Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Best A Level Results in a Decade

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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 100%.

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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