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    Excellent A Level Results - Over Half at A*/A

    Despite the new era of more challenging A Level courses, Kimbolton School students had plenty to smile about this morning as they discovered that over half of their results were at A*/A grade.

    Despite the new era of more challenging A Level courses, Kimbolton School students had plenty to smile about this morning as they discovered that over half of their results were at A*/A grade.

    16.1% were at A* grade and a further 35.5% at A.  Over 80% of the results were A* to Bs, the grades so closely tied to entry to top universities.

    Twenty-two students, almost a quarter of the year group, gained at least 3 A*/As. A further 25 achieved at least 2A*/As.

    Giorgi Keratishvili from Georgia, achieved 3A*s and one A grade and has qualified for his place at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, to read Economics.

    Phoebe Simpson from Barton Seagrave achieved 3A*s and will be heading to Leeds to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  With an A* and 3As, Nathanael Warwicker from Rushden will be reading Chemistry at Durham while Chris Oakley from Eynesbury, who was awarded 2A*s, one A and a B, plans to read Mathematics at Nottingham.

    Having each gained 2A*s and an A, Fiona Denton (Upper Dean) will study Biomedicine at Newcastle, Pippa Lowe (Waresley) will read Accounting and Business at Edinburgh and Josh Smith (Needingworth) will read Economics at Leeds.

    Pippa said, "I was quite shocked at my results. I'm sad to leave Kimbolton but having been here since Reception I'm ready to go.  The staff have prepared me well for uni and later life."

    Other top performers included James Clements (Nassington), Izzy Crow (Abbotsley), Ella Giles (Kimbolton), Amelia Good (Ashwell), Holly Lamb and Lauren Lamb (both Great Houghton), Freyja McLoughlin (Buckden), Khanh Nguygen (Vietnam), Jess Staplehurst (Potton), James Wilkins (Great Staughton) and Henny Woods (Hamerton).

    A further 21 students gained at least one A.

    Jess Staplehurst achieved A*AA and will start her Medicine course at Nottingham next term. "I'm really relleved.  It's been a long summer of not knowing!", she said. "Kimbolton is unique: everyone knows each other and it'll be strange to leave. The staff are so supportive and happy to help, and the careers and university advice has been amazing." Her mother, Claire, added, "Jess has thrown herself into House activities and drama and it has given her such confidence and self-belief. I'm overwhelmed and relieved that all her hard work has paid off."

    With her son, James, now off to Birmingham to study Mechanical Engineering, Judy Wilkins commented, "Today is the justification of everyone's faith in James and of the hard work that he has put in, especially over the last two years. Kimbolton Sixth Form has given him a level of maturity  and personal qualities that have really helped him achieve." Lee Farrer agreed, "Kimbolton has given my sons the ability to take on challenges and has moulded them. It has taught them to accept failure and success alike, to try harder when needed and to be resilient." His son, George, achieved AAB and will be reading Politics at York University. "I'm happy and have had good fun throughout my time at Kimbolton. Everyone is welcoming, supportive and friendly and activities such as sport and the CCF have given me really good skills for life."

    Martha Penniall is heading north to Newcastle to read Marketing and reflected, " I'm very happy and have good memories of my time here. I've particularly enjoyed the friendships and the Sixth Form." Her mother, Emma, commented, " We've worked hard to send our children to Kimbolton but it's been the best decision we've ever made. It has given them confidence, self-belief and life skills and so many amazing opportunities. Both have absolutely flourished and have made friends for life."

    Jonathan Belbin, the Headmaster said, “These students have been at the vanguard of tackling the new, more demanding linear courses and have certainly more than met the additional challenge.  Their results demonstrate real commitment, ably supported by our staff, but cannot reflect their countless contributions to the wider life of our school, beyond the classroom.”

    (Updated 11 September 2018)