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Students Thrilled at Outstanding A Level Results

Students from the high-performing Holcombe Grammar School (HGS) are overjoyed after receiving outstanding A Level results in this year’s examinations.

Having taken all exams at the end of a two-year course for the first time, nearly a fifth of A Level students (17%) at HGS achieved top grades (A* and A), with many overcoming personal hurdles and challenges to reach some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Teachers have praised the hard work and talent of the 2017 cohort of students, who are now looking forward to continuing their journeys at world-class institutions.

The results represent another year of extremely strong results for HGS.

Some of the best-performing students included:

  • Mark Gill, who built on his impressive haul of 11 A* and A grades at GCSE to score an A in Biology, and A*s in Maths and Physics. Having also captained the school’s football team, and performed his Head Boy role with distinction, Mark will now go on to study Physics at Imperial College London.
  • Jimmie Phillips, who when joining HGS from The Victory Academy, another TSAT school, was predicted C grades at A Level. But Jimmie’s hard work and commitment, particularly in the face of some health concerns, have been rewarded with the exceptional grades of A*AA and he has won a place at the University of Bath to study Mechanical Engineering.
  • Dirk Haston, who has followed up on superb GCSE results with A Level results of A*A*A. Dirk’s love of maths has not only been demonstrated through his own studies and success, but also through the help he has offered to other students, both in his own class and in lower years. He will now go on to read Mathematics and Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Michael Freeman, who has achieved A* in Maths and Economics and A in Further Maths, and is overjoyed that this will allow him to study Economics at his first-choice university – University College London. Michael scored an incredible 300 out of 300 in A Level Maths, which included 100% in a total of five separate exams.
  • Callum Joyce, who has demonstrated superb resilience and determination to overcome some trials and tribulations throughout his time in the Sixth Form, achieved grades of A*AA. He will read Philosophy and Ethics and the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Great success was also achieved by many other students including Emily Frost, who got A*ABB, Kingha Siedlik, who gained A*ABB, and Harvey Lewis, who received A*AA.

Juliet Diaz, Principal at Holcombe Grammar School, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled with the outstanding A Level results achieved by our students this year, which is testament to the continued hard work and dedication they have shown during their time in Sixth Form.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the talented and dedicated teachers at our school, and the continually supportive parents, who have contributed so much to this success.

“I wish all of our Year 13 students the best of luck as they move on to their next big adventure, including those going on to some of the country’s most highly acclaimed universities.”