Colfe’s students achieved consistently high A-level results during a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Over 89.9% scored A*/B grades with a record number of students achieving the highest grades of A*/A at 67.3% – way above the national average.
80% of students gained a place at their first choice university with two students securing places at Oxbridge. Of the many individual success stories Juan Garcia Valencia, who joined Colfe’s Sixth Form as a Leatherseller Scholar from Trinity, Lewisham, achieved A*/A*/A*/A and will read Geography at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford “ I am incredibly grateful for all the support given to me by my subject teachers and tutors at Colfe’s and I can’t wait to start”. Eleanor Chung, A/A/A, will read Music at Jesus College, Oxford and Roxana Willingdale who achieved A*/A*/A* will read Physics at Bristol University “I didn’t expect to achieve such high grades given the uncertainty around COVID-19 so I’m really pleased with my results.”
Headmaster Richard Russell said “It is a great relief to see such wonderful results emerging from the chaos of recent days. We knew this was a very strong year group and I welcome this opportunity to congratulate all pupils and staff without reservation. It remains the case, however, at Colfe’s and elsewhere, that a number of pupils have been unfairly impacted by government decisions. We will do all that we can in the days ahead to secure the right outcomes for those who have been unfairly affected.”
Colfe’s pupils celebrated GCSE success with strong grades reflecting their hard work and commitment over the past two years. 68% of pupils achieved graded 9-7 (A*-A equivalent) with 20% receiving the highest grade 9 – again, way above the national average.
Headmaster Richard Russell said “having followed the Ofqual/Williamson pantomime for the last fortnight, our pupils and parents were more than usually tense this morning when envelopes were opened. As a year group, they have set a new school record for the top grades and they can proceed to the sixth form with confidence where they will undoubtedly thrive, alongside all those who are joining us as new pupils in Year 12. The lasting memory of this exam year will inevitably be of chronic political mismanagement. We must all hope that the appropriate lessons have been learned by those responsible.”
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.”