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Bishop's Stortford High School A-levels: Successful students bound for Oxford, Cambridge and Yale

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Seven A-level students at The Bishop's Stortford High School are heading for Oxford or Cambridge universities and another five have secured places on medicine, dentistry or veterinary courses.

Head Dale Reeve said: "Like the rest of the country, our students have experienced so much disruption and uncertainty in their education this year, so it's wonderful to see so many of them achieving fantastic grades to take with them on the next step of their journey.

"I've been really impressed with the attitude and resilience they've shown in the face of such adversity. They've continued to work hard and take advantage of the enrichment opportunities available to them at the school, which has helped them to cope with these challenging circumstances, and their efforts have certainly paid off.

From left, Dan Barnett (2 A*s, 1 A), Joe Metson (2 A*s, 1A), Joe Ashworth (2 A*s, 1 A), Sam Williams (4 A*s) and Harry Collier-Smith (3 A*s)
From left, Dan Barnett (2 A*s, 1 A), Joe Metson (2 A*s, 1A), Joe Ashworth (2 A*s, 1 A), Sam Williams (4 A*s) and Harry Collier-Smith (3 A*s)

"We're delighted to see seven students gain a place at Oxford or Cambridge university with another five gaining places on medicine, dentistry or veterinary courses – a brilliant achievement.

"Many others have also gained the top grades and are now heading off to really challenging courses at the most prestigious universities or taking up apprenticeships with world-leading employers.

"As ever, we will provide the necessary support and guidance to help all our students determine their best next step, whatever their grades. My congratulations go to all our leavers – long may they retain the 'Black & Gold spirit'.

Bliss Ashley (A*, A, B) and Jenna Buller (3 A*s)
Bliss Ashley (A*, A, B) and Jenna Buller (3 A*s)

"On behalf of the students, I'd like to thank the great efforts of our fabulous staff in helping them achieve such success. The assessment process placed a massive burden on all staff following the cancellation of exams in January and I'm extremely grateful for the incredible work they have done since then."

The following A* students have received various offers:

  • Sam Williams (4 A*s) has an offer from Girton College, Cambridge, to read computer science
  • Taylor Dodd (3 A*s & 1 A) – computing at Imperial College, London
  • Oliver Jones (3 A*s & 1 B) – computer science at Edinburgh University
  • James Bentley (3 A*s) – biomedical sciences at Queen Mary, London
  • Jenna Buller (3 A*s) – psychology and behavioural sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  • Nathaniel Carn (3 A*s) – psychology and behavioural sciences at St Catherine's, Cambridge, and an unconditional offer to study at Yale University in the USA
  • Harry Collier-Smith (3 A*s) – medicine at Queen Mary, London
  • Jamie Dunne (3 A*s) – modern and medieval languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Adam Isle-Erraou (3 A*s) – chemistry at Bath University
  • Archie MacLeod (3 A*s) – international relations at York University
  • Azayr Raja (3 A*s) – economics at Leeds University.

Rob Stark, head of sixth form, added: "They've had to battle against adversity and remain calm amidst such uncertainty, so it's wonderful to see them being so well rewarded for their efforts across the two very unsettled years of sixth-form study.

"While students across the country have had a really difficult situation to deal with, ours deserve much credit for the way they have remained focused and acquitted themselves so effectively.

"The vast majority of them are now taking up places at top universities and have very bright futures ahead of them. As ever, we're extremely proud of the commitment they've shown and the contributions they've made to the school. We'll look forward to celebrating with them at our awards evening in December."

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