It is with tremendous pride and not a little awe that we announce our current Year 13s (2017-19 cohort) have achieved a truly fantastic set of results, reflecting not only the depth of their learning but also its phenomenal range.
In a glowing testament to our students’ love of learning and intellectual curiosity, 41.9% of all grades achieved were A*, with 77.1% being A*-A. The A*-B range for the cohort was 92.2%. By nearly all measures, these are the best A Level results the school has achieved for several years, with 61% of students achieving at least one A* and 20% achieving a clean sweep of A*s.
However, grades alone are only half the story. We are equally thrilled by the opportunities for further study that such a fantastic set of grades will open up for this very bright and utterly charming group of students.
From the 56 students in the year, more than one fifth of them will be leaving us to study at Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League Universities, and a further two-thirds of students will be taking up places at Russell Group Universities. Among these, we are delighted to confirm that twins Molly and Ella have secured the grades required to take up their places to study medicine, and that our engineers are on track to secure places on the degree courses of their choosing (special congratulations to Pip on achieving the grades to study Engineering alongside her organ scholarship to Churchill College, Cambridge).
‘These results are a huge testament to the hard work and sheer appetite for knowledge of this exceptional year group – as well as to the amazing ability of our staff to draw out the very best performance from each student.’ Dr Peter Secker
Of course, the real strength of the OHS Sixth Form is that it offers students the freedom to pursue their intellectual curiosity across an unparalleled range of subjects and disciplines, enriched by further study programmes of our own device. This is reflected in the fact that one fifth of this year group bucked the national trend to study English Literature, with two of those students departing for Cambridge this September to continue their studies in Literature. We are also delighted that we have a Fine Artist taking up a place at Newcastle, and that so many of our students have embraced a cosmopolitan outlook by choosing degrees that feature a year of study abroad.
Of this year’s results, Deputy Head, Dr Peter Secker said, ‘These results are a huge testament to the hard work and sheer appetite for knowledge of this exceptional year group – as well as to the amazing ability of our staff to draw out the very best performance from each student.’ Director of Sixth Form, Miss Rachael Pallas-Brown echoed these sentiments, adding, ‘It is a source of great and lasting pride to everyone who has known and taught these wonderful students to see them leaving us on such a positive note – and we know they will continue to rise up and make their voices heard across a multitude of career paths and vocations within private and public life.’