St Peter’s School head Jeremy Walker paid tribute to his A level students today.
“Not only have they achieved an outstanding set of results, but they have also kept going through the most difficult of circumstances over their two years in Sixth Form.
“The pupils have worked extraordinarily hard, adapting to new ways of learning at home and coping with all of the trials the global pandemic has brought them, including uncertainty about the A Levels themselves.
“In spite of, or perhaps because of, the situation they have faced these young people have achieved a huge amount. The results they have earned today are a fitting reward for all of their hard work.
“As well as the academic results they have achieved today, I am very proud of the values the pupils in the Upper Sixth have developed, in particular their compassion for others, their endurance and resilience through the toughest of challenges and their hope and optimism for the future.”
Altogether 92% of results at St Peter’s were awarded at A* to B, and almost all pupils achieved grades from A* to C. 36% of all grades were at A*, with 13 pupils achieving all A* grades and 15 pupils achieving four or more A Levels at A*/A.
Kevin Xu achieved 5 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Kevin has already proved himself to be one of the top young scientists in the country, achieving a place on the prestigious Cambridge Senior Physics Challenge summer school in 2020 and participating in the UK Chemistry Olympiad earlier this year. Kevin will go on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge.
Olly Tomalin has achieved 1 A* and 3 As alongside his exceptional achievements on the rugby pitch. Earlier this year, Olly was named as one of the top 15 U18 rugby players in England for the 2020/2021 season by NextGenXV.
Beth Wheelhouse has achieved 1 A* and 2 As – the A* in drama. Beth was accepted by the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain last year and will remain a member of the National Youth Theatre Company until she turns 26, opening doors to a huge range of opportunities.
Beth will go on to study the Liberal Arts at King’s College, London.
Hannah Aubrey has achieved 3 A*s in Art, Chemistry and Mathematics, alongside her commitment to sport. Hannah was awarded the school’s Jo Sergeant Shield for all round excellence in Girls’ Sport and will go on to study Biological Sciences at Edinburgh.