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The Gryphon School’s Record 2013 A-level Results

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Students from The Gryphon School have achieved their best ever A level results this year, and have exceeded our usual high standards. There were 184 students completing the Sixth Form and their results have far out performed national averages.

Most of our students take the “traditional” academic A levels.  These results show:

  • 11% of exams achieved the A* grade
  • 34% of exams taken were awarded an A or A* grade up from 27% in 2012. In 2013 the national figure fell slightly to 26.3%
  • 62% of exams taken were awarded an A*-B grades up from 53% in 2012
  • 85% of exams taken were awarded an A*-C grade up from 77% in 2012
  • 63 our students achieved at least 3 grades at A*- B level
  • 115 of all our students achieved at least 3 grades at A*- C level
  • Over 80% of our students achieved at least 1 A Level grade at A*- B level
  • Over 94% of our students achieved at least 1 A Level grade at A*- C level
  • Students gained places at the University of Oxford as well as places in University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and highly prized Russell Group Universities

Over the last 2 years we have also introduced new Level 3 (A Level equivalent) BTEC courses which have been exceptionally successful. 35 BTEC courses were taken in Sport, Applied Science, Health and Social Care and ICT with 22 being awarded the highest Distinction Plus grading. These more applied and practical courses are taken along with A Level courses.

Headteacher, Steve Hillier said

“We are all delighted that this year group has done so well. The results are very high every year so for these to be exceeded is a great tribute to the dedication and commitment of students and teachers.

This is particularly notable when nationally pass rates have fallen as the national expectations have risen and the examinations made tougher. The school has real expertise in the challenging academic A level courses. The diversity of courses, the specialist teaching and the investment in new facilities for the Sixth Form and across the school has undoubtedly made a difference.

Our students will be taking up apprenticeships, starting careers, joining training courses and starting university courses across the country including large numbers at Russell Group universities. The vast majority of our students have got places in their first choice university and we support everyone to help them move on to the next stage in their lives.

This group of Gryphon Sixth Form students have been wonderful ambassadors for the School. They have made the most of the quality of teaching, the level of support and the vast range of opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, that they have received here. We wish them all every future success and look forward to them returning and inspiring the next generations of Gryphon Sixth formers.”

Head of Sixth Form, Jane Tutton, added

We are so proud of our Year 13 students – this year’s A level and BTEC results are simply outstanding. We would like to congratulate students on their success which can be attributed to their hard work and commitment over the past 2 years, supported by excellent teaching and strong pastoral support, here at The Gryphon School.

Almost every student who applied to university has achieved their preferred choice and we are delighted that a large number of students have also secured much sort after apprenticeships in a variety of work settings. We wish all of our students the best of luck for the future and look forward to hearing about their future successes.

Each individual student should be congratulated on their personal achievements.  Exceptional outcomes for the following should be particularly noted:

 

A*A*A*
Tom Anderson –Deas from Sherborne will be reading Natural Sciences at Durham University
William James from Chetnole will be taking a degree in Biomedical Sciences at Durham University in 2014
Poppy Reid from Hilfield will be studying History and Philosophy at Cardiff University and
Graham Zaple from Yeovil will be studying History at the University of Exeter

A* A* AA
Richard Jenkins from Holwell will be reading Mathematics at the University of Bath

A* A* A
Zara Frizell from Sherborne is taking a gap year and will be applying for university in 2014

A*A* B
Julius Guthrie from Sturminster Newton is going to read Ancient History, at the University of Exeter
Dominik Morton  from Yetminster will be reading Law at the University of the West of England

A*A*C
Adam Waters from Charlton Horethorne will be studying Computer Animation Arts at Bournemouth University

A*AAA
Philip Akins from Longburton will be reading Biochemistry at the University of Bristol and
Christopher Meikle from Stalbridge will be studying History at the University of Exeter

A* AA
Sophie Burks from Sherborne will be reading English Language and Literature t the University of Oxford
Martha Burn from Sherborne will be studying Classics at Durham University
Florence Edwards from Poyntington will be studying Government and History at the London School of Economics in 2014
Miles Farrell from Yeovil is taking a degree in Law at the University of Sussex
Louise Goodger from Oborne will be reading Music at Durham University
Marie Hunt from Sherborne will be studying Philosophy at  Newcastle University
Hebe Neate-Clegg from Melbury Bubb will be reading French Linguistic Studies at the University of Southampton
Calum Smith from Sherborne will be studying  Philosophy at the University of Bristol
Lawrence Wright from Holwell will be studying Medicine at Hull York Medical School

A*AB
Laura Colbert from Burton will be studying Occupational Therapy at Cardiff University
Marcus Johns from Hazelbury Bryan will be reading PPE at the University of Manchester
Matthew Rogers from Yeovil will be studying Politics and Economics at the University of Southampton
Laura Semmons from Milborne Port will be reading Geography at Swansea University
Alice Short from Nether Compton will be taking a gap year and applying for university in 2014
Laura Tyley from Cerne Abbas who is seeking an apprenticeship in Marketing
Beth Wasiewicz from Yeovil is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014

A*AC
Callum Aptakre-Davis from Wincanton will be studying Applied Geology at the University of Exeter
Claudia Hesleden from Brympton will be studying  Business Management at theUniversity of the West of England
Joseph Newman from Yeovil will be studying Civil Engineering at Cardiff University
Emma Roberts will be taking an Art Foundation degree at Falmouth University

A*AD
Freya Gundry from Thornford is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014

AAAB
Harry Pomeroy from Hazelbury Bryan will be taking a Flexible Combined Honours (Economics) degree at the University of Exeter

AAA
Peter Childs from Corton Denham will be studying Physics at the University of Bristol
Lydia Drayton from Yeovil is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014
Jake Hitch from Nether Compton will be studying Modern Languages at University College London
Lucy Rash from Yeovil will be reading French and Linguistics at the University of Oxford
Eleanor Teague-Tucker from Trent will be studying Population and Geography at the University of Southampton

AABB
Ryan Kirkness from Henstridge is studying Biology at the University of Southampton

AAB
Lewis Bainbridge from Sherborne will be reading Biomedical Science at the University of Southampton
Joanna Cousins from Hazelbury Bryan will be studying Music at either the University of Oxford or Royal Holloway, University of London
Emma Davies from Yeovil will be studying English at the University of Exeter
Catherine Jagla from Yeovil will be studying Psychology at the University of Exeter
Emma Pengelly from Stalbridge will be reading Spanish and Linguistics at the University of York
Dominic Pollard from Milborne Port will be reading Ancient History at the University of Durham
Charlie Rex from Yeovil will be reading Ancient History at Cardiff University
Joe Singleton from Brympton is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014
Charlotte Staffiere from Sherborne is studying Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Exeter
Amy Taylor from Trent is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014
Nina Turk from Charlton Musgrove is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014
Ryan Yeo from Yeovil is taking a gap year and going to university in 2014
Joe Yandell from Stourton Caundle will be studying  Information Technology for Business at Loughborough University in 2014

We are also delighted that our AS level results are also the best ever with 72% of our students getting grades A – C, a 6% rise on the previous year’s results.

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