A Level Results 2023

Date Posted: Thursday 17 August 2023

  • 12% at the highest A* grade
  • 38% of all grades at top grades A*/A
  • Over two thirds of grades A*-B

Sixteen students achieved straight A*/A grades, with two achieving a clean sweep of A*s.  37% of New Hall grades are at A*/A.  Despite the national downturn in the top grades, over two thirds of all grades are at A*-B.

Law successes

New Hall has a long tradition of success with Law applicants.  Six students were successful in securing places to study law at top universities.  Continuing New Hall’s strong Oxbridge tradition, Deputy Head Girl, Anastasia, has secured a place to read Law at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, having achieved four A* grades.  Anastasia will join a distinguished line of New Hallian Oxbridge lawyers, including: former Head Girl, Connie, who achieved a First from Trinity College, Cambridge, and is a trainee at Slaughter and May; national swimming champion and former Deputy Head Girl, Courtney, who achieved a First from St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and is a trainee at Milberg London LLP; former Head Boy, Jan, who achieved a 2.1 from Christ Church, Oxford, and is an associate at Allen & Overy; Rebecca, who achieved a 2.1 from Magdalen College, Oxford, and is with Weightmans LLP; and Gianni, who achieved a starred First from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and is a trainee at Slaughter and May.

Medicine and Veterinary successes

New Hallian, Emily, has won her place at Girton College, Cambridge, to read Veterinary Medicine, having achieved A*AAA.  Poppy will be studying Medicine at the University of East Anglia, having achieved A*AAA.  Alicia will be studying Animal Biology at Royal Veterinary College, University of London, having achieved ABBB.  Katie will progress this year to study Medicine at Hull York Medical School, having achieved A*A*AA.

University Success

Of our Year 13 heading to UK universities, 80% of students have achieved places at Russell Group/Top 20 institutions.  Staff have been working hard to ensure that every student has a suitable plan for the year ahead.

London Universities

Sixteen students have secured places at top London Universities.  Toby has secured his place at Imperial College, London, to read Materials and Nuclear Engineering, having achieved A*A*A*.

Head Girl, Felicity, is one of three students to secure a place at the London School of Economics (LSE).  Felicity will read History, having achieved A*A*A*A.  She joins our boarders Maxim, who achieved A*A*A who will also be reading History, and Yurila, who will be studying Finance, who also achieved A*A*A.


New Hall has one of the largest Theology Departments in the country.  This year, the Department celebrated A Level successes with Amelie, who will read Theology & Religion at Durham University, and with Elizabeth, who will read Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Exeter.

Modern Languages

New Hall’s Head of French, Mr Boudon, said “I am delighted to be celebrating our best ever A Level French results with three A* and two Bs, bucking the national trend for Languages.  With A*AA, Barbara achieved the grades to read French and Latin at UCL.  In September, I will also be welcoming back our second alumna to teach Modern Languages at New Hall”. 

“I am proud that our Principal, Mrs Jeffrey, has also received news of passing her B1 French DELF qualification and I hope that I will now be able to encourage her to progress to B2!”

Sporting successes

A number of our students will either be directly entering the world of professional sport, or will be combining their studies with their sporting endeavours.  These include:

  • New Hall’s Golf Captain, Millie, who has been accepted by the Professional Golfers’ Association for a three-year course in becoming a PGA Golf professional.
  • Imogen, who achieved A*A*A*A grades in her A Levels, who is now heading to Seton Hall University in the USA to read Philosophy, having secured a prestigious Tennis scholarship. Imogen also holds a place to read Law at the University of Exeter in 2024.
  • Deputy Head Boy, Jack, who achieved A*AA, who will be heading to the University of Bath to study Computer Science and will be joining their elite swimming programme.

Principal, Katherine Jeffrey, greeted students as they arrived: “We are tremendously proud of all of the students.  This cohort has had to face unprecedented challenges over the last few years.  After their first experience of a public examination season, to see them come out with beaming smiles to receive their results and take the first step into their futures is a wonderful feeling.  Our staff are in School today in great number to celebrate with them.  With so many securing places at their preferred universities, including competitive Russell Group university courses in subjects such as Law, Engineering and Medicine, this really is a joyous day to see all that hard work having paid off.  I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.”

Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of English, Dr Stephanie Foster, said: “When you remember the nervous smiles from when our students started in Sixth Form – whether that was moving up from our Senior Divisions, joining from another school locally or moving in as a boarder from further afield – and compare that with what we’re seeing today, with them jumping in the air with joy, it really hits home how much effort has gone into reaching this point, by the students and their teachers”.

Vice Principal, Dr Tiffen, said: “It is remarkable that 75% of grades are at A*-A from our top third of students, with 30% at A*, given the significantly higher boundaries for top grades.”