St Peter's School
Pupils at St Peter's School consistently achieve outstanding academic results, a testament to the extraordinary talent and dedication of our pupils and the commitment of our inspirational teachers.
St Peter's School appears 14th in the list of top 20 UK Co-ed boarding schools for 2019 based on A-level results, A* and A grades obtained and the number of pupils with exam success. The School also appears in the top 100 independent schools, ranked by A-level success.
A-Level and Pre-U results 2019
Pupils at St Peter’s School York are celebrating, having received a bumper set of A Level results. With 85% of results at A* to B, and 59% at A* and A, they have achieved even stronger results than last year’s Sixth Form pupils and the highest top level grades since 2012, when current records began. Over one fifth of all grades received were at A*, a testament to the hard work of the pupils and their teachers.
The school is proud of the achievements of all of its pupils and there have been some outstanding individual performances.
Jamie Dunsmore has been awarded five grades at A* and will be starting his Physics degree at The University of Warwick in the autumn.
With three A* grades, Tom Hatfield has been accepted to read Medicine at Oxford. Fergus Waterhouse will also be going up to Oxford, to read Biochemistry.
Rosie McLeish will become the third of her siblings to go from St Peter’s to Cambridge after receiving three A*s. She will take up her place to read English after taking a gap year, which will include time volunteering for a sailing charity.
Harriet Edwards will be taking up a Choral Scholarship at Robinson College, Cambridge. Musician Dan Hicks, the recipient of the St Peter’s Award, achieved two A* and one A and will be taking up his place to read Music at Durham in 2020, after spending a year at Blackburn Cathedral as a choral scholar, contributing to the musical outreach programme there.
Boarder Anna Williams will read French and Italian at Oxford. In addition, boarder Ben Poskitt was awarded three A* and will read Agribusiness at Newcastle University, with ambitions to manage the family farming business.
Lily Kirkby will read History of Art at Cambridge and Hugh Whitworth will read Philosophy at Cambridge.
Other pupils will be beginning studies at universities from St Andrew’s to Exeter, with subject choices as varied as Economics, Fine Art, Engineering and Broadcast Journalism. Many have chosen to take a gap year to travel, volunteer or work before starting their degree studies next autumn.
Jeremy Walker, Head Master says:
“I am delighted with the A Level and Pre U results this year and congratulate all of our pupils on their success, achieved through hard work and inspiring teaching.
“When I think of these pupils not just as the 18 year olds leaving us today but as successful adults, I know that examination results and attaining the best grades possible is a crucial link to the next stage in life after school. When I also consider what makes somebody happy, confident and fulfilled later in life, what makes the difference is a wide range of skills and interests and strong values.
“All of them have been given the opportunity to focus on their academic subjects and also to expand their knowledge and skills through academic societies, extended projects, subject specific trips, debates and visiting speakers. This combined with the pastoral support at St Peter’s and full participation in sport, music and other co-curricular activities means that they leave us with a healthy balance and the resilience to make the most of life beyond school. I wish them the best of luck for the future and look forward to hearing of their many successes.”
GCSE Results 2019
Fifth Form pupils at St Peter’s School, York have achieved another stunning set of GCSE results this year. With 46% of results at grades 9 and 8 (A* equivalent) and 69% grades 9 to 7 (A*/A equivalent), there is much to celebrate. 98% of results were awarded grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
An incredible 11 pupils achieved a clean sweep of ten or more grade 9s and 8s, and 29 pupils were awarded ten or more grades 9 to 7. Ben Dunsmore and Tom Storey both earned 11 grades 9 to 8 and will be taking four A Levels each in September. Two pupils scored an impressive 12 GCSEs each, all at grades 9 to 7 including top grades in Greek and Further Maths. All pupils who have achieved ten or more grades 9 to 8 will be appointed as Honorary Academic Scholars when they begin their Sixth Form studies.
This year, the St Peter’s Under 16s rugby team secured the Colts title at the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens tournament. This victory did not distract them from their studies as the squad chalked up an impressive 68 grades 9 to 7 between them. Team Captain Joe Baker, and players Oliver Tomalin and Joshua Bennison all achieved ten or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 7.
As well as excellent teaching, pupils benefitted from some of the outstanding facilities at St Peter’s, which was named Northern Independent School of the Year in The Sunday Times Parent Power 2019 guide. The opportunity to exhibit at the Whitestone Gallery spurred artists on, with 90% of Art GCSEs awarded grades 9 to 7. The purpose built Design and Technology department gave 80% of pupils the resources and equipment to achieve grades 9 to 7. Lessons in the brand new, award-winning Pascal Building inspired Maths and Modern Foreign Languages pupils to achieve top results.
Head Master Jeremy Walker said of the results:
“I am so proud of all of our GCSE results and congratulate everyone on their success. These pupils have worked hard for the past two years to achieve these grades. I am looking forward to welcoming them back next month to begin their A Levels and further their academic achievement, whilst they continue to enrich the school in sport, music, drama and other co-curricular activities. I am also looking forward to hearing all about their continued volunteering, community work and progress towards achieving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in the forthcoming months. They will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
“Congratulations also go to all of those pupils who have participated in the York Independent State School Partnership and have received their GCSE results today, especially those who came to St Peter’s to study Latin and Astronomy. We really value being part of the ISSP and look forward to hearing many more success stories from schools across the city.”
“I would also like to thank the teachers and all of the other staff who have dedicated themselves to achieving these results and who nurture and care for our pupils, ensuring they go on to the next stage of their school life with a happy, healthy and balanced approach.”