On A Level results day, students and parents gathered at the Walkfares Canopy to receive this year’s results. It was a pleasure for all at New Hall to celebrate our students’ fantastic achievements, as well as reminisce about their time in and out of the classroom. Students were eager to thank their teachers and share with them their plans for the future.
Mrs Katherine Jeffrey, Principal, said: “We were delighted to welcome students back for a terrific Results Day. They faced great challenges during their time in the Sixth Form; to celebrate their hard work and to see their excitement for the future was the perfect culmination of their time at New Hall. Their outstanding results are a testament to the vigour and tenacity of our students and staff.”
Mr James Alderson, Head of Sixth Form, commended the students on their achievements, noting the variety of choices the year group has made in terms of their subjects and career options, including top universities and apprenticeship programmes. “As a team, we are very proud of our students, 87% of whom will be progressing to their first-choice universities. This is where most of our students’ academic careers take off, and we are so pleased to have been a part of their journey in the Sixth Form,” Mr Alderson commented.
Mr Andrew Williams, Head of Drama, took the opportunity to praise his students and their unwavering participation and resourcefulness in lessons, which were particularly valuable during remote learning. “This year’s results exceeded all expectations, as our students’ love of theatre grew in spite of the challenging combination of classroom teaching and remote learning. We were inspired by our students’ creative energy and dedication during this extraordinary academic year,” Mr Williams noted.
Top achieving students with three or more A* grades will now go on to study Physics, Law, Medicine, History, Theology and Religion, Mathematics, Modern Languages, and Mechanical Engineering at some of the most prestigious universities in the UK, including: University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, University of Exeter, University of Edinburgh, UCL, King’s College London, Loughborough University and Durham University.
It has been a particularly successful year for STEM applicants. In addition to Daisy Theakston who has achieved four A* grades, securing her place to read Medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge, a further two students have places to read Medicine and two to read Veterinary Medicine. Eight students have gained places to read Engineering, including Head Boy Ben Hutton-Penman, who achieved four A* grades in addition to being crowned Youth National Champion twice this year as a member of the British Youth Sailing Team. Other remarkable STEM achievements include Charlotte Fang, who will be reading Mathematics at the University of Warwick and Eric Shang who will be studying Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh.
We are especially proud of those students who were awarded academic, merit-based and sports scholarships, such as Katarina Sotic whose four A* grades secured her place as a Lester B. Pearson scholar for Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and Josh Devoti, who received an Ealing Trailfinders Rugby scholarship in partnership with Brunel University where he will be studying Business & Management. Congratulations also to Josh Sims who will be starting an apprenticeship in AON, and Alice Sweeney who has gained a place in the highly competitive Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
“This particular year group has truly demonstrated perseverance and flexibility, consistently maintaining an excellent academic and co-curricular performance from their GSCEs onwards. Today we celebrated not only their A Level results, but their success in all aspects of the School. We wish them all the best as they progress to the next chapter in their life,” Dr Paul Tiffen, Vice Principal (Curriculum, Growth and Innovation), commented.