Students from schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are celebrating excellent A level results today (Thursday 14 August).
Overall the Royal Borough was well above the national average with 41 per cent gaining A* and A grades (national 26 per cent), 73 per cent A* to B (national 52 per cent) and 92 per cent A* to C (national 77 per cent).
Holland Park School students have recorded the best set of results in the school’s history. In an outstanding performance for the school, passes at grades A* to B were 76 per cent, up from 70 per cent in 2013, well above the national average of 52 per cent.
Passes at A* were 17 per cent. The national average is eight per cent.
95 per cent of students achieved grades A* to C which was also above the national average of 77 per cent.
With such stunning success, delighted students are preparing for their arrival at the country’s leading universities. One student, Dan Kreso, takes up a place to read physics at Brasenose College, Oxford. He said: ‘I am very proud of all I have achieved at Holland Park School and delighted that it has given me a route to studying at the University of Oxford.’
Dan arrived in the UK as a young boy, a refugee from Bosnia, speaking very little English. He spent seven years at Holland Park School, finding much success in the sciences as well as English and history. Owing to opportunities at the school and Imperial College London, and a growing passion for physics at the end of his GCSEs, he shaped his various talents towards the natural sciences and has great promise as a young physicist.
Chelsea Academy celebrated its second set of A level results since opening in September 2009 and admitting its first sixth form in 2011.
The student passes at A* to C were 78 per cent compared with the national average of 77 per cent
Some notable individual stories include Oxford and Cambridge places for James Vigni and Shaun Steenkamp respectively.
James Vigni secured a place at Wadham College, Oxford University to read French and Spanish after gaining A grades in Spanish, French and Italian.
Shaun Steenkamp will read computer science at King’s College, Cambridge having gained A*s in mathematics and further mathematics and A in physics.
Abraao Pacheco Dos Santos Peres Mota gained a place at Imperial College, London to read computing having gained A grades in mathematics and physics, and A* in further mathematics.
Chelsea Academy Acting Principal, Charlotte Harrison, said: ‘We are so proud of our students’ achievements which are a testament to the immense hard work by students and staff over the past two years. Congratulations and thank you to all those who have played a part in securing these results. We wish our students much success as they start the journey to the next part of their lives’
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School also celebrated another set of outstanding A level results with nine of its students Oxbridge-bound. The last two years have produced the best results in the school’s one hundred year history.
Passes at grades A* to B were 87 per cent, well above the national average of 52 per cent.
The percentage of pupils getting grades A* to C is 97 per cent, while this year’s national average is 77 per cent.
Passes at A* and A were 53 per cent. The national average is 26 per cent.
Headmaster, Paul Stubbings, said: ‘These superlative results are no flash in the pan. Year after year, the dedication of pupils, staff and parents carries us to greater success. I am delighted for all concerned.’
Councillor Emma Will, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: ‘These are wonderful results for the staff and students at Holland Park School, Chelsea Academy and the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, within which there have been some outstanding individual performances. This really is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of staff and students.
‘I wish all the students who are now going on to their universities every success in the future.
‘Once again the A level results show we have every reason to be proud of our schools in Kensington and Chelsea.’