Berkhamsted Group | 17.08.2017

Record number of top grades for students after busy year in and beyond the classroom

Record number of top grades for students after busy year in and beyond the classroom

A-level students at Berkhamsted School receiving their results today can be proud of their efforts within the classroom: this year group achieved more A* grades than any Berkhamsted year group before them. It was also the second highest number of A* and A grades and A* to B grades in the School’s history.

Over 30% of students gained at least one A* grade and 79 achieved ABB or better. Outstanding results were particularly evident in English Literature, Art & Photography, and Modern Foreign Languages. Andrew Youngs was the top achiever with four A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

“Berkhamsted students have worked hard and achieved excellent exam results,” said Richard Backhouse, the Principal, “and they have continued to achieve great things outside the classroom too – members of this year have debated for the national team, captained the England Independent Schools rugby team, and the England U19 Lacrosse team, achieved a remarkable number of Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards, grade 8 music exams, LAMDA certificates, and volunteered more than 2,500 hours for the community. They’ve been busy, ambitious, positive members of the school.”

Richard Petty, Head of Sixth, paid tribute to them: “This is a particularly pleasing set of results from a particularly talented year group when one considers the vast breadth of achievements realised by the students across and beyond the curriculum.

“There are individuals who have taken a play to the Edinburgh Fringe with 5* reviews; this was the third year group to undertake the Student Consultancy, advising local social enterprises in conjunction with Oxford University Careers Service; and it was this year group which formed the inaugural cohort of the Mini-MBA pioneered by Berkhamsted and Ashridge-Hult Business School. As I pass on to my successor Martin Walker, I am excited by the range of enrichment opportunities available to Berkhamsted students.”

Some examples of the breadth of involvement and talent among this year’s top A-level achievers at Berkhamsted School are highlighted below:
In addition to their significant leadership responsibilities, Charlie Nicholls, Head Boy and first team cricket captain for the past two years, achieved A*A*A* plus an A* for EPQ and Head Girl Nicole Walmsley attained A*AA and an A* for EPQ. Both will take up places at Durham.

Phoebe Jarvis, who joined in Year 12 from Beaconsfield High School on the prestigious Peter Gibbs Science Scholarship, achieved A*A*AA. Phoebe will study Natural Sciences at Cambridge.
Alex Burgar (A*A*A and A* for EPQ) and Alice Hart (A*A*AA and A* for EPQ) have both made exceptional contributions to the musical life of the school; both have secured offers of places at Oxford.
Tara Sallis (A*A*A and A* for EPQ) joined in Year 12 from Pipers Corner having never debated before and earlier this month was one of five students selected by the English Speaking Union to represent England at the World Schools Debating Championships in Bali. Her talent as a debater was spotted by her Politics teacher, Mr Greg Anker (read more here). Tara will study History at Oxford.

Other notable results:
The following 14 students achieved at least 2A* and an A grade (those whose results include three or more A* grades appear in italics):
Euan Baillie, Alexandra Burgar, Lucy Crawley, Harry Evans, Alice Hart, George Hetherington, Lucy Hubbard, Phoebe Jarvis, Amelia Masters, Benjamin Miles, Charles Nicholls, Lucy Roberts, Tara Sallis, Ben Wood and Andrew Youngs.

In addition to those mentioned above, the following 17 students achieved at least three A grades.
Daniel Brener, Henry Cotton, Jemima Davison, George Devey, Heather Dunmall, Sammy Gilam, Isla Harrison, Samuel Howell, Georgiana Irwin, Madeleine MacConnol, Wing Chi (Michelle) Mok, Charles Pipe, Emma Rawkins, Cara Rolland, Tung (Vico) So, Nicole Walmsley, Hannah Williams.

Two or more Sixth Form Academic Scholarships (Incent Scholarships) of value up to 100% are available to new applicants to Berkhamsted Sixth for September 2018 as well as a Full Science Scholarship, the Peter Gibbs Scholarship, for talented students who aspire to study Science or Medicine at university – for further details contact the school on 01442 358001 or email

SIXTH FORM OPEN DAY – Thursday 28 September 2017

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