Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Independent schools praise students

INDEPENDENT schools in the region celebrated another impressive year of A-level results.

INDEPENDENT schools in the region celebrated another impressive year of A-level results.

Shiplake College received its best ever results, breaking records across the board.

The college achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the first time, while a total of 41 per cent of students scored A* and A grades, compared to 36 per cent in 2015.

There was a nine per cent rise in A* to B grades, up from 55 per cent to 64 per cent, and also a 13 per cent rise of A* to C grades, up from 74 per cent last year.

Headmaster Gregg Davies said: “Naturally I am extremely pleased with this year’s record-breaking results. They are a reflection of a distinctive partnership between the pupils and staff, which includes crucial guidance regarding appropriate subject choices and admirable hard work and dedication from all involved.”

Among the high achievers who received all A* and A grades was Oli Riley, from Highmoor, who will now study theology and religion at Durham University.

Sam Collett Fuzesi, from Caversham Heights, will study psychology at the University of Southampton and Freddie Brady, from Wargrave, will study physics and astrophysics at the University of Bath.

Mr Davies added: “This year also marks the first set of results attained by boys who joined the school in Year 7, when that year group was established in 2009. These boys all gained a high set of results, with a large number of A*, A, and distinction* grades in their A Level and BTEC subjects.”

At the Oratory School for boys in Woodcote, the pass rate shot up to just over 98 per cent after two consecutive years of decline. It dropped from 98 per cent to 94 per cent in 2014 and to 89 per cent last year.

The proportion of A* to C grades was 78 per cent while 37 per cent of results were either A* or A, a slight drop on last year’s figure of 41 per cent.

Christopher Humphreys, who won an award from the Society of the Chemistry Industry earlier this year, got A*s in maths and art and design and an A in chemistry. He will be studying chemistry at the University of Bath.

Andrew Green, of Woodlands Road in Henley, will be studying anthropology at George Washington University in Washington and has also secured a place on its rowing team. He also passed the SAT, which is America’s higher education admissions test.

The 18-year-old took up the sport after starting at the Oratory aged 13 and was rowing captain in his final year. He also set a school record after rowing 2km on an ergo in six minutes and 23.4 seconds.

He said: “I’m really excited about experiencing life and education in another country - it should be a great experience.”

Matthew Syddall, the Oratory’s head of sixth form, said: “Results at the top end are slightly down but university placements are very good as more than 90 per cent of students got into their first or second choice. There are lots of happy faces because most of them will be going on to do what they wanted, which is the most important thing.”

At Queen Anne’s School for girls in Caversham, the pass rate was 100 per cent, up from 99 per cent last year, although only 34 per cent of all passes were at A* or A, a decrease of 16 per cent on last year.

Eighty-eight per cent of grades were A* to C, down five per cent on 2015, and 64 per cent were A* to B, 13 per cent down on last year. Nine per cent of grades were at A*.

Rosie Dart, 18, of Backsideans, Wargrave, got three A* grades in drama, English literature and psychology. She will now be going to Durham University, where she has won a vice chancellor’s scholarship to study English.

She said: “I’m so relieved. It took me a while to get to sleep last night as I was so nervous, I locked myself in my room! I have a couple of friends who have birthdays so we are going to celebrate tonight.”

Prefect Matilda Brock, of Sonning Common, got an A* in biology and two A grades in geography and chemistry. She will be going to Nottingham University to study medicine.

Headmistress Julia Harrington said: “Our girls have again done extremely well and I am enormously proud of each and every one of them. The girls worked really hard and were really committed to the school so it’s lovely to see them getting the results they deserve.

“It’s the most fantastic day. We work alongside them through thick and thin and it’s an emotional time but you know they are ready to go on to university. It’s a joyful day and we know they will stay in touch.”

Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning also had a 100 per cent pass rate, the same as last year, with 27 students achieving at least three A grades. Forty-five per cent of all grades were A* or A, 79 per cent were A* to B and 93 per cent at A* to C, similar to last year’s results.

The school’s rowing cox Sam Leach, of Caversham, and fellow rower James Temple, of Twyford, will both be studying medicine at Bristol University and King’s College, London respectively.

Katie Mole, of Stoke Row, will head to York University to study biology after getting two A*s, an A and a B.

Four students at the school will also be going to Oxford University. Simon Church, Oliver Hague, Alex Miles and Kate Partridge will be studying philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), medicine, engineering and experimental psychology respectively.

Deputy headteacher Philip Rowe said: “These results are a superb testament to the hard work and dedication of both students and teachers at Blue Coat.

“It has been wonderful to see the level of academic progress that our students have made over the past two years, especially in light of how busy so many of them have been outside the classroom.”

Will Kirkpatrick, from Nettlebed, got five A* grades in Latin, physics, chemistry, maths and further maths.

Will, who went to Magdalen College School in Oxford will now be taking a gap year before studying chemistry at Oxford University.

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