Forest Sixth Formers are celebrating today after another year of excellent A-level results. Following a year of tremendous hard work in and out of the classroom, 79% of grades awarded to Forest pupils were A*, A or B, with 52% at A* and A. This year, 37% of pupils also received three or more A* or A grades, up from 28% last year.
Jonathan Mitchell, Forest’s Deputy Head Academic, said: “With nearly four in every ten pupils earning three or more A* and A grades at A-level, this is another exceptional year for Forest School. We are very proud of the commitment and drive of our pupils, and also of the care and support provided by their dedicated teachers.
“What has especially impressed us about this year’s group is the way they have achieved even more top results than in previous years, despite being busy on Forest’s sports pitches, in the theatre and in the concert hall. A* and A grades have risen strongly in both girls’ and boys’ results this year, showing how well Forest’s ‘diamond structure’ works for both sexes.”
He added: “Although we celebrate the growing number of top grades each year, we are most proud of the way that all of Forest’s students worked so hard to achieve the best results they could. This kind of grit and determination is the best predictor of the bright futures that now await them.”
This year, ten pupils have secured places at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, and six pupils at some of the most prestigious medical schools across the country.
This continues Forest School’s excellent Oxbridge admissions record: the ratio of Oxbridge applications to offers made is over 41% – exactly twice the national average and exceeding the figure achieved by other schools in the independent sector.
Alex Coombs, Jessica Ross, Finn Hardwick, Charlie Willis, Evelyn Atmore and Mia Portman will all go on to Oxford, while Armand Feuilleaubois, Callum Thomson, Tanya Kundu and Jonathan Smith will be studying at Cambridge.
Nilay Gupta achieved five A*- A grades in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Tomasz Proctor achieved five A*- A grades in Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Benjamin Qureshi achieved 5 A*- A grades in Biology, Greek, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. All three will be going on to study at Imperial College London.
This year, departments across the School saw exceptional grades with more than 85% of grades awarded at A*, A and B in Biology, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, English Literature, Geography, Greek, History, Further Mathematics and Spanish.
The Geography and Greek department both received 100% in A* and A grades.
This year, instead of persevering with the outgoing AS examinations, Forest took the bold decision to enter all Year 12 pupils for the full A-level standard independent-study Extended Project Qualifications.
This forms a key part of the School’s exciting new ‘Forest Diploma’ Sixth Form curriculum. To Forest’s great delight, the results are outstanding: over two thirds of all EPQ results are A* or A grades, which is a great improvement on results at AS Level in the past.