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Even More Top Grades for Boys

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Students in the Boys’ Division of Bolton School have increased their percentage of A*-A grades achieved.  Bucking the national trend, 49.6% of boys achieved the top grades, up from 46.2% last year. Nationally, the percentage declined from 26.3% to 26%. Boys and staff also celebrated an increase in the percentage of students achieving the top A* grade, up from 12.6% last year to 16.7% this year.  91.1% of grades were at A*-C, which was an increase from 89.1% last year.  The overall pass rate was 99.3%. 

Almost six in ten students achieved grades of at least ABB, which will allow them to access the most selective universities and the most competitive courses. 

Four boys achieved 3 A* grades. They were: Waqqas Patel who will read Medicine at the University of Birmingham; Josh Butterworth who will read Maths at Durham; Miles Smith who will read Maths at Warwick; and Richard Houghton who will study Electrical Engineering at Cardiff.

This year two boys have Oxbridge places: Matthew Allan, who will study Modern Languages at Queens' College, Cambridge and Adam Murray, who will study Medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 

There were many examples of boys achieving outstanding grades whilst pursuing other interests. Teddy Pender secured AAB grades and will attend Bates College in the US on a swimming scholarship; Andrew Keat achieved AAB grades whilst competing at Tetrathlon for Team GB; and Josh Butterworth achieved an amazing 18A*s in his modules in his Maths, Further Maths and Further Maths 2 A levels. 

The vast majority of boys will progress to their first choice university. 

A delighted Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton, said: “In a year when grade boundaries have tightened it is great to see more A* and A grades for the boys. As usual we are strong in sciences and maths, but I am especially pleased this year with modern foreign languages. These have been challenging exams, set at a high standard, and 70% of the grades in languages are at A* or A. The two A* grades in art are also strong evidence of our breadth of talents in school.

“I wish the boys well. The grades are a passport to their life beyond school – they will draw on many aspects of their life at school as they move on. We aim to develop the whole character so they are equipped to make the very best of their lives and looking at the boys leaving today I firmly believe we have done that."

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Star students

Star students: these boys and girls achieved at least 3 A*s and/or are off to Oxford or Cambridge

Outstanding swimmer Teddy Pender will join Bates College in the US on a swimming scholarship