Breadth and ambition bring success for A Level students at Ipswich School

This year’s A Level results show that 100 percent of students at Ipswich School passed their exams in 22 different subjects, with 26 students achieving at least 3 A grades in their A Levels. Over three-quarters of all exams were graded A*-B, and a similar proportion of students achieved at least one A grade.

In addition, one in eight pupils took four or more A Levels.  Ipswich School Headmaster Nicholas Weaver commented: “At Ipswich School we are proud of our commitment to offer pupils a broad education, where they are able to study a range of A Levels, keeping the option of studying four subjects to the highest level. Alongside our Life Skills curriculum, we believe this equips young people with the breadth and ambition to succeed at university and in the world of work.”

Mr Weaver added: “Once again we are delighted by the A Level results, which are the end product of months of hard work by our students and their teachers.  They have risen to the harder challenge and high expectations in the new A Levels and we are very proud of their success.”

Six students achieved 3 or more A* grades in their exams.  Particular successes included Joseph Brierly, who gained A* grades in Economics, History, Maths and Further Maths, and who will be studying Economics and Management at Oxford University; Daisy Gemmel, who achieved A* grades in Art, Economics and Geography, and who will be studying Geography at Cambridge University; Harrison Cole, who gained A* grades in History, English Literature and Music, and who will be studying Music at Cambridge University; Olivia Lyle who achieved A* grades in Spanish, Russian and Maths, and who will be studying Spanish and Russian at Bristol University, Clark Huang who gained five A* grades will be studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and Nancy Shen who gain A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and A grades in DT and Physics who will be studying Engineering at Cambridge.

Other students with A* and A grades include: Karl Ayling, who achieved 2 A* and an A grade and is going to study Psychology at Nottingham Univeristy; Harrison Rogers, who achieved 2 A*, an A and a B grade and is going to study History at Exeter University; Abby Henderson, who achieved 2 A* and an A grade and is going to study English at Birmingham University; Max Gillott, who achieved 2 A* and an A grade and is going to study Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University; Finn Carrington, who achieved 2 A* and a B grade and is going to study Sports Science at Newcastle University; Maddie Wagland, who achieved 2 A* and a B grade and is going to study Art and Design at Leeds University; Jamie Goodwyn, who achieved an A* and 2 A grades and is going to study Economics at Durham University; Lizzie Head, who achieved 2 A* and a C grade and is going to study Geography at Nottingham University; Baker Kagimu, who achieved 3 A grades and is going to study Civil Engineering at UCL and Oliver Giles who achieved an A* and 2 A grades and is studying Law at Queen Mary London.

The academic success at Ipswich School runs alongside a full programme of co-curricular activities offered to all pupils, including those in the Sixth Form. This focus on all-round education has seen the current Year 13 pupils enjoy national team success in singing, jazz, sailing and hockey, as well as achieving individual awards in art competitions and music exams, alongside studying for their A Levels.

There were 112 students taking A Level exams this year at Ipswich School.  The percentage of exams graded A*-B was 77.4%, with 91.4% of exams graded A*-C and 100% of exams graded A*-E.

Ipswich School has the largest independent school Sixth Form in Suffolk.  This has been commented on positively by current pupils, who appreciate the range of opportunities offered to them in and out of the classroom, the optimal size of classes which enables high quality debate amongst peers, and teachers who provide individual attention. Nicholas Weaver added: “To keep hitting these high results with year groups of over 100 students, year after year, is testament to the passion of everyone at Ipswich School to provide young people with the best chance of success.”

You can see some photos here and read the Headmaster's blog reflecting on A Level results day here

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