Two St John’s students have achieved stunning results in their A-level exams. Tom Bolton learned he had got A* grades in maths, physics, chemistry and further maths. This more than assures him of his place at Oxford to read physics. Samir Kamal achieved A* grades in chemistry, maths and physics and has secured a place at University College, London to study chemical engineering.
A* is the top grade and was first awarded in 2010. It was brought in to meet the annual criticism that A-level grades were getting easier to achieve and to help universities distinguish between students who are good and those who are excellent. Twelve other St John’s students received at least three A*/A grades.
Almost 130 St John’s students have now received their A-level results. And ninety per cent of those planning to go to university have confirmed places already, including those who took the international baccalaureate and got their results last month.
Year twelve students taking AS-level exams were also celebrating their results. Three students – Alice Duffy, Dan Jones and Katie Mills – have achieved five A grades.
It is not yet clear how the school’s overall results compare to last year’s figures.
Marlborough College told Marlborough News Online that they would be making no comment on their A level results.
We will return to this story when the nationwide tables are published.