really thought I would get in”, explains Abdel.
Born and raised in El Cairo (Egypt), Abdel has spent the last 2 years in the UK, preparing himself for university. He had known for a long time that he wanted to study in a top university, an ambition that, as he was aware, required hard work, discipline and excellent academic results. He found the perfect setting for achieving those standards in the prestigious boarding school King’s College Saint Michaels, a place that he now claims “feels more like home than home”. 

King’s College Saint Michaels was in fact the first institution to see that there was something special about Abdel and decided to invite him to study at the boarding school with a full scholarship. “From the moment we met him, we knew he was brilliant: conscientious, hard-working and studious, but also personable and friendly”, says Principal Higgins.

During his time at Saint Michaels, Abdel has been Deputy Head boy, run the History & Politics Club and organised fundraising events and activities (he raised money for the victims of the Nepalese earthquake, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and the CLIC Sargent Foundation). On top of this, today he has obtained an outstanding 5A* in his A Levels.

“In all honesty, I believe that if I hadn’t attended King’s College Saint Michaels, I wouldn’t have gotten accepted into Harvard. Everyone here was very supportive throughout the application process. My teachers and tutors have spent many hours with me writing my recommendation letter, filling forms, sending my grades, and even speaking to the Harvard admissions office on the phone”, comments the young student.

Support and Guidance beyond the academic

In recent years, 40 pupils from King’s College have gone to study at six of the top ten universities in the world (QS Ranking 2015) and at least 44% of the students study in a Russell Group university (Top UK institutions).

These magnificent achievements are a result of the rigorous, broad and comprehensive quality British education provided by King’s College, as well as the unique support and guidance that pupils receive from their teachers and fellow students throughout their whole academic journey.

Boarders at King’s College Saint Michaels are provided with a special programme of guidance and advice on their journey through their last years at school in order to access university.

The student’s individual tutors offer them support in their academic careers and university application process, and at the same time provide them with personal assistance, making sure they have everything they need in order to achieve their goals.


The Royal Alexandra and Albert School

There was an atmosphere of relief and euphoria as sixth formers (and a teacher!) from the Royal Alexandra and Albert School opened their A Level results today.  There were many individual successes as pupils learned they had achieved the grades they need to get to university. 

Josef Willsher took four A Levels and achieved an A* in Physics, A* in Maths and Bs in Further Maths and Chemistry.  He has achieved his goal of a place to read Physics at Imperial College in London.  He said “I am excited about moving to London to study and MSs in Physics”.

Toby Gleaves is off to Newcastle University to read Biology having achieved two Bs and a C.  He said “I’m looking forward to going to university and I’m really happy I got into Newcastle”.

Amy Dine arrived early to hear that she had secured a place at Nottingham University with a B and two Cs in Sociology, History and Psychology.  She will be studying Primary Education and is now on her way to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.  

As well as A Level results, students from Year 12 came to collect their AS results.  Katie Taylor was over the moon when she opened the envelope and learned she had achieve four top grade As.  This sets her up well for her final year of study next year.  She said “This is insane.  I wasn’t expecting that!”

But the students were not the only ones who have had a nervous wait over the summer.  Maths teacher, Mr Foreman sat A Level Maths in the summer and achieved an A grade.  He said “When I took my A Level the first time, I was so ill, I didn’t think the grade I got reflected my ability.  As a maths teacher I thought I should have a high grade so I decided to take it again.  I teach four of the six maths modules so I didn’t need to revise them.  I had to do a bit of studying for the other two modules.  I have told the Exams Officer at the School not to let me take another exam as it was so nerve-racking!”

Headmaster, Mark Dixon, who has just joined the School said “It is wonderful to join the school in the summer when students are celebrating their results and getting into some of this country’s leading universities.”


Queen's College

Another set of outstanding results...

STUDENTS at Queen's College, Taunton, recorded another set of outstanding A Level results.

More than 65 per cent achieved A*-B grades with an overall pass rate of 99 per cent and a 100 per cent pass rate in 14 subjects.

Head Teacher, Dr Lorraine Earps, said: "We are extremely proud of the hard work put in by our students and delighted they have achieved the results they deserved.

"Today's results are testimony to the wonderful staff at Queen's and the high degree of care and attention to student learning here.

"We are also very pleased that our added value statistics are once again excellent as this demonstrates just how well our students do compared to the National picture."

Top performing Queen’s student was Matt Brown who recorded three A* grades – in Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

Matt, who is now going on to study Chemistry at Imperial College London, said: "I'm very relieved!"

Another excellent set of results was achieved by William Tidy, who obtained A* grades in Maths and Further Maths and a B in Chemistry. He is going to study Mechanical Engineering at Bristol.

Tom Allen obtained an A* in Maths and A grades in Further Maths and Economics. He now moves on to Durham University, where he will study Computer Science. "I'm ecstatic with my results," he said. "Queen's is a brilliant school."

It was a family affair as Ed Wilkins achieved three A grades to follow in the footsteps of his sister Katherine.

Ed, who joined Queen's in Year 7, took Politics, Economics and Geography and is going to study Management at Bath University.

His sister left Queen's in 2011 with two A* grades and an A from her A Levels and is now on course to become a solicitor in 2017.

Another straight-A student Olivia Lower paid tribute to the support she received during her time at Queen's.

Olivia, whose A grades were in Ethics and Philosophy, Photography and Textiles, said: "I'm so pleased and was quite shocked at my results. "I have been at Queen's since I was seven and could not have done this without the support I've been given - I just wouldn't have had the motivation."

 Olivia is going on to study Art at Central St Martins in London.

Megan Too (from Malaysia) who achieved straight A grades in Economics, Mathematics and Music. Megan is staying in England to study Economics and Mathematics.

Bowen Zhang (from China) achieved A grades in Chemistry and Mathematics and a B in Biology. He has accepted a place at University College London to study Biomedical Science


Woldingham School

Woldingham School is delighted with their A Level results this year. 80% of the grades achieved were A*, A and B and 54% of the grades were A* and A.

This year 20 girls achieved straight A* and A grades and 12 girls gained at least two A* grades. Ally Fung gained five A* grades combining Art with Mathematics, Chemistry, Chinese and Physics. Hannah Wilkinson achieved four A* grades in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Latin.  Coupled with her A in AS Music last year, she proves what an all-round talent she is!

Hannah said ‘Thank you so much to my teachers for all the support you gave me – staying behind after school, last minute catch ups - I am really grateful and delighted with my results.’ 

Exceptional results were produced by our Art and Biology departments. There were ten A* grades and four A grades for Art. Talented artist, Nicole Xu, was fast tracked onto an accelerated Foundation Course at Central St Martins, even starting her higher education course before she had sat her final A Level Mathematics paper.

Nicole too, has achieved a string of A* and A grades and her work was exhibited at the Tate Modern in June.   Nicole said, ‘I feel proud that I was a member of this adorable family. Woldingham has offered me so many things in the past two years. I couldn’t have achieved my results without the community here.’

The Biologists gained a fabulous 11 A* grades and eight A grades amongst their results.  A Levels in Mathematics and the Sciences account for three of the four most popular subjects at Woldingham and we were thrilled that two thirds of these grades were A*-A.     

Woldingham girls have a wide choice of A Level options and it is no surprise that they have chosen a broad range of subjects to study at top universities, both in the UK and abroad.  Six will be going to US and Canadian Universities.  Our boarders have secured places at the Ivy League Cornell University, Boston College and a scholarship to Parsons School of Design in New York.  

Of our local and day girls, Josie Gilbert, Hannah Wilkinson and Isla Anderson are are among those who have places at Oxford and Cambridge; Deputy Head Girl, Hannah Baker’s A* and A grades have secured her a place at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College.  

Headmistress, Jayne Triffitt, who retires this summer, said ‘I am thrilled and proud of the results this year. Each set of good results is the culmination of years of hard work and commitment by each individual girl. They have been taught and supported by a wonderful staff who have enabled them to follow their ambitions and go out confidently into the world.’


Stonar School

Stonar A Level students celebrate success

Stonar’s A Level students are delighted with results announced today. There were some outstanding individual successes and places gained at a number of top universities. 

Felicity Birkett gained A*A*A grades in French, History and Spanish;  over the next few weeks she will be working at one of Stonar’s sister schools at St Cugat in Spain before taking up her place at Durham University to read Modern Languages and Cultures.  Meanwhile Isabella Journeaux is celebrating full marks in all her Geography papers: she is off to Southampton University to study Fashion and Textile Design.

Other students were thrilled to gain places at universities such as Bath, Southampton and Cardiff to study a diverse range of courses including Biology, Computer Forensics, English Literature and Politics. We wish them all every success in their future careers.



Stonyhurst’s excellent A level results buck the national trend with more top grades than ever

Pupils at Stonyhurst are celebrating their success as the College has once again achieved an exceptionally good set of A level results.

 Whereas nationally the proportion of A* and A grades was 25.8%, down by 0.1% on last year, an impressive 44% of Stonyhurst students achieved these top grades. The year’s top performer at Stonyhurst was George Cowperthwaite, who achieved an incredible 5 A* grades and will now be heading to Girton College, Cambridge, to study Mathematics.  Jonathan Bird, Michael Diamond and Munirah Patel were also high fliers, all achieving at least 3 A* grades.

Overall, 69% of all results were A*, A or B grades.  Results were excellent across all subjects, with particularly outstanding results achieved in Chemistry, Economics, History, Maths, Physics, Politics and Theology.

All three Stonyhurst students with offers to Oxbridge secured their grades, as did all four of those with offers to study Medicine.

These A level results follow on from the outstanding International Baccalaureate results achieved by Stonyhurst this summer, which were published in early July.  At IB this year, pupils achieved an average of 36 points, and the top performer, Zofia Witowska, scored an amazing 44 out of 45 points, which places her among the top 1% in the world.

Headmaster, Andrew Johnson said, “I am so pleased to see such good results once again this year.  Our pupils and their teachers have worked really hard, and it is excellent to see their efforts recognised with the results they deserve.”


Westonbirt School

Students achieve A-level success at Westonbirt School

Westonbirt students from all around the world are celebrating after the release of A-level results today, with girls securing a wide variety of places at Universities such as: Bristol, Durham, Loughborough, Sheffield, Newcastle, Royal Holloway, Royal Veterinary College and the Royal Agricultural University.

Students at Westonbirt School have once again achieved an impressive set of results at A Level this year. With 55 per cent of A-levels taken were awarded A*- B grades and a 10 per cent increase gained on our 2015 results for A*- A grades. Nearly all of the students are set to go on to their first choice university. Headteacher Natasha Dangerfield said she was “delighted with the girls’ performance and privileged to be part of celebrations with them early this morning”.

With 73 per cent A*- C grades, the results were impressive across all subjects. Highlights include 100 per cent A*- A grades in Geography and Spanish as well as 100 per cent A*- B for History, Music and Travel & Tourism. 

There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances. Sports Scholar and Head Girl, Emily Brooks who is part of the England Lacrosse Academy and has played for the country in the U18 Lacrosse World up Festival, has secured a place at Bristol University to read Medicine. 

The vast majority of students met their target grades and secured their first choices of university places or are joining professional apprenticeship programmes. We all wish them well and are confident that they are all on course to succeed. These grades reflect the hard work and commitment of both the students in Year 13 and their teachers over the course of the last two years. 


Canford School

A* grade tops another year of academic excellence 

With nearly a quarter of all A level/Pre-U entries awarded the top A* grade - a 5% increase on 2015 results, over half of all grades A*/A and over four in five of all entries A*/B, Canford is celebrating another year of very high academic achievement.

Once again, Canford has significantly outperformed the national picture, which saw the proportion of both the A* and A*/A grades awarded drop slightly.  Bucking this trend, Canfordians achieved nearly three times the overall 8.1% A* grade and double the national figure of 25.8% A*/A.

There were some stellar performances across both Sciences and Arts subjects.  More than 1 in 3 of all papers in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Spanish, Art and the three Sciences were graded A* or equivalent, with 83% of Further Mathematics papers awarded A*/A.  100% of all entries in Pre-U Art gained A*/A, while 86% achieved A*/A in French.  

Nearly 40% of all candidates gained at least 3 A*/A grades, with 37% of pupils awarded at least one A*.  Among the many individual pupil successes, there were clean sweeps of A*s for eight Canfordians including Ella Hearne in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; Thomas Minall in Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and Jack Lee, who added the top grade in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics to his Bronze award in the Physics Olympiad, and Best Delegate at the Model UN conference in Oxford.  

Sam Radvan celebrated A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and an A in Further Mathematics just a few weeks after winning double Gold for England Rowing at the Home International as part of both the Junior Men's Coxed Fours and the Eight. Caroline Jackson, already a post Grade 8 pianist and awarded an ABRSM diploma on oboe this year, gained A*s in English and Mathematics and As in Further Mathematics and Chemistry.   All those holding offers for Oxbridge and Veterinary Science gained their places. 

Commenting on this year’s results, Headmaster Ben Vessey said:
“In a challenging year for the sector, with numerous curriculum changes plus the move from modular to linear A levels, I am truly delighted for both pupils and staff that their hard work has been so well rewarded with such excellent results.  Canford has once again significantly outperformed the national figures, seeing a substantial increase in the top grade.  I am also very pleased to see pupils across the ability range performing extremely well, and in many cases far beyond expectations.  All have managed to combine high achievement within the classroom with participation in a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities, a balance which should stand them in great stead for the future.  I wish all our leavers every continued success.”



Congratulations to students at d'Overbroeck's


Of 130 candidates:

A*          19%

A*-A      54%

A*-B      85%

A*-E      100%


St Edmund's College

St Edmund's College is proud to report its best ever A Level results with 75% achieving A*-B grades with 46% of all grades awarded at A*/A.  In English 76.9% of grades were A*/A with 100% of all grades at A*-B.  In Further Mathematics 83% students achieved A* - B grades, Mathematics 80% and Economics 93%.

Number of candidates    56
Grades A* - A    46%
Grades A* – B    75%
Grades A* – C       87%
Overall Pass Rate A - E    98%
QCA Points per entry    240.8
QCA Points per candidate    746.4

Our boarding and overseas students have achieved fantastic results, notably:

Miguel Defensor – 3 As and will study Business Management at Kings College London
Hong Hang Man – 3 A*s and 1 A and will study Mechanical Engineering at University College London
Pablo Sanchez Martinez 2 A*s and 2 As and will study Political Economy at Kings College London
Mykyta Sydorenko – 4 A*s and 1 A and will study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College
Mia Medic -  2 As and a B and will study Law at Manchester University
Aleksandr Rudakov – 1 A* and 2 As and will study Economics and Mathematics at Bath University
Veronica Mihaleva – 1 A and 2 Bs and will study Fine Art at Loughborough University

The Headmaster, Mr Paulo Durán, said:

It is wonderful, in this Olympic summer, to be breaking some records ourselves and I congratulate our students for all their deserved success.  We are so proud to see our students go off to such an excellent and diverse range of destinations: Medicine at Oxford, great numbers to Russell Group universities and apprenticeships and similar.  Days like this are what makes being the Headmaster of a school like St Edmund’s such a privilege.  To see all the efforts and measures put in place over the last few years payoff is testament to the team behind the students and especial thanks, as always, must go to the dedicated staff, parents and families who do so much.

I appreciate that even on a record day like today there will be some disappointments but I am confident that all our leavers take away with them an educational experience at St Edmund’s that delivers not only excellent academic results, but crucially, a solid foundation built on a sense of morality, team work and a responsibility to the wider world.  


Taunton School

Taunton School is delighted with this year’s A Level results.  Our sixth form students have excelled themselves and have significantly outperformed last year’s cohort.  We are equally proud of the achievements of our BTEC students and those who have studied the International Baccalaureate (IB), the latter becoming increasingly popular. 

With an overall pass rate of over 98%, an A*-C rate of 85% and with the highest A*-B rate in the locality at 68%, Taunton School has shown itself as an academic leader.  Students achieved a 100% pass rate in 26 out of the 30 subjects offered on the A-Level course.
Individually, 28 students achieved 3 As or better with Head Boy Liam Travers, obtaining the equivalent of 4 A* in the IB Diploma. We have every confidence that these statistics herald the birth of exciting and lasting growth in academic performance at Taunton School.

“The list of other students who achieved outstanding results was lengthy, although the success of the entire cohort is to be celebrated” commented Mr Lee Glaser (Head of Taunton School), “These are excellent results and I am extremely proud of all of our students. They have shown that their hard work, alongside committed teachers and supportive parents, really does pay dividends. I am particularly delighted with the increase in the number of A* -B grades, 68% is an outstanding achievement and the highest since 2009. I am committed to ensuring that we will continue to build on this momentum and our academic depth across all subjects.  Our teachers have delivered academic depth, exceptional support and demonstrated why Taunton School is the right choice for so many students at Sixth Form.  That said, it is the students who have backed that up with hard work and their success is greatly deserved”

The vast majority of all our students are going on to their top choice university, including King’s College London, University College London, Bath and Exeter. Our diversity and global outlook has further led to students obtaining university places in eight different countries across Europe, in the USA and in Canada. 

In its inaugural year, BTEC Sport and Exercise Science saw very strong results with a third obtaining the maximum grade - triple star distinction, which equates to 3 A* . Hayley Mortimer, the school’s Director of Sport said:

“All students achieved excellent results. The BTEC course has enabled pupils to gain sought after places at the University of Bath, currently ranked top for its Sports provision. Pupils with a BTEC are better prepared for the style of learning at university as well as becoming more independent in their own journey.”

The popular Taunton School Pre-Med programme was also very successful with all future Medics, Dentists and Vets obtaining their first choice university. 

“All students not only met but exceeded their university offer requirements.  They are a group of highly dedicated and motivated young adults who thoroughly deserve their success – a record breaking year!”  Caro Wedgwood, Head of Biology and Pre-Med programme.

Our 2016 results illustrate the breadth of excellence amongst our sixth form students. This year’s leavers are going on to study subjects ranging from medicine, aeronautical engineering to psychology, music, veterinary medicine, sport science, languages, arts and humanities. Taunton School truly provides opportunities for everyone.

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