There are many individual success stories in this year’s results, not least the 7 pupils whose grades in all their subjects were at the A* level.
In addition, all 11 pupils at Shrewsbury School with offers from Oxford or Cambridge Universities, achieved the required grades to meet their offers and will be taking up their places later this year.
The school’s AS results from the lower sixth pupils were also extremely impressive, with 66% of grades achieved at A-B grades. 40 pupils gained A grades in all their subjects and over 70 gained nothing less than a B.
The headmaster, Mark Turner, who has just completed his second academic year at the helm of this historic school, expressed his delight at his pupils’ success.
“I am extremely proud of this year’s splendid collection of A Level results, which are a tribute to the hard work of our pupils and staff alike.
“The outstanding set of AS results from our lower sixth pupils also bodes well for further success in next year’s A Levels,” commented Mr Turner.
Pictured leaping for joy here are Howard Stringer, Megan Cherrington, Dave Beeston and Tom Cousins. Howard and Tom both got 3 A*s (and Howard got an additional A grade too, just for good measure), and both are now heading to Medical School at Birmingham. Megan has led the way in accepting a place on KPMG's six year school leavers' programme, after which she will have a degree from Birmingham University, as well as her accounting qualifications. Dave Beeston's 3 A*s and 1 A grade confirmed his place at London's Royal Veterinary College.
Along with many other top schools in the UK, Shrewsbury will not be including its results in the press league tables again this year. Our curriculum now includes the new Cambridge Pre-U alongside the increasingly complex AS/A2 qualifications and the Extended Project Qualification. This fragmentation makes precise comparability with A Levels far from reliable, undermining the value of the league tables.