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Another record results year for A Levels


“These results are testament to the hard work and talent of our wonderful students, the exceptional dedication of our staff and the tireless support of parents and carers.

“We are very proud of every student and look forward to seeing our students take their next steps to university, apprenticeships and employment,”  said headteacher Philip Wheatley.

Those achieving A* and A remained at a record 30 per cent. Students achieving A*-B rose to 61 per cent (up 4 per cent) and the A*-C pass rate rose to 83 per cent (up by 4 per cent.)

The school is a member of the GLF Schools multi-academies trust.

Former Head Boy Jack Pepper achieved three A*s, in music, history and English Literature, and is going to Oxford to study his favourite subject, music.

“I am very excited and pleased,” he said. “When I came into the room the teachers were saying ‘you must be happy’, which gave me an inkling of what results to expect.”

Jack writes classical and pop music and hopes to become a professional composer. “I’m determined to make a career from music,” he said.

Jack plays organ at St Mary’s Church, Ewell, and is post-grade 8 level in piano and successfully co-ran the Glyn 90 celebrations alongside his studies this year. Additionally, he was selected to compose a fanfare for Classic FM/ Royal Philharmonic Society at the Barbican centre. Jack has also featured on BBC Radio 3 this year.

His music teacher, Miss Ros Isaacs (pictured with Jack), said: “Jack is the most able musician I have ever come across, particularly of that age.”

Amaya Jones of Ridgeway, Epsom, got A*s in chemistry and biology, and an A in maths, which were the grades she needed to go to Oxford to study chemistry.

She said: “I’m happy but a bit annoyed with myself as I got so close to an A* in maths.”

Ciara Purvis, of The Mount, Ewell, achieved A* in all three subjects: sociology, [sychology and geography.

“I can’t believe it,” she said. “I was predicted to get A*, A and B, but I didn’t even think I would get that so this has been a shock! I did work really hard though.”

Ciara has a place at Bath to study Social Sciences but because her results are so much better than expected is now considering other options, including going through ‘positive clearing’.
“I’m keeping my options open for the time being,” she said.  

Joe Priest’s achievement in gaining A, B and C, in business, PE and computing respectively, was all the greater as he broke his right arm in a football accident three weeks before the exam. After undergoing an operation to insert plates in his arm, Joe and was unable to write essays or even take notes, and had to use the services of a ‘scribe’ during all his exams to write down his answers as he dictated them.

“It wasn’t an ideal situation, especially as most of my exams were essay based. I was stressed out and tired from the drugs I’d taken in hospital, but it went better than I’d thought,” said Joe, who hopes to take up an apprenticeship in computing with IBM.

James Lane achieved four A* results and will be studying Mathematics at Cambridge. James studied maths, further maths, chemistry and physics with ease, resulting in a fantastic set of grades. James achieved 600/600 marks for maths and only dropped 11 marks out of 600 for Further Maths.