Triple A Average Sets a New Standard

Brentwood School students celebrate raising the bar again with another year of excellent grades, with an average of 3 As at A Level.

Academic Deputy Head, Jeremy Quartermain, commented that “following on from our best ever set of results achieved in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the beginning of the summer (Average 37 points), we are once again delighted that our A Level students continue to perform very highly. We are particularly thrilled that 24 students achieved all A* or A Grades, and nearly 80% achieved A*-B including IB results. Congratulations to all of them and our talented teachers.”

Star mathematician Bryan Leung, whose hard work paid off to achieve his 2 A*s and 3 As is heading to Warwick University to study Mathematics. He paid tribute to Mr Drake, one of the School’s longest serving teachers, who made the whole teaching experience ‘inspirational’.

Super soprano Hannah Ambrose couldn’t stop smiling as she held onto her results. She got an A* in Latin, and As in Greek, Music, and Mathematics which comfortably saw her gain a place at Durham to read Classics.

Seventeen-year-old Calum Connelly, who was a Senior Praepostor, was ‘very relieved’ with his A*s in Economics and Mathematics and As in Further Mathematics and Latin and is now off to his first-choice university, Durham, to read Economics.

Eighteen-year-old William Gennings was delighted to open his envelope to find three straight A*s in Economics, French and Spanish. “It was a surprise, I was expecting one A* at the most,” he said. William, who will be studying French and Spanish at Warwick University, thanked the School and teaching staff for all their support. “After my AS exams I was a bit disappointed but I have received so much help.”

Claudia Meister, who achieved A*s in Physical Education and Psychology and an A in Geography, also thanked teachers for their help and encouragement. Claudia, who was captain of the School’s 1st Netball Team, is off to Bath to study Psychology and dreams of becoming a Sports Psychologist. “I am going to celebrate during the day with my family and tonight with my friends,” she said. “Even though the grades were the ones I had been predicted, I thought maybe the teachers were being optimistic!”

Amongst those celebrating, two delighted students have gained places at Cambridge University. Hamish Kadirkamanathan will be studying Japanese after scoring a world-class 44 points in his IB Examinations, putting him in the top 0.9% of students globally according to the official IB website ( Lily Ball will be studying Psychological & Behavioural Sciences after achieving an A* in the subject, and an A for both Biology and Economics. Understandably ecstatic from the news, Hamish paid tribute to all of the teachers who have gone the extra mile to offer him support, and is spending summer reading, learning to drive, and visiting Japan to fine tune his linguistic skills.

Along with the vast majority of students awarded places at leading universities such as Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Nottingham and Warwick in the UK, an increasing number have taken up places at prestigious universities overseas. Daniel Hirst, who was awarded a highly coveted scholarship to the University of North Carolina, USA, was over the moon with his A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Latin and his A in Physics. Since he has already started his course, his father Paul was at School to receive his results, and said ““I am very proud of Daniel especially as he is taking a greater risk. He has had this dream of studying in the States for a long time and the fact that he has made it happen is brilliant.” He paid tribute to the School for giving children with all levels of ability the opportunity to excel in so many different areas from academia to life skills, Sport, Music and Drama. “These young adults are very resilient, team players and that is very powerful.” Deputy Head of School, Greg Humphries will be heading to Ivy-League Columbia University, New York.

An impressive six students will go on to study Medicine including Franco Ngan, one of very few international students in the country to receive a place at a UK Medical School. His 4 As were enough to secure his place at Southampton. Deputy Head of School Kieren Higginson, who achieved 3 As, will be studying Medicine at Liverpool; Chloe Jordan is heading to Queen Mary University of London; and Narendra Mampitiya and Emily Warren to Bristol. Antonia Ashaye is heading to Cardiff to study Medicine, and her mentor, Psychology teacher Mrs O’Connell was heard saying “It’s people like you that make everything worthwhile”. Head of School, Nirvana Leaver, who achieved AAB in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics is looking forward to studying Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Headmaster Ian Davies said: “These are a very impressive set of grades achieved by our hard working students. Once again, 70% of them got into their first choice university and I wish them all the very best with their continued studies. The fact that we are able to say that an average student at Brentwood is most likely to gain the equivalent of AAA on leaving our Sixth Form whether enrolled on the A Level or IB Diploma Programme, is a fantastic achievement for the School and a huge tribute to all of our students and staff, both past and present.”