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A level celebrations 2022

Our newest OPs celebrated some brilliant A level results with their parents and teachers at The Portsmouth Grammar School this week
Bursary recipient Destiny learning that her dreams of going to Oxford are about to come true
Bursary recipient Destiny learning that her dreams of going to Oxford are about to come true

Over 95% of our newest alumni have secured a place at their university of choice with seven pupils heading to Oxbridge colleges and all of our medics holding offers gained the results they needed to take them on to study Medicine and Dentistry at some of the top universities in the country including Imperial College London and University College London. Others will be scattering across the country to take up their offers to read subjects from English Literature to Economics, Mathematics to War Studies, Languages to Product and Furniture Design.

“We are delighted to be able to share today with our newest alumni and their families,” said Dr Cotton, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School. “What they have achieved is a result of their commitment and hard work over two very disruptive years of education during which they have shown amazing resilience and adaptability. The results also reflect the dedication of our teaching staff who have supported them all incredibly over the last two years.”

54% of pupils achieved all A or A* grades, which is a significant achievement. Amongst those pupils is Oliver Spencer who achieved three A* grades which take him to St Edmund Hall, Oxford to read Biochemistry. “I didn’t check online before coming in this morning,” said Oliver. “I wanted to be here to receive my results as I knew that if it had all gone wrong there would be the support here to help me sort it out. I’m really happy with how I’ve done and looking forward to Oxford.”

Elen Jones achieved a fantastic four A* grades in Chemistry, Art, Spanish and History, taking her to Jesus College, Cambridge to study Architecture. “I’ll really miss the Art department!” said Elen. “I’m looking forward to starting at Cambridge, but feel quite overwhelmed at the moment.”

Four A* grades take Todd Riddington to Warwick to read Maths: “I’ll miss all the friends I’ve made at PGS, but I’m really looking forward to going. I can’t believe my results!”

Destiny Rose-Forde Kennedy was celebrating today after achieving A*A*A grades, which will take her to St Anne’s College, Oxford to read Spanish with Spanish Law. Destiny joined PGS from Mayfield School in Portsmouth as a Wilkie Scholar – a fully funded scholarship place awarded to pupils from Mayfield School each year for Sixth Form. “Receiving my results has been a lot to take in, I am so proud of myself. I am really looking forward to my new beginning at Oxford,” said Destiny. “I am grateful to PGS for preparing me so well. I will, of course, miss my friends and teachers so much.”

They join others in their cohort who will be moving on from PGS to study at universities including Bristol, Leeds, Bath, King’s College London, Durham, Cardiff, Exeter, and Manchester.

“This feels so surreal after a hard two years. I am so happy!” exclaimed Daisy Watson-Rumbold, who joined PGS for Sixth Form. “My time in Sixth Form at PGS has been incredible and has taught me how to be resilient through every challenge. I feel it is the right time to go and I cannot wait to get to University, I just want to go now!” Daisy, who was a Head Prefect in Year 13 achieved A*A*A, which will take her to Sheffield to read Philosophy.

“I am so pleased with my results, PGS prepared me far better than other schools could have for A Levels and beyond,” said Sam Bryan, who achieved three A* grades today. “The support from the Universities and Careers department has been second to none, placing such emphasis on effort and determination. I will miss how every day is different at PGS, but I am ready for my next chapter at Kings College London.” Sam  was a Head Prefect at PGS and will be reading War Studies at KCL.

Flora Sprague was awarded straight A’s which will now take her to Lancaster to read Geography. “I’ll miss all the co-curricular opportunities at PGS the most,” said Flora. “They’ve given me opportunities to take part in so many different things and really helped me look to what I want to do in the future.”

“I’ve been awake since 5am this morning,” said Ollie Kettle, who achieved A*AA, taking him to the University of Bath to read Business. “I didn’t realise I was nervous about getting my results, but I obviously was!”

“Our aim is to prepare our pupils to lead purposeful, enriching lives in the years beyond school,” continues Dr Cotton. “The academic and personal enrichment programme we offer in Sixth Form helps them to do this, developing them as young leaders and being able to pursue interests beyond their core subjects as part of a strong learning community. The diversity of the subjects being pursued by these pupils at university is breathtaking and we look forward to seeing what they go on to achieve. Very many congratulations to them all.”

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