16 Aug 2013

Sixth Formers at Bishop’s Stortford College have once again achieved excellent A level results, repeating last year’s success in bucking national trends. 20% of all A level grades were awarded the elusive A* grade with 9 students gaining 3 or more A* grades and a total of 16 students gaining 2A* and 1A grade or better.

Four of the College’s Oxbridge candidates have fulfilled their required offers and additionally this year two prestigious places have been secured at a top American University. The vast majority of the whole year group is celebrating achieving the grades needed to take up their chosen courses at university.

A 100% pass rate was achieved, with 54% of all A Levels awarded A*-A, whilst 81% were graded A*-B and 93% A*-C.

College Headmaster Jeremy Gladwin said: “This is a year group of considerable talent in the broadest sense of the word. A year group that has not only achieved well academically, but has also developed their talents in a wide range of other fields, which is an indication of their potential for future success. I am, once again, immensely grateful to my team of dedicated teaching staff, who have gone the extra mile in preparing our students for these examinations. Our exceptional Higher Education and Careers Department have supported and guided our Upper Sixth formers through the minefield of University applications, providing the springboard for our success in gaining so many places at top institutions. Many congratulations to all our pupils and their teachers.”

Top performer is Catriona Brickel from Stansted Mountfitchet, who achieved 5A*s in English, Maths, History, Latin and Religious Studies. In the coming year, Catriona will be studying an extended project in Philosophy with a view to pursuing her interest in the subject at Cambridge University next year.

The four Oxbridge students, who have successfully fulfilled their offers, are:
Eleanor Costello from Sawbridgeworth (3A*, 1A) – English, Cambridge
Ralph Jordan from Bishop’s Stortford (3A*, 1A) – Mathematics, Cambridge
Bing Qing Cai from China (4A*, 1B) – Mathematics, Oxford
Louise Reilly from Sawbridgeworth (2A*, 1A) – Geography, Oxford

The two students heading to the USA are:
Olivia Swann from Bishop’s Stortford (1A*, 1A, 1B) – Music, Berklee
Matthew Underwood from Dubai (3A) – Music, Berklee

Some of the other top performers, who have also secured places at a range of top universities, include:
Greg Chant from Puckeridge (3A*, 1A) – Natural Sciences, Durham
Emily Davies from Bishop’s Stortford (3A*, 1A) – Medicine, Newcastle
Junyi Fu from China (3A*, 1A, 1C) – Statistics, Economics and Finance, UCL
Oliver George from Manuden (2A*, 1A) – History, Durham
Hannah Gray from Takeley (3A*) – History, Exeter
Yuwei Li from China (2A*, 2A, 1C) – Aeronautical Engineering, Sheffield
Emily Long from Harlow (2A*, 1A) – Arts and Science, UCL
Harry McKerrell from Hatfield Heath (3A*) – History, Exeter
Emily Sanger from Bishop’s Stortford (2A*, 1A) – Medicine, Hull York Medical School
Ben Tattersall from Farnham (2A*, 1A) – History, Durham
Katie Tsang from Hong Kong (2A*, 1B, 1D) – Psychology, Southampton
Sara Williams from Manuden (2A*, 1A) – History of Art, UCL


Photo: Catriona Brickel