The King’s School is celebrating after A Level students achieved the second highest percentage of A*/A grades in the school’s history.
An incredible 65% of grades were A*/A, matching a record year in 2015. Talented students also achieved the highest percentage of A* in four years, with 23% of grades at this level.
In an outstanding year for King’s, 67% of students achieved at least 2 A*/A grades.
Overall, 87% of grades were at A*/B for the second year running, with 40 students achieving A*/A in every subject – including 11 students with straight A* grades.
After months of hard work and dedicated study, the wait was finally over for students and their families as they gathered at the school on Thursday morning.
There was plenty to celebrate as the envelopes were opened, with 100% A*/A passes in drama, Latin, computer science, philosophy and religious studies. More than 70% of grades in chemistry, physics, geography, history, politics and government and art & design were also A*/A.
In an outstanding year for King’s, 67% of students achieved at least 2 A*/A grades. Most students will now be heading off to their first-choice university, including 10 to Oxford and Cambridge.
Emilia Cotgrove (A*, A*, A*), Rohan Yesudian (A*, A*, A*, A*), Mehthaab Shergill (A, A, B) and Laura Scott (A*, A*, A, B) will be taking up places to study medicine and Imogen Duncalf (A*, A*, A*, A*) and Margaux Thornton (A, A, A) will study veterinary science.
Head of Sixth Form, Josh Carter, said: “As a school, we are very fond of this year group and there are a number of wonderful individual stories amongst these results.
“They have shown great character and this makes these results stand out even more.”
It was a family affair for twins Aadithya and Smruthya Ganeshram, who both celebrated top results. Aadithya (A*, A*, A*) will study chemistry at Trinity College, Oxford and Smruthya (A, A, A*) is off to the University of Warwick to study economics.
Top athletes Jacob Bell and Aled Bennet, who represent Wales in basketball and hockey respectively, proved performing at the highest level in sport is no barrier to academic glory. Jacob (A, A, A) will study geography at Loughborough University and Aled (A*, A, A) will join Durham University, also to study geography.
Headmaster George Hartley said: “We are naturally delighted with these excellent results which include a multitude of fantastic performances at all ability levels.
“By far the most important aspect of results day, however, is making sure that all individuals have secured the next exciting steps of their lives and I am pleased to say that the great majority have already achieved this.
“With these superb qualifications and the all-round character, confidence and resilience they have developed at King’s, they should be really confident about their future lives and we will be watching their progress with great interest.”
There were some outstanding individual successes, with the following students achieving four A*; Alasdair Daniels, Imogen Duncalf, Arjun Periasamy and Rohan Yesudian.
Eight students achieved three A*; Anna Chadwick, James Clark, Emilia Cotgrove, Robin Fryar, Kate Jenkinson, Aadithya Ganeshram, Amogh Patil and William Unett.