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Strong Results at A Level and Pre-U lead to impressive University Entrance Success


With nearly 20% of all entries graded A*, almost half of all A Level and Pre-U examinations awarded A*/A grades and over three quarters A*/B, Canfordians have recorded another strong set of A Level results, over double the national percentages. Nineteen pupils gained at least 2 A*s, nine at least 3A*s and over a third of candidates gained at least one top A* grade. At least 4 out of 5 applicants have already gained places at their chosen universities, including Oxbridge, US institutions and on highly competitive courses at Medical Schools, for Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

At the top end at A Level, Economics and Sciences were a particular highlight this year. Over 70% of all entries in the challenging Further Maths examinations and 3 in 5 of all entries in Economics, Biology and Chemistry were awarded A*/A grades. At Pre-U, taken in Art, French, German and Spanish, the overall A*/A equivalent grade percentage was Canford’s highest since 2013. Both Spanish and German recorded top D1 grades, which is beyond the A* standard at A Level, with100% of all entries in French and 82% of Spanish graded D1-M1, the equivalent of A*/A.

In a year group which was not overall academically as strong as some years, percentages at A*/B level across both Arts and Sciences were particularly pleasing. 100% of all grades were A*/B in Further Maths and Art, 93% in Religious Studies, 91% in Economics, 88% in Design, 87% in Biology, 86% in Chemistry, 83% in Latin and 81% of English Literature. These grades are a reflection of outstanding effort by both pupils and staff over the past two years.

As ever there were some stellar individual successes, resulting in confirmed places to a wide range of top university courses. 4A*s for Emilia Davies gain her a place to read Medicine at Cambridge; Henry Baugniet’s 3A*s take him to Durham to read Natural Sciences alongside his Vice Chancellor’s Sport Scholarship and continued England Hockey selection; Madeleine Diment’s 3A*s take her to Oxford to read Geography; Arthur Cordwell’s 3A*s take him to Bath to read Physics alongside continued selection for Bath Rugby Academy; Ella Scott’s 3A*s gain her a place to read Psychology at St Andrew’s; Natparit Tinamanee’s 3A*s will lead to further development of her languages at the Sorbonne; Honor Hornsby’s 3A*s and 1A lead her to a degree in Music at Durham alongside her Vice Chancellor’s Music Scholarship; Charles Jones’ 3A*s and 1A take him to Imperial to read Mechanical Engineering; and Alice Taylor’s 3A*s and 1A give her a place to read Spanish and Classics at Edinburgh.

Headmaster Ben Vessey commented:
“I am very pleased with these results, especially given the well publicised uncertainty and volatility around new A Level qualifications which were sat by many candidates this year. While not record breaking for the school, they reflect a great deal of hard work with some outstanding achievements by the brightest alongside some very fine results from others far beyond expectations. Exam results are an extremely important measurable outcome for our pupils, alongside the many other vital elements to their educational development at Canford, and help to support their onward progression in life. I am delighted for all those pupils moving on to pursue their chosen course at top institutions both at home and abroad.”

Published: August 22 2017

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