Sam Yaxley and Oliver Davies, both students from The Oratory School, and Kate Saldanha of Mayfield School received awards for gaining top results nationally in 2015 Cambridge Pre-U exam series.
They received awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performances in Graphic Communication and Art & Design, achieving the highest marks nationally for Cambridge Pre-U in the June 2015 examination series.
They were recognised along with 23 other students, from both independent and maintained schools, across all subjects, who achieved the highest marks in Cambridge Pre-U subjects.
All winners were rewarded with an official certificate from Cambridge recognising their outstanding achievement.
Head of Ceramics at Mayfield School, Tim Rees-Moorlah said that this achievement recognised the talent, dedication and commitment of Kate, adding:
“I was overjoyed to hear the news that Kate achieved her outstanding award from CIE. The national standard of work for Pre-U is exceptionally high and it is a clear recognition of the quality and maturity that Kate achieved in her submission. She has set a very high bar for the other Pre-U students in our current sixth form but Mayfield girls are good at rising to a challenge!”
Mr Paul Tomlinson, Director of Art & Design at The Oratory School said that this achievement recognised the talent, enthusiasm and commitment of Sam and Oliver and the outstanding quality of his dedicated teaching staff.
Paul Tomlinson added: ‘Pre U is an exciting new linear course delivered over the two years of Sixth Form. It allows art and design to be studied in much greater depth, with students taking complete ownership of their work; something which the present A level system does not always offer. Pre-U also raises the profile of traditional skills, contemporary thinking, the use of modern technology and art history. Overall it is an outstanding and innovative course’.
Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations said: ‘Congratulations to Kate, Sam and Oliver. They have worked so hard to achieve this success in their Cambridge examinations. Topping the list of excellent candidates in a Cambridge Pre-U subject is a performance of the very highest calibre. On behalf of Cambridge International Examinations I offer sincere congratulations for this outstanding achievement.’
170 UK Independent and State schools teach Cambridge Pre-U, which is recognised by universities in the UK and a growing number in the US, including all Ivy League colleges.