Best A Level Results in Recent Years for Both Divisions
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
With 54.5% of all papers graded at A* or A, pupils at the Girls’ Division of Bolton School have recorded the School’s best set of results in recent years whilst bucking the national trend of boys achieving more top grades than girls. The percentage of passes at A* rose to 15.9% from 12.5%, as did the percentage of passes at A*-B which rose to 78.4% from 77%. 94.7% of all papers were graded in the A*-C category, up from 94% the previous year, and the overall pass rate was at 99.6%.
Headmistress Sue Hincks said: ‘I am delighted that the girls have done so well this morning and that they can now plan the next stage of their lives with confidence. The vast majority have received their first or second choice University offer and, for those who just missed out, staff have been in all morning ensuring that we can match girls with the best places in Clearing. Particularly pleasing are the A* grades in French and Spanish as these subjects have been in decline nationally and so Ofqual has taken steps to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by taking what are perceived as ‘hard’ subjects - I’m very glad that this work has paid off.’
Four girls achieved a full set of 3A*s or better – Kat Gramm, Priya Guhathakurta, Nadiya Hall and Neha Khimani. Kat Gramm also secured her place at Brasenose College, Oxford to study Medicine and Eloise Booth achieved grades allowing her to progresses to St Catherine’s College, Cambridge to read Spanish and Portuguese. As ever, there was lots of academic success alongside students juggling demanding extra-curricular activities and other demands, such as Caroline Blair, a keen singer and actor, who progresses to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she will study Singing. The School was particularly proud of one student’s success in the face of adversity, that of Olivia Blyth who, despite battling vision problems from birth, achieved A*AB grades and will study Law at Exeter.
A delighted Mrs Natalie Scanlon, a parent, took a moment to reflect saying: “My daughter, Niamh, has had an amazing time and will now study Economics at Newcastle; I can’t speak highly enough of the School. Miss Hincks, the Head, has been fantastic throughout.”
Students and teachers at Bolton School Boys’ Division have been celebrating some of the best A level results in recent years. Almost four out of five (79.5%) papers were graded at A*-B, the highest figure in recent years and 52.4% were marked at A*-A, up from 40.2% a year ago; an impressive 95.2% of papers (up from 91.5% last year) were marked at A*-C. 18.7% of grades were at A* up from 14% the previous year. The overall pass rate (A*-E) was 99.6%.
The percentage of students with facilitating grades (ABB) allowing access to the top universities also improved, up to 60% from 55%.
A thrilled Headmaster, Mr Britton, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating what is arguably our best set of A level results for a decade. Those facts and figures though are far less important than celebrating the success of the young men who have worked so hard to achieve their academic potential, very often alongside considerable commitments to sport or music or other interests and also their community service. The real pleasure of results day is to feel we have gone some way to preparing another generation for the next steps in lives that will make some difference for good in their world.”
Five boys head off to Oxbridge: Luke Cavanaugh to read English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; Adam Hall to study Architecture at Jesus College, Cambridge; Akshay Pal to read Engineering at St Hilda’s College, Oxford; Tom Paterson to study Modern Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge; and Sam Warburton to read Law at Somerville College, Oxford.
Students at Bolton School also juggle many extra-curricular interests whilst studying for their A levels. Harrison Barker-Smith, who plays national water polo, secured A, B, D grades, Morgan Skeels-Caldwell, a county rugby player, got an A and two Bs and Adam Hall, who won the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize in 2017, secured A*A*B grades.
Four boys came away with at least 3 A* grades: Luke Cavanaugh, Shubham Jain, Thomas Paterson and Henry Webb.
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