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Nearly half of all Upper Sixth gained a minimum of straight As at A level 2014 at Canford

Published Thursday 4th of September 2014 02:18:35 PM

Canford is extremely proud of this year�s A level results, which include one of the highest A* percentages recorded at the school.
Once again the results have exceeded national performances. 24% of all examinations were awarded the top A* grade, against a national percentage of 8.3%, with 57% of all Canford grades A*/A against 26% nationally. Nearly half the year group gained an average of straight As despite A grade percentages across the UK falling for the third consecutive year. 82% of all Canford grades were A*/B and 95% of all grades A*/C. These results are also notable given that this year�s Upper Sixth group, numbering 134 pupils, is among the largest in the school�s history.

There was excellence once again across a broad spectrum of subjects. Taking Arts and Sciences overall, over one third of all entries were awarded the top A* grade, with 74% of Arts subjects and over 60% of Sciences achieving A*/A. Individual department highlights included half of all English entries graded A* and 82% of all Economics entries A*/A.

Four subjects were taught in the Cambridge University Pre-U this year. Five D1 grades were awarded - two in Art, and one in each of Spanish, German and French. D1 has no equivalent A level grade, but as a guide, a D2, one grade lower than D1, is recognised by UCAS as a tougher target than an A* in A levels.

This year�s Upper Sixth pupils have been particularly notable for their contribution to school life and in their achievements not only within but beyond the classroom throughout their time at Canford. In addition to A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and an A in Further Mathematics, Olivia Parham followed her A* in Music GCSE with an ABRSM diploma in Flute in the Lower Sixth and has a place at Oxford to read Medicine. Oliver Stocks combined studying for his A*s in Design and Mathematics, and A grades in Further Mathematics and Physics with rowing in the 1st VIII boat at Henley Royal and fine captaincy of the school golf team including winning through to the SW finals of the HMC National Schools� competition and individually winning both boys� and Under 16 regional golf championships during his school career. Katie Miskin added A*s in Chemistry and English and an A in Latin to her role as Head Girl and playing in the 1st XI hockey side while James Broadley played 1st XV rugby, was Head of House, was part of the Royal Marines Pringle Trophy team and also spent the summer working with the National Youth Theatre development programme in addition to gaining A*s in English and Drama and an A in History. Rupert Dugdale won a coveted Choral Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, was awarded A*s in Politics and Music and an A in History while also finding time to lead numerous school ensembles and star in musical productions.

This was the second year that two pupils from The Bourne Academy had taken A levels at Canford. Hayley Thomas and Ellie Upshall both achieved highly, awarded an A and 2 Bs, and 2As and 1B grade respectively.

Places at medical schools remain highly competitive, yet eleven pupils successfully gained offers this year, taking the total to 120 places in the past 13 years and representing a success rate of over 4 in 5. Eleven pupils received offers from Oxbridge, taking the total to forty two offers in the past three years, and over 95% of pupils will move on to University, including 70% to Russell Group.
Ben Vessey, Headmaster, said:

�I am very proud of this year�s Upper Sixth. They have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these excellent results, which exceeded our expectations. We recognise that external examinations are crucial in opening doors to the next stage of education and for the world of work, but I have also much enjoyed the company of this year group, who have combined their studies with imaginative and enthusiastic contributions in so many areas of school life. I hope the co-curricular experiences they have been involved in will enhance both their lives and their careers, and I wish them all every success for the future.�

Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Director of Studies, commented:
�This year�s results are very pleasing, with again some stellar performances at the highest A* grade. I am pleased also with the achievements of some of the weakest academically, who have worked so hard to produce excellent results far above our predictions which I hope will offer new opportunities for those still considering their future education options.

The results are also very rewarding for the academic staff, and I believe are a testament to the success of our dynamic academic programme which aims to provide a challenging and exciting blend of curriculum study and intellectual enrichment.�

The next Open Day will be held on Saturday 4th October. Please visit www.canford.com/open-days for more information.
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