These are the best A-level results ever achieved by a co-educational school in England.
Written by Richard Cairns, Head Master
Thursday, 18 August 2011

I am writing with news of our A-level results, which the sixth form will receive this morning. It is all very pleasing. This very cheerful group has broken the school record for top grades with 75.9% of all grades at A* or A. These are the best A-level results ever achieved by a co-educational school in England. The college’s previous best was 72.8% in 2010.

Comparative results for A*/A are as follows:

  • 2005    48.9%
  • 2006    49.0%
  • 2007    60.3%
  • 2008    70.7%
  • 2009    70.6%
  • 2010    72.8%
  • 2011    75.9%

When one includes B grades, 95.0% of grades were at A* - B. These are the second best set of results by this criterion. Our best ever result was 95.3%, set in 2009. However, this last figure was 94.9% at this stage and rose by 0.4% after the usual exam board errors were rectified. It is very possible that the 2011 figure will rise in a similar fashion.

Comparative results for A*/B are as follows:

  • 2005    77.1%
  • 2006    78.0%
  • 2007    87.9%
  • 2008    94.0%
  • 2009    95.3%
  • 2010    94.5%
  • 2011    95.0% (before re-marks)

In all, 65 pupils gained at least one A*, the new ‘super grade’ introduced to allow top universities to discriminate between the best candidates. Typically, Cambridge University, for example, will ask for one grade at this level in its offers.

We also have six sets of twins celebrating today including one pair with 4 A* grades each and a place at Oxford in one case and Cambridge in the other.

I am also delighted that Paymahn Seyed-Safi our excellent Head of School gained 4 A* grades and confirmation of his place at UCL.

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