Forest School in Snaresbrook, London, celebrates another year of success on A level results day. With 61 students from this year’s cohort of leavers securing at least AAB at A level – the grades required for the most competitive of university courses – students at Forest School are pleased to confirm their university places today. Over 70% of A level grades at Forest were awarded at A*-B grades, and a third of all students achieved at least three A grades across all their subjects.
With over 81% of Forest students securing a place at their first or second choice university, they will be moving on to a range of prestigious and world-class institutions in the coming months. This includes five students who have already gained admissions to Oxbridge to study some of the most competitive degree courses in the world:
Lorcan Canavan – A*A*A (History at Selwyn College, Cambridge)
Charlotte Connal – A*A*A (Music at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)
Katie Inch – A*AA (History at Somerville College, Oxford)
Jessica Kayode-Newman – took a gap year (Geography at Girton College, Cambridge)
Hannah Webb – A*AA (English at Selwyn College, Cambridge)
Five students this year achieved straight A* grades across all their subjects. Special mention goes to Jamie Chang, who achieved four A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, and will be going on to study Natural Sciences at Durham. Other top performers included:
Kareem Hussain – A*A*A*
Asha Kaushal – A*A*A*
Lucy Machado – A*A*A*
Raoul Metcalfe – A*A*A*
Victor Vincent-Joseph – A*A*A*
A growing area of excellence for Forest School students is Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary subjects, and the class of 2017 has done exceptionally well this year in securing places:
Molly Buckmaster – A*AA (Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham)
Qize Guan – A*A*A (Medicine at Imperial College London)
Philippa Innes-Taylor – A*AA (Medicine at Bristol)
Deborah Joseph – AAA (Medicine at Bristol)
Sharlenee Kanagasabai – AAA (Medicine at University College London)
Eleanor Matson – A*AA (Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh)
Milan Raveendran – took at gap year (Dentistry at Manchester)
Victor Vincent-Joseph – A*A*A* (Medicine at Nottingham)
Forest is a welcoming and encouraging Sixth Form for students who come from other schools after GCSE. Students who joined the School for Sixth Form in 2015 have done extraordinarily well. As well as Lorcan Canavan and Charlotte Connal, who will both be studying in Cambridge, Jed Etches secured an A* grade in Maths, and A grades in Further Mathematics and Physics, and will be studying at Bath in September.
Students at Forest also explore options beyond university study: Hamilah Ershad, who earned three A grades in DT, Mathematics and Physics, will be studying at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, earning an Engineering degree alongside a full-time role at Dyson. Only 30 students secured places on this highly competitive vocational course, out of over 800 applicants.
Year 12 students at Forest also achieved another stellar set of results for the Extended Project Qualification. Results received this summer show that 76% of Forest Year 12s were awarded at least an A grade, with 50% of all students earning the top A* grade. The EPQ involves students writing a 5,000-word research-based dissertation on any subject of their own choosing, or they can choose to research and create an ‘artefact’ – such as a work of art or a tangible object – accompanied by written analysis. The EPQ is highly regarded by universities who value the experience students gain from the extensive research involved, which can offer preparation for university-level study.
On this year’s A level results, the Warden of Forest School, Marcus Cliff Hodges, had this to say:
“Our largest ever Year 13 cohort have posted another good set of A level results, allowing them to move on to the next stage of their studies – for the vast majority at the university of their choice. The sheer range of courses they will take, from music, modern languages and forensic science to engineering, computing and history, suggest they are young people who have benefitted from all the learning opportunities they have enjoyed at Forest both inside and outside the classroom. We wish them very best of luck as they successfully move on.”
Head of Sixth Form, Kate Spencer Ellis, added:
“I’m immensely proud of the depth and breadth of work that Forest’s Sixth Form have done in order to get to today. Students leave Forest well qualified, grounded and passionate about making a positive impact on the world around them. These excellent A level results will no-doubt help them to achieve their ambitions.”
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