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A Level and Pre-U 2019

Another year of consistent excellence at A Level and Pre-U

In a year where the proportion of students receiving top grades was the lowest seen since 2007, Canford pupils have once again bucked the trend with excellent results at both A Level and Pre-U.   The school’s top A*% grade is more than double the national proportion of 7.8%, while the A*/A% is twice the 25.5% seen across the country.   Overall the national A*-C pass rate was 75.8%, compared with Canford’s impressive A*-C rate of 91.2%.

Over three quarters of all papers were graded A*/B and 40% of all Pre-U grades were at either D1 or D2 level which is a record for the school in recent years, and highly impressive given a D1 is considered beyond an A* grade at A Level. 

Individual department excellence was seen across both Arts and Sciences. Art, Chemistry, Classics, Economics, English, Geography, PE and Spanish saw at least 1 in 5 of all grades at A* or the Pre-U equivalent, and Chemistry, Classics, Computing, Economics, French, Latin and Music with at least 3 in 5 of all grades at A*/A or the Pre-U equivalent. 

Those applying to university through UCAS achieved a total of 547 offers from 637 applications this year, a return of 84% representing nearly 4 offers per pupil, with 86% of these from Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions.  With a number of applications still pending, most pupils have already gained places at their chosen universities, on highly competitive courses such as Medicine and on prestigious Art foundation courses including one pupil heading to Central St Martin’s.  A number of Canfordians held offers to study a range of subjects at both Oxford and Cambridge this year, including Law, Economics and Management and Biological Sciences.  We are delighted that all those with offers to Oxbridge secured their places this morning.

Twenty one pupils gained at least 2A*/D1/D2 grades.  Among the numerous individual successes were Max Glowacki who gained a clean sweep of A*s with a D1 in Spanish, and Helena Jackson who was awarded 5A*/A grades including a D2 in French.   Many combined excellence in the classroom with high level performance in activities beyond it, such as Matthew Daubeney, 1st XI Hockey captain who achieved 2A*s in Economics and Geography and an A in Religious Studies, Loveday Pride who reached the regional finals of this year’s ARTiculation competition alongside an A* in English, a D1 in Art and an A in Religious Studies, and Head of School Matilda Hubble, who shone in a number of school musicals alongside her leadership role and was awarded 2D1s in French and Spanish and an A in Religious Studies.  Congratulations also go to Leo Bishop who gained 3As in Maths, Computing and Economics and moves on to a coveted degree apprenticeship with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) alongside a BSc degree course in Computer Science at Leeds University after an intense selection process, with 135 Sixth Formers from across the country applying for 35 places. 

With the school’s ongoing commitment to broadening access to a Canford education, through both scholarships and bursaries, it was wonderful to see pupils who had joined the school in this way gaining excellent grades and also embracing all the opportunities on offer.   Examples include Michael Bryan, who alongside his A* in English and As in History and Politics spent time working last summer with a US Senator and has also set up and run his own charitable organisation, George Robson who quickly established himself as 1st XI Hockey goalkeeper after joining in the Lower Sixth and has secured a place at Oxford to read Biology as a result of his 3A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and Lucy Prest who plays cricket to a high standard both for Canford and outside school and gained an A* in Religious Studies and As in Maths and Biology.  

Headmaster Ben Vessey commented:

“These results demonstrate the consistency of Canford’s academic teaching to the highest levels.  They are especially pleasing given this was the first cohort to sit entirely new linear A Level examinations in all subjects and the results are a credit to both pupils and their teachers for their hard work in an ever changing examination landscape.  Behind the highlights sit a large number of individual successes for a year group which has challenged itself and not been found wanting. 

Once again the excellent results have opened doors for our pupils to a wide range of universities, courses, apprenticeships and career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.  I wish all our leavers every success for their futures.”

Results will in some cases be subject to Reviews of Results and will be published on the school website in due course.

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