A starry success for Ipswich School A Level students

Ipswich School students have maintained their A*-A grade success in this year’s exams, with over half of all exams receiving A* or A grades.  An impressive thirty-eight students achieved at least three A grades or above this summer.

Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “With our largest cohort of students for four years, these results represent much hard work and effort by our young people over the last two years, and I would like to congratulate them all.  The grades recognise the determination of the sixth formers, their teaching staff and parents who I know support them wholeheartedly.  We are very proud of our students and staff, and wish our Year 13 leavers all the best with their future studies.”

Some particular student successes include: Cam Lyle, Ipswich School’s Head Boy, who achieved four A* grades and will be studying Economics at Durham University; Cameron Morrison, who achieved three A* and one A grade and will be studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College; Hannah Woods, who achieved one A* and three A grades and will be studying English Literature at Durham University; and Emily Friar, who achieved two A* grades and two A grades and will be studying Geophysics at Imperial College. 

Students who achieved places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities include Charlotte Rule, who achieved three A grades and will be studying Geography at Oxford; Louis Totton, who achieved two A* grades and one A grade and will be studying Spanish and Russian at Cambridge; Alex Yeandle, who achieved three A grades and will be studying PPE at Oxford; Dylan Murray who achieved three A* grades and one A grade and will be studying Materials at Oxford,;and Becky Mayhew, who achieved two A* and one A grade and has a place at Cambridge to study French and Russian.

A number of students successfully combined academic study with high level performance in sport or music.  Jack Pickering is a Team Ipswich swimmer who has swum at national level, and is now off to Birmingham University to study Civil Engineering after gaining two A grades and a B grade.  Finn Collinson achieved one A* and two A grades and is taking some time out after finishing his A Levels to concentrate on his music, including his folk duo Shorelark.  He has already played at the Ipswich Music Day and will be playing at the FolkEast Festival this weekend.

Subjects which saw 100 percent of students achieving A* to C grades: Art, Chinese, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, French, Further Maths, German, History, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE), Russian and Spanish. 

Tom Allen, Deputy Head (Academic) added: “Teachers and students alike have really focussed their efforts on moving their grades up, so that the hard-won B grade can be just as fulfilling as the top result.  With so many students achieving the university place of their choice, we are delighted that this hard work has paid off for them.”

Audrey Cura, Senior Deputy Head, said: “We are particularly proud of a number of students who have overcome significant personal issues to gain the grades they needed for a university place. Providing care and support to enable pupils to reach their full potential is one of our core aims, and it is very satisfying to be able to celebrate with these young people today.”

There were 113 students taking A Level exams this year at Ipswich School.  16.6% of exams received an A* grade, and 51% were graded A* or A. The % A*-C result was 92.9% and the % A*-E was 99.7%

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