Brentwood School students are celebrating another year of highly impressive A Level results.
Academic Deputy Head, Jeremy Quartermain, commented that “we are delighted with the excellent results achieved by this year’s students, which is indicative of the high standards of teaching and learning which the School provides. We are particularly pleased that no fewer than 24 students achieved all A* or A grades, which is a remarkable achievement, given that, nationally, early indications suggest that the proportion of A*and A grades has decreased.” Overall the percentage of the top A*-B Grades were up on last year to over three quarters of all students.
Straight A* student Harry Beadle achieved A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Latin and Physics and this adds to his already formidable tally of 11 A*s at GCSE. He is going on to study Maths at Warwick.
Harry said he was ‘pretty happy’ with his results. He thanked teachers for their encouragement and support. “They give you the resources to do the best you can and make sure they push you in class to make you do better.” Harry, who is looking to a career in finance or banking, said he was looking forward to the overall university experience.
A very nervous Claudia Marks, who had been awake since 4am counting down the hours, was extremely happy with her two A*s in Geography and Psychology and A in Spanish. “I was not expecting to do this well. The teachers are amazing. I have been given so much support by both the teachers and my parents,” Claudia is off to Nottingham to study Psychology.
Ben Thomas who was enrolled upon the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme achieved an outstanding 43 points, (with an equivalence in excess of 4 A*s at A Level) securing his place to study Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham.
Many students achieved A*s in Maths including George Dinning, Harry Brady and Christopher Kakoullis, who all added an additional A* and two As for their other three subjects which included Economics, Physics and Computing.
Harry Brady who achieved two A*s and two As, was ‘a little bit disappointed’ with his results! Harry, who gained A*s in Economics and Mathematics, and As in Further Mathematics and Physics, is preparing to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He praised Economics teacher Mr Phil Rees for instilling in him an attention to detail. “The School targets our weaknesses,” he said.
Christopher Kakoullis paid tribute to Chemistry teacher Mr Steve Gonzalves who taught with such enthusiasm.
Iretunde Soleye, who achieved an A* in Maths and two As in Further Mathematics and Economics to secure his place at LSE to read Mathematics and Economics was still shaking after opening his envelope. He also praised School staff. “The teachers were very supportive and whenever I needed anything they have been there.”
Four students have gained places at Oxford and Cambridge: heading to Oxford to study History are IB Students Conor Magee and Nicole McKechnie, whilst Isobel Fewster will study Anthropology & Archaeology having spent a gap year volunteering at an archaeological project in Peru. Cambridge-bound is highly talented musician Christopher Moore, who takes up a Choral Scholarship at Trinity College. Talking to teachers in the music department, Chris said: “It’s all thanks to you”. Over the past three years 24 students have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities – an average of eight per year.
The School has an enviable track record of successfully preparing students for courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. This year, a record number of students achieved offers for these highly competitive courses. Among the successful MDV students were five from the current Upper Sixth and another two Old Brentwoods who left last summer and re-applied for the coveted places.
Studying Medicine are Charlotte Caddies at Newcastle, Rohan Laav at UCL, Nawani Wickramaratne at Liverpool, Naznin Ferdhusi at Kings College London, and Ka Wing Wong, who was really pleased with his A* in Biology and As in Chemistry and Latin which were enough to see him off to the University of Central Lancashire and set him off on his dream of becoming a doctor. Ben Murray is off to Edinburgh to read Veterinary Medicine and Tanvi Bagtharia will study Dentistry at Plymouth.
Headmaster Ian Davies, who was at School early to congratulate students, said he was extremely proud of the achievement and commitment of all the students and their teachers. He said: “Our continuing success shows that we are committed more than ever to educational excellence and the thought of sending another 150 students to top universities around the country, and indeed the world, makes me feel very proud. Our philosophy believes in nurturing well-rounded and intellectually creative individuals and I have no doubt that this year’s cohort will go on to achieve great things. I hope they keep in touch with the School as many Old Brentwoods continue to do. They are always welcome back.”