St Peter's School
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.”