Students at Bootham School in York are celebrating the benefits of an education in which they can and do excel in a wide variety of subjects.

Headmaster Chris Jeffery said: “Our overall results have given much cause for celebration, bucking the national trend with an increased percentage of grades at A* (19%), with almost three-quarters between A*-B and a 100% pass rate. Over 90% of those applying for university have been accepted onto one of their chosen courses, with 72% getting into their first choice, 28% of students achieved at least three A grades.”

“But it is the variety of the most successful departments that really stands out for me and shows that it is still possible to offer a broad and rich curriculum successfully, with plenty of choice for all.”  As many school’s find themselves forced to narrow their curriculum and cut creative subjects and languages, students at Bootham have benefited from the opportunity of studying a breadth of subjects.

“In Maths, for example, 55% of our students gained A* or A grades, as did 73% of those taking further Maths grades. In Art, 15 of the 21 students achieved an A* grade, and 100% of Music students an A. 86% of Philosophy & Religious Studies candidates were awarded at least grade A. In addition, 17% of students sat a Modern Foreign Language. A good number of students gained grades across a variety of disciplines. The same broad pattern is also reflected in the terrific variety of courses they have opted to study at university.”

“On top of that, the Extended Project Qualification which allows students to explore a subject of their choice at the equivalent of first year undergraduate level, saw students exploring topics as diverse as the feasibility of mining of water from asteroids, the mental health effects of social media, and whether the bombing of Dresden in 1945 was justified. Two thirds of the 28 entries achieved A or A* grades, 46% an A*.”

“We are really proud of all our students and staff, who have worked so hard together to master these new, demanding A Levels with little exemplar material to guide them, and we rejoice particularly with those who have applied to university, the overwhelming majority of whom have gained a place on one of their chosen courses.”

Individual successes belonged among many others to Dom Bielby (York’s Member of the Youth Parliament and former Chair of the York Youth Council) whose 3 A* and 1 A grades secured a place at Cambridge to read Law, and a first step towards a possible career in politics.  Three A* grades were also awarded to Najeeb Al-Shabibi, Tom Gray, Terence Li, Jessie Meyer, Matthew Valks and Eudora Zheng. Najeeb, Geroge Cooper and Tom Widgery join Dom in meeting Oxbridge offers.

Kate Jeffery celebrated her 18th birthday in style by finding out that she had earned an A* and 2 A grades. Headmaster Chris Jeffery added “These are just a few of the many stories of success we acknowledge today; there are lots of students whose grades represent real achievement, progress and fulfillment of potential, which is what Bootham is all about. More importantly, we are proud of the fine young people they have become and equally proud to send them on their way into the world, where we are sure they will have an impact for good”