Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Headteachers of independent schools delighted at results

A-LEVEL students at independent schools in the Henley area did as well if not better than in previous years.

A-LEVEL students at independent schools in the Henley area did as well if not better than in previous years.

The pass rate at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham was 99.5 per cent, compared with 99 per cent last year.

Ninety per cent of pupils at the all-girls school achieved A* to C grades, up five per cent on last year, and 50 per cent gained an A* or A, compared with 46 per cent in 2012.

Almost a quarter of girls achieved straight A*/A grades, one per cent more than last year.

Head girl Tabitha Jones of Wyfold Lane, Peppard, achieved four A* grades in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

The 17-year-old has secured a place to read materials science, a combination of physics, chemistry and engineering, at Oxford University.

Miss Jones said: “I am sad to be leaving school because I have been here for so long but I am excited because I really love the city of Oxford.”

Charlotte Gibbon, from Rotherfield Greys, achieved three A*s in English, maths and PE and will be going to Exeter University to read English.

The 18-year-old said: “I wasn’t expecting to do that well because I found the exams quite hard, especially maths.

“I’ll miss my friends but I am so excited to move on to university. I’m so glad I can finally say I am going to Exeter.”

Headmistress Julia Harrington called the results “outstanding”.

She said: “Fifty per cent of grades were A* or A, a true reflection of the girls’ hard work and commitment to their studies. Almost one in three achieved three or more top grades of A* and A and as a result have successfully secured places to study at top universities.”

Pupils at the Oratory School in Woodcote achieved an overall pass rate of more than 99 per cent and 80 per cent scored all A* to C grades.

The highest achiever among the boys’ school’s 50 upper-sixth formers was Alex Knott with two A* grades in English literature and drama and an A in religious studies.

Mr Knott, 18, of Elvendon Road, Goring, will begin studying for a BA in acting at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London next month.

He applied for his place at the school a year ago and received an unconditional offer in March.He said: “I’m passionate about the theatre but I’m not in it to be famous. I want to act for the love of it so I will take any work I can get.

“I probably seek attention through acting. My dad is a company director and my mum is a housewife so I’m not sure where it comes from.”

Ed Hiscox, from Sonning Eye, achieved A grades in graphic design and drama and a B in art. He will begin a film studies degree at the University of York in September.

Milton Patrick, of Baskerville Road, Sonning Common, achieved the highest possible score of distinction 1 in Cambridge Pre-U art.

The qualification was introduced in 2008 as a tougher alternative to the A-level syllabus and a distinction 1 is valued more highly by universities than an A* grade.

Mr Patrick, 18, will begin an art foundation course at Central St Martin’s College of art and design in London next month.

He said: “I entered the Pre-U because the school thought I should be aiming for a higher level. I was very excited to get the top grade because I worked very hard, although I had a lot of encouragement from my teachers.”

Headmaster Clive Dytor said: “Overall, the boys have performed in line with our expectations.

“This year group were very good all-rounders. They were strong on culture and sport as well as the academic subjects and our art results were particularly outstanding.”

Fifty-one per cent of pupils at Shiplake College achieved A* to B grades, beating the record of 50 per cent set in 2010. The overall pass rate was 99 per cent, up one per cent on last year, and 74 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades, four per cent more than in 2012.

The proportion of pupils scoring straight A*/A grades was 30.1 per cent, compared with 19 per cent last year.

Top performers included David Causer, from Kidmore End, who achieved an A* in economics and A grades in history and maths, and Nick Bond, from North Stoke, who gained an A* in music, an A grade in art, a B in geography and a C in biology.

Headmaster Gregg Davies said: “I am very pleased with the results. Last year 98 per cent of students got into their preferred university and it seems to be that way again.

“There is no doubt that pupils who spend two years working hard have got the top grades. Whatever the press might say, A-levels are more competitive now than they were 20 years ago.”

The 104 pupils at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning achieved a 99 per cent pass rate with more than 13 per cent of passes at A* and 42.8 per cent at A* to A.

Edward Reeve, 18, achieved A* grades in music, chemistry and German and an A in English.

He will take up an organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral during his gap year before going on to read music at Queen’s College, Cambridge.

Sam Attias, from Crowthorne, achieved three A* grades in chemistry, maths and physics and will study engineering science at Magdalen College, Oxford. The 18-year-old wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Michel, who is also an engineer.

He said: “I’ve been doing engineering things since I was little, starting out with small electronic projects such as micro-controllers and small robots.”

Shamus Butt achieved A grades in biology, chemistry and maths and will study biomedical science at King’s College, London.

He said: “It’s such a relief and privilege to study at one of the top research faculties in the world.”

Headmaster Michael Windsor said: “I would like to congratulate our candidates who worked hard collectively to achieve a fine set of results, which will open the doors to an exciting range of opportunities at university and beyond.

“Their achievements are testimony to the excellent guidance that they have received from their teachers and I am very grateful to all the staff for their hard work and commitment.”

At the Abbey School in Reading, Helena Hayden-Cadd, from Wargrave, achieved three A* grades and will study geography at Durham University.

She said: “I’m delighted with my grades and can’t wait for all the new experiences I’ll have and friends I’ll meet at university.”

Natalie Kirkham, from Sonning Common, achieved three A*s and an A grade and will study chemical engineering at Bath University.

“I can’t wait to start,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in the university netball club and making new friends.”

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