Colfe’s students and staff are celebrating A-Level success after two years of uncertainty and disruption. Over 80% of students achieved places at their first choice university, including Russell Group, with a record number – ten in total – heading to Oxford or Cambridge.
Course choices this year are particularly diverse: as well as traditional options such as English, Mathematics, History and Medicine, Colfe’s students have chosen to study a range of subjects including Geology, Anthropology, Astro Physics, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Art & Design, Nursing and Midwifery. Students are also choosing a more vocational path with a record number this year going on to study business courses such as Banking & Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, Business with Languages and courses with a year in industry. Some students have opted for apprenticeship routes as an alternative to university and will start work in September.
Ryan Smith A*/A*/A*/A*, who has been at Colfe’s since nursery, will read Medicine at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge “I have had a great time at Colfe’s over the last 15 years and I am very excited for the next chapter of my life.” Panos Philalithis A*/A*/A*/A*, who also joined Colfe’s at nursery and went on to become School Captain, will read Economics at Trinity College Cambridge “Colfe’s has made me the person I am today and I am so grateful, I thank my teachers and friends for supporting me in reaching my goal.”
It has been another hugely successful year for our Leatherseller Scholars, three of whom are heading to Oxford or Cambridge. Aleesha Bruce, Leatherseller Scholar and School Captain – who joined Colfe’s from Prendergast Ladywell – achieved A*/A*/A and will read Economics at The London School of Economics. “It has been such a strange year but I will forever be grateful to Colfe’s for helping me get to the destination that was right for me. It’s funny to think I didn’t even know what Economics was before I joined Colfe’s and now I have an A* in the subject and I am off to study it at one of the best places in the world. I couldn’t be happier.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said: “Our candidates have performed remarkably well against a background of perpetual uncertainty. The strength of their stoicism and resilience cannot be overstated. This is equally true of their teachers who have dealt with the shifting sands of Covid with smiling fortitude over the last 18 months. I am particularly grateful to Mr Drury and Mr Rogers and their respective teams for their dynamic and creative leadership. We were delighted to see record numbers winning places at Oxford or Cambridge in a year that was a challenge for many independent schools. It is equally pleasing to report that two of our top scientists will be studying at Imperial College which has played such a decisive role through the period of the pandemic. The final list of destinations will be published when it is known but I am confident that it will reflect the variety and diversity of aspiration that we witness every year. The class of 2021 have pointed the way for future generations magnificently. We look forward to hearing of their future success.”