A vintage set of A Level results for College students

Sixth Form 16-18
Posted on: August 17th 2017

In spite of the warnings about the potentially negative impact on results of the new A Level courses, 2017 has been a vintage year for Bishop’s Stortford College, with pupils achieving a 100% pass rate and one of the best set of results on record.

Almost a quarter of all results were A*.  37% of pupils achieved at least 3 or more grades A/A* and, in the now firmly established Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ), 81% of results were at A/A*.  The EPQ is studied by many pupils alongside either 3 or 4 A Level subjects. 

College Headmaster, Jeremy Gladwin was “absolutely delighted with the performance or our students, who have once again demonstrated the superb value-added that the College provides.  This is the result of excellent preparation and a wonderful work ethic amongst the student body - all the more impressive given the busy extra-curricular life the school offers.  I am indebted to my staff, who have, once again, provided the highest quality of teaching, as well as going the extra mile in providing one-to-one support for individual students.”

Head Boy, Sam Hopkinson who achieved 3 A* (along with 8 other pupils) commented, “I am delighted, it was a really nice surprise – I surpassed my expectations.”

William Watson who was the College’s top performer with 4 A* said he was “Relieved, happy and glad it’s all over.” He will be going to Durham to study Physics in the autumn.

William’s twin sister Katherine will be paddling a different course as she heads to Nottingham with A*AA. Katherine is the youngest of 6 young women to gain a full-time Lottery funded place on the Girls for Gold programme, where she will be training in Sprint Canoe with a view to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Ruman Basra commented “I put in so much work, but at the end of the day it was worth it. I’m really looking forward to studying Medicine.” Ruman will be taking up her place at King’s College London.

The Top 10 students were:

Ruman Basra - Maths A*, Biology A*, Chemistry A*

Johnnie Crump - Physics A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Art A

Sam Hopkinson - Biology A*, Maths A*, Chemistry A*

Amanda Hu -Economics A, Physics A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*

Lily Lewin - EPQ A, Media Studies A*, Drama A*, Art A*

Ellie McSweeney - Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*

Ryan Slowe - Psychology A*, Biology A*, Geography A*

Alex Sokhanvari - EPQ A*, Politics A*, Economics A*, History A*

Ellie Thurley - Media Studies A*, History A*, Psychology A*

William Watson - Chemistry A*, Physics A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A*

Further Comments

Henry Tran (A*A*A) of Much Hadham said, "It was hard work but I’m really happy with my results.”

Amelia Maszlin (A* (EPQ) AAB) of Ware commented, "Without the fantastic teaching and the all round opportunities I have been given at the College I wouldn't have been able to maximise my potential and I'm so grateful for that." Amelia is heading to Durham to study Criminology.

Frederica Johnston of Braughing achieved an A* in her EPQ plus A*AA. “The teachers are very supportive and it’s really easy for you to get extra help and tuition if you need it; there’s a really good vibe here at the College.” - Frederica will be studying English at Warwick.  

Ryan Slowe, also of Braughing commented, “I’m very, very happy, I got 3A*s and really wasn’t expecting that. The careers faculty are great, as are the teachers.”

The College extends their warmest congratulations to the whole year group.

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