A Level Results 2017
Caterham’s Sixth Form pupils have achieved a superb set of A Level results this year – even better than last year.
In summer 2017’s A Level results, a quarter of all grades achieved at Caterham are the top A* grade and two thirds are graded A*-A. An outstanding 90 per cent are graded A* to B. These results place Caterham, once again, amongst the top performing co-educational independent schools in the UK.
Mr Ceri Jones, Headmaster, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for our pupils. The recent reforms to A Level have increased the challenge of assessment for pupils and mean it is harder than ever to achieve top grades, so these excellent results are testament to the hard work of our pupils and the outstanding talents of their teachers. It also endorses our approach to education – inspiring and encouraging pupils to think for themselves and not just to regurgitate.”
“Caterham is about so much more than just academic results. Pupils in this year group have exemplified this superbly: they have performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, on the sports fields, in our concert halls, and in so many other extra-curricular pursuits. I am so proud of them.
“I have always believed that our pupils can be successful in an environment which is caring, optimistic and encouraging. Our results are testament to the uniquely supportive environment that is Caterham’s hallmark.
“I am also delighted to see the variety and range of university destinations and courses that our pupils are moving on to; this year, they include a prestigious apprenticeship with KPMG and our first pupil to enrol on a degree in Cancer Biology and Immunology.
“As ever, there are some stunning individual performances in these results and from an academic point of view I am particularly pleased that our excellent record of success with Oxbridge application continues. This year, several pupils have won places on some of Oxford and Cambridge’s most selective degree courses – including Classics, Engineering, Biochemistry, Medicine and Economics. These pupils will be joining the 62 Caterhamians that we have sent to Oxford and Cambridge over the past four years.”
Please click here to view a full breakdown of all A Level results (by academic department) as well as a listing of the Class of 2017’s University Destinations
Individual stories from our 2017 A-level results
Lauren and Hugo have been terrific in their roles as Head Girl and Head Boy. They both wowed audiences at the School’s recent production of Grease as they took the lead roles of Danny and Sandy. They have achieved a clean sweep of A grades in all their A Levels; Hugo will now read Psychology at Bristol University while Lauren will study Politics and International Relations at Bath.
Hannah is part of a family of scientists. Her two elder brothers both studied at Caterham and both went on to read physics at university. Her mother read biochemistry and her father graduated in microbiology! Now Hannah will continue the trend as she begins her six-year Medicine degree at Oxford University. In her final year, Hannah was also President of our prestigious Moncrieff-Jones Science Society. Bravo, Hannah!
Sam is a leading international athlete who manages to combine his glittering sporting career with outstanding academic success. Sam, who achieved the Under 20 world record for indoor heptathlon at Sheffield’s EIS stadium, has now achieved straight A grades in Biology, Economics and Maths. He intends to pursue his athletics training over the coming year at Loughborough University.
As an accomplished singer, composer, saxophonist and pianist, Henry has been an integral part of our Music Department. Now his excellent A Level grades (A*, A, B) have secured him a place to read Music at Nottingham University. Henry, who was the assistant musical director of the School’s recent production of Grease, says: “The teachers at Caterham have inspired me to study music at a higher level.”
Luke joined the School in the Nursery fifteen years ago! An academic high-flyer, he has now secured a place to read Mathematics at Cambridge University. Luke says: “I would like to thank Dr Dimakos, my maths teacher at Caterham: he has inspired me to study maths at a high level.”
Anna’s story is inspiring. Having grown up on a dairy farm, she has always had a close affinity with animals – “I was often left in a pram beside the feeding calves!” she says. Now she has achieved the grades to pursue the BVM Veterinary Medicine and Science degree at Surrey University. Anna’s accomplishments are all the more remarkable since her studies have coincided with her mother suffering from cancer – she is certainly an inspirational pupil.
Matthew has secured a place at Cambridge University to read Classics. Alongside his outstanding academic success at A-level, Matthew has run an inspirational course on coding for his peers, been a leader in the School’s CCF, led our Politics Society – and as a DJ he even transformed our Sixth Form Centre into a nightclub as part of the Leavers’ celebrations!
Olivia suffered a stroke in March 2016 which resulted in her being unable to write for six months. While she recovered in hospital, she was inspired by the treatment she was given. Now her excellent A Levels have won her a place to read Linguistics at Lancaster University, which she hopes will lead on to a career in speech and language therapy. Olivia joined the School way back in Reception! She counts a School trip to Nicaragua and success on the lacrosse fields as the highlights of her long school career.
Alex has achieved grades A, B and B at A Level as well as a highly prestigious apprenticeship at KPMG. Alex, who has been a leading light in Caterham’s CCF and rugby squad, plans to take a gap year before taking up his position at KPMG in 2018.
Milly has tremendous creative spark and her A Level grades in Art, Photography and Maths have won her a place to study Interior Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. “I have been obsessed with design from a very young age!” says Milly, whose parents also work in related industries.
Ria has finished a distinguished career at Caterham, which has included qualifying as a Caterham School ‘WildCats’ high-ropes instructor climbing wall and national pool lifeguard. Now she has a superb set of grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths (A*, A and A) and will go on to study Chemistry with Industrial Experience at Birmingham.
All-rounder Aimee has recently returned from the Edinburgh Festival where she performed in Caterham School’s production of The Alchemist. Now her excellent grades in English Literature, Biology and Chemistry have won her a place at Bristol University to read Cancer Biology and Immunology. Aimee says: “The more we understand about the biology of cancer the faster we will find a cure.”