There was a strong international flavour to A Level celebrations at Bootham this year. More than a quarter of the year group gained at least 3 A grades in their exams and amongst them was a very cosmopolitan collection of students, representing not just the United Kingdom, but also Russia, China, Nigeria, Bosnia, Hong Kong, Hungary and The Netherlands.

More than 82% of students applying to university from Bootham this year are taking up a place at one of their two chosen university courses, 90% of those on their first choice course. In addition to the large majority heading off to Russell group universities in this country (including several to Cambridge, UCL, SOAS, Imperial and Durham), three successful students are about to embark on degrees in Holland and another in Switzerland.

Keeping with the international theme, Toby Price, despite taking several weeks out of his A Level course to compete for Great Britain at Modern Pentathlon in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aries last October, still managed to secure two A* and two A grades.

Six students – Christopher Chivers, Rob Davidson, Caroline Gu, Misan Kakayor, Lewis Kilbride and Finn Van Der Voort- each achieved three A* grades. Several of them also gained top grades in the increasingly important Extended Project Qualification, as did 65% of the school’s entrants, with half of all at grade A*.

Subjects that fared particularly well were Chemistry, Spanish, Maths, Design Technology, Art and Physics, where at least half of grades were at A* or A.

Headmaster Chris Jeffery said “We are very proud to celebrate the hard work and success of our students at the culmination of their school careers, and to see so many of them meet or surpass their potential. We wholeheartedly congratulate the many whose excellent results tend to get highlighted on days like today, but take as much pleasure and pride in the achievements of all students, especially those who have overcome real challenges and difficulties to get the grades that they needed to kick start their futures. Raw statistics tell very little of the story for so many students on results day.”