Playing sport for England, representing the UK in the science Olympiad – oh and securing record A level grades! It has been a remarkable year for students at RGS. Top A Level marks with 92 per cent of grades at A* to B have once again placed Reigate Grammar School in the ‘premier league’ of UK schools. Today’s A Level grades were the best results ever achieved by RGS students with more grades an A* or A than every other grade put together. The school has maintained last year’s massive leap in A* to B grades which saw it rated as the top co-educational school in Surrey (Sunday Times Parent Power).
For the third year running every RGS student who applied to medical school was offered a place and all 14 students with an offer from Oxford or Cambridge University will now take up their place. Having recently returned from competing in Belgium, where he secured a bronze medal as one of the four-strong UK Biology Olympiad team, 18 year old Rhys Thomson gained five A star grades. Madeleine Fisher, Laura Upstone and Emma Findlater all secured four A star grades. England Hockey star Harriet Mitchell returned from competing for her country to discover she had gained three A grades at A Level and will now take up her unconditional place at Birmingham University whilst still pursuing her international Hockey career.
Laura Upstone, Isobel Richards and Lucy Donovan were amongst students who didn’t drop a single mark in an A level exam. Laura and Isobel achieved 100 per cent in art and Lucy 100 per cent in History.
Commented Mr Shaun Fenton, Headmaster: “I am thrilled for our young people that together we have achieved the school’s best ever results, particularly at A*, the top grade which opens doors of opportunity to life changing chances at university. Record numbers of our students are heading off to the top Russell Group universities, but I am just as proud of those who are heading off to drama school, art college or music conservatoires to pursue their passion.
“The results are a testament to the support and hard work of our teachers, the parents and, of course, our fabulous students. I am always struck with admiration at how Reigatians can secure the best results that the school has ever received and at the same time deliver such an inspiring programme of arts, sporting, cultural and other highlights with RGS securing more national level successes in these areas than ever before. There is so much more to a great education than exam results and league tables but if they are going to exist then it is good to be at the top of them.”