Colfe’s A-level students celebrated a year of record-breaking success with 83.7% of students scoring A*/B grades and over 50% achieving the top grades of A*/A this year – bucking the trend against the national picture of top grades at their lowest level for more than a decade.
The majority of Colfe’s students have secured places at their first choice university, including Russell Group institutions, to read subjects as diverse as Palaeontology and Evolution at Bristol, Music Composition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Creative Lighting Control at Rose Bruford College.
Among the many individual success stories this year were Simone Korsgaard Jenson, who achieved four A* grades (Maths, Further Maths Geography and Physics) and Imogen Porter, with three A* (Biology, English and Psychology). Simone, who will now go on to read Maths at the University of St Andrews said “I am really, really happy. I got the results I wanted. It’s such a relief!” Imogen, who is set to read Psychology at King’s College London commented, “I’m so happy. When I opened my results, it felt absolutely surreal – like I was in a dream. I know I couldn’t have worked any harder than I did.”
Leatherseller Scholar Akin Lasisi-Agiri who joined Colfe’s in the Sixth Form from Addey & Stanhope School in New Cross, received three A* (Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry) and will be reading Maths at Warwick “It’s been a blessing, I couldn’t have done it without Colfe’s. It’s been an absolute pleasure spending my Sixth Form years here.” Fellow Leatherseller Scholars Vera Onongaya (who joined Colfe’s from St Ursula’s Convent School) achieved two A* grades and takes up a place to read Medicine at Cardiff and Popea Salisbury (Conisborough College) also achieved two A* and plans to do a Foundation year at Camberwell College of Arts then on to read English Literature at Queen Mary and Westfield College.
Oliver Whichello, who gained three A* (Further Maths, Maths and Physics) will be reading Maths at Durham. “I am very happy and surprised! I am so pleased to have a place at Durham.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said, “This is our best performance at A-level for some years. The proportion of top grades is well ahead of last year and our pupils have worked hard to secure places in their first choice universities. We look forward to hearing of their future success.”
Colfe’s pupils celebrated GCSE success, with over half the year group achieving the top grades of 9-7/A*-A – more than double the national average – and 75.5% of pupils securing 9-6/A*-B grades.
Among the individual successes was Panos Philalithis who achieved a clean sweep of 12 grade 9/A* – the very top grade awarded. Panos will study Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Physics in the Sixth Form. “I really tried and worked a lot but I was still really surprised. Thanks to my mum and my teachers who always pushed me further. I’m really looking forward to A-levels.” Mrs Jane Philalithis, Panos’ mother, said “The teachers and the support offered around exams have been amazing. The additional materials and classes really took away some of the stress. We are very proud.”
Alexandra McAuley achieved 9 grade 9/A*, Alexandra said “I’m really pleased. I didn’t think I’d do that well. Thank you to the teachers they’ve been a massive help.” Logan Arnold-Lee also achieved 9 grade 9/A* and Ryan Smith achieved a total of 11 grade 9/A* .
Headmaster Richard Russell said “This year’s candidates include some of our very best performers in recent years. The new GCSEs are quite a bit tougher than their predecessors and it’s great to see so many pupils doing so well. I look forward to welcoming them back into the Sixth Form next week.”
Colfe’s A-level results continue to go from strength to strength with 78% of students scoring A*/B grades and 45% achieving the top grades of A*/A this year – almost twice the national average.
Such success means that the majority of Colfe’s students have secured places at their first-choice university, including Russell Group instructions.
Amongst the many individual success stories this year were Kate Drury and Max Hedley – who have both been at Colfe’s since Nursery – each achieving A*/A*/A, with Kate securing her place at Durham University to read Geography and Max at Exeter University to read Economics and Politics.
Kate said “I was really nervous about achieving the grades I needed so it is overwhelming that I’ve exceeded my expectations. I’ve been at Colfe’s since I was three years old – it’s been quite a journey!”
Max said “It is thanks to the support I received at Colfe’s that I’m going to read Economics and Politics at Exeter University. I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me get this far.”
Jayden Gittens, who joined Colfe’s Sixth Form from Conisborough College as a Leatherseller Scholar, achieved A*/A/A and has a place to read Medicine at Liverpool University “Having started at Colfe’s just two years ago I feel privileged to be leaving with these grades and I am very excited for the future.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said “We were delighted to receive news of this year’s A-level results this morning. Pupils and staff are to be congratulated on some extremely impressive outcomes against a national back-drop of uncertainty about new specifications and mark schemes. Just under 80% of results were graded A*/B and almost half were A* or A. For the great majority of pupils their results will be a passport to their chosen university and we wish them well for the future.”
Another set of outstanding GCSE results for Colfe’s pupils this year with 62% achieving A*/A (9-7). The figure rises to 84% with the inclusion of B (9-6) grades. 22% pupils achieved the new top grade 9 which is above an A*. Our best set of GCSE results yet.
Amongst the individual successes Feben Alamarew achieved eight grade 9s, two A*s and an A and will be joining Colfe’s Sixth Form to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Spanish “I wasn’t expecting to achieve such good results but I feel like all my hard work in the lead up to the exams has really paid off.”
Felix Burwell achieved five grade 9s and two A* and is planning on studying Chemistry, Biology, Music and Psychology for A-level at Colfe’s “I’m speechless but ecstatic about my results. I joined Colfe’s in Year 7 and definitely chose the right school.”
Charlotte Kirk achieved five grade 9s and three A* and will be studying French, German, Maths and Philosophy A-levels at Colfe’s “I’m so happy with my results! It was unexpected but I would like to thank all my teachers for their support over the last two years.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said “We were delighted to see our percentage of top grades on a par with our best previous performance in this year of transition from letters to numbers. Year 11 pupils and their teachers have worked hard to ensure that strong foundations are in place for future success and I look forward to welcoming them all back to school next week.”