There are celebrations at Ashford School after nearly half of all students achieved the grades needed for entry into the elite universities.
Results day has already confirmed a place to study Maths at Cambridge University for Sam Zhang after he achieved four A*s and an A grade. His fellow student Toby Clifton is also taking up a place at Cambridge University with four A* grades under his belt. He will be studying Natural Sciences.
Nearly a quarter of all students achieved at least three A*/A grades with 40% achieving at least two A*/A grades after two years of dedicated work. Three quarters of students were celebrating at least one A*.
Head Mike Buchanan said: “This is another set of impressive results for our students who come from varied academic backgrounds. The results are testament to their hard work and attitude – but also to the ability of our teachers to draw out the very best from our students.”
Lizzy Aviss, a keen violinist who is off to study Medicine at St George’s University of London, said: “I am absolutely over the moon. It was hard work but it paid off.” Congratulations are also in order for Euan Nicholls who, despite competing at national level on the cross-country field, is taking up a place at Keele to study Medicine after achieving A*, A*, A.
Students at Ashford School are also encouraged to study for EPQs – an Extended Project Qualification. These projects – which can be a 5000 word essay or a product and a 1000 word report – are highly regarded by the best universities as evidence of students learning independence and research skills.
This year six students undertook EPQs: results saw five A*s and one A.