Huge congratulations are due to all our hardworking sixth form students, who have contributed to the best set of A-level results in the school’s history, with a dramatic rise in the number of top grades across the board. In 2016, our results saw the school at the top of the Oxfordshire league tables and 106th out of more than 3,000 schools across the whole country for Academic progress measures. This year, marvellously, our results are even better! This year we have 46% of students achieving at A*-B (compared to 39% last year), with a third of our students getting ALL their grades at this level in every subject taken.
At a time when the exams have changed, so that these students are the first to take the new A-levels which do not account for achievement at AS, schools across the country have recognised that the exams have been a significant challenge, so this outstanding result is a real tribute to the dedication of students and staff alike.
With so many students doing well, it is hard to pick out just a few examples of achievement, but particular congratulations are due to the following:
Holly Saunders for three A*s in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and an A in her Extended Project. Having achieved the best results in the school, she can now take up her place at Bristol University to study Civil Engineering.
Rowan Foulkes for A*AA in English Literature, Government and Politics and Philosophy with an A* in Extended Project. Rowan will now take up her place at Oxford University to study Egyptology
Max Oliver for achieving A*AA in Government and Politics, Mathematics and English Literature with an A in Extended Project. Max can now take up his place at Bristol University to study Law.
Hazera Haque for three As in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics with an A in Extended Project. She can now take up a place at Birmingham University to study Biochemistry with a Professional Placement.
Riley Agutter for achieving three As in Economics Government and Politics and Mathematics and an A* in his extended project. He can now take up his place at Durham to study Government and Economics.
Dara Austin achieving three As for Biology, French and Geography and an A for her extended project. Dara will now take up her unconditional offer at Lancaster University to study French Studies and Spanish Studies.
Nish Paramaswaran for A*A*B in Mathematics, Business, and Economics with a B in Extended Project – Nish also made the most progress since GCSE – staggering progress made in our widening participation school! Nish will now take up his place at Loughborough University to study Mathematics and Accounting with Financial Management.
Beth Cole for A*AB in English Literature, Government and Politics, and Classics with an A* in Extended Project. Beth will now take up her unconditional offer at Birmingham University to study English and Creative Writing.
We were especially proud of those students who took the challenging extended project option. Half of our year 13 students opted for this, and 74% achieved A*-B—a remarkable achievement, and one that is reflected in the wide range of offers they achieved from top universities.
Congratulations to all students and staff who have worked so hard for these exams all year. The wonderful results are a tribute to their dedication.
Dr Marcella McCarthy
August 17th 2017