Sherborne Celebrates Exam Success

 Pupils, parents and staff are now reflecting on the hugely encouraging results of a hard year's work. Nearly half of all A2 and IB papers were graded A* or A (or equivalent) and three quarters of papers were graded A* to B. This increase in results from last year continues the trend of strong performances over the past five years and was marked by a number of exceptional scores. The vast majority of students have secured places at their first choice universities, including many at the most selective. Many have gained the high grades needed to take up offers from Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, LSE, and St Andrews and a record number of ten students have secured places at Bristol. Boys with diverse interests and passions will go into further education to study a range of courses from Law and Theoretical Physics to Liberal Arts, Music and Ancient History.

The Headmaster congratulated the boys and staff on their excellent achievements, which reflect dedicated energy and focus on the part of all concerned throughout the past academic year. Dr David Smith, Deputy Head Academic, praised the boys' achievements and wished them success in their future academic studies, which for many will start this Autumn.

Following the very strong A Level results, we are also celebrating an equally impressive (I)GCSE performance.

With an overall A*/A success rate of 61%, the boys at the school have maintained the upward trend of the past three years. Among these results were some exceptional individual performances: Alexander Ferguson gained 12 A* and Gregor Tims achieved 11 A*s, while James Weldon, Rory McMillan and Koichi Kanaboshi all secured 10 A*. In total, nearly a quarter of pupils either achieved 6A*s or more or straight A*s and A grades.

Deputy Head Academic, Dr David Smith, paid tribute to the boys' efforts and in addressing the teaching staff thanked them all for the tremendous effort that went into achieving these grades, whether in class, academic time or in the many revision sessions that were offered.

In assessing this year's results the Headmaster comments:

'These young men have laid the foundation stones for continued success and we are delighted for them. As a school we challenge and support each boy to achieve his best and it is good to see that the considerable energy that has been devoted to fostering scholarship and ensuring that learning is exciting at Sherborne is paying off. It is perhaps all the more pleasing that these impressive results were achieved against an equally busy and impressive background of co-curricular achievements.'