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Exams and Results

St Peter's 13-18

Exams and Results

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 2021

Pupils at St Peter’s School have received outstanding results in their A Levels. After two years of disruption and lockdowns, the success was particularly well-deserved this year.  

91% of results were awarded at A* to B, and almost all pupils achieved grades from A* to C. 37% 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. 

The school is proud of the achievements of all of its pupils and there have been some outstanding individual performances. 

Kevin Xu has 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. Olly is part of the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy and was also selected by the England Rugby team to participate in one of two half term U18 Development Camps last autumn. Olly will go on to study Economics at Durham. 

Beth Wheelhouse has achieved 1 A* and 2 As, including an 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.   

Meanwhile, twins Harrison and Harvey Gration have collectively achieved 4 A*s and 2 As. Harrison achieved a A* and 2 As and will go on to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, specialising in voice. Harvey achieved 3 A*s alongside his role as cricket captain for the 1st XI at St Peter’s School and will go on to study English at Exeter.  

A number of pupils have also combined excellent A Level results with outstanding musical achievements. Rupert Walker, Olivia Cleobury, Oscar Hawes and Ben Dunsmore have all achieved at least 3 A/A*s as well as diplomas in their ABRSM Music exams. Ben achieved an ATCL in piano with distinction, Rupert achieved an ARSM in singing with distinction and an ARSM in clarinet with merit, while Olivia and Oscar both achieved an ARSM in singing with merit. 

Alongside their A Levels, 30 pupils have also completed an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) whilst others have continued working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. 

66% of pupils have achieved places at Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge and 86.5% of pupils have been offered a place at their first-choice university. Other leavers’ destinations include overseas universities, including the EDHEC Business School, and Sandhurst. 

Jeremy Walker, Head Master says: 

“Possibly more than any other year I want to recognise the efforts of all of our Upper Sixth pupils 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. 

They have combined their academic studies with a vast range of cocurricular interests and have achieved success in sport, music, drama, journalism, debating and so much more. They have found ingenious and creative ways to continue these through lockdowns, including virtual concerts and plays, inter-year competitions and taking any opportunities they could to expand their knowledge online. The skills and interests they have developed whilst at St Peter’s will, I hope, lead them to confidence and fulfilment in their lives after school. 

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. This combined with the lifelong friendships they will have made in their time at St Peter’s will give them strength for the years ahead. 

I wish them the best of luck for the future and look forward to hearing of their many successes. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated staff at St Peter’s School who have worked tirelessly to ensure the assessment process was carried out to the highest standards. Most importantly, our teachers have provided inspirational teaching and unwavering support for our pupils throughout the global pandemic, enabling them to fulfil their true potential.” 

A-Level and Pre-U results 2020

Our Upper Sixth pupils who are leaving St Peter’s this year have fully embraced their time at school and we are delighted by everything they have contributed and achieved.  

We are especially proud of how they overcame the challenges faced during the summer term with such positivity and professionalism. They approached a difficult situation with energy and optimism, regarding challenges as an opportunity to develop valuable life skills.  

A remote learning programme including bridging courses for university, delivered by our excellent teachers and supported by former pupils, has provided fresh opportunities for our Upper Sixth pupils, equipping them with the skills and knowledge required for the next stage of their journey.  

All pupils at St Peter’s have kept fully engaged with school life from home, leading charity initiatives and participating in virtual concerts, sports challenges, virtual debates, art competitions, a literature festival and much more. 

Whether our pupils go on to further study or to pursue other passions in life, the extraordinary resilience, flexibility, and enthusiasm that they have demonstrated in recent months and throughout their time at St Peter’s will undoubtedly serve them well. We wish them all the best for the future. 

Head Master, Jeremy Walker, said: “I am so proud of this year’s Upper Sixth, not just for how they have responded in recent months but for all their fantastic achievements throughout their time at St Peter’s.  There will be many happy memories of their contribution to school life in academics, music, sport and so much more. They are a very special group of young women and men and I am confident they will go on to great success in life and continue to be a vibrant part of the St Peter’s community.” 

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.”

2021 A-Level Results by Subject

2020 A-Level Results by Subject

2019 A-Level Results by Subject

2018 A-Level Results by Subject

2017 A-Level Results by Subject

2016 A-Level Results by Subject 

2015 A-Level Results by Subject

2014 A-Level Results by Subject

2013 A-Level Results by Subject

2012 A-Level Results by Subject

GCSE Results 2021

Fifth Form pupils at St Peter’s School have achieved another outstanding set of GCSE results this year, a remarkable achievement given the disruption and lockdowns they have faced over the last two years.

56.8% of results were awarded at grades 9 and 8, with 75.7% at grades 9 to 7 and 99% at grades 9 to 4 (grade C and above). 

The school is proud of the achievements of all of its pupils and there have been some exceptional individual performances. 

Henry Jameson and Thomas Johnson both achieved 12 GCSEs at grade 9 while Martha Dunsmore achieved 11 GCSEs at grade 9. Oisin Papadopoulos and Tierney Walsh achieved 11 GCSEs at grade 9 and 1 GCSE at grade 8, while Jamie Hui achieved 10 grade 9s at GCSE and 1 grade 8. Overall, 29 pupils achieved a clean sweep of ten or more GCSEs at grades 9 and 8 (A*) and will become Academic Scholars. 

Jeremy Walker, Head Master says: 

“I am incredibly proud of our Fifth Form pupils for everything they have achieved over the last two years. I applaud their maturity, resilience and whole-hearted commitment to their studies which they have continued to demonstrate under the most challenging circumstances.  

“I would also like to thank my talented colleagues who have provided inspirational teaching and unwavering support for our pupils throughout the global pandemic. Pupils and teachers have all adapted to new ways of learning and the staff at St Peter’s School have worked tirelessly to ensure the assessment process was carried out to the highest standards. Today’s results are a fitting reward for all their hard work. 

“Our Fifth Form pupils already make a valuable contribution to life at St Peter’s School, combining their academic studies with a vast range of co-curricular activities. We look forward to seeing their skills, values and interests develop further as they progress to Sixth Form, joined by talented new pupils from other schools in September.” 

GCSE Results 2020

Our Fifth Form pupils receiving their GCSE results this week should be incredibly proud of everything they have achieved, including their ability to respond to all the challenges of remote learning. 

We have been overwhelmed by their maturity, resilience and whole-hearted commitment during what has been an unusual academic year.  

Our inspirational teachers delivered an excellent remote learning programme during the summer term to ensure continuity of education for our Fifth Formers, including preparation for A Levels, equipping them with the skills and knowledge required for the transition to Sixth Form life.  

All pupils at St Peter’s have kept fully engaged with school life from home, leading charity initiatives and participating in virtual concerts, sports challenges, virtual debates, art competitions, a literature festival and much more.  

We look forward to welcoming them back to St Peter’s School in September as they join the Lower Sixth, along with new starters from other schools.  

Head Master, Jeremy Walker, said: “I am incredibly proud of our Fifth Form pupils, my talented colleagues and grateful for the outstanding support of our parents.  Their successes today are fully deserved and we have a very strong year group progressing to Sixth Form, joined by talented new pupils from other schools in September.” 

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.”  

2021 GCSE Results by subject

2020 GCSE Results by subject

2019 GCSE Results by subject

2018 GCSE Results by subject

2017 GSCE Results by Subject 

2016 GCSE Results by Subject 

2015 GCSE Results by Subject

2014 GCSE Results by Subject

2013 GCSE Results by Subject

2012 GCSE Results by Subject