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Thursday, 13 August 2015
Students in the Boys’ Division of Bolton School have been celebrating their best A level results in the past 5 years. Bucking the national trend, 55.2% of entries were graded at A* or A, up from 49.6% last year. Nationally, the percentage declined again from 26% to 25.9%. Boys and staff also celebrated an increase in the percentage of students achieving the top A* grade, up from 16.7% last year to 22.4% this year. 93.1% of grades were at A*-C, which was an increase from 91.1% last year. The overall pass rate was 100%.
Five boys achieved 4 A* grades. They were Thomas Chia, Sohail Daniel, Alex Johnson, Alex Lawrence and Kiran Patel. Five more boys achieved 3 A* grades - Shyam Dhokia (3 A*s and an A), Jack Flood (3 A*s and an A), Yusuf Patel (3 A*s and a B), Farhan Chhabu and James Titterington.
This year six boys have Oxbridge places: Sohail Daniel who will read Medicine at Caius College, Cambridge; Alex Johnson who will read Engineering at Peterhouse College, Cambridge; Alex Lawrence who will go to Emmanuel College, Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering; Shyam Dhokia who will study Medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge; Paul Greenhalgh who will read Geography at Jesus College, Cambridge; and Henry Mitson who will read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Caius College, Cambridge.
This year's cohort has enjoyed both team and individual success nationally and internationally in sport, meaning boys have had to juggle their studies with their sporting passions. Haseeb Hameed is one such example: just days before receiving his A Level results, he was in action captaining the England U19s in their four-day match against their Australian counterparts, held at the Emirates Durham ICG from 4-7 August. He has previously been a member of the U15 and U17 England youth teams. Last October, he signed his first professional contract with Lancashire Cricket Club and has regularly played for the county’s 2nd XI since last summer. Now that he has finished his A Level studies, he is determined to make the Lancashire 1st team in the near future.
Another student who has balanced sporting excellence with academic success is Lewis Daly. A passionate water polo player who hopes one day to play at Olympic level, last November he was offered a place on the Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). The support he has received on this programme has helped him to succeed both in School and in the pool. In addition to studying for his A Levels, he acted as vice-captain of the School’s Senior team in Year 13, helping to lead the team to national success. He also plays for the City of Manchester and has previous international experience with the GB Youth Water Polo squad. In July, he captained the ESSA Senior Boys’ squad in the Exiles International Invitation Tournament in Malta, which they won against strong competition. Following his A Levels Lewis plans to take a gap year, spending two months in Hungary and six months in Australia to train with local teams.
The vast majority of boys will progress to their first choice university.
A delighted Headmaster, Mr Philip Britton, said: “At a time when success for boys in education is often questioned, this excellent set of results shows that it can be done. We have our best number of top grades for 5 years and I am also aware that this year group has been involved in a whole range of activities beyond the classroom – they won the national Independent Schools' Football Cup when in Year 8, the national cricket finals in year 10 and the national Water Polo Cup twice. There has been success in drama, music, debating and the arts and there are half a dozen international sportsmen in the year group.
“It is a real pleasure to celebrate success with the boys, to thank those colleagues who motivate them and help them achieve and the parents who do so much to support those aspirations at home. I wish them every success in life.
“In the right environment boys can thrive academically and today we can celebrate that.”
A full analysis of the Boys' Division's 2015 A level results can be read here.
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