A Level Results Are In!

An air of celebration embraced The Portsmouth Grammar School this morning as pupils received their A Level results.

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16th August 2018 — Over 54% of the grades awarded were A*- A and the equivalent scores in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with 99 pupils achieving the threshold of at least ABB; 90% of pupils have achieved places at their choice of university.

Earlier this summer, Year 13 IB pupils achieved an average score of over 38 points per candidate, equivalent to at least 3 A grades at A Level; and today, with the release of A Level results, pupils and staff are celebrating the news that in one of the largest year group cohorts of 167 pupils, 19% of all grades awarded are A*, 54% A*-A (against a national average of 26.4%) and 79% A*- B.

“These results, against a background of tougher A Levels, are excellent,” said James Priory, who was overseeing his final set of public examination results as Head of the school. 

Thirteen pupils this year will be going on to study Medicine or Veterinary Science at universities from Newcastle to Surrey and UCL.  A further thirteen pupils are going on to read Engineering and Architecture, with other pupils going to read a range of subjects including Economics, Classics, Law and Engineering.  Pupils are heading to Russell Group universities, Oxbridge Colleges and one pupil has already left to major in Economics at the University of Southern California. 

One of the successful Oxbridge candidates today is Lizzy Howes who will be going to read Law at Homerton College, Cambridge.  “I’ve just got back from a Choir tour with Homerton College to Prague,” said Lizzy Howes.  “As I waved goodbye at the airport I wasn’t sure I’d be seeing them again so I’m absolutely delighted about my results.”

Izzy Sambles, who will be going to read Mechanical Engineering at Bristol had a nerve-wracking start to the day.  “My hands were shaking so badly when I opened my results,” said Izzy. “I was so happy and really relieved when I saw my results.”  Izzy achieved 2 A* grades and an A.

“It’s amazing to find out how well I did, and it puts me in good stead for applying to university next year to read Maths,” said Freddie Sligo-Young who today found out he had received 4 A* grades and a fantastic grade 1 in STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics, a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.  “I need to keep my Maths ticking over, but am looking forward to some travelling this year.”

Xavier Harris joined PGS in Year 7, having received bursarial support to come to the school.  He achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades today which takes him to Durham University to read Economics.  “Without the bursary I wouldn’t have been able to come to PGS,” said Xavier.  “I’ve had a great time here and I’m set up and ready to move on to university now.”

Barney Carter is the final member of his family to leave PGS, his three elder sisters having also been pupils here.  “It is an end of an era,” said Mrs Alison Carter, “and I am so pleased that Barney has done so well today.”  Barney will be going to Liverpool to read Medicine having achieved 4 A grades and today was joined by two of his sisters – Phoebe and Lydia – to celebrate his results.

“The pupils have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results today,” concluded James Priory.  “It is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and to wish them every happiness and success for the next stage in their lives.”

The Portsmouth Grammar School (Coed 2-18) is a day school in Hampshire.

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