Students at CISC schools are celebrating another outstanding year for A-Level results, with many students earning places at the top universities.
Students at The Marist School in Ascot celebrated some outstanding A Level results with nearly half of all grades being A* to A. Every student who took the Extended Project Qualification achieved A* to A grade, with the majority being A*. Statistics, Geography, Sports Science and Business Studies achieved the highest number of A* across the school.
Marist School Principal Kark McCloskey and Katie Riordan on A-Level Results Day
Principal Karl McCloskey expressed his delight at the results but felt a deeper pride in how this year group had delivered results against a national backdrop of change and uncertainty. “This is a special year group who deserve these outstanding results, I could not be prouder. I am excited to see what the future holds for them as they embark on their next phase of learning.”
Deborah Kite, Director of Teaching and Learning at The Marist added “We are so pleased to see the students’ hard work deliver such outstanding results. As they embark on their next phase of life-long learning we are sure that the lessons learnt here at school will see them go from strength to strength.”
Mayfield School is celebrating another year of exceptional A Level and Pre-U results, with girls securing places at top universities including Oxford, LSE, Durham, Edinburgh and Bristol to study a wide range of subjects encompassing Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture and Music.
Mayfield School Celebrations with Head of Sixth Form Mr Filkin and Headmistress Miss Beary
Impressive results were achieved across the board with over one-third of all girls awarded three or more A*/A grades. Over 20% of all entries were awarded A* grade; 63% were graded A*/A (the highest ever result for the School at this level) and 84% were graded A*/B. Once again, eleven subjects achieved 100% A*/B.
Mathematics remained the most popular A Level subject with almost 30% securing the top A* grade and almost 80% A*/A. Mayfield’s strong reputation for creativity is reflected in the consistent success of its Pre-U Creative Arts candidates, with 100% achieving a Distinction, the top grading level.
Headmistress Antonia Beary comments: “I am thrilled that our girls have achieved such impressive A Level and Pre-U results, particularly in the current climate of uncertainty over grades and the confusion associated with the new examination system. It is a testament to Mayfield’s diversity that every department has achieved excellent results and the girls performed equally well in every subject, from Geography to Ceramics and Drama to Maths.”
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.”
Delight at New Hall following A Level results
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.”
The St Mary’s School, Cambridge celebrates 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.
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.”
St George’s College in Weybridge takes pride in helping students to become well-rounded individuals and this success is certainly highlighted this year.
Speaking on results day, students at St George’s College were asked how they felt, they said:
“Amazing…..excited for the future and I want to thank St George’s College for everything.”
“It’s been really good at St George’s College and I got the best results in the end.”
“Very relieved for myself and for my friends who have also attained good results.”
“Happy with my results and really excited to be studying at the University of Bath.”
Passports to Succes at St. George’s Weybridge
Mandy Smith, Assistant Head/Head of Sixth Form, said: “I am so proud of our students and all they have achieved. It has been a tough transitional year with some of the subjects being reformed to linear A Levels and yet they have dealt with the change extremely well. Our academic success is a credit to the hard work of the students and the staff who have supported them, but more importantly, we are delighted with the personal success achieved by all our Sixth Formers. They leave St George’s well-rounded and confident young people.”
Mrs Rachel Owens, Headmistress, said: “Well done to all our students; I am delighted that they have done so well, and are going on to such a wide range of degree courses at top institutions.”
There was great joy and excitement at Farnborough Hill as delighted girls opened their results envelopes. Their excellent A level results meant that nearly half of all the results were at A* or A grades, with a superb 90% at the covetable A*-C which secures places at the top universities.
There was more uncertainty in schools this year with the introduction of new specifications but students at Farnborough Hill need not have worried. The school was delighted to see a 100% pass rate once again, with 46% of the grades at A*/A and an impressive 90% at A* to C. The percentage of A* grades also stayed well above the national average. The Head, Mrs Alexandra Neil, paid tribute to the dedication and hard work of the students saying ‘These girls have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to their studies. This bodes well for university and future careers. Clearly across the board they have been inspired and encouraged by their teachers to follow their dreams; from Medicine to Mathematics and Physics to Politics the girls are making the most of their gifts and talents. I wish them every success and happiness in the future.’
The Oratory School celebrated another strong set of A Level results with the A*-B grades up by 5% on last year and the majority of pupils gaining entry to their first or second choice universities.
A Level success at The Oratory
Particularly outstanding once again were the Pre-U results for Art & Design with 13 Distinctions and 9 A*s, highlighting once more The Oratory School’s strength in the disciplines of Art, Graphics and Photography. In addition, the only two Philosophy and Theology students both achieved the top D1 grade at Pre-U. All Oratory boys take academically demanding Pre-U or A-Level courses, which makes these results all the more pleasing.
The Head Master, Mr Joseph Smith, who was on hand to offer his congratulations to boys and parents said: “We are very pleased with these results, which are testament to the hard work of the young men who have received them and the dedication of the Oratory teaching staff. That our A*- B performance is up by 5% is a cause for great celebration, not least in a year when the new linear A levels brought some uncertainty. As well as the “high-flyers” who deservedly receive the plaudits, there are also many individual stories of great personal achievement, and we celebrate these just as much today”.
Congratulations to all the Upper VI (Year 13) leavers from St Augustine’s Priory, Ealing Catholic independent day school for girls on their A Level results this year. Overall, 92% of grades were from A* – C with 72% being from A* – B. A*s and As were achieved in a wide range of subjects, from Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Drama, Economics, English Literature, Geography, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics, Photography, Religious Studies and Sociology.
The school is very proud of the girls’ achievements and the students have met confirmed offers for ambitious degree courses at university, such as Physics and Astronomy at Surrey, (whose Professor is the world-renowned Jameel Al-Khalili OBE), Biology at Leeds, Biochemistry at Birmingham, Art Foundation at Loughborough, Zoology at Leeds, History at York, Politics and International Relations at Bath and Economics at Royal Holloway. 100% of our Year 11 Additional Mathematics students achieved the top grade, A.
St Augustine’s Priory prides itself on outstanding teaching and individual support delivered in small all-girls Sixth Form classes, as well as its culture of challenge and hard work which has resulted in such great results. Interim Headteacher, Mrs Marie-Helene Collins, commented, ‘We are delighted with these exceptional results, which are so well deserved, for our wonderful girls. We are enormously proud of our girls and teachers for all their hard work’.
All smiles at St. Augustine’s Priory on A Level Results Day
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.
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.’
Bishop Challoner School once again celebrated excellent A level results maintaining its high standards for the second year running. This year students achieved an incredible 100 percent pass rate of A*-D, with 81 percent A*-C grades. Students received excellent results in Chemistry, Dance, English Literature, History, Italian, Mathematics, Music and Physics with 100 percent A*-C grades.
Headteacher, Mrs Paula Anderson said “The students have worked incredibly hard and we are very proud of their achievements. The support and dedication of the staff and parents has enabled the students to gain places at universities of their choice. Our students have been accepted at a number of prestigious universities to study a diverse range of courses including Brighton University to study Accountancy, Cardiff University to read History & Philosophy, Nottingham University to read Physics, Portsmouth University to read Politics, Roehampton University for Dance and Leeds University to study English and Theatre.”
“Many individual students achieved better than, or in line with, their baseline predictions demonstrating commitment to their studies and passion for learning with the support of our outstanding teachers. Not only have our students gained some amazing results, they have had the opportunity at Bishop Challoner to grow and develop into well respected, confident and delightful students ready to face the challenges of the wider world. I would like to congratulate our students and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”
For more information on the featured schools’ results, including the achievements of individual students, please visit their websites.