Millfield A Level and BTEC students achieve outstanding results
18 Aug 2023
Millfield Upper Sixth students are celebrating today after receiving their A level and BTEC results.
Highest achiever Conor Cherrington achieved an outstanding four A*s in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics and remarkably is a year younger than his peers. The boarder from Dorset was awarded a Headmaster’s Scholarship which is the highest scholarship awarded at Millfield.
Conor said: “I was a bit nervous getting my results but it was a great feeling to get what I wanted. It made all of the work worth it. Across the board my teachers all pushed me to go above the syllabus, particularly in further maths and chemistry, and that really helped.”
His housemaster, Mark Speyers, said, “Conor is without doubt one of the most intelligent young men I have had the pleasure of working with. On many occasions he has far exceeded the requirements of the academic programme. Outstanding as this is, this feat is even more remarkable as Conor is a year younger than his peers, having been fast tracked in his early school years in recognition of his intellectual ability.”
Conor is also an international level swimmer. In July 2022, he represented Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Festival in Slovakia. After clinching three individual titles at the Somerset County Swimming Championships in February this year, Conor was selected into the prestigious Swim England National Youth Development Camp, where he trained alongside the best swimmers for his age group in the country. He is taking a gap year to continue his swimming with Millfield’s Performance Squad and aims to reach the Junior Euros. He plans to study Chemistry at Edinburgh University next year.
Charles Bratton, who previously lived in Hong Kong and now resides in Hampshire, achieved an A* in Economics, an A* in Geography, an A in Maths and a D2 (equivalent to A*) in Chinese. Charles joined Millfield in Year 10, one of four siblings who all attend Millfield, and was a member of the development squash team. Charles, who has a passion for cricket, is described by his housemaster as polite, conscientious and thoroughly committed to everything that he engages in. He is one of the top economics students, won the Schools Science Essay competition, achieved Academic Honours for his GCSE results, took part in Linguistic Olympiads and Duke of Edinburgh. He plans to study Economics and Politics at University.
Seth Hedgcock, a day student from Bridgwater, Somerset, joined Millfield in Lower Sixth. He achieved an A* in Chemistry, an A* in Maths, an A* in Physics and an A in Further Maths. An accomplished physicist, Seth achieved a prestigious silver award in the senior category of the 2022 British Physics Olympiad. Seth was also part of the record-breaking Millfield Fencing team who were crowned as Overall Public School Fencing champions for the tenth year in succession at this year’s Public School Fencing Championships.
Solomon Williams, from Buckinghamshire, started boarding at Millfield Prep in Year 8. Today he achieved an A* in Chemistry, an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and an A* in Physics. Solomon has taken part in a number of Olympiads alongside his various academic, sport and music commitments. He is a member of the Millfield, Great Britain and Wales’ swim squads and is a grade 8 pianist, regularly performing as part of Millfield’s concert series. Solomon plans to continue to train at Millfield with the performance squad and Bath University, in the hope of making his way onto the Great Britain Olympic team for Paris 2024. Solomon said: “I am very happy with what I got. I feel very fortunate and I’m going to Bath. At Millfield, I have been in the pool a lot, it’s fair to say, and I have tried to take advantage of other aspects of the school. Millfield offers you so much and I have really enjoyed music in addition to swimming, being on a 20 hour a week swimming schedule. Millfield provides you with the opportunity to grow as an individual and the friends I have made I really feel that I will have for life. I feel sad that my time at Millfield has come to a close but I’m happy that I have had the chance to do all the things I have done. I’m going to be training really hard to see what I can do at Olympic trials and maybe not next year but I want to try and lay down a mark next year. I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
KaiKai Fan, from Shanghai, China, achieved an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths, an A in Computing and a B in Economics. KaiKai who joined Millfield Prep in Year 8, was also a member of the Clay Shooting first team and a grade 8 pianist.
Jay Jasani, from Rickmansworth, Buckinghamshire, started boarding at Millfield in Year 9. Today he achieved four As in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Jay has been committed to his studies alongside Millfield’s swimming programme. Jay was a Captain of School during his final year at Millfield, representing the student body and had weekly meetings with the Headmaster. Jay also captained the newly formed boys’ Water Polo team this year, leading them to victory in the English Schools Swimming Association Water Polo Bowl competition.
Renee Nassozi Kiggundu, a boarder from Uganda, received an A* in Maths, an A in Chemistry, a B in Further Maths and a B in Physics. Renee joined Millfield Prep in Year 4 and has thus been part of the Millfield Community for 10 years. She is an international fencer who has regularly represented her home nation of Uganda in Junior World Championships, while forming part of the Millfield team who were crowned as Public School National Fencing Champions for a record tenth time in 2023.
Amber Wilson, from Milverton, Somerset, achieved an A in Geography, an A* in Maths, a B in Further Maths and a B in Physics. Amber was an exceptionally busy student taking part in trampolining, clay pigeon shooting, hockey and swimming whilst maintaining her excellent academic record. Alongside her sporting and academic commitments, Amber was also a prefect and completed her gold DofE award. She is hoping to work as an engineer for Formula 1 in the future.
Ella Wintle, from Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, achieved an A* in Maths, an A* in Physics and an A* in Chemistry. She joined Millfield in Lower Sixth on a sporting and academic scholarship. Alongside her studies, Ella co-captained the athletics team on their intense five-day training programme, achieving fantastic results while representing the school and Somerset in national competitions. Ella said “Millfield’s academic programme has fuelled my curiosity for the world of science, with various enrichment activities introducing me to concepts beyond the curriculum. A highlight for me was attending a Women in Aerospace workshop, where we were inspired by stories from women who overcame various barriers to achieve accomplished scientific careers. With that in mind, I am looking forward to studying Natural Sciences at university next year.”
Jakara Wattanasin, from Bangkok, Thailand, achieved DDM in BTEC Art and Design and a B in photography A level. Jakara’s artistic ideas pushed boundaries and he produced clever works. He enjoyed singing in the local community as part of the Millfield Brilliance Award, supporting peers in the Art Department, and he was a great friend in Orchards House. He plans to study photography at university.
Raayaan Ravasia, from Mumbai, joined Millfield in Year 10. Raayaan achieved an A in English, A in History, A in Economics and a C in Psychology. He is an outstanding academic, keen debater and passionate football fan. He has recently moved to New York where he will study at NYU.
Will Brotherton, from Frome, Somerset, received D* D* in BTEC Sport and an A in A level Business Studies. Will joined Millfield as a boarder in Lower Sixth and has been an integral member of the Boys’ Football First XI. Will also completed the Sports Leadership award.
Ellie Baker joined Millfield in Lower Sixth from St Ives, Cornwall. Ellie achieved an A* in Economics, A* in Geography and an A in Business Studies. Ellie has enjoyed playing badminton and going to Pilates. Ellie is planning to go to Gilon in Switzerland.
Lauren Byrne, a boarder from London, achieved D* D* D in BTEC Art and Design. Lauren enjoyed playing football and helped organise the Brilliance Exchange, a charity clothes swap. She is a talented artist with an interest in fashion and plans to study Fashion Communication at University.
Jemima Heffron, from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, joined Millfield in Year 9. Jemima, who is one of five siblings to have attended Millfield, received D* D* D in BTEC Art and Design. Jemima is an accomplished Polo player and regularly competes in national and international competitions amongst some of the best players in the world. She has also set up her own sustainable polo clothing company. She is an incredibly community-minded individual and helped to organise this year’s Millfield Brilliance Exchange event, which raises money for local charities. Jemima was a key member of Millfield’s ‘Girls in Sport’ programme championing girls’ needs. Jemima will now be studying fashion in London.
Scarlet Hegarty, from Vale of Glamorgan, achieved an A* in Art, an A* in Photography and an A in Maths. Scarlett who joined Millfield in Sixth Form, is a talented artist and had many pieces of art displayed at the school’s Atkinson Gallery. Scarlett also enjoys playing tennis and represented her house on many occasions during House Tennis.
Winfield Hock IV joined Millfield for Sixth Form from Malta. Today he achieved an A* in Geography, an A* in Economics and A in Business Studies. Winfield was a keen basketball player and was head of Etonhurst House in the summer term of his final year. A talented debater, he represented both house and school teams, forming part of the team that reached the National Debating Finals in Cardiff, in March 2022.
Isabel Hurcom, a boarder from Twickenham, Surrey, achieved a A* in Geography, an A* in Physical Education and an A in Psychology. Isabel who joined Millfield in Lower Sixth, is a keen footballer and was in the Millfield 1st XI girls football squad.
Izzy Mackenzie, from Sevenoaks, Kent, achieved an A* in Geography, A* in Physical Education and an A in Government and Politics. Izzy joined the Millfield community in Year 9 and has been an integral part of Millfield’s Netball programme since joining the school. Izzy was a key member of the Senior Girls’ first team who claimed national titles in both 2022 and 2023 and captained the team in her final year. Izzy was consistently selected as part of the Team Bath Athlete Development Centre and Netball Performance League squads. She was a school prefect during her final year and has been a school ambassador for the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals project. In October 2022, Izzy was highly commended in the Royal Geographic Society’s 2022 Young Geographer of the Year Competition for her Arc GIS story map entitled ‘A Sinking City’, which focused on the environmental issues facing the city of Jakarta. She was a member of Millfield’s ‘Girls in Sport’ programme, championing girls’ needs in sport and removing taboos or barriers that can hamper or block their progress.
Jack Parry, a boarder from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, achieved an A* in Geography, an A* in Product Design and an A in Business Studies. Jack joined Millfield in the Lower Sixth as a boarder from St Edward’s School, Oxford. He is described by a Head of Department as a ‘dream student’ and completed an EPQ on golf course design. He is a top golfer with a handicap of one, having played at County level, as well as being a keen rugby player and cricketer. He recently raised over £2,000 pounds in a sponsored bike ride for Maggie’s cancer charity.
Abby Stiegler, a boarder from Berkshire, achieved an A* in Art, a D2 (equivalent to A*) in Chinese and an A in Maths. Abby was an accomplished footballer and represented the Millfield Girl’s First XI. She plans to study Design at university.
Catrin Thomas, a boarder from Neath, achieved an A* in Government and Politics, an A* in History and an A in Economics. Catrin was a member of the orchestra, symphonic winds, chamber group and Millfield Chorale. Catrin was goalkeeper in the Millfield 1st XI girls football squad and also represented Wales at youth level. Catrin was a Captain of School during her final year at Millfield, representing the student body and meeting weekly with Headmaster Gavin Horgan.
Other students who achieved exceptional results are as follows: Daisy Taylor, Millie Laycock, Ben Harcourt-Harrison, James Champion, Francesca Davis, Emma Fleming, Pia Gurner, Hatty Kingsford, Harriet Lockley, Lila Paterson, Elena Pedersen, Tia Rust and Hugo Wu.