A level results for every school in east Surrey and the stand out pupils

August 20, 2018
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Students across east Surrey collected their A level results on Thursday and found out whether two years of hard work had paid off.

Nationally there were the highest number of A* and A grades awarded since 2012 despite supposedly tougher exams, with 26.4% of all grades being in those top two brackets, and pupils across Reigate and Banstead, and Tandridge, did their bit to contribute to that.

Reporter Les Steed rounds up the exam results and lists some of the top performers.

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St Bede’s School

St Bede’s in Redhill saw 55.2 per cent of the grades handed out awarded as A*-B.

Matt Weech, perhaps influenced by his grades, which came out as BBC, is considering a career as a journalist.

He said: “I’m extremely content with my results. I was really worried but I got the results that I worked for – BBC. I’m having a gap year to figure out what I want to do with my life but I have a lot of ideas, including journalism.”

Leon Bourne, got two As and an A*. He said: “I feel really, really happy. I only needed ABB to go to study international politics at the University of Surrey. I’m looking forward to a political career in the future.”

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Elsie Pemble got 2A* an A and a B. She said: “I’m taking a gap year to get some work experience while I reapply for veterinary medicine next year. I might retake a few maths modules in the meantime.”

Three students secured places to study medicine from September: Maxine Coldrey (1A*2A), Archie Drawbridge (3A*) and Millie Wallis (2A*1A).

Other high fliers included Amy Connolly, (1A*2A) who will study biology at Leeds, Freddie Davy (3A*) who will read mechanical engineering at Bath, Lauren Elliott (3A*1A) who will study French and Italian at St Andrew’s, Natasha Harwood (3A) who will read chemistry at Birmingham, Chris Jackson (1A*2A1B) who will study maths at Bath, and Daniel Prestwood (2A*2A) who will study physics at Durham.

The Beacon

Students at The Beacon achieved what the school said were the “best A level results the school has seen for many years” with 39 per cent of grades from A*-B.

Daisy Carroll (3A) will read medicine at Manchester University while Jacob Passfield (2A1B) will study mathematics at Exeter University.

And Georgia MacKenzie (1A*2A) will read mathematics and statistics at Bath University.

Naomi Albrecht, director of sixth form, said: “Once again, the students were determined to succeed and achieve their very best. They not only secured their next steps in their education but also gave the sixth form its best results. I am so proud of them all.”

Caterham School

An incredible four sets of twins were studying their A levels at Caterham School this year.

One of the pairs, Sophie and Olivia Dowle, were celebrating their 19th birthday on Thursday too. Olivia said: “My teachers have been so understanding and encouraging – whilst at the same time having high expectations of me. Thank you so much.”

An impressive 60 per cent of grades at the school were between A* and A.

Head boy Tom Blake and head girl Natalie Bishop led by example.

Natalie got A* in biology and maths and A in chemistry, securing a place to read medicine at UCL. She said: “I think I may become a paediatrician. I’ve had such amazing friends for so long – now I’ll have to meet loads of new people at uni.”

Tom got three A*s and one A to earn a place at Oxford University’s Pembroke College where he will read maths.

L to R: Caterham School’s Head boy Tom Blake got three A*s and one A, Headmaster Mr Jones is centre, and future doctor, Head Girl Natalie Bishop who got two A*s and an A
(Image: Caterham School)

Reigate College

At Reigate College the parents were as nervous as the pupils in some cases as they went to collect their results.

Iona Clark was very proud to go with her daughter Ailsa to collect her two A*s and an A, allowing her to study history of art at Oxford. Iona said: “I’m exhausted. She went to the pub [last night] but I haven’t slept a wink. I’m absolutely over the moon with her.”

The college reported that 62.2 per cent of grades were A*-B, which it said amounted to “the best results in ten years”.

Reigate College’s Ailsa Clark and her mum Iona
(Image: Raluca Babos)

Ciara Wilson, who got two A*s and an A, is off to Leeds University. She said: “I’m looking forward to the social part at Leeds where I’m doing economics and politics too. I really liked the ‘campus in a city’ feel of the uni when I was there.”

Oxted School

Iona Anderson was among the top performers at Oxted School with three A*s and an A. She said: “It was generally OK. My first exam, maths, threw me a bit but it made me work harder for the other three; they can’t all go well.

“I’m going to do physics at Durham. I feel quite excited. I thought I was going to do worse than that so it was a really good surprise.”

Other stand out students include Elliot Myers (3A*1A), Rhianna Howard (2A*1A) who will attend Kings College London to study psychology, Stephanie Fisher (2A*1A) who will study sports sciences at Bath, Bethany Phillips (2A1B) who is off to Southampton to study psychology, and Barnaby Stott (2A1B) who will be studying accountancy at Nottingham University.

Overall, 42 per cent of grades were A*-B at the school.

L to R – Oxted School’s A team: (back) Eliot Myers, Headteacher Mrs Everall, Barnaby Stott (front) Iona Anderson and Bethany Phillips
(Image: Les Steed)

Warlingham School

About half of all grades at Warlingham were A*-B with stand out performers including: Morgan Brown (2A*1A), Joe Burke (1A*2A), Sonya Gholami (1A*2A1B), Alice Hughes (3A), Harry Alexander-Porter (3A), and Taylor Beck (Distinction* Distinction A).

Executive head teacher Nick Bradwell said: “I am really delighted with the excellent results achieved by Warlingham sixth form students this year. The students have worked tremendously hard over the last two years and thoroughly deserve their success.”

Dunottar

Reigate’s Dunottar School saw 47 per cent of grades at A*-B.

Phoebe Watson, who has been at Dunottar since she was three, is off to study philosophy at Edinburgh University after getting the grades she needed in philosophy, psychology, and government and politics.

She said: “I’ll miss the friends I’ve made here, the family feel to the school and the overall support of the staff.”

Lingfield College

Over 30 per cent of students managed to get an A* or A in every subject at Lingfield College.

Top performers include Millie Hopkins (4A*) who will read natural sciences at Cambridge, Ryan Fincham (3A*) who will study law with European law at Oxford, Tom Sullivan (3A*) who is off to Bath to study mathematical science, and deputy head boy Lewis Bell (3A*) who will be taking up a place at Exeter to study management and marketing with industrial experience.

Reigate Grammar

Olivia Burgess from RGS celebrating straight A*s
(Image: Reigate Grammar School)

Reigate Grammar had another record year, with 90 per cent of grades at A*-B and 11 of their students heading off to Oxbridge universities.

A*s accounted for almost 30 per cent of all grades achieved and more A*-A grades awarded than all other grades put together.

Twelve pupils managed to achieve straight A*s: Connie Bambridge-Sutton, Olivia Burgess, Ella-Mae Grayston, Laura Hawrych, Luca Kollmer, Eleanor Medcalf, Daniel Muir, Leo Nasskau, Benedict Springbett, Milo Stephens, Megan Stephenson and Isabel Wood.

Woldingham School

Woldingham also saw some strong results, with 84 per cent of grades at A*-B and 60 per cent at A or above.

Freya Connor and Claudia Connolly both achieved four A*s.

Freya has a place at Durham to read physics and Claudia will study mathematics at Warwick.

Royal Alexandra and Albert School

Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Merstham did not disclose its overall performance.

However individuals who achieved highly include Luana de Giorgio who got an A* in psychology, two As in biology and Spanish, and a B in Italian.

She said: “I’m so happy with my results, and I’m really looking forward to attending Exeter University. I’ve decided to change my subject from psychology to human bio sciences so I’m waiting to hear if that’s possible.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/level-results-every-school-east-15039963


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