2017 A-Level Results
17th August 2017

All the latest A-Level results news from BSA schools below. Check back throughout the day as we update your stories...


Stamford Endowed Schools

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

Overall the 199 students gained grades of A*, A, B or C in 83% of their examinations with 32% of the entries being graded at A* or A. Of the 614 A-level examinations taken, 198 resulted in either A* or A grades.  27 students gained at least three A grades.

Will Phelan, Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, said, “This year’s excellent examination results are the culmination of many years of work by our students and their teachers, supported by their families.  There have been many superb results and in that I count those students who have worked hard to achieve grades above their predictions.  I really am delighted for them, particularly so when set against the change and pressure this year of undertaking examinations at the end of their course rather than during it. Many congratulations to all.” 

In a joint statement the Heads of Stamford School and Stamford High School, Nick Gallop and Vicky Buckman, added, “We are very proud of our boys and girls and their results.  In a climate of change they have done extremely well. We see some very exciting futures for these Stamfordians and we all wish them well as they go out into the world.”

Key facts:

%A*/A: 32.2%, %A*-C: 83.2%, %A*-E (passes):98.6%

Rendcomb College

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

This year, pupils achieved an average of 130 UCAS points, bringing the average clutch of results per student to ABB.

Student Anna Migone is particularly ecstatic after learning that she has earned her place at Oxford University to study French Literature at The Queen’s College. Robert Zheng also achieved highly gaining A*A*AA to secure a place to study Physics at Durham University.

The school, famous for championing an inclusive and broad-ranging education, is today celebrating that 61% of grades awarded are A* to B. 41% are A* to A and 10% are A*s.

Speaking about the Sixth Form provision at Rendcomb College, Head of College, Rob Jones, said: “At Rendcomb we offer an unrivalled setting for pupils to grow, to learn and to contribute to all aspects of school life.

“Our leavers’ destinations this year include pupils going on to study Politics, Medical Science, Accounting, Drama and Theatre Studies and Chemistry at universities such as Oxford, Bath, Exeter, Swansea and Durham. We are very proud of what they have achieved as they have all made excellent progress over the last two years, particularly given the changes to the A Level system.

“In addition to subject lessons, we have a Sixth Form enrichment programme that exposes students to a wide range of topics, careers and industries while our leadership programme ensures they have the practical skills needed to thrive in the world after school. We are continually developing our curriculum too with two new subjects being offered this September in addition to the 21 A Level subjects offered currently; Design Technology – Product Design A Level and Travel and Tourism BTEC.”

The Mount School, York

A-Level students at The Mount School in York are once again celebrating an excellent set of results with 45% of grades are gaining A*-A and 79% A*-B grades. 100% of students passed all subjects, 100% of Art pupils achieved A-A* grades, 75% of Geography students achieved A-A* grades and just under 40% of Maths pupils achieved A* grades.  80% of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grades were A*-A.

Esme Weeks earned 3 A* grades to secure her place to study Medicine at Oxford.  She also achieved an A* in her EPQ project.  Esme, who is a Quaker, said, “It’s absolutely unbelievable, it hasn’t sunk in yet.” The Mount Senior School is the UK’s only all-girl Quaker school and a leading light in educating girls.

As a Quaker school, The Mount has a well-earned reputation for its charitable work in the community.  Harriet Matthews, who achieved 4 A*s and an A and will read Geography at Edinburgh, had been instrumental in setting up the George Toplis Foundation, which supports, through sport, young people with autism or mental illness, and their families and carers. In June, pupils and staff held a rowathon to raise awareness for male mental health, with funds raised donated to the George Toplis Foundation.

Amelia Cook, who achieved 3 B grades, will play the part of Charity Barnum in November with the York Youth Light’s production of Barnum.  Throughout her school career, Amelia has appeared in theatrical productions, including the world premiere of My Generation by Alice Nuttall (formerly of Chumbawumba) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and singing the part of Anita with York Youth Light’s presentation of West Side Story.  Plans are currently under way at The Mount for a new Performing Arts Hub which will enhance teaching and achievement in dance, music, speech and drama and performance arts.

Adrienne Richmond, Principal, said, “I am delighted with this year’s A-Level results. Our girls have done incredibly well, yet again. I know they have worked extremely hard and I am very proud of their success.  Whilst this is a credit to their hard work and the dedication of our specialist teaching staff, it is also an outcome that is a hallmark of an all-girls’ education.  Girls do better, academically, in an all-girls environment for a number of reasons: our teaching is geared to girls’ learning styles, career aspirations are not limited (which is also why our girls have outstanding results in STEM subjects), girls are more confident about making decisions and learning from their mistakes and there are fewer distractions leaving them free to pursue academic excellence. Our girls’ education is not compromised they are put first and taught that nothing is beyond their reach.  The range and diversity of the subjects the girls are going on to study reflects this. I am extremely proud of all they have achieved.”

The Mount’s Modern Foreign Languages department had two pupils with unconditional offers from Oxford and Birmingham, respectively.  Over 70% of Mount pupils will go on to study STEM subjects at university, with the remainder studying subjects specialising in Humanities or Arts. 

Scaroborugh College 

Scarborough College's Upper Sixth students have been celebrating some superb IB Diploma results since their release in early July and are enjoying a restful summer before taking up their places at the most competitive universities across the UK to study a whole range of diverse courses including the likes of mechanical engineering, law, economics and agriculture.  The average points score per student was 32, which is equivalent to three A* grades at A Level in terms of university entrance points.  Two students attained results which placed them within the top 15% of performers across the world. 

The headmaster, Charles Ellison, commented:

"We are delighted by the phenomenal academic success of our leavers this year.  Their outstanding results are testimony to their hard work, dedication and passion for learning, as well as the commitment of our experienced staff.  We are more sure than ever that the IB Diploma is the very best preparation for both university success and life beyond.  Our students have secured places at many of the most competitive Russell Group institutions and every year we see an increased desire from admissions teams to attract IB students who continually prove themselves to be high achieving undergraduates due in no small part to the academic rigour and breadth of the IB course."

King's Ely 

KING’S Ely Sixth Form students are jubilant after achieving excellent results in their A Levels – including an increasing number of A* grades.

36 per cent of all A Level grades achieved this year were A* or A, 66 per cent were graded A*-B, 84 per cent were graded A*-C and 98 per cent of all students achieved A*-E. The number of students who achieved A* grades also increased to 15 per cent this year.

Eleven students achieved all A or A* grades. Matthew Buckingham, Asia Choudhry and Izzy Oughton all achieved three A grades. Ginny Lam achieved two A* grades, Lucy Pearce achieved an A* grade and two A grades, Jamie Lowery achieved an A* grade and two A grades and Ethel Wang achieved two A* grades and an A grade. Ming Hu was also among the top performers, achieving an A* grade, two A grades and an A* grade in his Extended Project Qualification.

Yinni Hu and Hattie Pinto were both thrilled after achieving the grades they needed to study at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Yinni achieved two A* grades and an A grade to secure her place at Somerville College, Oxford, to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Hattie achieved three A* grades and an A grade to secure her place at Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Philosophy.

Heads of School George Clift and Alice Keeling also had reason to celebrate. Despite their many additional responsibilities throughout the academic year, George achieved two A* grades and an A grade, while Alice achieved two A* grades, a B grade and an A* grade in her Extended Project Qualification.

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, said:

“It is great to see a record number of students achieving A* grades, especially in a year of such uncertainty. Our leaving cohort have contributed so much to the life of King’s Ely and it is great credit to them to have achieved so highly. I congratulate them, their parents and their teachers for all the hard work that lies behind those achievements.”

Vice Principal Academic, Jane Thomas, added:

“We are very proud of the achievements of all of our A Level students. We wish them every success for the future as they venture out into the world beyond school.”


Giggleswick School 

A-level students at Giggleswick School are celebrating the highest number of A* grades ever this year, together with a 100% pass rate and more Oxbridge success. 64% of candidates achieved A*-B grades and these impressive results have secured first choice places for its students at top universities including Oxford, St Andrews, Durham, Warwick and Nottingham, as well as specialist music, art and drama schools across the UK.

Headmaster, Mark Turnbull said:

“We are absolutely delighted for our pupils and what has impressed me most is the diversity of these top grades across all subject areas. Giggleswick embraces and encourage talents of all kinds; in science, maths, humanities, languages and the arts, and these results support this completely.”

With ongoing Oxbridge achievement, this year has seen particular success in the creative arts, performing arts and languages too.

In Drama, 100% of candidates achieved A*-B grades and in Music, students now have places confirmed at leading music schools including the Royal Welsh College of Music, Nottingham and Sheffield universities. Two talented artists have also been accepted for Art Foundation courses in Manchester and Harrogate.

In Languages, 100% of candidates achieved A*-B in Spanish and are now looking to continue their linguistic studies at leading Russell Group universities including Nottingham and York.

Mr Turnbull added:

“This year, all eyes will be on the impact of the new reformed A-levels. We are all very interested to see how the new specifications have worked through into results. We are continuing to analyse the outcome of fewer coursework marks and any evidence of a gender gap in achievement.”

Sutton Valence School 

Against the background of more rigorous linear A levels, Sutton Valence School is delighted that 14.2% of this year’s results were the coveted A* grade, up from 13.2% last year.  97% of students passed their examinations in a tougher year nationally that saw the School’s broad ability cohort gain some truly impressive grades.

Many of them had also taken the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), with 90% achieving A* - A grades.  Recognised by universities as providing students with skills they look for, the EPQ is a self-motivated project that requires self-discipline and independent research and helps students to stand out in the UCAS application process.

A quarter of the cohort achieved 2 or more A* - A grades, with five students impressing with their outstanding haul of top grades.  Jess Grindlay (four A*s and an A* EPQ) is going to St Hilda’s College, Oxford to read Mathematics and Philosophy; Sam Gray (two A*s, one A and an A* EPQ) has a place at St Andrew’s to read English; Emma Simpson (two A*s and an A) will be going to Durham to study Marketing; Lixin Huang (three A*s, an A and a B) will be reading Engineering at UCL and James Collins (two A*s and two As) will be joining her there to read Mathematics.

On average, our students will gain results at A Level that out-perform their predicted grade on entry to the School by 0.5 of a grade.  As measured by Durham University Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Sutton Valence is in the top 2% of schools for adding academic value.

“In a year when most of our students sat examinations in linear subjects, we are very pleased that the percentage of top grades has increased again this year”, said Bruce Grindlay, Headmaster.  “We are very proud to have added so much academic value to our students, whatever their ability.”


Bromsgrove School 

“In a year in which A level students have faced the challenge of new courses and changes to the qualifications system, I am delighted that Bromsgrove’s students have once again performed well,” said Peter Clague, Headmaster of Bromsgrove School.

The 220 Upper Sixth leavers took in total 733 subject qualifications this year.  Overall more than a quarter of all results achieved the equivalent of an A* and just over three-fifths achieved at least an A grade. The A*- B percentage achieved is 80%.  

Six pupils achieved more than five A grades, twenty achieved four or more A grades with 43 gaining at least three A grades. Notable amongst these is Oscar Chou with four A*s and a further three A grades. Oscar will continue to read Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

Bromsgrove offers a wider choice than just A levels in the Sixth Form.  A large number of pupils study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and these results, published in July, were once again superb with an average score of 39.1 points, the School’s highest ever IB average.   49% of our 43 candidates achieving 40 points or above and in Higher Level subjects, 45% of entries scored a 7 (equivalent to an A* at A level), whilst the equivalent A*/A rate was 88%.  

A number of students also have the opportunity to sit BTEC qualifications. Between them these pupils achieved 52 Distinction* grades (equivalent to a grade A at A level) with a further 8 Distinctions amongst a total entry of 62 qualifications.

In addition, three quarters of the year group undertook significant enriching personalised study in terms of either the IB Core or the Extended Project Qualification(EPQ) as part of their sixth form studies. IB students averaged 2.1 Core points whilst 65 A*s were gained in the EPQ.

All students holding offers from Oxbridge met their offers and the university destinations of leavers include an impressive list of top world and UK universities with pupils winning scholarships to NYU in Abu Dhabi (Academic Scholarship), the University of British Columbia (International Leader of Tomorrow Award) and the University of Mount Olive (International Scholarship).

More House School 

Triumph over adversity at More House

Fantastic Sixth Form results despite special educational needs

Pupils at the specialist More House School in Frensham are celebrating A Level and the BTEC equivalent triumph, having overcome the barriers posed by the specific learning and language difficulties.

For many, before they joined More House academic success seemed an impossibility.  However 97% of the A Level and equivalent BTEC certificates awarded to More House pupils in this summer’s results were passes, with 74% of grades at C or above. 

More House School’s Headmaster, Jonathan Hetherington, congratulated his pupils on achieving an incredible 37% of certificates awarded at the highest A or A* and Distinction or Distinction* grades. 

He praised the

“incredible commitment to study demonstrated by More House students, and the highly effective teaching and support provided by our specialist teachers”.

Mr Hetherington noted the school’s 100% pass rate for A-Level equivalent BTEC courses, and this year’s 85% BTEC grades awarded at Merit or higher, equivalent to an A Level C grade or higher.

100% of More House pupils taking the Extended Project Qualification achieved a B grade or higher.

The results are especially impressive since 57% of More House’s Upper Sixth students have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or the newer Education, Health and Care plan, and a majority accepting university degree places to study courses as diverse as Biochemistry, Politics and International Relations, Physics, and English Literature.

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.  More House School was graded ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible rating, across the board in its Ofsted school inspection last year.

Oswestry School 

Pupils at Oswestry School are celebrating another set of impressive A-level results this year. They coped magnificently with the new style A levels with one quarter of all papers taken awarded A or A* grades and one half of all papers A*-B grades, with an overall pass-rate of 98%.

Hayley Martin from Newtown secured 2A*s and an A in biology, chemistry and mathematics; she has gained a place to study biomedical sciences at York University. Dominic Fisher, from Oswestry, achieved excellent grades and will go on to read International Relations at Exeter University, having secured AAA in design, economics and history. Head Boy, Luc Jarzynski, secured grades of BBB to win his place to read Chemistry at Liverpool. Evelyn Ma, from China, achieved 4 A-levels with grades of A*AAB, and has earned her place to read International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Surrey University.

Julian Noad, Headmaster, commented

“This is a very pleasing set of results, particularly given our non-selective intake and the increased challenge of reformed A-levels. To maintain our excellent pass rates in this climate is a magnificent indictment of the hard work of both our pupils and our staff. They also engage in such a full and successful co-curriculum, developing leadership and other wider skills, ensuring that they really do leave Oswestry School having learned ‘for life’. I wish
them all every future success and happiness”.

St David's College 

St David’s College is delighted with the results. A*-A are amongst the highest on record with close to 20% of pupils gaining these top grades.  Head Boy, Jacob Stockings is thrilled with his A* in Art and Sami Taylor with his A*in Maths.  In addition to A levels, St David’s College offers a combination of Level 3 BTECs which again performed very strongly with a clutch of pupils gaining Distinction* in Applied Science, Business Studies and Performing Arts.  The Acting Headmaster, Andrew Russell said,

“I am thrilled with the pupils and our wish is to see them flourish at St David’s and launch them onto the next exciting stage of their journey in life.  Huge congratulations go to those who achieved these top grades.” 

Jack Harley-Walsh who was rejected by 29 schools before he came to St David’s, because of his dyslexia and dyscalculia, has built on his great GCSE results and leaves with the final extraordinary achievement of Distinction* at BTEC in Applied Science.  The unique style of teaching at St David’s College allows all pupils to flourish.  Emma Mulvihill not only achieved a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at the age of 16, but she now leaves with a Distinction* in Performing Arts to study at Doreen Bird College in London.  The majority of our students have been accepted at their first choice University and others have the grades they require to apply for Officer positions in the Royal Air Force and Royal Marines.  The outstanding success of pupils within the Art and Design Technology Departments has led several students being invited directly into the Design Industry.


King Edward's Witley 

Eighteen students from King Edward’s Witley are celebrating their A-level results, published this morning.  The pioneering pupils were the first cohort from King Edward’s to take the new A-level curriculum since it was reintroduced alongside the School’s established and highly successful International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, increasing the choice available to King Edward’s 180-strong Sixth Form. 

The Headmaster, John Attwater, congratulated the students, commenting: 

“Their results reward a lot of hard work by staff and students and fully justify the decision to bring back A-levels to complement the IB.  I am particularly delighted that their success really reflects the diversity of pupils here and the range of exciting futures in store for them from the Sciences and Maths to the Arts and Business.  For instance, Habib Saliani, from Iran, whose 5 A-levels include an A*, three As and a B, has a place to read Pharmacology at Bristol; while among outstanding Art results this year Edmund Gleave, from just down the road in Godalming, has achieved an A in Art to secure his place at Central St Martin’s; and Ayhan Mammadbayli, from Azerbaijan: his A* and 2 As take him to City University to read Finance and Accounting. Those, of course are in addition to Amber Standish’s place at Cambridge, Will Kriehn’s at Sandhurst and so many others.”

Although the eighteen had to wait an extra month for their results compared with their IB counterparts, who learned theirs on 6 July, they complete another successful year for King Edward’s which sees students go on to top universities in the UK, Europe and the US including Cambridge, Durham, The Hague, Vienna, Maastricht and Madrid. 

The results also reinforce King Edward’s growing reputation in the local area following its 2015 inspection where the school gained the top grade of excellent in every area. 

Moreton Hall School 

Despite national reports of turbulence surrounding A Levels and University places, Moreton Hall is delighted to report a vintage year of A Level Results confirming its reputation as one of the country’s leading independent schools.

53% of grades were awarded A* or A with a third of candidates achieving straight A* or A grades in all their subjects.

Particular mention should be made of Phoebe Jackson from Herefordshire, who will be taking up her place at Cambridge to read Engineering with an impressive haul of 3A*s and 1 A.

Principal Jonathan Forster was delighted with the results

These results underline the strength and depth of the academic provision at Moreton. Eight departments achieved 100% A* and A – a remarkable achievement for a school that does not set a high bar for admission to our A Level Courses’.

‘Moreton prides itself on the all-round education we offer and this is exemplified by individuals such as Florence Wade-Smith who captained the school’s Lacrosse team to victory at the National Finals and today has achieved 2A*s and 2As in her A Level subjects. A remarkable end to her school career.’

Bruton School for Girls 

Bruton School for Girls continues to build its highly regarded academic record by revealing record breaking A Level results.This year, all of the following measures were higher than, or equal to, previous years.

54% of all grades awarded were A*/A – the highest ever result by some considerable margin

23% of students achieved straight As

75% of all grades awarded were A*-B

92% of all grades awarded were A*-C

More than one quarter of girls (27%) gained three A Levels at AAB or higher in the tougher ‘facilitating’ subjects which universities favour such as sciences, maths and modern languages.  In fact, every student taking English, Maths, French and Spanish all gained grades B or higher.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:

Megan Wincott from Castle Cary, who joined the Sixth Form from Ansford School, gained three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and will be taking up a place to read Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

Ellie Rickards from Holton, who joined the school in the Nursery as part of Sunny Hill Prep, gained A* AA in English Literature, Biology and German and will read Modern Languages and English at the University of Birmingham.

Outgoing Head Girl, Alex Chadfield from Dartmouth, will read French and Russian at the University of Bristol after gaining A*A*B in History, English and French.

Eliza Robertson of Frome was awarded straight As in Geography, Biology and Philosophy & Ethics and will take up at place at the University of Exeter to read Geography.

Lara Taylor from Sherborne gained straight As in French, Spanish and Latin in addition to studying Music to Diploma level.

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

“These fantastic results are only half the story! Not every girl can be an A* student but we are most proud of the fact that with the excellent teaching and outstanding pastoral and individual care here at Bruton, we have helped and supported girls achieve their absolute best. 

“The successes for the Sciences, English, Maths and the Art departments demonstrate the breadth of our academic achievements but this is all underpinned by the exceptional individual care which truly sets us apart and ensures our girls are ready for life beyond A Levels.  We wish them all well with their future studies and careers.”

Farlington School 

Ms Louise Higson, Farlington’s Headmistress, comments on the School’s A level results:

“Another successful year for Farlington!  With a 100% pass rate the hard work and commitment of the girls have been well rewarded; there is much cause for celebration.  University destinations include Bath, Reading, Surrey and The Royal Veterinary College, with girls studying courses ranging from English Literature to Veterinary Medicine.  It is wonderful to see this group of ambitious young women taking the next step and following their dreams.  They have bright futures ahead of them!

“My appreciation and thanks go to all their teachers; their passion and commitment are key in providing the excellent teaching and support which enable the girls to achieve these outstanding results.”

Rye St Antony 

Rye St Antony is delighted to report its 2017 A-level results. Of the 30 students in the year group, 70% achieved A*-C in their three or four A-level subjects, and over half the cohort achieved A*-B.

The subjects studied reflect a wide range of interests. Results include 100% grades A*-B in Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Classics and Modern Languages. 77% pupils taking A-level English Literature attained grades A*-C, and Mathematics, a popular A-level option taken by one third of the year group, gave 80% grades A*-C.

Lyn Yeoh (A*A*A*A*) has secured her place to study Engineering at Christ Church, Oxford. Xiaoyi Ouyang (AAAA) has achieved her place to study Classics at Somerville College, Oxford. Anam Choudhry (A*AAA) is fulfilling her longstanding ambition to study Medicine at Cardiff University. Veronica Huckstep (A*A*A*AA) will read History at University College London. Anna Wooding (A*AABB) will study International Development at the University of Sussex.

Joanne Croft, Rye St Antony’s Head of Sixth Form, said

‘I am delighted to see the girls achieving their potential and securing their university places, and it is exciting to see success across a broad spectrum of studies from STEM subjects to English and Drama to Modern Languages and Classics’.

The school’s Head, Alison Jones, said

‘We are proud of our Sixth Form and these latest A-level achievements. The results reflect the fact that the school works closely with each individual pupil to identify talents and strengths and provide opportunity for students to give themselves a strong platform for university and beyond. This year’s results bring further evidence of the school’s performance as identified in the February 2017 ISI inspection – excellent in all areas.’

Rydal Penrhos School 

Sixth Form pupils at Rydal Penrhos are celebrating another year of fantastic A-level results.

As results were published nationwide on Thursday, August 17, the school announced that it achieved a 93.9 per cent pass rate for the academic year, with A* and A the most frequently awarded marks once again.

A total of 34.3 per cent of total submissions received top grades, which combined with earlier International Baccalaureate Diploma results boosts the school's overall A*-A percentage at A-level or equivalent to nearly 40%.

In addition 60.6% of entries achieving A*- B marks and 77.8% securing A*-C, which is up from the previous year.

Chemistry pupils at the school gained superb results, with 85.7 per cent achieving A*-B grades, with Drama and Theatre Studies candidates also excelling with 100% A*-B and English Literature pupils gaining 100 per cent A*-C.

Headmaster Simon Smith, said: “We are all delighted with these results. The pupils are to be, rightly, congratulated for their hard work and dedication to their academic studies whilst contributing in so many ways to the co-curricular life of this outstanding school.

“Certain pupils and grades will grab the headlines but I am equally pleased for those pupils who have achieved above and beyond what they might have expected at this time of exam reform and resultant uncertainty.

“I also wish to thank all the staff at Rydal Penrhos and the pupils' parents, who contribute in so many ways, for their care, professionalism, support and inspiration in contributing to these results. We now wish all our 2017 leavers well as they begin the next chapter in their lives prepared, I hope, to make a difference in the world and trust they come back and see us soon."

There were a host of individual successes which were led by Jack Sissons, who claimed four A*’s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and he has now secured a place at the University of Durham where he will study General Engineering.

Twins Katie and Will Marston also gained significant grades, with the pair achieving three A*’s, three A’s and two B grades between them, and they are now heading to Liverpool and Durham to study Medicine and Politics, Philosophy and Economics respectively.

Outgoing Deputy Head Girls Adele Parry (one A*, two A’s) and Grace Patrick (two A*’s, B and C) also performed superbly, while Head Boy Adam Sabri rounded off his time at Rydal Penrhos with one A* and two A’s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and will now study Dentistry at Cardiff University.

Other success came from Nick Dundee, Euan Humphreys and Dan Owen, who obtained A* grades in their OCR Technicals Diploma in Sport, while Ed Lunt, Elishia Phillips, Sanjita Kumar and Alice Waltham were also rewarded with outstanding grades at A-level.

Head of Sixth Form Pete Lavery, added: “We are absolutely delighted for our pupils, the majority of whom have been accepted into their first choice universities.

“There are some truly outstanding individual achievements and we wish them all the very best in their next steps.”


Bede's School 

Sixth Form leavers at Bede’s had much cause for celebration today, with pupils earning 80% A*-B grades for the first time in the school’s history.

With 53% of all results at A*-A and 92% at A*-C, these record-breaking accomplishments are part of a wider picture of success for Bede’s, which achieved the best possible results in its recent school inspection and was recently placed in the top 1% of schools in the country for Value Added for a third year running.

This year’s A Level results saw Bede’s building on its reputation for excellence in Art and Design, English and Maths, where pupils achieved 94%, 91% and 77% A*-B grades respectively, and the departing Upper Sixth also set new school records in Biology, Physics and Chemistry, where they earned 73%, 71% and 70% A*-B grades.

Many pupils enjoyed notable successes in their BTEC Diploma courses, including in Animal Management and Dance, where 100% of grades were the equivalent of A*-A, and in Music Technology and Information Technology, where 93% and 90% of grades were also the equivalent of A*-A.

High-achieving individuals included Holly Saw, who earned A*A*A*A* in Maths, Biology and Dance, Eymeric Boyer, who earned A*A*A*A in Maths, Further Maths, French and Physics, Ashley Anderson who earned A*A*A* in Media, Business and Information Technology, Rosie Canby, who earned A*A*A in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, John Moran who earned A*A*A in History, Maths and Geography, and Alina Wiltshire who earned A*A*A in Graphics, Photography and Fine Art.

Happily, the three Heads of School for the year all also earned outstanding results, with Talisker Cornford earning A*A*A in Religious Studies, Geography and Government and Politics, Jay Adebisi earning A*A*A in Economics, Mandarin and Maths, and Anna Dagwell earning AAB in Business Studies, P.E. and Music, all the while representing Sussex as a County Netballer.

Congratulations also to Ffion Kellegher, who earned A*AA in English, Spanish and Religious Studies and who will now study Languages at Oxford, and Dominic Pereira and Neve Lawrence who earned both AAA in Maths, Chemistry and Biology and who will now study Medicine at Keele University and St George’s Tooting respectively.

Bede’s Academic Deputy Head John Tuson said of the results,

“This year’s Upper Sixth leavers should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. They worked extremely hard, both in the classroom and outside of it, with their sporting and performing arts accomplishments enhancing and informing their academic triumphs.”

Bede’s Headmaster Peter Goodyer added,

“Getting to know this year group has been a sincere pleasure, and I hope they realise the scale of their accomplishments.

“Our school is underpinned by the notion that every child can achieve their potential provided they are enabled to act as their best selves and are encouraged to pursue their personal passions.

“With that in mind, this departing Upper Sixth cohort are glowing symbols of Bede’s ethos and values in practice, and I am confident that these successes are but a hint at the great things that they are destined to achieve.”

Barnard Castle School 

A COURAGEOUS student who dropped science to pursue her love of art, compressed a two year A Level course into one, secured a distinction despite undergoing knee surgery and remained a rock for her family in difficult times.

Genevieve Myhan took the brave decision to swap science for English language leaving her just a year to complete two years’ work.

The Barnard Castle School sixth former had to fit her intensive studies around painful knee surgery that left her on crutches for her finals.

Genevieve also proved to be a rock for her family when her brother Max was diagnosed with heart issues and had to undergo surgery.

But despite a difficult year she managed a D2 in her Pre-U examination, the equivalent of an A* as well as an A in her extended project qualification on facial reconstruction and a B in English.

Genevieve, of Darlington, will now read a degree in computer animation and visual effects at Teesside University and hopes one day to work in the animation industry for Disney Pixar.

The 18-year-old was born with patella femoral displacia which wasn’t diagnosed until recently after she had been trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru.

“I had to have surgery on one knee last year when I was taking by AS exams and then the second knee this year so I was on crutches for my finals,” she said. “It wasn’t so bad in the studio but the extra curricular activities were painful and I remember hobbling around art galleries using my umbrella as a walking stick.

“I had to give up an attempt to get my gold Duke of Edinburgh Award when I fell out of the minibus and slid down a hill on the expedition because of my knees. But it all came good in the end.

“I went through school thinking I should be a doctor and that I ought to study science but I feel so much happier now I am pursing my real passion for art.”

Deputy Head (Academic) Michael Truss said:

“This is an incredible achievement, not just to secure a distinction in art, but to do this while overcoming surgery that left her on crutches.

“Her story exhibits clearly the value of students pursuing the subjects they love. We completely tore up her timetable and started again from scratch. It was such a courageous decision to concentrate on subjects for which she has such passion and ability.”

The school enjoyed strong results with more than half of students awarded A*-B grades.

Fellow sixth former Sam Farquar, 18, ended his time at Barnard Castle School on a high note – with a Newcastle Cathedral scholarship.

A boarding student, of Durham, Sam will read linguistics at Newcastle University after securing A* in music, and As in English and Maths.

He has been a central figure in the school choir, which performed to packed audiences at the Bowes Museum and the School Chapel as well as Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

“I have been interested in securing a scholarship for a long time,” he said.

“I was invited to meet the cathedral’s director of music and thought I was just going for a chat. I ended up singing and he offered me the scholarship there and then, which was great. It takes a great deal of weight off my shoulders and I’m looking forward to taking part in several services a week.

 “I am considering careers in either teaching or journalism but, whichever I choose, music will remain an important part of my life.”

Barnard Castle School psychology student Kieran Lewis secured a coveted place at Cambridge at a time witnessing the most significant shift in popular thinking for generations.

After being awarded three A*s in maths, biology and extended project and the top Pre-U grade of D1 in physics, he will read psychological and behavioural science at Corpus Christi College, as the world begins a period of radical change.

“I’m thrilled to have secured my grades and the course is going to be incredible,” said the 18-year-old sixth former, of Gainford. “We are seeing the power of the populace coming out through social media, the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. We haven’t seen such a mobilisation of the masses since the Second World War.

“The Trump presidency is fascinating, as is the impact of the Brexit referendum, where people could appear to have voted against their traditional interests.”

Kieran hopes one day to work in the field of activism and reducing discrimination.

Queen Margaret's School 

Today’s A Level results from Queen Margaret’s prove that girls at the School are aiming high and exceeding expectations across a breadth of subjects, whatever their interests and talents may be.

At a time when top universities are focussing on the importance of traditional core subjects, the all girls’ School near York has achieved particularly excellent results in Mathematics and English. With over a third of QM’s A Level students taking Mathematics this year, the School is celebrating after 50% of them achieved A* - A grades. Impressively, three girls achieved 100% in at least one of their Mathematics papers, proving that the School is breaking through the tiresome stereotyping which can limit girls’ aspirations.

English results were a highlight for the School with 50% of the girls taking English Literature securing an A*. These results will see some of the School’s most talented writers, including Isabella Sharp who was recently shortlisted in the Tower Poetry Competition, go on to study the subject at a number of the prestigious Russell Group universities; several of our girls have secured places at the University of Durham.

Queen Margaret’s prides itself on enabling girls to pursue their passions. Testament to this are the Art results with 100% A* - A grades in Fine Art. Art plays an important role at QM: girls regularly stage external exhibitions, work with professional artists and join prestigious Art schools. Matilda Laird is one such girl, who achieved A* in Fine Art alongside As in English Language and Philosophy and Ethics, and she will go on to study an Art Foundation course at the long established and nationally respected Leeds College of Art.

Queen Margaret’s Head, Jessica Miles, is delighted with today’s results:

“Our girls never hear anyone suggesting that there are areas of life that aren’t for them and today’s results are evidence of this. The girls at QM enjoy their education and achieve all that is within their potential and more. My congratulations go to them and my fantastic staff who support them every step of the way.”

The School may be forward thinking in its approach to girls’ education but still holds on to many traditions. As well as their A Level results, the Upper Sixth leavers each receive their ‘QM Red Ribbon’, a long standing tradition where red ribbons are given to girls upon completion of their time at the School.

Shebbear College 

Shebbear College students have achieved a record number of A* grades and the vast majority of the class of 2017 have succeeded in gaining places at their first choice of university. Destinations include Imperial College, Birmingham, Leeds, Exeter, Reading, Loughborough, Plymouth, Bath, and Southampton.

Amongst the successes were the two Williams - Cox and Lam - who are both off to study Engineering at Imperial College, one of the leading technology universities in the world, having achieved five A* and three A grades between them. Twins Matt and Olivia Hill will study Pharmacology at Bath. Anna Bennett’s A* in Spanish ensures she can study the language at Exeter University and Tamsin Alderson gained an A* and 2As to secure her place to study Geography at Birmingham. Students have opted to study a wide range of courses from the Sciences to the Expressive and Creative Arts. The College’s Art Department had another extraordinary set of results with five A*s, one A and one B.

The Headteacher Simon Weale said

‘This has been a very stressful experience for the students who have been guinea pigs testing the new exam system.  The results they have achieved are testament to their ability and resilience and I know that each one of our students will go and make a success of the opportunities they have been given’.

St George's Ascot 

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 the most competitive courses at Russell Group universities.

St George’s has received its best results in recent years, with a significant increase in the number of A* grades awarded (up to 17% compared with 10% in 2014).  Most significantly, 72% of all results were graded A*-B and girls and staff are justly proud of these fabulous achievements.

Top marks in the school go to Emily Hughes, who was awarded A*, A*, A* along with an A*grade in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Emily is thrilled to be accepting a place to read Geography at Durham University. Congratulation also go to Head Girl, Mimo Sandford, who achieved A*, A, A and has been accepted into Clare College, Cambridge University to study Veterinary Medicine.

Other girls achieving outstanding grades include Maria Reinaas who achieved A*, A*, A*, A and plans to read Chemical Engineering and Deputy Head Girl, Alannah Horswell, who achieved A*, A*, A and plans to read Law.  Further notable performers are Alice Wiggin who has won an unconditional offer to prestigious Central St Martins, Juliette Iviglia who goes on to read Modern Languages at UCL and Georgina Allen who will read Philosophy at Durham.

Headmistress, Liz Hewer commented:

“I am extremely pleased with this year’s record-breaking results.  They are a reflection of the hard work put in by the girls and the individual teaching delivered by the very dedicated staff here at St George’s.  Particularly pleasing is the significant increase in the number of A* grades given the uncertainty surrounding the new reformed A Levels.  We are very proud of these girls who leave St George’s to study in a wide variety of fields next year – from Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge, Law at Durham and Chemical Engineering, to Art at Central Saint Martins and Conservatoire courses for Singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. There are also girls embarking on vocational courses and entering the world of work. Our reputation is built on consistency of excellence in all areas and I wish these confident, capable young women all the very best for the future”.

Brentwood School 

Once again, A Level students at Brentwood School are celebrating achieving an outstanding set of grades. Following on from the fantastic results achieved by this year’s cohort of International Baccalaureate students, their A Level counterparts have increased the number of top grades (A*-A) by an impressive 5% so that it now stands at 44%. 

Of course, behind these headline figures lie many examples of individual success which have resulted in the realisation of long held aspirations.

Boarding student Ally Leung gained A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Economics and an A in Mathematics and she is looking forward to studying Medicine at King’s College, London. She is one of a number of students who are heading off to study Medicine or Veterinary Science, traditionally amongst the most competitive degree courses. 

Peter Scott, who has made such a compelling commitment to so many aspects of the School’s extensive Performing Arts programme, still found the time to achieve A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A in Chemistry and will be going to Emmanuel College (Cambridge University) to study Engineering. His good friend Jonathan Moore is one step closer to his dream of becoming a professional jazz musician; his A*s in Music and History and A in Latin exceeded his expectations and will see him studying Music at Manchester.

Netball captain Carolyn Whitworth received three A*s in Business Studies, Economics and Psychology and an A in History and she is heading to the University of Birmingham to study Business Management with a view to going into Human Resource Management. She said she hadn’t expected such good results and is planning on celebrating with family over dinner.

Sixteen-year-old Andrew Ejemai, who already has an A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, adds to his impressive haul with excellent results in Economics and Chemistry and top grades in the notoriously rigorous STEP papers set by Cambridge University. Andrew will be heading to Corpus Christi (Cambridge University) to study Mathematics a whole two years earlier than his contemporaries, but he’s undaunted at this prospect and said “I thank God and my teachers who have helped me. I started Maths at an early age and just wanted to keep doing it. The hard work has paid off.” Andrew says his long-term goal would be a career in finance or mathematical research.

In total five students are heading to Cambridge and one to Oxford. Saracens Rugby Under 18 player and Deputy Head of School, James Elms, will be studying Classics at Magdalene College (Cambridge) with his 3 A*s, and paid tribute to the Classics Department, who had gone above and beyond the call of duty and given him so much extra support. Keen musician Caolán McConnaughie will be studying Geography at Fitzwilliam College (Cambridge) whilst Debating Society Chairman & Deputy Head of School, Joshua Portway is heading to Christ Church (Oxford University) to study History. Josh said he was ‘happy and relieved’.

“I worked hard over the two years. The teaching was fantastic and I could not have asked for any more help from the School.”

Just last month a number of Upper Sixth students received their International Baccalaureate results, including Kristina Tovstik from Russia, who is looking forward to studying Psychology at UCL. Her maximum 45 points puts her amongst an elite handful of other students around the world studying the IB Diploma and adds to the School’s impressive tally of high achievers. Shomik Milki is destined for Imperial College London with 41 points to study Aeronautical Engineering, and Jiaqing Low will be studying Law at Churchill College (Cambridge University) with her 43 points.

In total over three quarters of students applying got their first choice university, and 70% of students have places at Russell Group/Top 20 universities.

Academic Deputy Head Jeremy Quartermain commented:

“All of our talented students should be very proud of these terrific results. I’m particularly pleased that our A*-A grade average has increased so significantly. To be able to say that almost half of all A level (or IB equivalent) grades achieved by our students resulted in an A* or A grade is a fantastic achievement, and testament not only to their hard work but also to the tireless commitment put in by our wonderful teachers.”

Ratcliffe College 

Ratcliffe College is, once again, delighted with its exceptional A Level results.  The College achieved a significant increase in the percentage of A and A* grades compared to last year, with 49% of all grades A or better.  At the top end, 23% of all students achieved A, A, A* or better, including Charlie Nicholson who attained four A* grades and full marks in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Charlie has attended Ratcliffe since Year 8, achieving outstanding GCSE results, all of which were at A* and he is applying to read Mathematics at Oxford University for September 2018, following a flawless display, scoring 1200 UMS marks across all his Mathematics papers.  In preparation for his application, the School is delighted that he is joining its Mathematics Department this September as a Teaching Assistant while honing his impressive skills as he sits the demanding additional examination papers required by Oxford University.  As a talented musician, younger students will also benefit from Charlie’s musical flair as an accomplished brass player and from his choral skills. 

Charlie said,

“I’m a bit shell-shocked!  I’m very proud of myself and my peers and thankful to the school for supporting us in achieving these amazing results.  I’m looking forward to coming back in September and helping other students.”

The College provides for a wide range of abilities and yet attained a 99% pass rate, with 76% of all grades being A*-B, and 90% of all grades being C or better.  The majority of students have secured their First Choice University.

Headmaster, Jon Reddin, commented:

“These are fantastic examination results which are testament to the dedication and hard work of the students, their teachers and the College’s ethos.  This reflects Ratcliffe’s national top 5% placing for value-added at A Level.  We are incredibly proud of our Year 13 students who have contributed so much to the College over so many years, and we wish them all every success as they embark upon much coveted university courses or Gap Year programmes in the autumn.”

Number of students entered: 66

Percentage passed with A* to E grades: 99%

Percentage passed with A* to C grades: 90%

Percentage with A* to B grades: 76%

Percentage of grades A or better: 49%

Cranleigh School 

17th AUGUST, CRANLEIGH SCHOOL: is celebrating another successful year at A Level, with 71 per cent of A Level grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 99 per cent.

Against a backdrop of curriculum and grading changes and a summer of exam board errors, the School has maintained its strong academic results with 40 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 71 per cent at A*-B.

Deputy Head (Academic) Mr David Boggitt, said: “Nearly all departments have been working to the new A Level specifications, the most significant reforms in the last twenty years and these results are testament to the hard work put in by staff as well as pupils.

“We have added a lot of internal assessment to keep things on track and the students have been working very hard; we are delighted with this year’s results. Congratulations to all our Upper Sixth formers and we wish them well in their academic futures.”

36 per cent of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects and particular congratulations to those studying English with 24 per cent of grades at A*, Art with 28 per cent of grades at A* and Maths with 23 per cent of grades at A*.

Headmaster, Martin Reader, added:

“Each year our students prove that it is possible to combine strong academic performance with excellence in other areas. In addition to our solid academics the musicians also enjoyed record numbers of Grade 8 achievements, our artists and actors displayed incredible talent, our rugby, cricket and girls’ hockey teams were national champions, and we achieved national finals in a range of other sports.

“Cranleigh proves time and time again that young people can succeed without a narrow focus.”

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

King's College Taunton 

King’s College once again celebrated a strong set of A level results. The overall rate of 60% A* to B was in line with the high standards that have been set in previous years, and there were, as always, striking and very pleasing individual performances across the board.

Star of the show was Marcello Visco, who joined the school in year 9. Marcello managed the impressive feat of four A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Design Technology. He is off to Imperial College to read Aeronautical Engineering.

In all, 14 pupils gained three or more As or A*s. Charlie Collins achieved A*s in Maths, Latin and English and an A in Economics. Matt Thorne (who came to King’s on a football and academic scholarship in year 9 from Maiden Beech Academy) was awarded A*s in Economics, Maths and Further Maths and an A in History. Matt is going to Cambridge to read Economics. Will Cashmore achieved A*s in Economics and Maths and As in History and English and is off to Oxford to study PPE. India Greenland gained A*s in English and History and As in Latin and Philosophy; Tessa Counsell A*s in English and Latin and an A in History; Sabrina Heimermann A*s in Art and Maths and an A in Physics; and Preston Tsao A*s in Biology and Maths and an A in Chemistry.

Charlie, Matt, Will and Tessa are all from Taunton. Another local pupil, Grace Albery, also did very well, with an A* in Biology and As in Economics and Maths. Grace has a choral scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford to read Psychology with Linguistics. She is the third Albery sibling to go to Oxford, following in the footsteps of Emily and Greg.

Twins Tilly and Sam Everard each managed two As and an A*, but for different subjects! Tilly got an A* in Geography and As in English and Maths; Sam an A* in Design Technology and As in History and Geography.

All four of the pupils who had been offered places at Oxford or Cambridge have achieved the results they needed. The great majority of pupils have secured their places at their first choice universities.

As is so often the case, the renowned King’s College Design Technology Department achieved remarkable results, with a quarter of pupils achieving A*s and 88% getting A* to B. The large Mathematics Department maintained an impressive 68% A* to B rate across both Maths and Further Maths, with 21% gaining A*s. The English Department had a particularly strong year, with 73% A* to B. In Geography, another popular subject at King’s, 70% of pupils gained A* to B grades. All pupils taking Philosophy gained A* to B grades, and all those taking Latin achieved As or A*s. The strong Art Department, recently enhanced by the addition of an excellent new art studio, achieved a rate of 68% of A* to B grades. Several of the art students are continuing their studies at art schools across the country. The Modern Languages Department also had a strong year: across the three languages (French, Spanish and German) 70% of pupils gained A* to B grades.

The school has also been celebrating the success of its first cohort of BTEC Sports candidates. The new BTEC option was introduced in September 2015 and the results of the first candidates have been excellent. Jasmine Lo-Ribeiro achieved an outstanding result, gaining the equivalent to three A* grades at A level, while three other students, Kayane Alencar, Karolayne Alencar and Austin Lui all achieved the equivalent to three A grades at A level and will be heading to universities to study Sport Science and Sports Rehabilitation.

Commenting on the A level results the Headmaster, Richard Biggs, said:

“My first and happiest duty is to congratulate the pupils of King’s College warmly for achieving these strong grades and to thank their teachers for their support and hard work. I am delighted that we have done so well in the more challenging, rigorous academic subjects that the top universities prize.”

“As is always the case, the real triumphs are in the individual details: pupils who overcame setbacks or who made outstanding efforts to raise their game. Also, as always, these results must be seen against a backdrop of quite extraordinary all-round involvement and achievement from the pupils. Throughout their Sixth Form years, these boys and girls have set a ferocious pace in terms of their engagement in, and enthusiasm for, the wealth of opportunities we offer at King’s College. They leave us not only with strong results under their belts, they also take with them a rich and life-affirming experience which will ensure that they thrive in the next stage of their lives. They are confident, interested, resilient, creative, resourceful men and women; we are proud of all they have achieved and we wish them every success for the future. “

“This was a particularly tricky year for A level candidates, with some subjects following the new linear model and some still on the old modular specifications. Teachers and pupils have worked hard to manage the transition and I congratulate them all on the excellent job they have done. Things will be more settled from now on, as most candidates will be on the new linear courses.”

Wychwood School 

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 24 % A* grades and 57% A*-B grades. Their EPQ results were especially pleasing, with 100% A*/A grades reflecting the rigour of their research.

We congratulate Emma on her straight A* grades and wish her well as she moves on to Newnham College at the University of Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. We congratulate all of our girls heading into Higher Education - 58% got into their first choice university with 17% still waiting to hear.

Mrs Johnson, Headmistress, said:

“Those girls who have been at Wychwood for many years have gained the full advantages attendant on our small class sizes, academic rigour and personal tutoring.  We are delighted with their achievements, and wish them even more success in the future. Those girls who came into Wychwood Sixth two years ago and who have embraced our ethos and values have, in every case, outperformed expectations.  We send them on their way with real pride and know that they will always value the decision they made to come to us for Sixth Form.”

Badminton School 

A week after balloons soared above Bristol at the International Balloon Fiesta, girls at Badminton School followed suit, flying high after celebrating another year of A Level success with 61% of all grades awarded being A*- A and 84% at A*- B.

The achievement doesn’t stop there as 100% of girls offered conditional places at Oxbridge have successfully secured their places and will go onto read a diverse range of subjects including Law, Medicine, Architecture, Natural Sciences and Fine Art at the world class universities. Of the Oxbridge seven, four of the girls are from Bristol including Mollie from Backwell who joined Badminton in Year 12 and achieved 4 A*s in Biology, Chemistry, German, Maths. She starts her course in Natural Science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in September and commented;

“I’m so excited to get started and so relieved all the hard work paid off! I’ve had such a fun two years at Badminton and I didn’t think A Levels were meant to be fun! When you love a subject as much as I love science, it’s great to be able to take it further and have so many opportunities to get a wider appreciation for the subject open to you, like I have at Badminton. I got a real taste of life at Cambridge when I had my interview and I’m so happy that’s now going to be a reality”.

Success in STEM continues to rise at Badminton with 100% of Medics securing their university places for a fourth year running. Mr Dalley, Director of Studies comments: “In the face of more rigorous reformed A Levels and press commentary on the toughening up of A Level marking, it is really pleasing to see such strong results and so many individual success stories.”

Mrs Tear, Headmistress at Badminton School commented:

“my immense pride in all the girls’ achievements at Badminton is unwavering and this year is no different; the Class of 2017 have been rightfully rewarded for their hard work. Nothing makes me happier than to see the eclectic mix of subjects our girls go onto study and I thank their teachers and the pastoral staff at Badminton for their dedication to ensuring each and every one of our girls discovers and excels in her individual ambition”. 

Headington School 

It was celebration time at Headington School as girls picked up another fantastic set of A Level results. This year 61.7 per cent of all entries were rated at A* or A, and 86.1 per cent were graded at B or higher. Fourteen girls achieved three or more A*s, with three taking home four top grades. Girls collected a total of 222 A* and A grades between them, sitting a total of 360 A Levels.

More than two-thirds of our chemists achieved an A or A* in Chemistry while in Maths, our most popular Sixth Form subject, 73 per cent achieved A/A* and 87 per cent in Further Maths. All those girls taking Law achieved an A or A*, with two-thirds achieving the top grade. It was also another excellent year for our artists, with 85 per cent achieving A or A* in Art A Level.

Today’s results add to this year’s excellent set of IB results published in July, which saw one girl, Davina Chu, achieving a perfect score and an average points score of 39.7 out of 45.

Among the individual success stories are Katie King-Smith, part of our record-breaking Rowing 1st Eight, who will take up a place at Yale after securing A*AB. Head of Boarding Shirley Chiu will take up her place to study Medicine after achieving three A*s and an A. Seven of our sixth formers are now headed to Oxbridge, having secured their offers.

Safiya Patterson, 18, from Headington, is off to Queen’s College, Oxford, to study Philosophy and Spanish after recording three A*s.

She said:

“I was really excited and really shocked. I tried my best but I wasn’t expecting what I got.

“I’m really, really pleased, I’m so happy about it. It was my dream to go there, I am really pleased I have managed to get in.”

Head Girl Hannah Anson, 18, from Bladon, is off to Durham University to study English after securing A*AA.

She said:

“I felt incredibly emotional when I got the results – I was just a massive relief. I feel like my teachers put an enormous amount of effort in so it’s nice to give back to them and make it worth it for them.

“I am really excited about the next chapter. I feel like Headington has given me the best preparation that I could have and I am ready for the world – but I will always be a Headingtonian.”

Headmistress Mrs Caroline Jordan said:

“There has been increased uncertainty over what this year’s results might look like after significant structural changes to the qualification so, for most, today will be a welcome relief. All our girls should be extremely proud of their results, as we are of all they have achieved.”

A Level results at a glance:       

  • No of students         110
  • Passes at A* - A:      61.7 %                         
  • Passes at A* - B:      86.1 %                         
  • Passes at A* - E:      100%                           

Bootham School 

Students at Bootham School are celebrating successfully navigating the challenging first year of the change to tougher linear A Levels with excellent results. Over 72% of scores achieved between A* and B grade, and nearly a quarter of students securing at least three A grades. These figures are in line with previous years’ results, despite the increased difficulty of the subjects that have made the transition.

Headmaster Chris Jeffery said: 

“We are very proud of the achievements of our young people, who have coped so well with the challenge and chaos inherent in the ridiculously phased introduction of Michael Gove’s new A Level system.  We are equally delighted that 85% of those applying to university this year have secured a place on one of their chosen university courses. “

“The statistics, however, can never tell the whole story of the dedication that so many of them have shown in working hard for success, and of the considerable obstacles that some have overcome to secure their grades. They also only hint at the inspiration and support that their teachers have offered. “

“As ever, we are proud of their academic achievements, but even more proud of the impressive, thoughtful and caring young people that they have become. That will always be the most important aim of Bootham’s Quaker education” said Mr Jeffery.

St Mary's School, Cambridge 

The St Mary’s School, Cambridge community celebrates today as another cohort of confident young people received the A Level results required to propel them into a range of academic, creative and philanthropic pursuits. With 77% of students securing their first-choice university place, they are set to read History at the University of Cambridge and Chemical Engineering at University College London, Biological Science at Imperial College London and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, Architecture at the University of Bath, Pharmacy at King’s College London, and Geography at St Andrew’s University, to name a few. 

With the uncertainty generated by the introduction of new assessment arrangements for half of the A Level subjects offered, 45% of students’ results were awarded at A*-A grade and 72% at A*-B grade, with an impressive 25% of students achieving all A*/A grades in their A Levels.

Boarder Yinuo M. was one of the school’s top performing students, achieving three A* grades – in History, Economics and Mathematics – to take up her place to read History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Yinuo enjoys travelling and loves to combine her passion for history with her adventures abroad, and so she celebrated her exceptional results in Japan, saying: “I was worried my English wouldn’t be good enough to read History at university but thanks to the English as an Additional Language department at school I am no longer worried about my English! All the teachers are fantastic, supporting us with whatever pathway we want to pursue.”

Yinuo is in good company in achieving the top grades: in the humanities, 100% of students taking History and 89% of those taking Geography achieved an A*-B grade, and all students taking Economics achieved an A*-B grade. The English Language department boasted excellent results too with all students awarded an A*/A grade.

Another of the school’s top performers was day student Honora D., who has attended the school since Reception and today was delighted to receive her results: three A* grades, in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Honora will take up her place to read Chemical Engineering at University College London, and said: “There are so many courses to choose from but I think through engineering you can really make a difference – sorting out problems, or going into a business and advising them on how to improve energy efficiency, for example. My ultimate dream is to work at NASA – although not necessarily as an astronaut! I want to continue to be able to do what I’m good at and what I enjoy – as I have done here at school.

“The school has been hugely supportive of me in pursuing my interest in STEM and in my decision to apply to read Chemical Engineering – but then the teachers also spur us on in all of our ambitions and extra-curricular pursuits too. I’ve been just as encouraged in my musical commitments and to join the school’s rowing team during Sixth Form. What I love about this school is that the only pressure you feel under is to be yourself, and to try your hardest, to see how far you can go.”

The results show that the school equally encourages and inspires its students in pursuing and excelling in all subjects. In STEM subjects, students performed equally impressively: 100% of students achieved an A*-B grade in Further Mathematics and Computer Science, and 83% of students achieved an A*-B grade in Chemistry.

Morgaine O’C, the school’s 2016/2017 Music Captain, celebrated her results today: A*, A and A, in French, Music and Spanish respectively. Morgaine has an exciting gap year lined up before she goes to university to read Music in September 2018: she will take Music lessons in Florence and Milan and take her Grade 8 examinations in both singing and violin; she has also been offered a place to study opera technique and repertoire at the Academia Europea di Firenze in Florence, and plans to spend time volunteering with refugees in Calabria too. Morgaine said: “One of my favourite memories from my time at school combined music with languages and travel – on the choir tour to Lake Garda. The combination of languages and music works really well – for instance my familiarity with languages has helped me when I sing in different languages for music examinations.”

French was the school’s top performing subject with 100% awarded at A* grade. The students’ results across creative subjects have also impressed, with all students taking Music achieving an A*-B grade and all students taking Photography achieving an A*-A grade.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge said: “Congratulations to every one of our Upper Sixth students on achieving such fantastic results which will enable them to continue to pursue such a breadth of ambitious pursuits as they leave our Sixth Form and enter the world of Higher Education, of work, of apprenticeships, of travel and personal development. The girls have worked incredibly hard over the past two years, as have their teachers and parents in their support of the girls, and have today seen their hard work pay off.

“At St Mary’s School, Cambridge we emphasise each young person’s uniqueness, and place substantial value on instilling in the girls a curious, creative and confident spirit that will, alongside their academic accomplishments and the skills they have gained, motivate and equip them for life beyond school – to create and pursue their own path to fulfilment.”

Lancaster Royal Grammar School 

Lancaster Royal Grammar School Sixth Form students were celebrating receiving their A-level results today.  

Students achieved A*, A or B grades in over 70% of all exams which they sat and 18% of all exams received the top A* grade.

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said, “Well done to every single one of our Sixth Formers on an excellent set of results.  These results are the product of high expectations, outstanding teaching and a great deal of hard work.” 

“It is particularly impressive that LRGS students achieve such outstanding academic results alongside their enthusiasm for sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits, charity volunteering and much more besides. 

“I am delighted to be able to congratulate them as they go on to further study on a wide range of highly competitive courses or to high-quality apprenticeships across the UK and beyond.” 

The highest achieving student, Zachary Harper achieved 5 A*s and is looking forward to starting his Chemical Engineering Degree at Cambridge. He said: “I can’t quite explain how great a feeling of achievement my results have given me. I chose to study what I am passionate about and that is exactly what I aim to do at Cambridge; to not just improve as much as I can but to enjoy doing so at the same time.”

Former Head Boy Joseph Pritchard was also celebrating an incredible achievement and said:

“I’m very pleased with my results, it’s great to see all my hard work pay off. I’m hoping this will set me on the path to doing well at Cambridge and hopefully a great career beyond. I’m the first in my family to go to university and Cambridge at that so I’m very pleased.”

Jamie Sykes-Macleod was shocked at seeing his results, he said:

“I’m ecstatic! It still hasn’t sunk in. I hadn’t dared let myself think beyond this point, now anything seems possible. This has been a dream for most of my school career, to finally achieve it is amazing!”

Sarah Haigh, Head of Sixth Form said:

“The Sixth Form team is absolutely delighted to note that the boys' hard work and determination have been rewarded with these excellent results. We wish them every success and happiness on the next step of their journey, whether that be at university, on an apprenticeship or on a Gap Year.”

Kent College 

A Level Examination results for Summer 2017

Nothing could dampen the spirits at Kent College on results day!

Kent College students and staff are celebrating another record year for A level results, with over 79% passed at grades A*-B, a 100% pass rate and almost half of all grades at A* - A.

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

Bill Cain, Elizabeth Letley, Alan Han, Esther Anemeje, Filippo Brioni, Crystal Ding, Nikolay Krushinskiy, Rachel Huang, Mofane Lam, Daniel Marsik, Jim Lyu, Max Tio, Anna Udras, Gareth Owens, Kexin Zheng, Christy Siu, Clio Rudgard-Redsell, Zishen Wang, Hannah Watton, Alan Wu, Jack Yu, Charlotte Woods, Robert Sotillo.  

These results follow IB outcomes which were also the best the school has achieved. The results will enable access to top universities in the UK and further afield: Alice Scharmeli scored a perfect 45 points and will study Medicine at Wadham College, at the University of Oxford. Head Girl, Emily Insanally scored an impressive 44 points which has secured her place at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge to study Economics. Head Boy, Robbie Whittaker also achieved 44 points and a place at St Hugh’s College, Oxford to read History.

All students gained places at their universities of choice including Oxford and Cambridge. Hannah Watton secured a prestigious sports scholarship at Kentucky University; Carla McIntyre and Christy Siu will take up places at LSE;  Clio Rudgard-Redsell will study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham; Jim Lyu has been offered a place at Melbourne University; and Filippo Brioni has been awarded a top scholarship at Bocconi University, Milan.

Along with top scores in the IB announced in July these A level results secure UCAS points in the new tariff (the basis for university offers) with an average of over 160 per student: the equivalent of A* A* A.

Executive 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.”

The Royal School 

The Royal School has significantly exceeded the national average by securing another set of excellent A Level grades, as the school’s results continue to improve year on year.  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.   These results reinforce The Royal School's reputation of consistent high achievement and very strong value-added.  

Almost 25% of students achieved straight A*/A grades. Outstanding performances came from Polly (3 A* grades, A* EPQ), Cordelia (2 A* grades, 3 A grades and Distinction in AEA Maths), Selina (2 A* grades, 2 A grades and Merit in AEA Maths), Wendy (4 A grades) and Head Girl, Yutong (4 A grades), all of whom achieved straight A*/A grades. They will go on to study Neuroscience, Physics, Mathematics and Economics and Chemistry at Russell Group universities.

Other university courses which Royal School students will go on to study this year include: Animation, Accounting and Finance, Law with Spanish, Marine Biology, Music and Psychology.

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, Biology, Chinese, Drama, English Literature, Further Maths, Geography, History, Japanese, Media, Music, Photography, Psychology, Spanish, Textiles and General Studies.

41.7% (up from 40% last year) were graded A*-A compared to a national average of 26.3%.

70.8% (up from 64.2% last year) were graded A*-B compared to a national average of 53.1%.

Royal School Principal, Mrs Anne Lynch, commented:

“We are absolutely delighted with these results and very proud of our students and their teachers. These results represent many years of hard work and it is very rewarding to see students achieving the excellent outcomes that they deserve. The Royal School has been greatly praised by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate for the breadth and vibrancy of its curriculum. It is excellent that students have achieved so well in such a broad range of subjects and that they will go on to study such a wide variety of courses at prestigious universities.”

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

Godolphin School 

Godolphin in Salisbury is celebrating another set of outstanding A-level results with its highest percentage of A* grades since 2012. Nearly 40% of all girls sitting the exams gained at least one A* and over half got at least one A grade.  These results are all the more impressive in the face of national changes, making A-levels more demanding with no chance to re-take units sat in the Lower Sixth.

“I am extremely pleased by Godolphin’s A-level results,’ said Head, Emma Hattersley. “They reflect a huge amount of dedication, support and hard work on the part of the students, their parents and our committed staff. Many congratulations to all involved.”

Particularly strong results were returned in Art, Biology, Business, French, Food Technology, Geology, History, Music, PE and Physics which shows not only Godolphin’s strength in STEM but also in the wider curriculum.

Head Girl, Anna van der Horst, did exceptionally well with three A*s and one A gaining her a place to study Engineering at Durham University.  Other notable successes include Katie Henderson with two A*s and two As, earning her a place at Exeter University to study Engineering and Mimi Burt and Pippa Clemett who were both awarded two A*s and one A and gained places at Bath University (Architecture) and Bristol University (Geography) respectively.  Catherine Galley also achieved an A*, two As and an A grade in her Extended Project Qualification, which focused on peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. She has been awarded a place at Exeter University to study International Relations. 

Exceptional progress since the start of the Sixth Form was shown by Olivia Carey-Hock, Sophie Hicks, Aleksandra Ovsiannikova, Emily Whitworth and Martha Wilmot-Sitwel.

This year, nearly 90% of girls who applied got into their first choice university. Godolphin’s post A-level applicants have also done well, with 100% securing places in their first choice of university including Philippa Sumner who won a place at Oxford University to study Biological Sciences.

Mrs Hattersley said,

“As a result of these grades, yet again Godolphin’s leavers will be furthering their interest as students on an impressive range of courses, from Architecture, Finance and Science based degrees through to the study of Theology and the Arts - a reflection of the broad choice of A-level options on offer here and the varied strengths and talents of our sixth formers. It is very encouraging that the majority of the students have secured places at their first choice of university which is testament to the excellent higher education advice they receive and indeed the wider work of the careers department.”

AS results were also extremely strong, indicating that the current Lower Sixth students have excellent potential for their A-level results next year.  Nearly two thirds of all AS-levels were graded at A and 82% A-B.

Sexey's School 

Once again, we are delighted by this year’s outstanding A-level exam results. Our students are celebrating record-breaking results today, with 41% of students achieving A*-A grades – the highest percentage ever seen at the School and an uptick of 6% on last year – 69% achieving A*-B, and 88% achieving A*-C grades.

Sexey’s results are significantly above the national level published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) this morning, as follows: A*-A 41% (Sexey’s) versus 26% (national), A*-B 69% (Sexey’s) versus 53% (national), A*-C 88% (Sexey’s) versus 77% (national).

Today is an opportunity for us all to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and hard work. We are very proud of what all they and our dedicated staff have achieved, from those at the chalk face and beyond and I would like to congratulate them all on their sterling efforts and in particular, to Mrs Linda Nixon and the Sixth Form team.

Sexeians with particularly noteworthy successes in 2017 include:

• Caitlin Barnicoat, A* (Biology), A (Chemistry), A* (Psychology), A* (EPQ), going to Bath to read Pharmacy
• Lauren Costelloe, A* (Business), A* (Sociology), A (Psychology), going to Exeter to read Psychology and Criminology
• Christian Wye, A* (Mathematics), A* (Further Mathematics), A (Statistics), A (Physics), destination TBC
• Olamide Olasunkanmi, A (Business), A* (Food Technology), A* (Sociology), B (EPQ), going to Sheffield Hallam International to read Hospitality with Business Management
• Oliver Perkins, A (Chemistry), A* (Maths), A (Physics), going to Bristol to read Mechanical Engineering
• Chloe Collingridge, A (Business), A* (Psychology), A (Sociology), going to Birmingham to read Psychology
• Elisha Hamblin, Dist* Dist* (PE), A* (Psychology), B (Biology), going to Bath to read Sports and Exercise Science
• Lauren Costelloe, A* (Business), A* (Sociology), A (Psychology), going to Exeter to read Psychology and Criminology
• Delilah Ackworth, A (English), A (Government & Politics), A (History), A (EPQ), going to Bristol to read Theatre and English
• Ollie Marsh, A (Chemistry), A (Mathematics), A (Physics), going to Leeds to read Natural Sciences
• Victoria Regan, A (Biology), A (Chemistry), A (Maths), A* (EPQ), going to Bath to read Chemical Engineering
• Abigail Butt, A (Biology), A (Chemistry), A (English)
• Georgia Silcox, A (Psychology), Dist* Dist* (PE), C (Biology) going to Bath to read Sport & Exercise Science
• George Stewart Sendell, A (Art), A (English), A (History), Gap Year
• Mary White, A (English), A (History), A (Psychology), going to Bristol to read Liberal Arts

We wish all the U6 well as they embark on the next chapter of their academic journeys and we look forward to next Thursday’s GCSE results.


Duke of York's Military School 

Students at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, near Dover, are celebrating another year of success at both A Level and BTEC Level 3.

A total of 54 students in Year 13 selected A Level and BTEC courses, with a 95% pass rate. The school is particularly pleased that more than a third of the results were at the higher A*-B grades with 48 students going onto university to continue their education.

Outstanding success includes: Denica Nedjalkova,who achieved A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Geography respectively; Joanes Ljebor, who achieved AAAA in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics; and, Andrew Slevin, who was awarded Dist*Dist in BTEC Engineering, Sport and Performing Arts.

Alex Foreman, the School’s Principal, said: “Our approach of combining an ambitious focus on high quality teaching with activities and events aimed at creating rounded, well-motivated individuals, has been rewarded with improved results. Learning is at our core, but we believe it is also important to participate fully in sport, expressive arts, adventurous pursuits and other social activities beyond the classroom to develop qualities such as leadership, character and resilience. I am delighted to see that all our students will move into either higher education, training or employment. In particular, 90% gained their first choice university with the remainder accepting their insurance place, with only three students needing to enter clearing. We also have three students who did so well they are now adjusting their university option, to take on more challenging courses within medicine and engineering.”

Students achieved the following number of A Level or equivalent qualifications:

Jed Adkins 4, Aleksander Anastasiou 4, Mathew Averill 3, Jordon Baker 2, Sophie Behan 2, Mark Bentley 3, Emilie Bramwell 3, Alizeh Chughtai 3, Chloe Davidson 3, Kristina Dura 3,Joshua Edwards 3, Alexander Gass 2, Nikhil Ghale 2, Srijana Gurung 3, Trishan Gurung 3, Isabella Henry 4, Christopher Holden-Pollard 4, Joanes Ijebor 5, Leo Lai 4, Bishwab Limbu 4, Sachin Limbu 4, Bishnu Limbu 3, Naveed Malik 3, Bibek Mall 3, Ahmed Mattawaa 4, Aidan Modebe 4, Molly Murphy 3, Olivia Murray 4, Denica Nedjalkova 4, Sophie Noble 4, Emmanuel Obi 3, Nicole Ofili 3, Adelana Oni 3, Raksha Phago 4, Leanne Pitt 4, Cai Povey 4, Kiran Pun 1, Prajwal Rai 4, Sunim Rai 3, Yusan Rai 3, Ashis Rana 2, Jonathan Robinson 3, Yesm Saru 4, Salaton Simel 3, Sakimpa Simel 3, Andrew Slevin 6, Arthur Sutton 4, Luke Tagenekurukuru 2, Suchit Thapa 2, Reece Walker 2, Stephen Walley 4, Megan Williams 4, June Winter 3.

Bethany School 

The recent upward trend of pupils achieving A* and A grades continues at Bethany School and we are thrilled that our high achieving pupils have secured places at their preferred universities. This is a reflection of Bethany’s focus on its virtue of learning which highlights the importance of developing essential learning habits. This not only prepares pupils for success at A level but enables them to become effective lifelong learners in an ever-changing world, no matter what the future holds for them.

Bethany prides itself on offering an extensive range of courses at A level; these enable all our pupils to choose subjects which they enjoy and play to their strengths.

Rosie Lindsley (Smarden) has achieved straight As and will go on to Edinburgh University to study fashion.

Sam Marshall (Sevenoaks) is going to read Geography at Manchester University.

George Knight (Cranbrook) has decided to stay local and will read History at the University of Kent.

David Coupe (Tunbridge Wells) is going to read Biochemistry at Bath.

Leon Li (Robertsbridge) is reading Accounting and Finance at Durham.

Bethany Lowther (Marden) will read Psychology at Leeds.

Henry Kirk (South London) took advantage of UCAS adjustment and with his excellent grades has earned a place at Liverpool University.

Francie Healy, Headmaster, says:

“The hard work of our pupils and diligence of our committed staff has once again reaped rich reward. I am thrilled that so many of our pupils are going to their preferred universities and am equally proud of those who have chosen employment pathways. Here at Bethany we know the pupils in our care incredibly well, which means that pupils are both supported and challenged in equal measure through their educational journeys. Contrary to the financial restraints faced by maintained schools, which has resulted in reduced A level subjects on offer, we remain committed to a broad curriculum that maximises pupil choice and thereby optimises their opportunities to excel.” 

Old Swinford School 

Students at Old Swinford Hospital are today celebrating impressive A Level results and getting ready for university matriculation next month.  Over a quarter of all grades achieved this year were either A or A* and the 100% pass rate in 24 subjects is testimony to the hard work of students and teachers who have had to pull out all of the stops to prepare for a number of new qualifications at A Level.

Headmaster Paul Kilbride said ‘Many congratulations are due to all of our students who have risen admirably to the challenges posed by qualifications both new and old.  As always, they have done this whilst representing OSH in music and sport, and serving the wider community as prefects and mentors.  They have been such superb role models.  I would also like to thank our teachers who have guided and supported them through a noticeably tougher post-16 curriculum.  We now wish all of our students every success as they embark upon the next exciting chapters of their lives.’

Local students at OSH have much to celebrate and STEM subjects have been very prominent this year.  Footballer Charles Hadfield and musician Toby Attwood, both from Stourbridge, have been at OSH since Year 7 and now leave with three A* grades and three As between them.  Charles will now go on to Bath University to study Mathematics and Toby to Birmingham to study Physics.  Bradley Kennedy who obtained one A* and three A’s will also go Birmingham where he will study Mathematics.  Meg Wainwright Brown and Isobel Smith also from Stourbridge will be studying nursing at the University of Birmingham.

Meanwhile, coasteering enthusiast George Cattell (Stourbridge) is off to read Biotechnology at Imperial and Jack Curnow will read Dentistry at Newcastle.  Again, the boys have a haul of As and A*s between them.  Katherine Strachan, also from Stourbridge, ran our popular computer club after lessons and now goes off to study Computer Science at Durham with three As.

Leading sportswomen Niamh McManus (Worcester) and Paige Nicholas (Stourbridge) are celebrating four As and two Bs between them. Paige will study Law and Spanish at Leeds and Niamh is looking forward to studying for her Chemistry degree at St Andrews.    

James Nash from Birmingham is celebrating his 3As before going off to study Aerospace Engineering at Nottingham and then joining the Fleet Air Arm.  Deputy Head of School Georgia Rowley from Tipton will study Medicine at Bristol and fellow scientist Cameron Inglis will now go to Bath to study Chemistry.

The Head of School Ross Fairgrieve will shortly begin his Civil Engineering course at Southampton and we wish him the best of luck in his forthcoming interview at the Institute of Civil Engineers.     

This year has been a tough year with reforms to A Levels generating bigger and different challenges than before, and so we are particularly proud of all of our students. 

We wish them many congratulations and every success in their next steps.  

LVS Ascot 

LVS Ascot students are celebrating after setting a new record for the school with a pass rate of 99.5%, beating last year’s previous best and easily surpassing the national average which dropped to 97.9%.

Nearly 50% of all grades were A* - B (48.2%), compared to 44% last year, and almost four out of every five examinations resulted in an A* - C grade (78.4%, up from 73.2% in 2016). The results demonstrate how the independent all-ability school successfully helps all students flourish and exceed expectations, improving results across the full range of students to achieve more A* - C grades than in eight of the last nine years along with the record pass rate. 33 departments out of 34 boasted a 100% pass rate.

Headline figures are:

  • Grade A* - B results – 48.2% (up from 44% in 2016, 42.6% in 2015 and 41.9% in 2014)
  • Grade A* - C results – 78.4% (up from 73.2% in 2016, 62.2% in 2015 and 71.8% in 2014)
  • Overall pass rate A* - E – 99.5% (up from 99.2% in 2016, 96.2% in 2015 and 96.1% in 2014)
  • 73 students took A-level exams, sitting 196 A-levels in total

Simon Newns has earned a coveted place at Oxford University’s Balliol College to study engineering sciences after achieving A* in both maths and physics, along with A for further maths and his EPQ (extended project qualification). Simon follows in the footsteps of his brother Michael, who in 2015 also received straight two A*s and an A at LVS Ascot and has since gone on to study at Imperial College in London. Simon said:

“I’ve been at the school since Year 5 and was not very confident before but LVS Ascot has really boosted my confidence and it has shown in my results. The teachers have been incredible and got me exactly where I wanted to go to do exactly what I wanted to do – it’s brilliant”. You can watch

Simon talk about his success and hear the reaction of Principal Christine Cunniffe here.

A budding artist who has already been exhibited at the Tate Modern will continue to pursue his artistic aspirations after highlighting LVS Ascot’s ability to nurture and balance both academic and artistic ambition in students. Jake Walker, whose school project art installation video was of such high quality that it was on show at the Tate Modern last summer, achieved AABB and will now study a foundation art course at Loughborough University.

LVS Ascot also welcomed Councillor Jordan Masters to collect his results. The 18-year-old last month became one of the youngest councillors in the country when winning the election for a place on Winkfield Parish Council. Jordan has secured a place at Royal Holloway College to study law, with his future aspirations to work within the Crown Prosecution Service and continue his association with politics. Jordan’s father Lee said:

“Jordan came to LVS Ascot on a scholarship and we wanted him to come here as it offered the suite of subjects that he wanted to study. It has been a fantastic experience, LVS Ascot is a great big family and has been very supportive. It is a blessing”.

You can watch the interview with Jordan and his family here.

Frankie Deacon celebrated achieving A*AC, helping her gain a place at her first choice of the University of Surrey. Frankie said:

“I have been involved in so many things at LVS Ascot – as well as getting the right grades I have been Head of House, a music prefect, a peer mentor, school ambassador and also performed on stage in drama productions and music concerts”. Her mother Janice added: “Frankie has developed and blossomed into a lovely young lady here with great confidence. It isn’t just about the academics at this school, they focus on what is good for the children and develop them in whatever passions they have”.

You can watch Frankie and her mum talk about what she has done during her time at the school here.

Sophia Cunniffe, daughter of LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe, made it a special month for the family by achieving Bs in economics, biology and music technology and is set to do an economics degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. Just two weeks earlier her brother Tom, who achieved BBC in his A-Levels at LVS Ascot, graduated from Swansea University with a first class honours degree in economics and finance. He was one of a number of the LVS Ascot class of 2014 to obtain first class degrees this summer, demonstrating the crucial academic foundation LVS Ascot provides for students with further education ambitions.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said:

“It is brilliant to have beaten last year’s record pass rate with 99.5% this year. Importantly our success isn’t just about those at the highest level such as Simon Newns, it is shared by all of our students with nearly 80% of all exams being graded A* - C. It proves that every student can flourish here whether their aspirations are to gain the grades to go to Oxford, or achieve results beyond their expectations to go on to further education or their chosen vocation”.


Oakham School 

Oakham School is celebrating another set of excellent exam results, with an impressive 37 students having achieved straight A* or A grades!

Impressively nearly half of all exams taken by our Form 7 (Year 13) - in their A Levels, Pre-U and the International Baccalaureate Diploma - were awarded A* or A grades or equivalent.

 “It is a testimony to our students’ hard work and efforts, as well as the excellence of the education we offer at Oakham, that even more pupils were awarded the top marks this year,” says Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook.

Three Oakhamians receiving their A Level results today have even more reason to celebrate, having successfully secured their Oxbridge places; Bernard Visser, Alex Eacott and Imogen Brown.  They join our other successful Oxbridge candidates, Tiéphaine Thomason and Julia Yan, who both secured their places in July when their IB results were announced. 

 “At a time when the structure of A Level exams are changing, there is one thing that resolutely remains the same – we don’t judge student success solely on exam grades,” emphasises Mr Lashbrook. “These results mark just one part of the learning journey at Oakham. Our leavers are taking away a wide range of skills, aptitudes and abilities that will ably equip them to thrive in the fast-changing world that awaits them.  They also leave having encountered an astonishing array of experiences and opportunities that will have undoubtedly shaped their character, piqued their interests and honed their talents – all of which they can now further develop as they embark on the next stage of their lives.”

Oakhamians are now moving on to a vast range of university destinations both across the UK (including Edinburgh, Exeter, Goldsmith’s, KCL, St. Andrews and UCL) and overseas, to study subjects ranging from Medicine to Economics, and from Philosophy to Computer Science.

Kingsley School 

Kingsley School, Bideford is delighted to congratulate the 6th form pupils who have just received their A level and BTEC results. 39% of our leavers achieved A/A* grades, making these record results at A level. We are especially proud of the achievement of Leon Mlodzian who got 4 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and German and has been accepted to read Computer Science at Downing College, Cambridge University.

Other pupils have gained University places to read subjects as diverse as neuroscience, pharmacology, creative writing, urban planning and business management at prestigious UK universities including UCL, Loughborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, UEA, Cardiff, Manchester and Surrey.

Kingsley is rightly proud of its flexible Sixth Form curriculum which allows pupils to study a combination of both A levels and BTEC qualifications. The school’s BTEC results this summer have also been fantastic. Three pupils gained the highest possible grade (a starred distinction) in Sport and Outdoor Education and Robin Hopkins achieved double starred distinction in Outdoor Education alongside distinctions in Sport.

Sixth Former Robin Hopkins said,

“I didn’t expect to see A*, A* and A when I opened my results envelope today!  I am just happy and grateful to Mrs Stella for pushing me every step of the way and Wendy Flint for being so amazingly kind and supportive, thank you. Thank you too for all the dyslexia help Kingsley has given me over the years since I joined in Year 10 when my reading and writing skills were very low.”

Sixth Former Rufus May, picked up 2 A* and a B along with lots of hugs from teachers who were so delighted that he smashed his exam result expectations.  Rufus said,

“I cannot quite believe it, I have done so much better than I expected.  I cannot thank my teachers enough for all their help outside the classroom.  Doing all those extra essays and practice papers has been very worthwhile!  I have been at Kingsley for 5 years and will really miss everyone.”

Sixth Former Clarissa-Harding Crook opened her results and was delighted that she will be heading off to read History of Art and Design this year.  Clarissa said,

“I joined in Year 9 from St Michael’s and everything at Kingsley has been brilliant.  The teachers at Kingsley have been great, and the last two years in the Sixth Form have been really enjoyable.”

The average UCAS score was 132 points, which is slightly better than the average of ABB for each pupil.

Mr Pete Last, Kingsley School headmaster said,

“I am hugely proud of the excellent results that have been obtained by so many of our pupils and I am also delighted for the teachers who helped to prepare the Sixth Form for their public exams. We have an excellent Sixth Form here at Kingsley and I would be delighted to meet any pupils who think that our Sixth Form might be the right environment for them for the next 2 years.”

St Mary's Calne 

Congratulations to the girls at St Mary’s Calne on a superb set of examination results, with 24% of entries graded A*, 68% A*-A and 93% A*-B. 

Almost 90% of the girls secured their first choice of university and will be going on to study at a range of leading Russell Group universities including: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Birmingham, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Warwick.

Deputy Head Girl, Hannah McLintock, Leo Monson and Yasmin Watling (from Lacock, Wiltshire) all secured their places at Oxbridge. Hannah will be reading Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) at Pembroke College, Oxford; Leo will be studying History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, while Yasmin will be reading History at St John’s College, Cambridge.   

Top performer, Aillam Chan, achieved 4 A*s and 1 A (and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification) and will be reading Economics at the prestigious London School of Economics.

Head Girl, Jess Patel, and her twin sister Sassie (both Music Scholars) achieved straight A*/As between them. The sisters will be heading to Durham University, Jess to read History and Sassie to read Anthropology and Archaeology. Deputy Head Girl, Phoebe Love (from Chippenham, Wiltshire) also secured her first choice of university with A*/A grades to read Geography at Bristol.

Also heading to Durham is local girl Iona Westwood (Bath), who will be reading Natural Sciences. Both Iona and Jemima Brown (from Calne, who also achieved top grades) can be extremely proud of their academic results, which they balanced with their elite sporting activities, both girls playing lacrosse for England.

The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects at their chosen universities, including: Anthropology & Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Business Management, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, English, Fine Art, Finance, French, Geography, History, History of Art, International Relations, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages & Cultures, Natural Sciences, PPE, Philosophy & Theology, Psychology and Social Anthropology.   

Charlotte Davies, from Calne, came to St Mary’s on the first Gabriel Scholarship (scholarships offered to gifted and talented pupils from the state sector) and she goes on to study Film at Falmouth.

In addition to their exceptional A Level results, 86% of the girls who took an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved A*-A grades, demonstrating an excellent ability to pursue independent study and research in their chosen fields.

The impressive results included 100% A*-A grades in Further Maths for the seventh consecutive year, 100% A*-A in Maths, 83% A*-A in History, 100% A*-A in Drama and 75% A*-A in Latin and Psychology.  The girls also achieved excellent grades in Science, with 50% or above A*-As in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented:

The girls have all worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve these outstanding results; I am proud of each and every one of them. There is a very special relationship at St Mary’s Calne between the girls and their teaching and House Staff, who help them on every step of their journey to achieve their full potential. This is reflected by our superb ‘Value Added’ scores (ranking in the top 4% of schools in England) for the progress made by students between the end of Year 11 and the end of their A Level studies. In our recent ISI Inspection, the inspectors commented on the girls’ “outstanding attitudes to learning” and I am delighted to see the girls’ commitment to their learning justly rewarded. The inspectors also noted that the girls excel in their extra-curricular activities; ensuring that the girls can balance their academic studies with their extra-curricular activities is something which we pride ourselves on at St Mary’s. Girls have achieved amazing things in so many areas – from riding for Great Britain, swimming the English Channel, singing in Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and recording their own professional music CDs, to exhibiting their artwork in London galleries and treading the boards at the Edinburgh Fringe. I wish the girls the very best as they leave Calne to begin the next, exciting stage of their education.”    


Felsted School 

Felsted pupils gained an impressive set of A Level results, with 64% achieving A* to B grades (up from 57% in 2016) and 87% achieving A* to C grades (up from 81% in 2016), with a 99% pass rate. More than 34% of all results were at A* or A grade, with many students confirming their places at the country's top universities.

Headmaster Chris Townsend comments;

“I am delighted to see so many outstanding results, reflecting the hard work of our students and teachers. As a result of these achievements, many Felstedians will be going off to the best universities around the world. Combining both our IB results with A Level grades, the A*-B grade percentage reaches 72% of all entries.  With A Levels undergoing significant reform, there was always a slight concern that this year’s results would see a dip, but in fact, Felsted students have improved on their performance across the board. Congratulations to everyone who took exams at Felsted, and the very best wishes for your future studies or careers.”

Felsted’s top scorer was Luke Johnson, from Flitch Green, Little Dunmow who gained three A*s in Business Studies, Maths and Further Maths, plus an A grade in Geography. Luke, an Academic Scholar, will be taking up his place at Deloitte’s, on their BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship Programme.

Bypassing university and leaping straight into a professional ‘earn-while-you-learn’ career, Luke will be a qualified accountant within five years. Luke balanced his studies at Felsted with playing football and squash.

Felsted’s top girl was Katie Smith, from Braintree, who gained an A* in Art, 2 As in Biology and Maths and a B in Chemistry, achieving her offer to study Biology at Bristol.

“I can’t thank Felsted enough - it is such an amazing school. I would never have achieved these results without all their amazing support!”

Felsted’s Top Ten achievers included:

Ugo Eze, a traditional boarder from Nigeria who gained an A*in Maths and three B grades in Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths, achieving his offer to read Maths at Exeter. Ugo enjoyed playing top rugby for the School.

Emily Butler from Chelmsford, who gained two A*s in PE and Psychology and an A grade in Geography, exceeding her offer of AAA to read Geography at Exeter next year. Emily, an Academic Scholar, also played for Felsted’s 1st hockey and netball teams.

Triplets Tom, Ben and Elicia Carrington, from High Easter all achieved their top offers. Tom gained an A* in History and Maths, plus an A grade in Economics to read History at Bristol. Ben achieved three A grades in Geography, Economics, Maths to read Economics and Finance at Edinburgh (where his older sister is also currently studying). Both Tom and Ben were academic scholars, balancing their studies with playing 1st team hockey and football. Elicia, an Art Scholar gained an A* in Art and B grades in English and History of Art and will be going on to read Fine Art at Newcastle University. Indeed Elicia gained a perfect paper in one of her History of Art exams on Art and Architecture of 15th Century, following an inspirational field trip to Florence at Easter.

Angus Muir, from Great Dunmow gained an impressive A* in Economics and Geography, with an A grade in Religious Studies. He achieved his offer to read International Relations at Edinburgh, but is hoping to defer entry until 2018, as he is currently working at St.Kevin’s School in Melbourne for a year. Angus, an Academic Scholar, enjoyed balancing his studies with playing first team hockey, alongside prefect duties.

Lara Peck, from Black Notley, gained an A*in Chemistry and Maths and an A grade in Physics. Lara was also an Academic and Sports Scholar at Felsted and captained the 1st XI hockey to the National Finals at the Olympic Park a few months ago. Lara has decided to take a Gap Year travelling to South America and gaining work experience, before applying to university next year.

Lara Peck representing Felsted at the U19 ISHC National Hockey Finals

Yifan Yao, a full boarder from China gained two A* grades in Maths and Further Maths, and an A grade in Chemistry. She achieved her offer to read Computer Science at University College, London.

Hannah Barratt, from Bishop’s Stortford achieved an A* in German and two A grades in Latin and French. As an Academic and Music Scholar Hannah fully immersed herself into Felsted School life. Hannah is planning on taking a year out to study abroad.

Hannah Barratt performing at Felsted’s Summer Concert

Matt Morley-Jacob, from Great Waltham, gained an A* in Geography and A grades in Economics and Maths, achieving his offer to read Geography at Exeter University. Matt, an Academic Scholar, played 1st team hockey alongside captaining boy’s tennis. Alongside his team members, he reached the Aegon School’s Mixed National Finals two years in row.

Kingham Hill School 

It was a day of success at Kingham Hill School as Year 13 pupils celebrated receiving their A level results. The School’s Sixth Formers arrived this morning both excited and nervous to learn the outcome of their examinations. They were not disappointed as they achieved incredible results - the best the school has seen to date.

The school saw 45 per cent of the grades awarded in the A* to A grade band which is a school record. The excellent results continued for our talented pupils with 70 per cent of grades awarded A* to B and 90 per cent in the A* to C bracket. Academic success was achieved in a wide variety of subjects, demonstrating Kingham Hill’s high standard of teaching across the curriculum, with 75 per cent of pupils attaining A* to A in Mathematics as well as 100 per cent A* to C in both Art and Photography. We also saw 100 per cent A* to A in Further Mathematics for the second year in a row which is a truly fantastic achievement.

The amazing efforts of all our pupils has paid off with some wonderful results, individual achievements include; Jacky who received three A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and an A in Economics. Huge congratulations to Jacky who will now be going on to study Chemistry at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

Lucy exceeded her expectations and secured a place at the University of Bath to study Biology. As an exceptional STEM pupil, Lucy obtained an A* in Biology and two As in Physics and Mathematics, and commented "I am so happy with my results, they were a really lovely surprise".

Headmaster, Nick Seward, commented:

“After record results last year, it's good see the bar pushed up another notch, especially as A levels become more rigorous linear courses - that is testament to the quality of the teaching staff we have at KHS, and the aspiration and dedication of our pupils. It is a real joy after his prize on Speech Day as the outstanding performer of his year group, to be congratulating Jacky on a well-deserved place at Oxford - the cherry on the cake!”

Stonyhurst School 

Students from Stonyhurst College are celebrating A level exam success

Students from Stonyhurst College are celebrating A level exam success. Mathematics results for the College were outstanding, with 25 students earning A* or A grades, whilst Economics results were also excellent, with 16 students being awarded A* or A grades.  Overall, 65% of all subject results were grades A* to B.

Head Master John Browne said,

“There have been some exceptional individual results this year, with students going on to study at their first choice of University, including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London. I am delighted for the students and the staff who have worked with them to help achieve these results. We encourage all of our students to ‘let their light shine’ and they have certainly done that.”

Alan Zhang from Hong Kong earned 5 A* grades and will be going on to study Engineering at Trinity College Cambridge. 

James Lavarello from Gibraltar earned 3 A* grades and has chosen to study Law at the University of Leeds.  

Henry Yan from Hong Kong earned 3 A* and 1 A grade and has chosen to study Material Science and Engineering at Imperial College London.

Dasha Kokolova from Russia has earned A* AA and has chosen to study Economics at Exeter.

David Garbutt from Wales has earned 3A* and 1 A grade and has chosen to study Natural Sciences at Selwyn College Cambridge.

Director of Studies Lorraine Wright said,

“Behind all A level results are the stories of the students who work so hard to do their best, which is all we can ask of them. Our students work hard and play hard, and we hope that when they leave Stonyhurst they will find the time to continue to do both. We are very proud of them.”   

The Royal High School Bath 

Year 13 students at the Royal High School Bath have once again achieved outstanding success in A Level examinations and in the IB diploma. 53% of students achieved all A*-A grades (or IB equivalent) and 74% scored A*-B grades with a 99% pass rate.

Today’s results back up the glowing ISI inspection report the school received earlier this year and 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.

The majority of our IB students are going on to Russell Group universities, though we also celebrate those who choose to follow their excellent academic success with other career choices, such as one student who fought off some stiff competition to win a place at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

A fantastic 26 girls achieved all A* or A grades and these impressive results reflect the academic ambitions of our girls, 7 of whom have successfully met their Oxbridge offers. Sarah Haynes, who achieved 4 A*s, will be going to Oxford University this September to study Classics. Upon collecting her results, with a beaming smile she said:

“I’m so relieved! It’s been such a long wait since the exams, but I’m so excited now and really looking to the next 4 years at Oxford! I love this school and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve been given over the last 7 years.”

Girls who undertook the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), a course much valued by universities, also achieved excellent results with 76% A*- A grades.

After securing a place at her chosen University, former Head Girl Olivia Chick has a fantastic opportunity lined up;

“I’m really pleased with my results! I’m looking forward to going to UCL to study Geography next year, but first I’m going to travel to India to work on a women’s empowerment programme. I can’t wait! Everyone at school has been so helpful and supportive, I’m really grateful.”

Mrs Jo Duncan, Head at The Royal High School commented:

 “We are so proud to be celebrating this group of wonderful young women that we have been privileged to work with. These girls have not just been studying for examinations during their time at RHS, they have grown up here. Their involvement in a whole range of activities has been impressive and they have shown generosity, dedication, kindness and a willingness to make a difference. This is what really counts.

I know that they will remain part of the RHS family through our Alumnae Network, and as part of the Girls' Day School Trust, they will have access to the fantastic GDST alumnae network. I look forward to hearing about their progress in the future.”

Trent College

Trent College Head, Mr Bill Penty, has described the school’s close to best ever A-level results as “the icing on an already fantastic cake” as students celebrated their achievements today (Thursday 17 August).

Despite national concerns around the volatility created by new style qualifications in 13 subjects this year, Trent College’s A-level results were up across the board on last year, with an almost 8% increase in the number of results graded at A*-B - from 62.5% to 70.3% - and a rise of 12% in the grades at the top A* and A rankings (32% 2016, 44% 2017). The school’s overall pass rate is 99.4%.

Matthew Jackson, who started his school life in the nursery at Trent College’s junior school The Elms, was Trent College’s top performer with 4A*s and he is one of four students who are now heading to Oxbridge universities.

Computer Science at Cambridge awaits Matthew, while Cambridge is also the destination for Music student Pia Rose Scatttergood, who got 1A* and 3As. Meanwhile Joe Sisson and Fin Willits, who have been partners on the school’s debating team for the past two years, are both Oxford-bound, Joe (5As) to study PPE and Fin (2A* 1A) History.

 After opening their envelopes, all four candidates paid tribute to the breadth of extra-curricular opportunity they have enjoyed in providing the work-life balance that has enabled them to achieve their academic ambitions. 

Matthew, who as well as playing various sports has been part of the school’s debating team and Combined Cadet Force (CCF), said: “It’s not about being chained to a desk studying, Trent do a really good job of making sure you do other things and the stress of exams has been relieved so much because we have had all these other things to do.”

Fin, who opted to board for his two years of Sixth Form, agrees:

“Debating is still a relatively new thing here but it was so important in the Oxford prep because the interview asks very abstract questions so you have to be ready to think on your feet in the same way as you do in debating. It’s been great for building my confidence too.”

Joe added:

“The past two years have been challenging and incredibly rewarding. Doing 5 A-levels, the teachers have been really supportive and make sure you never feel like you have too much on your plate.”

Meanwhile Derby City and County Youth Orchestra principal flautist and holder of five Grade 8 music certificates, Pia Rose, admitted it was her love of performing cultivated throughout Trent that led to her applying to study Music. 

She said:

“I always had my eye on Oxbridge as I really wanted to challenge myself academically and be with the best musicians. I changed my mind about what I wanted to study every week! So I just thought I should go with doing something I love. I was six when I first started playing the flute but I never thought it would go this far.”

Maths was the best performing subject, with 47 of the 102 A-level candidates (46% of year group) sitting the exam, achieving 85% of results at A*-B. Further Maths (100%) and English Literature (83%) also produced standout results as did a new edition to the Trent College A-level curriculum, Photography (83%). 

In a year of memorable sporting, performance and artistic highs, the U18 rugby team’s Natwest Vase victory at Twickenham in March was certainly one of the highlights. One of the team, Issac Smith, secured 3As to study Medicine at Manchester. 

He said:

“It's been an incredible couple of months; the high of Twickenham and now this. It was very difficult to come off that high and go into study mode but it helped that all the boys worked together to get into the hard work.” 

The team’s captain, Andrew Brown, who missed the final through injury, is now off to Leeds to do Management and Human Resource with 2A*s 1A. He added:

“At the time it hurt a lot not to play at Twickenham, but the feeling now makes up for that. You come to school to get your grades and move on and I could not be happier.”

In addition, head of the school’s Academic Forum and netballer, Amy Beresford, will study medicine having achieved 3A*s while England U21 hockey star and Trent College U18 hockey captain, Paige Gillott achieved 3As, and Pheobe Badcock, first team hockey goalkeeper and Grade 8 bassoon player, scored 2A* and 2As to study Maths at Warwick.  

Ali McCulloch ended his Trent College journey as Head of School, leader of the orchestra (violin) and member of the hockey first team. Having achieved 3A* 1A to study International Relations at St Andrews he admitted he loved seeing his year group celebrating today.

“A lot of people have got into their university of choice; the look on their faces was really good to see. You have seen each other on day one at school in Year 7 and now you have shared today with them, it's been great to be part of it.”

Mr Penty concluded:

“In a year of anticipated volatility we are delighted that has not materialised at Trent College and we are in fact very close to a record year. The breadth of academic curriculum mirrors what we stand for as a school in the opportunities we offer. This has been a sensational year group who have done us proud and this is the icing on an already fantastic cake. They have been exemplary in all fields.”

Harrogate Ladie's College 

Pupils and staff at Harrogate Ladies’ College are today celebrating an impressive set of A level results which saw pupils secure prestigious places at Oxbridge universities.  

Pupils at the school achieved 8 times more A* grades than independent base-line predictions and 69% of all grades were A*-B, an increase on 2016 grades when the school topped the Harrogate league tables based on average point score per academic entry.

Pupils at the all-girls school also achieved particularly high results in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with 100% A* grades in Biology and 100% A*-B grades in Chemistry. 

Principal, Sylvia Brett commented,

“I’m so delighted that the girls have achieved such excellent results, they’ve worked really hard and I hope they’re proud of what they’ve achieved.”

“There’s a lot of discussion at the moment around how to encourage more girls to take STEM subjects so I’m particularly pleased that as an all-girls school we’re leading the way in this area.  Many of our girls are now going on to study STEM

related subjects such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Physics, Maths and Engineering at university.”

“This year also marked the beginning of a new era for A levels with the introduction of new “tougher” syllabuses assessed solely on exams the end of the 2-years.  It was a big change for the pupils and for the teachers, but I’m really delighted that we’ve seen some of our best results in these reformed subjects.”

Among those celebrating today is Nicole Brocksom from Harrogate who, 2 years ago achieved 10 A*s at GCSE and has now secured a place at the University of Cambridge to study Law with a clean sweep of A* and A grades.  Nicole, who is the Head of Chapel Choir at the school, has also been awarded a prestigious Choral Scholarship from Girton College Cambridge. 

Nicole said,

“I’m so happy that I’m going to Cambridge, it’s always been my dream and the choral scholarship is the icing on the cake!  The teachers at Harrogate Ladies’ College have been brilliant, they’ve helped me believe that I could do it and they’ve supported me all of the way.”

It was a particularly proud day for Nicole’s father, David Brocksom, who also studied Law at the University of Cambridge.

Nicole is one of 2 pupils from the school to secure an Oxbridge place this year with Nikki Miao also having being awarded a place at the University of Oxford to study Physics and Philosophy.

Younger pupils at the school also got in on the act today when 6 pupils from Year 9 received their AS level Creative Writing results.  Having taken the exam 3 years earlier than usual, there were celebrations all round as 100% of pupils passed and a third achieved A grades. 

Gresham's School 

Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt are celebrating achieving fantastic A level results today (Thursday 17 August) with an increasing number gaining A* - A grades.

An impressive 79% of pupils gained A* - C grades with almost 60% achieving A* - B.  At 36%, more than a third of pupils can be hugely proud of gaining A* - A.

Many of the Class of 2017, a cohort of 86 pupils will now be preparing to head off to study a diverse and interesting range of subjects at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Warwick, London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London.  Subjects include Chemistry, History, Environmental Science and Mathematics.

Former Head Boy and boarder, George Jefford, from Oulton, achieved two A*s in Music and French and an A in Spanish and will take up a coveted place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the world’s leading conservatoires.  George reflected on his time at Gresham’s and said:

“I have been given such a great opportunity to work hard at what I enjoy and feel that I am well prepared for the future”.  With plans to celebrate with school friends later today, George added: “I will really miss being at Gresham’s.”

Rufus Fox, from Saxlingham gained straight As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.  Rufus was one of two pupils who have received a Cambridge Pre-U qualification in Mandarin, the first to do so at Gresham’s.  The Pre-U qualification is a rigorous alternative to the A Level, Rufus’ D1 grade is recognised as an equivalent to A* at A-level.  Rufus, who is now preparing to start an undergraduate course in Chinese at Oxford University with a view to a career in diplomacy said:

“I am still waiting for my results to sink in!  For now, I am looking forward to celebrating with my friends and will be spending the rest of the summer working at a local pub.”  Rufus added: “I have had a great time at Gresham’s, particularly in Tallis House.” 

Gresham’s School would like to wish every one of the Class of 2017 the very best for a happy and successful future.

Bedford School 

Bedford School is celebrating a third successive year of increasing leavers' exam results. 59% of exams - at International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-Level - were marked at A or A* and 84% at A*-B. Over 20% of the school’s 110 A-Level entrants scored two A* grades or more. Ten boys have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities with their outstanding results. Rohan Sanghera achieved a remarkable five A* grades at A-Level and will be taking up a place at Cambridge to read Medicine, and Tonny Lou achieved four A* grades and will read Physics at Oxford. Two pupils, Ed Lamb and Andrew Zhu, achieved full marks (45) in the IB, placing them in the top 0.13% in the World.

‘These are stunning results’, said Head Master, James Hodgson, ‘and we are hugely proud of this year group. They have worked hard and deserve their academic success; but more importantly, they are great young men who leave with many varied interests away from the classroom and a strong set of values for life. They have taken their opportunity for a wonderful grounding. I also pay tribute to the expertise of our teachers, who have faced the challenge of the first year of reformed A-Levels with real aplomb’. 

Reed's School 

It has been an extremely happy morning here at Reed’s School as our students made a record increase in grades from their AS Level positions to receive an excellent set of results in their A Level exams. Grades from A* to B remained at around 75%, the same as previous years, with grades at A*/A marching up to the 40% level and A*- C grades are at 93%.

This year sees a record of seven students from Reed’s going on to prestigious colleges in the United States, including Princeton, Berkley, Swathmore and UCSD (University of California in San Diego).

Twenty five pupils achieved at least 3 A*/A grades with Chloe Hurton, Cameron Fleming and Sam Teed all gaining straight A* grades. Chloe will go to UCL to read English, Cameron is taking a gap year with work experience lined up and will study Medicine in 2018 and Sam will be studying architecture.

Other students who were thrilled with their results include Max Robertson and Will Morrice who each gained two A*s and two A grades and are going on to study Aerospace Engineering at Bristol and Natural Science at Durham respectively. Lauren Smith achieved her place at Medical School and Alana Collett’s two A*s and one A grade allowed her to achieve her place at Loughborough. Tara Stanley and Kezia Clarke (who both got one A* and two A grades), will read Psychology at Exeter and Geography at Leeds.

Headmaster, Mark Hoskins, commented

“In the context of the changes to A Levels nationally, the A Level results at Reed’s this year have exceeded all our predications with an impressive haul of grades across all subject areas. Especially pleasing is the record increase in grades from AS Level positions - testament to the students’ hard work and the support of our excellent staff. The vast majority of Reed’s pupils will be attending their first choice courses and universities and it never ceases to amaze me when I look at the range of different courses that our students will go on to study. This was Reed’s School’s largest ever Sixth Form cohort and I am proud of their academic successes and also the contribution they made to the School in so many different ways. As they move onto the next phase of their lives I am sure that they will also uphold the values of Reed’s and be inspired by the example of the School’s Founder Andrew Reed who founded Reed’s as a school for orphans in 1813. This will be the case particularly for our Foundation pupils, who once again excelled.”

Damian Rodriguez, a member of the Tennis Academy at Reed’s, said

“I’m really pleased, I got 4 As and secured my place at Princeton to study Electrical Engineering. I chose Princeton over my Harvard offer because I liked the college better, it was a really nice place. I’m going to America as it’s easier for me to combine my academic studies with my tennis. I’m nervous of going to live abroad but very excited and looking forward to the experience.”

Will Morrice commented –

“I’m going to Durham to read Natural Science having got 2 A*s and 2 As. I’m really happy and excited and pleased with my results. I’ve had such a good time at Reed’s – looking back, the past five years have been great although I’m now looking forward to starting the next stage of my life.”

Grades achieved overall were as follows:

                A*/A grades                          40%

                A*- B grades                         75%

                A*- C grades                         93%

                A* - E grades                        100%

Epsom College 

Epsom College enjoys record-breaking A-level results for second consecutive year, and bucks national trends around the newly-reformed examinations.

  • 86% of A-levels graded A*-B
  • A*-A grades twice the national average
  • Epsom’s girls match boys for top grades – despite girls falling behind nationally
  • Top grades in reformed A-levels rise, despite UK-wide dip

Epsom College students have enjoyed a record year of A-level results, with 86% awarded A*-B grades - higher than any previous year at the College.

The results buck national trends, which show that subjects with reformed A-levels - which awarded fewer marks for coursework and placed greater emphasis on final examinations - have recorded fewer top grades than last year.

Epsom's overall pass rate was - once again - 100%. Across the UK the pass rate among reformed A-levels has fallen by 0.5 percentage points.

Nationally, A* and A grades were awarded to 26.3% of entries. At Epsom the figure this year is 53%. 

Headmaster, Jay Piggot, commented,

"To enjoy record results against the backdrop of changes to the A-level syllabus reflects admirably on the hard work and application of our students, allied to the quality and efforts of our teaching staff at the College. It is also gratifying to see strong performances recorded across all subjects."

The sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics - had an average of 82% of A-levels awarded A*-B. In the arts, Art, Music and Theatre Studies all recorded 100% A*-B grades.

Humanities fared equally well. 96% of the Cambridge Pre-U English Literature exams were awarded D1-M2, the equivalent of an A-level A*-B.

Outstanding individual performances

Within the context of an outstanding year, there are some notable individual performances:

Eva Smiley earned two A* grades, in Economics and Mathematics, and a D1 (judged by most to be higher than an A*) in her Pre-U Mandarin. Eva will take up a place at Oxford University to read Economics and Management.

Lucy Marquand - another star performer - received an A* in both Art and History, and a D1 in Pre-U English Literature. Lucy has been offered an unconditional place on the prestigious Art Foundation at Kingston University.

This year's results also highlight Epsom College's continued success in delivering an outstanding co-educational programme. The changes to A-levels this year have seen a rise in the performance of boys across the UK - with girls faring worse for the first time in seven years when it came to achieving top grades.

However, Epsom's girls have not conformed to these national trends - with Epsom's value added scores showing boys and girls performing equally well this year.

"We are delighted that the performance of Epsom's female students confounds these expectations," said Mr Piggot.

Among the boys, performances of note include Scott Davidson, Chek Yan Lo, Seungwoo Lee, and Daniel Richardson.

Scott earned three A* grades, in Business Studies, Economics and Government and Politics. He is due to take a place at Bristol to study Management.

Seungwoo Lee is another triple A* student, with top grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. A place at Imperial College awaits him to study Chemistry.

Also heading to Imperial is Chek Yan Lo, where he will study Mathematics, he earned three A* grades (Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics) plus an A in Chemistry.

Dan Richardson, meanwhile, shone in the arts and humanities, with an A* in French, an A in Theatre Studies and a coveted D1 in Pre-U English Literature. Dan will take up a place at Durham University to study English Literature.

University destinations

This year has been a very successful one for university offers. By mid-morning 93% of our UCAS applicants had their university places confirmed.

The most popular destinations for our students are Nottingham (13 students), Durham (9), Birmingham (9), closely followed by Bristol, Imperial College, King's College London, University College London and Warwick.

Five students - Tim Chan, Michael Anyanechi, Omar Zakieh, Will Jenkins and Chris Lim - have been awarded places to study Medicine at Imperial College, Liverpool and Newcastle Medical Schools.

Ellie Stacey-Stevens has been awarded a place to study Veterinary Science at the Royal Veterinary College. 

Wellington School 

Wellington School is celebrating Oxbridge success and strong performances across a range of A Level subjects, including excellent results in key subjects such as Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, English Literature and Classics.

Headmaster, Henry Price commented,

‘I am delighted by the Oxbridge success of classicists Charlie Cooper and Sophie Bennett and very pleased to see that more than 70% of pupils are headed to Russell Group or equivalent universities. Whilst the advent of reformed A Levels has presented challenges this year, we are pleased with what our pupils have achieved across the board in the most challenging range of facilitating subjects at Wellington. Well done to them, their teachers and their families who have supported them’

Mathematics at Wellington continues to shine with over 50% of grades at A*-A and 64% in Further Mathematics. A number of pupils will be studying Mathematics or Computer Science at some of the top universities this year, suggesting a top grade Mathematics score is the key to many course options.

These are exciting times at Wellington School with a host of new developments in the pipeline. The School roll will be at the highest level for many years and in response to the growing demand for boarding, a new boarding house will be opening in September. A new all-weather pitch has just been finished, and extensive work on the library, café and other school developments are in progress.  

The vast majority of pupils have been accepted into their preferred university and have been successful in gaining places on credible, academically robust courses which are popular with employers. There is an incredibly strong support system for UCAS applications and entry at Wellington, so there is always a team of experts on hand to assist pupils throughout the entire process and ensure they are as successful as possible.

“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. With the burgeoning Performing Arts, Sport & Wellbeing and Outdoor Education programmes, pupils’ lives are significantly enriched outside the classroom.”

“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 School student, Oliver Hockings, was delighted to gain 2 A*s and an A in his A levels.  18 year-old Oliver said “I am surprised and happy with my results, and I would like to thank my English teachers for their support and tuition which definitely made the difference between an A and an A*. I shall be celebrating this evening by opening a bottle of Champagne with my friends and family!” Oliver plans to take up his place at the University of Manchester to study History.

New Hall School 

Sixth Form students from New Hall School, the overall TES Independent School of the Year 2016-17, are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results and success in achieving the university places of their choice.  A record six Oxbridge places have been secured for 2017.

Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, said:

“Once again we have seen strong results across the board at New Hall, including a remarkable 100% achieved in 45 A Level modules.  The average point score per student equates to A, A, B at A Level, which has enabled the vast majority of our students to secure their university place of choice.  We are incredibly proud of our students’ successes and it is wonderful to see their excitement today after all their hard work.  Given the exceptional competition for Oxbridge places for 2017, at New Hall we are delighted to be celebrating record places confirmed at Oxford and Cambridge, for an impressive range of subjects: Law, Biological Sciences, Music, History, Spanish and Theology & Religion.  These fantastic results and New Hall’s success as the TES Independent School of the Year show the strengths of Catholic independent education and reflect the quality and breadth of the curriculum at New Hall.”

Rebecca Jackson, scholar, boarder and former pupil of St John's Preparatory School Billericay, achieved 2A* s and 2As and will read Law at Magdalen College, Oxford.  Gianni Fennings, scholar and former pupil of Loyola Preparatory School, achieved 4A*s, including one with 100%. He will read History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.  Jemima Walker, scholar and former pupil of Woodlands School Great Warley, achieved 2A*s and 2As and will read Biological Sciences at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  Felix Fardell, scholar and former pupil of New Hall Preparatory Division, gained 1A* and 3As and will read Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford.  Oliver Ledwith, scholar and former pupil of St Margaret’s Preparatory School, achieved 1A* and 2As and will read Spanish at Churchill College, Cambridge.  New Hallian scholar Anna Jeffrey was also celebrating securing her place to read Theology & Religion at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Chelmsford twins Danielle and Hannah Rothmann each achieved at least 3A*s.  Danielle’s A*s were in Fine Art, Geography and Government & Politics and she was also awarded an A in her Extended Project Qualification and an A in Economics AS Level.  She will be reading Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.  Deputy Head Girl Hannah achieved A*s in Latin, English Literature and History and is delighted be taking up her place to read Classics at the University of Edinburgh.

Head of Sixth Form, James Alderson, said:

“It is a joy to celebrate with our students today.  The results achieved are a great reward for the hard work of our students and the dedication and care of the teachers who have nurtured and inspired them.  We wish our Year 13 leavers every success in their continued studies and future careers.”

Haileybury School 

Haileybury pupils, their families and teachers are celebrating today, following a strong set of A Level results.

With 67.3% of all A Level grades awarded at A* to B, these results are particularly impressive considering this is the first year group to have taken the reformed two-year A Level course.

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 36.35 points out of a possible 45 (the global average score is 29.95 points). This means that with the A Level and IB results combined, 73.7% of Haileybury’s class of 2017 achieved A* to B grades or their IB equivalent.

Particularly notable were the results achieved by our top mathematicians, six of whom received an A* or A grade, while 12.6% of A Level pupils across all subject areas achieved the top A* grade.

There were also some fantastic individual achievements, including Charlotte Reade, who accomplished three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Charlotte, who is also a talented cellist, will now study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.

Francesca Willis achieved two A*s in Psychology and Philosophy and an A in English, and is heading to the University of Bath to study Psychology.

Head of School Emily Sanders, who also captained the girls’ 1st hockey team, achieved an A* and two As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She said:

“I am absolutely thrilled. I am looking forward to going to Durham University to study Biomedical Sciences.”

Imran Abdul Rahman achieved three A*s in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, and two As in Chemistry and Economics. He will now study for an MSci in Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. Outside of the classroom at Haileybury Imran said he enjoyed “playing cricket for the first time, as well as playing formal chess games at the nearby Hertford Chess Club”.

Haileybury’s new Master, Martin Collier, congratulated all of the pupils, saying,

“This is a strong set of results especially given the context of the new examinations. Haileybury pupils have performed well at A Level and in the IB; I congratulate them and their teachers on their efforts”. 


Strathallan pupils are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results with 72% of all grades A* to B and one in five pupils achieving straight A*/A or A grades.

In what is the first year of the new A Level system the results are particularly pleasing to report.

  • 41% A*or A  (national average 26.3%)
  • 72% A*-B
  • 91% A*- C

A special mention goes to all those pupils who achieved straight A or A*/A grades; together they represent one in five of all those who studied a full A Level programme this year.

Overall the vast majority of pupils have secured a place at their first choice universities with a diverse spread of destination choices from some of the UK’s most selective institutions. The most popular destinations in Scotland are the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow and choices elsewhere in the UK include the London School of Economics, Kings College London, Imperial College, the Universities of Bath and Bristol and BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music).

The range of degree programmes selected is also wide, a reflection of the breadth of education and diversity of interests at Strathallan. Courses chosen include Astrophysics, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Law, Urban Planning, Adult Nursing, Geography, Social Anthropology and Molecular Biology. 

Strathallan’s focus on encouraging a global outlook has also been embraced with a number of pupils electing to study abroad.

Deputy Head of Academic, Sean Hamill, said

“We are thrilled with this year’s A Level results and congratulate all the pupils and staff for their hard work over the past two years.  Together with our Higher results, which are the best in 10 years, we continue to show our dedication to academic excellence and it is fantastic to see so many of our pupils flourish academically in so many different areas.”

Malvern St James Girls’ School

Today, Thursday 17th August, is Results Day for A Level students up and down the country. After many nail-biting weeks, the big reveal is here.

For Malvern St James Girls’ School, the all-girls independent day and boarding school for 4-18 year olds, it has been an outstanding year with many exceptional achievements.

Out of a cohort of 61 girls, over a quarter of all A Level entries (28%) achieved A*, over half (54%) A*-A, and over three quarters (76%) A*-B.


There are some very impressive individual performances, with more than one third of girls (twenty-three) gaining three A* and A combinations, four girls gaining four straight A*s and five girls gaining three straight A*s.

Four girls have confirmed places at Cambridge and Oxford Universities to read History and Politics, Engineering, Modern & Medieval Languages, and Biomedical Sciences respectively, with one further awaiting confirmation for Mathematics at Cambridge.

This year’s results represent the highest pass rate in the last four years at 99.5%, and across all grade levels they are amongst the very best achieved in the same period, with A* grades in particular significantly up. Overall, 90.6% of students achieved A*-C grades.

Looking at performance by subject, out of 26 total subjects taken at A Level, three achieved 100% A* grades; six achieved 100% A*-A; 11 achieved 100% A*-B; and 20 achieved 100% A*-C.

Stand-out subjects include Further Mathematics which achieved 100% A*-A grades; German, Geography and History achieving 100% A*-B; English Literature achieving 82% A*-B; Mathematics, 78% A*-B; French, 67% A*; Product Design and Latin both achieving 100% A*; and Extra-Curricular Russian 100% A*-A.

PE (BTEC) achieved 100% Distinction* (regarded as equivalent to an A Level A*) and Music (BTEC) achieved 100% Distinction* and Distinction.

STEM subjects are a real strength of MSJ, with far more girls than average studying these subjects at A Level. In addition to the impressive Maths and Further Maths awards, almost 43% of girls achieved an A* or A in Chemistry and almost two-thirds an A*-B; in Physics half of girls achieved an A*-A and almost two-thirds an A*-B; whilst in Biology, more than a third achieved A*-A and half achieved A*-B.

The school has also seen excellent results for those girls who have taken the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is becoming increasingly well regarded and advocated amongst universities. It is seen as excellent preparation for study at university and in occasional cases universities will offer on the strength of an EPQ. MSJ has achieved an almost clean sweep of A*-A in the EPQ results.

Such exceptional results mean that the overwhelming majority of students have sailed into their first choice university and course. Over 60% have offers for the top 10 UK universities.

Headmistress, Mrs Olivera Raraty, comments,

“I am delighted with today’s results which see our girls heading to the best universities in the UK, as well as some to America and other international destinations. They have worked hard to achieve these results and they are very well-deserved.”

“There has been widespread comment about A Level results this year as Year 13s are the first to sit the new reformed examinations. Media reporting has highlighted the significant uncertainty about outcomes, as these exams are more demanding. In light of this, our results are all the more impressive as they reflect the huge amount of hard work by the girls themselves and very dedicated teachers in preparing for the new specifications.”

“This set of results shows the value-added aspect of an MSJ education. Whatever a girl’s starting point, we will ensure that she has the very best teaching and learning experience which will allow her to achieve her personal best. I am just as delighted for girls who have achieved a B or C in a subject they found difficult as I am for the girls who have achieved straight As. What is important is that each and every girl gets the opportunity to study a course they enjoy and can do well in at university, and the experience is a fulfilling one.”

“I would like to thank the teaching staff and house staff who have guided these girls through their Sixth Form career and have contributed to today’s success. Youngsters cannot achieve unless they feel happy in a purposeful and caring environment, and this is a particular strength of MSJ. Girls are challenged and stretched, and always well-supported.”

This year’s A Level students are the first cohort to graduate from MSJ under the leadership of Headmistress Mrs Olivera Raraty, who took up the role in September 2016. Previously, Mrs Raraty was Senior Deputy (Academic) at Notting Hill and Ealing High School in west London and Assistant Director of Studies at Wycombe Abbey School, both high-achieving and sector-leading schools. She has been credited with reinvigorating academic life at MSJ and encouraging innovation in the classroom and beyond.

It has been a buoyant year for the School. In the Spring, the rigorous Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded MSJ the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for pupils’ academic and other achievements and their personal development. The report refers to the leadership of the school having an ‘ambitious vision’ for all of its pupils.

Mrs Raraty continued,

“I’m proud of today’s academic results, but I am just as proud of what our Leavers have brought to broader school life. Through their time here, they have shown determination, maturity and a sense of fun. They have been fully involved in our school community and its leadership, as prefects, captains, club and society leaders, and mentors to younger years. They have also shown themselves to be talented sportswomen, musicians, actors, debaters, charity fundraisers, linguists, artists and more. It’s this rounded education and the soft skills it fosters that will equip them for taking their place in the wider world and bring them personal fulfilment. I wish them the very best for the future, and I hope that they will continue to come back to school to talk to younger generations about their experiences.”

Lancing College 

Lancing College has sustained a good A Level performance in 2017 with 75.4% of grades achieved as A* to B.

  • Half of all grades achieved were A* or A
  • Five pupils have successfully gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge
  • Average UCAS Score is 151 in excess of 3 As
  • 100% of pupils gained an A* to B grade in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), over half of them at A* grade
  • Nearly 10% of students will be going to study Medicine or Biomedical Sciences; other popular subjects being studied include: Economics, Statistics and Mathematics, English, Law and various Engineering courses.

These results further reinforce Lancing’s strong reputation for consistently high academic achievement, year-on-year at A Level and with exceptional performances this year in Maths, English, History and the Sciences.

Commenting on the results Dominic Oliver, Head Master said

“I am delighted at the results this year; pupils across the country have been the first to experience the new A Level reforms and we are extremely proud of the way in which our pupils have risen to the challenge.

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. Lancing is a place of scholarship where pupils learn with integrity. We teach our students to be curious and to think deeply, for themselves and for the right reasons, underpinned by the essential attributes of learning. Our excellent exam results are a wonderful by-product of the profound and long-lasting scholarly rigour that is the foundation of all that we do.

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. We spend a great deal of time supporting our pupils to find the right courses for them and it is also a real pleasure to see how many will be going to their first choice university.”

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

Maudie Cooper (Horsham) is going to Oxford to read English having achieved A*s in English Literature and History along with an A grade in Latin.

Sophie Hanna (Horsham) is going to Exeter to read Industrial Economics having gained an A* in Economics and A grades in Mathematics and History. Sophie is the youngest of a trio of highly able sisters, all of whom attended Lancing.

Henry Steele (Hove) is going to Oxford to study Mathematics having attained A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics as well as an A grade in Physics.

Elise Kearsey (Petworth) is going to study Neuroscience at Edinburgh having achieved an ABB in RS, Biology and Chemistry.  Elise was Head Girl and also actively involved in music, sport and drama whilst at Lancing.

Alvaro Aspden (Hove) is going to Sheffield to read Mechanical Engineering and German having achieved an A*AAB.

Will Jefferies (Littlehampton) is going to UCL to study Natural Sciences having gained an A* and three As. Deputy Head Boy Will was actively involved in drama, winning the playwriting contest at the school as well as being a brilliant scientist.

Conrad Lewis (Steyning) is going to Exeter to read Geography having achieved three As.

As well as helping them achieve excellent grades, Lancing has once again supported pupils in finding the right courses to suit their individual interests. This year our students continue to choose subjects that they are inspired to learn more about, including:

  • American Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Building Surveying
  • Film and Television
  • Liberal Arts
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Theatre Sound


Year 13s at Clayesmore have achieved the school’s best ever results.

82 students sitting exams this summer were delighted to find that 57% had scored passes at A* - B and that a hugely impressive 76% had achieved scores of Distinction or above in their BTECs.

Local pupils who did particularly well were Imogen Pitts, with As in Economics, English and History and a D* in BTEC Performing Arts; Tom Cowley, who is off to Sheffield to study Chemical Engineering, and Martha Dean gained two A*s in her Art and Textiles and produced a portfolio of work that astonished the examiners.

 Jo Thomson, Head, said “What is remarkable about Clayesmore is that we accept students of all abilities and get great results for them all. Our emphasis on developing new digital learning strategies alongside traditional good teaching in an encouraging atmosphere works well for everyone. We wish all this year’s leavers every success in the next stage of their education.”

Strongest subjects were Art & Design, DT, Economics, Further Maths, Music, English, French, German, and Spanish. And BTECs in Hospitality and IT were both very strong too with a high number of students gaining starred Distinctions and 90 credit diplomas.

Sherborne School

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Upper Sixth leavers have secured another outstanding set of results. Particularly impressive is the fact that a fifth of all A level entries were graded A*, well over twice the proportion awarded nationally. Almost half of all A levels were awarded A*/A grades and over three quarters A*/B.

Twenty-four boys secured straight A* and A grades including Oscar Norris and Will Shardlow with four A*s apiece; Thomas Brooke, Henry Dennis and Douglas Mak, each with three A*s and one A; Jaroslavs Maksimovs with three A*s, one A and one B; Tom Pentreath with three A*s; and Harry Clark, Tom Crinks, Alex McNair Scott, Columbus O’Donnell and Ben Orton with two A*s and one A each.

Our leavers are now preparing to head off to start their courses at leading universities in the UK and overseas. They include Thomas Brooke and Harry Clark who will be reading Modern Languages at Magdalen College and Pembroke College, Oxford; Will Shardlow who will read Mathematics at New College, Oxford; and Max Vinycomb who will be studying Engineering at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Many others deserve equal congratulations upon securing their places at universities including Bristol, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, LSE, Bath and Imperial College.

Reflecting upon the results, the Headmaster, Dr Dominic Luckett, commented:

‘I am delighted that, once again, our boys have acquitted themselves so well in their A levels. This year presented particular challenges as A level reform made the examinations more demanding and injected an additional degree of uncertainty into the system. However, through hard work, dedication and perseverance, and with the unstinting support of their teachers, the boys rose to those challenges superbly well. What makes their academic results all the more pleasing and impressive is that they sit alongside the huge range of sporting, musical and other co-curricular accomplishments for which Shirburnians are so rightly renowned. I could not be more proud of them and wish them all continued happiness and success in the future.’

Stover School

Stover School is delighted to announce the excellent A Level results achieved by our 2017 cohort. This year 79% of all entries achieved A*-C grades with 30% of the grades at A* and A.

There are many individual successes, with pupils gaining places at a variety of universities and colleges to study subjects ranging from medicine and surgery to geophysics and philosophy, politics and economics.

The staff and pupils have worked hard to achieve these superb results and they thoroughly deserve their success.

Particularly pleasing for the school’s new management team, staff and pupils, are the significant improvements in achievements that have occurred in the last two years. The percentage of A* and A grades has doubled, while A* to B grades have increased by over 20%. This is particularly relevant given the increased rigour in the examinations over the same period, reflecting Michael Gove’s reforms.

Amongst the top-performing individuals were Ursula Lancaster who achieved A*AAA grades in Philosophy, English Literature, Biology and AS Art and Callum King who will be going on to read Medicine and Surgery at Plymouth University following successes in A2 Biology, Mathematics, Psychology and Chemistry with AAA and B grades respectively.

Stover School’s Headmaster Mr Richard Notman said of the results, “Stover’s pupils have proven that being a sportsperson, dramatist, artist or musician is entirely compatible with, and indeed compliments, achievement of the very highest academic outcomes. We are fortunate to have a pupil body with a staggering diversity of talents and abilities, and they consistently exceed expectations. As a school we understand the importance of celebrating talent, and the pupils and staff can be justifiably proud of their achievements.”

Tring Park

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 class of 2017 achieved highly across the 24 A Level and BTEC subjects with the A*/B percentage improving to 58.9% and 81.8% Distinction*/Distinction in the BTEC Performing Arts.

Many Tring Park students performed exceptionally, most notably, Bethany Taylor who achieved A*, A*, A in English Literature, Film Studies and Drama and Theatre Studies, Aisling Lally, who secured A*, A, A in English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies and History and Hana Sommerville, who got A*, A, A in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry.

Mariella Dykhoff achieved three As in Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature and Film Studies and Clea Godsill got three As in French, History and Music.

Emily Galvin secured A*, A, B in Mathematics, Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish and John Prowse achieved A*, A, B in French, Drama and Theatre Studies and English Literature. 

Students leaving Tring Park this year will be going to a variety of destinations at prestigious academic and vocational schools throughout the world. 

Daisy Kelly and Olivia Lallo have both been accepted on to the GSA Musical Theatre course at the University of Surrey. 

Kaine Ward will be heading to the US to study at the world-famous Julliard School in New York and fellow student Parmis Khalili will also be heading to the Big Apple to study at the New York University.

Matthew Russell, Henry Firth and Bessy Ewa have all gained places at Arts Educational School London.

Anele Mahamba has successfully auditioned for a place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Alexander Fadayiro will be going to Urdang Academy.

Isobel Clarke will be attending Durham University to read Physics, Liberty Abdey has gained a place to read Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts, London and Hana Sommerville will be reading Physiotherapy at Brunel University London.

Principal Stefan Anderson said: "The class of 2017 have worked extremely hard throughout their sixth form and all of their hard work has paid off with these impressive A Level results. I could not be prouder of these students and their hard work and dedication to their academic and performing arts studies. 

"What makes these results even more outstanding is the fact that our pupils only spend 50% of their lessons in school on academic subjects. The other 50% of their time is spent on performing arts training so these A Levels show the extent of the students' determination to do the best they can

"The future looks extremely bright for our students; while many are heading off to embark on further performing arts courses, there are a number of pupils who have chosen to pursue other career paths, with studies in physics and physiotherapy. This 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 2017 has an impressive alumni to aspire to. International stars such as Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) started their training on the dance course at Tring Park.

Daisy attended Tring Park from the age of 11 to 19. Other famous students include Lily James (Disney's CinderellaDownton Abbey, War and Peace and Baby Driver) and Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey). 

Choreographer Drew McOnie won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on In the Heights and he has been nominated for the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar. He is currently directing King Kong the musical on Broadway.

Cheltenham College

  • The top 100 pupils scored 95% A* to B
  • Over 81% achieved A* - B grades
  • 55% of pupils gained A* - A

 Of the 140 Upper Sixth cohort, 1 in 3 pupils gained at least 1 A* grade, and 90% of pupils (126) achieved an A/A* grade.

The pursuit and support of academic excellence at Cheltenham College is mirrored with 5 pupils each attaining 4 A* grades, and both sexes were winners with 3 boys and 3 girls achieving straight A* grades. All Oxbridge candidates were successful in meeting their offers, and 6 College pupils will go on to continue their studies at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Cheltenham College Headmaster Dr Alex Peterken says, “We are extremely proud of the well-deserved record A Level results, the best in College’s history. They justly reflect our pupils' hard work and efforts, of course supported by our outstanding academic staff. Subject tutors and sixth form mentors have provided our students with excellent teaching and the academic development required in the bridge from GCSE to A Level and this has been complemented by fantastic pastoral guidance and support. This enables our sixth formers to not only gain excellent A Level results but to leave us as confident and mature young adults, ready for the next exciting chapter at university and life beyond College."

Woldingham School

Woldingham School is delighted with this year’s A Level results.  84% of the grades achieved were A*, A and B and nearly half of the grades were A* and A.

This year 19 girls, over one in five of the cohort, achieved three A*/A grades or more.

Our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl team achieved great success, with six A* and six A grades between the four of them, all whilst playing such important roles in the school community. The deputies, Rebecca Goldsmith, Iona Gaul and Abby McGovern, will follow their dreams to study History at Cambridge, Spanish at Manchester and Anthropology at UCL.  Head Girl and exceptional talent Pasha Orleans-Foli achieved grades of A*AAA; she did not let the fact that her offer from Birmingham University to study Modern Languages and Music was unconditional get in the way of her commitment to excellence. 

This has been a phenomenal few years for Pasha, from Warlingham: she has combined her studies with playing for the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble, the London Philharmonic Orchestra Junior Artists, the National Youth Wind Orchestra and the Chineke! Junior Orchestra - which celebrates diversity in classical music.  Is it any wonder that she was nominated as a Positive Role Model in the National Diversity Awards 2017?

Abby McGovern, from Purley, has managed a similarly active drama portfolio alongside her academic endeavours, performing in the Royal Ballet School’s Cinderella, the Harry Potter film Deathly Hallows II  and the West End productions of Matilda and Billy Elliot.  Abby directed and performed in Playhouse Creatures at Woldingham which she is planning to take to the Edinburgh Fringe next year.  She credits Woldingham’s international and close-knit community with inspiring her to pursue anthropology at university.   

Two local girls, Tavia Barry, from Woldingham, and Lucy O’Dell, from Caterham, have secured hard-won places on Veterinary Medicine courses, with Lucy heading to the Royal Veterinary College, London.  There is double celebration in the O’Dell household today as Lucy’s twin sister Sophie is off to Southampton University to study Spanish.  Lucy and Sophie are very high profile members of the school community, regarded by all for the gusto and initiative with which they approached their Prefect responsibilities.  Lucy led the school’s Social Responsibility Committee and Sophie was a popular role model for the younger girls as a Year 7-8 Prefect.

A delighted Mr O’Dell said:

‘My daughters’ results are not only testament to their hard work but to the values that Woldingham School has instilled in them over the past seven years.’

Exceptional results were produced by the Modern Languages and Art departments; three-quarters of the linguists studying French and Spanish received an A grade or higher, while 50% of the candidates in Art received A* grades. Talented artist Charlotte Alderman (A*AA), who many will recognise from her lead role as Maria in the school’s production of the Sound of Music, holds a place at the Courtauld Institute to study History of Art.

Headmistress Mrs Alex Hutchinson said:

‘In this year of A Level reform and with the introduction of linear qualifications, we are thrilled with the tenacity and dedication our girls showed to their studies. With the support of the Woldingham staff, they have taken these changes in their stride; they have been a hugely aspirational year group and their commitment to all aspects of school life means that they are well-placed to take the Russell Group universities by storm.’

Further afield, six Woldingham girls have chosen to study in the USA.  Also heading to North America is Bella Sell (A*AAB) who has chosen the University of Toronto as her destination.  


Rochdale students have bucked the national trend with their top marks in A-Level results.

747 students across the borough took a total of 1976 A-Levels in 2017, with provisional results showing 98.3% of students achieved grades A*-E, up 3.5% on last year. Rochdale has performed better that the national pass rate (97.9%) which went down 0.2% on the previous year.

The percentage of students gaining grades A* and A also went up this year, with 22.6% achieving the top two marks, an increase of 1.1% on 2016.

The percentage of students gaining three or more A-Levels at grades A*-E in 2017 was more than two-thirds of the borough’s students at 69.4%.

Councillor Donna Martin, portfolio holder for children’s services praised the achievements of the students: “These are fantastic results for our students and they should be very proud of all their hard work. To be bucking the national trend is a great achievement for the borough so a huge thanks to the students, staff at our colleges and sixth forms, parents and guardians who all work hard to support students in their A-Levels.” 


Burgess Hill Girls

Quote from head Liz Laybourn: 

I’m delighted with this year’s results, which were taken against a backdrop of major government reforms to 13 key subjects. Fifty five percent of our girls achieved three or more A*-B grades at A level and over half the year group took at least one STEM subject at A level, with over half of all those taking A level Mathematics gained A*/A grades.

With women still making up only 15.8% of engineering graduates, and a huge skills shortage in STEM subjects, we hope more of our students will go on to make their name in STEM-related fields. They will be following in the footsteps of one of our alumni who is currently working with the Williams Formula One team as a design engineer. It’s thrilling to see one of our girls making a name for herself in such a male-dominated field.

And we’re just as thrilled that 89% of entrants achieved A*/A grades in Art, another area in which our students excel. Students won no fewer than three prizes in the schools category in this month’s Festival of Quilts, the biggest event of its kind in Europe. One of our textile stars has already completed a week’s work experience with Zandra Rhodes and has now won a three-month internship with Vivienne Westwood.

Saint Felix School, Southwold

Saint Felix, Southwold is delighted to report a 99% pass rate for its A Level students, of which one third are at A*/A, with particularly strong results in Business Studies/Economics, Classics and Textiles.

Star pupil is Rosy Sida from Reydon. Having joined the school on a scholarship aged 10, Rosy leaves with a 100% mark for her Latin A Level (A*) plus A* in Ancient History and A in Drama to take up a place reading Classics at Kings College, Cambridge in September. 

Headmaster James Harrison comments: “In our 120th anniversary year, we are delighted that so many of our pupils from the local area have achieved such fantastic results – continuing to fulfil the original objective of the school’s founder back in 1897. As well as the results collected at school this morning, we have sent grades as far afield as China, Russia, Germany and Spain and are especially pleased that so many of our pupils will now be going on to further study at their first–choice of university.”

Other notable successes include Michael Cross who joined Saint Felix Sixth Form on a full scholarship from a local state academy. Michael gained A for Business Studies, B for Art & Design – 3D Design and B for Mathematics and will be studying Building Surveying at his first choice University of Reading (having turned down an unconditional offer from another uni). 

St Swithun's School

U6 girls at St Swithun’s have again earned successful A-level results, amassing a strong crop of A* grades. Over 40% of girls achieved at least one A*, with over a fifth of the year group earning two or more A* grades, and overall 88% of entries were graded A* to B. Notably, A-level grades remained high in this first year of the newly-reformed A-level courses in eight subject areas, which accounted for more than half of all A levels taken at St Swithun’s.

In individual subject areas 50% or more of papers in Greek, history of art, Latin, physics, politics and food technology were graded A*, and a third or more of entries in English literature, mathematics, and religious studies also achieved A*. In 10 subjects 100% of candidates earned A* to B grades, including in all five languages offered: French, German, Spanish, Latin and Greek.

Additionally, a record number of girls, nearly one-third of the year group, took the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is equivalent to half an A level and held in high esteem by universities for the skills of self-directed, independent study that it cultivates. They achieved 100% A* to B grades, with 55% A* and 75% A* and A.

When data from baseline testing is taken into account, impressively three quarters of girls earned higher grades across their subjects than predicted, with over half of all A-level grades one grade or more above forecast.

This year’s leavers have earned places at a number of universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, KCL, Manchester, Newcastle, UCL and Warwick to study a diverse range of degree subjects, including archaeology and anthropology, biology, Classics, English literature, geography, history, history of art, international relations, law, medicine, modern languages, natural sciences, philosophy, physics and veterinary science.

The headmistress, Jane Gandee, commented, “We are delighted for this year’s leavers and proud of how so many of them exceeded expectations. Fittingly, they have achieved highly across the A-level curriculum, and the fact that they have done so as the first year group affected by the changes to A levels shows their capacity for hard work, determination and resilience, as well as the skill of our dedicated, able teachers. My colleagues and I wish them every success as they progress from school to the next stages of their lives and education.”

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