Bedales A Level Success

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Bedales students have achieved strong A Level results for 2015 with the school’s highest ever percentage of A* grades at 15.5%. They have secured places at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, Exeter, Warwick and Berklee (US). 43% of all grades were A*-A and 72% at A*-B.

Seven Bedales students have secured places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge on courses in Medicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry, English, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, French & Religious Studies, and Fine Art; four have done so through this summer’s grades and three students from last year’s cohort received offers based on their A Level results from 2014. Four of these seven students were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales Senior School and Sixth Form.

Poppy Duncan from Stroud, Petersfield will read Medicine at New College, Oxford having achieved three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and an A in Further Mathematics; Chloe Green from Liss achieved three A*s in History, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A in Chemistry, and will read Chemistry at Worcester College, Oxford; Peter Price from London achieved three A*s in English Literature, History and Religious Studies and will take up his place at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, to read English;Juliette Perry from Petersfield gained an A* in History and three As in Chemistry, English Literature and Mathematics, and will take up a place at Somerville, Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Sophia Falkner from London achieved four A*s in Economics, German, History and Mathematics; to study Economics and Economic History at the London School of Economics.Oscar Braun-White from Rowland’s Castle achieved three A*s in Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and an A in Classical Greek; to study Natural Sciences at Durham University. Sophie Mills from Rowland’s Castle achieved three A*s in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and an A in Further Mathematics; to study Chemistry at the University of Warwick. Thomas Higginson from Chilworth, Southampton celebrated his 18th birthday on results day with three A*s in Dance, French and Psychology and an A in Mathematics; to study Dance at The Place, London.

Head boy, Rob Miller, from London achieved two A*s in English Literature and Mathematics, and an A in Latin. Head girl;  Margaret Rice, from Bampton, Oxfordshire achieved an A in Religious Studies and two Bs in Classical Greek and Latin.

Two departing Bedales students have spent the summer working with the prestigious National Youth Theatre:

  • Christi Van Clarke from London achieved two A*s in Drama and Theatre Studies, and Art and Design, and an A in French; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City and Guilds, London.
  • Deputy head boy, Roly Botha, from the Isle of White achieved three Bs in Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature and Religious Studies; to study Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway. Roly was also awarded the school’s Gabriel Bruce Award for outstanding work in Theatre, Art and general contribution to the community.

22 Bedales students have been accepted at British art schools. Many schools find that only a select few of their art students choose to apply to leading art and design colleges and universities. The one-year Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design allows students the experience of further developing practical and conceptual skills in preparation for art and design related degrees.

The three Bedales students progressing to Oxford having taken their A Levels last summer are:

  • Olivia Brett from Petersfield who will read Theology and Religious Studies at Clare College, Cambridge. She is currently performing as Nannetta in The Black Cat Opera Company’s performance of Verdi’s Falstaff at the Camberley Theatre has also been awarded a choral scholarship at Clare College.
  • Rufus Rock, head boy in 2013/14, from East Meon, who will read Fine Art at Brasenose, Oxford. This year he has taken a six month practical filmmaking course in Berlin and also learnt German.
  • Joshua Grubb from Petersfield, who will read Biochemistry at Somerville, Oxford. He has spent this year working for Procter and Gamble in their science research labs at the Newcastle Innovation Centre as part of the ‘Year in Industry’ scheme. He was also awarded a Distinction in his Diploma (Dip.ABRSM) Clarinet examination.

Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“We are delighted that our students achieved Bedales’ highest percentage of top grades with 15.5% of all A Level awards at A*. Congratulations to our students whose results are worthy recognition of their hard work. I wish them well as they now progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas.”

Other Bedales student successes include:

  • Mona Fu from Zhuhai, China achieved two A*s in Mathematics and Art and Design, and an A in Physics; to study Architecture at University College London.
  • Jojo Mosely from Hambledon achieved two A*s in Art and Design and English Literature, and an A in French; to study History of Art and French at the University of Bristol.
  • Sofia Palm from London achieved two A*s in Politics and Religious Studies, and an A in History; to study Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.
  • Jack Merrett from London achieved an A* in History, and two As in Politics and Religious Studies.
  • Isabelle Binney from Rogate achieved an A* in Art and Design, an A in Psychology, and a B in English Literature; to study History of Art at the University of Bristol.
  • Lizzie Compton from Rake achieved an A* in History, an A in English Literature, and a B in Mathematics; to study Law at the University of Bristol.
  • Henry McWhirter from Hindhead achieved an A* in History, an A in English Literature, and a B in Religious Studies.
  • Eleanor Soper from Hambledon achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Physics, and a B in Chemistry; to study Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Alexander Yetman from Froxfield achieved a D2 (equivalent to A*) in Music Pre-U, and two Bs in English Literature and Design and Technology; to study Bespoke Tailoring at University of the Arts London.
  • Sofie Kitts from Swanmore achieved three As in English Literature, History and Spanish; to study Scandinavian Studies and History at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Phoebe Landers from Headley achieved three As in French, History and Spanish; to study History at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Laura Wise from South Harting achieved three As in English Literature, History and Religious Studies; to study Philosophy and English Literature at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Lily Brown from Liss achieved two As in Biology and Classical Civilisation, and a B in Art and Design.
  • Victoria Burnell from Sheet achieved two As in Economics and History, and a B in Classical Civilisation.
  • Saskia Church from Brentford achieved two As in Design and Technology and Psychology, and a B in Economics.
  • Jack Shannon from Steep achieved two As in Biology and Mathematics, and a B in Chemistry; to study Marine Biology at the University of Southampton.
  • Maya Wilson from Rowberrow, Somerset achieved an A in English Literature, a D3 (equivalent to an A) in Music Pre-U, and a B in History.
  • Emily Blackley from Priors Dean achieved an A in Biology, and two Bs in Geography and Mathematics; to study Biological Anthropology at The University of Kent.
  • Gabriel Curry from Steep achieved an M1 (equivalent to an A) in Music Pre-U, and two Bs in Mathematics and History; to study Law at the University of York.
  • Ruan Evans from Wimbledon achieved an A in Dance, and two Bs in Drama and Theatre Studies, and History.
  • Foxey Hardman from Langport, Somerset achieved an A in Psychology, and two Bs in Drama and Theatre Studies, and French.
  • Radheka Kumari from Ruislip achieved an A in English Literature, and two Bs in History and Religious Studies.
  • Enrico Luo from Guangdong, China achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Physics and Design and Technology; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City College Brighton and Hove.
  • Robert Murray from London achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Physics and Computing.
  • Lydia Nethercott-Garabet from Steep Marsh achieved an A in Latin, and two Bs in History and Spanish.
  • Matilda Raphael from Richmond achieved an A in Psychology, and two Bs in English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies.
  • James Sweet from Henfield, West Sussex achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Biology and Chemistry.
  • Lily Wetherill from Midhurst achieved an A in Art and Design, and two Bs in Design and Technology and English Literature.

The full A Level statistics were as follows:

  • A* passes: 15.5%
  • A* – A passes: 43.0%
  • A* – B passes: 72.1%
  • A* – E passes: 99.2%

Cambridge Pre-U D1 and D2 grades are equivalent to an A*; a D3 is equivalent to an A; M1 is equivalent to an A grade and M2/M3 merit grades are equivalent to B grade.

Note that this data is provisional and subject to re-marks.

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World Book Day recommended lesson from Bedales Head of English

The Children's Book

Of the many books I enjoy teaching, ‘The Children’s Book’ by A S Byatt is particularly rewarding to teach at A Level. The richness of description and the complexity of character are a goldmine for close analysis and the wealth of historical, political, psychological and literary influences on Byatt’s work mean that it lends itself to insightful and deep classroom discussion and essay writing. I first read the novel four years ago and, being someone who enjoys the magic of the Victoria and Albert Museum, I was very quickly drawn in to a fictionalised version of its cavernous storerooms and hidden corridors. As the novel progresses, Byatt introduces increasingly more appealing characters, appealing both in their beauty and in their grotesquery and she marches them all briskly on towards the tragic inevitability of 1914.

At the heart of the novel sits a fairy tale entitled ‘The Shrubbery’ which is written by the strikingly beautiful and tragically flawed matriarch, Olive Wellwood. The tale describes a naughty little boy who, after getting under his mother’s feet one too many times disappears into a land of strange, impish folk and so begins a parallel between the lost boys of Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ and the young men who died on the battle fields of the First World War.

A productive exercise which helps to explore the symbolism of Olive’s tale, and the influence of the uncanny that is at work here is to watch an extract of Lotte Reiniger’s rather macabre version of ‘Cinderella’ made in 1922. Reiniger’s ‘Aschenputtel’ is a terrifying work of animation in which rather beautiful and intricate silhouettes stay true to the version recorded by the Brothers Grimm and depicts both of the ugly sisters mutilating their feet in a bid to trick the Prince in to thinking he has found the right fit for the discarded golden slipper. Students can discuss why simple cardboard cut-outs can have such a disquieting effect in a world where we are largely desensitised to horror. Somehow these shadows draw a response from us that is at once familiar and unfamiliar; we recognise the mimicry of the human form but we cannot quite reconcile ourselves to the seeming reality of what these young women are willing to do to themselves for untold riches. From this, students can very naturally progress on to a discussion about the allegorical message of both this fairy tale and that of Byatt’s.

What will hopefully become apparent through the lesson is the familiarity we have with fairy tale and its power to explore very deeply rooted and recognisable truths about human existence; a theme which arguably drives not just this novel but the form itself.

By David Anson, Head of English

Featured in The Guardian- World Book Day 2015: teachers share their favourite books


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales A Level Success

Bedales students have achieved strong A Level results for 2014 with 48% of all grades at A*-A and a record 75% of all grades at A*-B. They have secured places at universities including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Bristol, Durham, Nottingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Southampton, Glasgow, Coventry, Sussex, Warwick, SOAS, King’s College, Kingston, Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway and The Courtauld Institute of Art, and art colleges such as the University of the Arts London, Falmouth University, City College Brighton, Manchester Metropolitan and Ravensbourne, as well as international institutions including New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Fanshawe College in Ontario and The University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Four Bedales students have secured places at the University of Cambridge on courses in the social sciences, humanities and Music; three have done so through this summer’s grades and one former student received an offer based on his A Level results from 2013.  Three of the students were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales Senior School and Sixth Form.

Deputy Head Boy, Vincent Hasselbach from Berlin, Germany will read Human, Social and Political Sciences at St John’s College after achieving two A*s in German and History, and two As in French and Religious Studies. Robin Allez from Petersfield will study Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Corpus Christi College after achieving an A* in Latin, and two As in Classical Greek and History. Daniel Rasbash from Seyne-les-Alpes, France will read Spanish and Arabic at Emmanuel College after achieving an A* in French, two As in Biology and Spanish, and a B in Drama & Theatre Studies. Former student Toby Matimong  from Southsea will read Music at Homerton College after achieving a D2 (equivalent to A*) in Music Pre-U last summer. He has spent the year developing his Music skills as a teaching assistant.

Head Boy, Rufus Rock from East Meon achieved three A*s in Art, History and Mathematics, and an A in English Literature. Head Girl, Celeste MacIlwaine from Petersfield achieved three As in Classical Greek, Latin and History, and will read Classics at The University of Edinburgh.

Jasmine Hughes, previously of The Petersfield School, achieved four As in Drama & Theatre Studies, English Literature, Dance and Psychology, and will study Law at the University of Exeter.

Twins Amy and Josie Blakelock from Petersfield both achieved two A*s and an A. Amy achieved two A*s in Drama & Theatre Studies and English Literature, and an A in Religious Studies and will study Drama at the University of Exeter, while Josie achieved two A*s in English Literature and Religious Studies, and an A in Art and will read Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. Twins Freya and Georgie Deane from Rowlands Castle achieved a combined total of 5 As and a B. Deputy Head Girl Freya achieved two As in Drama & Theatre Studies and Psychology, and a B in Biology and will study Nursing at The University of Liverpool. Georgie achieved three As in Economics, History and Spanish, and will read Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Bristol.

Bedales students who will continue their studies abroad include Sadie McShane from London and Charlie Evans-Flagg from Hampstead who will take up places at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Sadie will study Drama after achieving two As in Drama & Theatre Studies and English Literature, and a B in Psychology, while Charlie will read film after achieving an A in History and two Bs in Classical Civilisation and Drama & Theatre Studies. Camilla Norris from Massachusetts, USA achieved an A* in Biology and two As in Psychology and Spanish and will read Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

An unprecedented number of Bedales students have been accepted at British art schools. Many schools find that a select few of their art students choose to apply to leading art and design colleges and universities but this year Bedales has had 27 accepted.

Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“We are delighted to have had a record 75% of all grades awarded at A*-B this year. Congratulations to our students whose A Level results are an apt recognition of their hard work. Bedales students progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas and I’m sure that this year’s leavers will go on to make a significant contribution in a broad range of fields across the arts, sciences and business.”

Other Bedales student successes include:

  • Joshua Grubb from Petersfield achieved an A* in Biology, a D2 in Music Pre-U and two As in Chemistry and Physics; to spend a year in industry working at Procter and Gamble in Newcastle.
  • Olivia Brett from Petersfield achieved an A* in Religious Studies, a D2 in Music Pre-U and an A in French.
  • Ellie Lester from Petersfield achieved an A* in Biology, two As in Chemistry and Mathematics, and an M1 in Music Pre-U; to study Chemistry with Industrial Experience at the University of Bristol.
  • Sofia Tavener from Dorset achieved an A* in Religious Studies, two As in Classical Greek and Latin, and a D3 in Music Pre-U.
  • Adam Osborne from Petersfield achieved an A* in Biology and two As in Chemistry and Mathematics; to study Medicine at the University of Exeter.
  • Mima Viner from Sidlesham achieved an A* in Religious Studies and two As in Art and Design; to study Philosophy at The University of Warwick.
  • Connor Ladion from Nacka, Sweden achieved an A* in French and two As in English Literature and Religious Studies; to study English and Philosophy at the University of Bristol.
  • Molly Nicolson from Robertsbridge achieved an A* in Religious Studies and two As in English Literature and Mathematics; to study English at the University of Bristol.
  • Callum Anderson from London achieved a D1 in Music Pre-U (only awarded to exceptionally able musicians), an A in Government & Politics and a B in History; to study Music at the University of Bristol.
  • Immy Welch from Steep achieved an A* in French, a D3 in Music Pre-U and a B in History.
  • Edward Oliver from Ipswich achieved an A* in Drama & Theatre Studies, an A in Religious Studies and a B in History; to study Art History at The Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Vincent Zulawski from France achieved an A* in Religious Studies, an A in Drama & Theatre Studies and a B in History; to study Acting & Global Theatre at Regent’s University London.
  • Freya Walker from Cocking achieved an A* in Design and two Bs in Art and Classical Civilisation; to study Art Foundation at Ravensbourne, London.
  • Emilie Coste from London achieved an A* in French and two Bs in Art and Spanish.
  • Marisia Fein-Brown from Newton Abbot achieved an A* in Religious Studies and two Bs in Biology and English Literature; to study Philosophy at King’s College London.
  • Sofia Gaetani Morris from Lampeter, Ceredigion achieved an A* in History and two Bs in English Literature and French; to study Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.
  • Lizzie Reynolds from Petersfield achieved three As in French, Psychology and Spanish; to study French and Spanish at the University of Bristol.
  • Elliot Robson from Camelsdale achieved two As in Physics and Mathematics, and two Bs in Chemistry and Further Mathematics.
  • Poppy Andruskevicius from Selborne achieved two As in Art and Psychology, and a B in English Literature; to study Art Foundation at Falmouth University.
  • Claudia Anholt from Scratby, Norfolk achieved two As in Biology and History, and a B in Chemistry.
  • Edward Boyd-Wallis from Rogate achieved two As in Physics and Mathematics, and a B in Design; to study Physics at the University of Bristol.
  • Angus Carey-Douglas from London achieved two As in Classical Greek and Latin, and a B in Chemistry; to study Classics at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Sisi Johnson from South Harting achieved two As in Art and French, and a B in Design; to study Art Foundation at Falmouth University.
  • Tilly Little from Hawkley achieved two As in Art and Design, and B in Psychology; to study Art Foundation at City College Brighton.
  • Dan Rogers from Hindhead achieved two As in Economics and Mathematics, and a B in Biology; to study Economics and Finance at the University of Exeter.
  • Luke Liu from Guangdong, China achieved an A in Mathematics, an M1 in Music Pre-U and a B in English Literature; to study Music at the University of Bristol in September 2015.
  • Edie Ashley from London achieved an A in Design, and two Bs in Art and Drama & Theatre Studies; to study Fashion at Kingston University.
  • Zoe Kremer from London achieved an A in Geography and two Bs in Biology and Drama & Theatre Studies; to study Law at the University of Sussex.
  • Freddie O’Donald from Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire achieved an A in Biology and two Bs in Geography and Mathematics; to study Physiotherapy at Oxford Brookes University.
  • Will Vetch from Steep achieved an A in Art, and two Bs in History and Mathematics; to study Art Foundation at City College Brighton.
  • Minnie Hill-Reid from Hambledon achieved an A in French and two Bs in Art and Design; to study Art Foundation at City College Brighton.
  • Ori Lazar from Monkwood, Nr Ropley achieved an A in Mathematics and two Bs in Further Mathematics and Physics.
  • Freddie Willatt from Lewes achieved an A in History, a B in English Literature and an M2 in Music Pre-U; to study Film, Television and Digital Production at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The full A Level statistics were as follows:

  • A* passes: 13%
  • A* – A passes: 48%
  • A* – B passes: 75%
  • A* – E passes: 99%

Cambridge Pre-U D1and D2 grades are equivalent to an A*; a D3 is equivalent to an A; M1 is equivalent to an A grade and M2/M3 merit grades are equivalent to B grade. (http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/uppersec/preu/)

Please note that this data is provisional and subject to re-marks.

Bedales A Level Success

Bedales A Level Success

Bedales students have achieved strong A Level results for 2013 with 40% of all grades at A*-A. They have secured places at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Bristol, St Andrews, York, Warwick, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester, Kings College London, University College London, Imperial College London, Plymouth, Aberdeen, Swansea, Sheffield, Nottingham and Brunel, art colleges such as Falmouth University, Arts University Bournemouth, City College Brighton, University of the Arts London and UCA Farnham, as well as international institutions including New York University.

Six Bedales students have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge; four have done so through this summer’s grades and two former students received unconditional offers.

Sam Wilkinson from Midhurst, who will read Physics at Oriel College, Oxford, received his results today having spent the summer working as a Data Scientist for NASA in collaboration with their team which is based at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Sam achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A grade in Biology.

Katie Millard from Hambledon will read French and Linguistics at Keble College, Oxford after achieving 4 A*s in Chemistry, Latin, English Literature and French. Maddy Green from Liss will read Medicine at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge after achieving three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and an A in Further Mathematics. Nell Whittaker from Shrewsbury will study English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge after achieving an A* grade in English Literature and two A grades in Latin and History. Former student Christy Callaway-Gale from Petersfield will read Spanish and Linguistics at Oriel College, Oxford after achieving three A Level A* grades last summer. Rosie Nicolson from Cranbrook, Kent will study Architecture at Cambridge, having gained three A Level A* grades at Bedales in 2011. Three of the students, Christy, Sam and Maddy, were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales senior school and sixth form.

Two students; Georgina Gulliver from Buriton and Deputy Head Girl, Katie Shannon, from Steep will both go on to read Architecture at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh respectively. Georgina achieved two As in Art and Mathematics and a D3 in Music Pre-U. Katie achieved three As in Art, Design and Mathematics, and a B in Physics.

Tim Jones from Dorking will read Mathematics at Imperial College London after achieving three A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Further Mathematics, and an A grade in Physics. Joe Pemberton from Chichester will also read Mathematics, but at the University of Warwick, after achieving two A*s in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, an A in Latin and a D3 in Music Pre-U. Lucy Waterhouse from Midhurst achieved two A*s in Drama & Theatre Studies and History, and an A grade in English Literature and will read History of Art at the University of Bristol. Evie Cullingworth from Downley, Buckinghamshire achieved two As in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, a D3 in Music Pre-U and will study Drama at New York University.

Felix Conran from London is delighted to have secured a place at the University of the Arts in London to study Product Design and Arran Stamper from Preston, Lancashire will read Illustration at the University of Edinburgh (after achieving two A*s in Art and Russian, and an A grade in Design). This is a particular achievement for both these students as it is rare for Art and Design students to be offered places on such prestigious arts degree courses without having first completed a Foundation Diploma year. This was because their work was of such a high calibre.

Although both receiving university places, Archie Howes from Ropley and George Veys from Guildford have decided to set up their own business, Darkroom Productions, an event management company providing the sound and lighting for festivals, concerts and corporate events.

Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“Congratulations to our students on their hard work and good results. Bedales students progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas. I’m sure that the 2013 leavers will go on to make a significant contribution in a broad range of fields across the arts, sciences and business.”

Other Bedales student successes include:

  • Sebi Bacon from Steep achieved two A*s in History and Mathematics, and an A grade in Physics; to study Economics at University College London.
  • Georgia Green from Steep achieved an A* in Drama & Theatre Studies and two A grades in English Literature and Spanish.
  • Elize Layton from London achieved an A* in Drama & Theatre Studies, and two A grades in Dance and Religious Studies.
  • Piper Anderson-Klotz from London achieved an A* in Art, an A grade in French and a B in Classical Civilisation.
  • Toby Matimong from Southsea achieved an A* in English Literature, a D2 in Music Pre-U, and a B grade in Biology.
  • Egor Platon from Chisinau, Moldova achieved an A* in Russian and two B grades in History and Mathematics.
  • Jessica Sankey from Petersfield achieved an A* in English Literature, and two B grades in Classical Civilisation and History; to study English at the University of Sussex.
  • Reuben Thompson from London achieved an A* in English Literature and two B grades in Economics and Geography; to study Geography at the University of Exeter.
  • Anna Brown from Liss achieved three As in Biology, Physics and Geography.
  • Scarlet Watney from Bosham achieved three A grades in Design, Economics and Mathematics.
  • Georgina Brand from Petersfield achieved two As in Design and Psychology, and a B in English Literature; to study Fashion Communication at Northumbria University.
  • Anna Jacobs from West Meon achieved two As in Biology and History, and a B grade in Mathematics.
  • Sophie Grierson from London achieved two As in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, and a B grade in Classical Civilisation; to study English Literature at the University of Leeds.
  • Oscar Cooper (Head Boy) from Southsea achieved two As in Economics and History, and a B in Mathematics.
  • Bethany Maskall achieved two As in Biology and Chemistry, and a B in Drama & Theatre Studies; to study Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield.
  • Mohammad Pechuho from Karachi, Pakistan achieved two As in English Literature and Religious Studies, and a B in Classical Civilisation; to study Classical Studies at the University of St Andrews.
  • Talia Pick from Chichester achieved two As in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies, and a B in History.
  • Charlotte Robins from Winchester achieved two As in Biology and Mathematics, and a B grade in Physics; to study Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter.
  • Eleana Wilson-Smith from Midhurst achieved two As in Religious Studies and Spanish and a B in Art; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Arts University Bournemouth.
  • Oliver May from Lymington achieved an A in French, and two B grades in Biology and Chemistry.
  • Neal Raithatha from East Meon achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Chemistry and Economics; to study Mathematics at Loughborough University.
  • Izabela Swiderska from Petersfield achieved three B grades in Design, Psychology and Spanish; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at University College Falmouth.

The full A Level statistics were as follows:

  • A* passes: 14%
  • A* – A passes: 40%
  • A* – B passes: 63%
  • A* – E passes: 99%

Cambridge Pre-U D1and D2 grades are equivalent to an A*; a D3 is equivalent to an A; M1 is equivalent to an A grade and M2/M3 merit grades are equivalent to B grade.

Please note that this data is provisional and subject to re-marks.

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Bedales A-Level Success 2013

Bedales A-Level Success 2013

Bedales A-Level Success 2013

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales School’s “own version of GCSEs boosts places won at Oxbridge” says The Times

Greg Hurst, Times Education Editor, reports on the success of Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs), citing the rising A Level A*-B pass rate at the school (from 65% five years ago to 73% last year) as evidence of the positive impact since BACs were introduced in 2006.

Keith Budge says that more students than before had won places at Oxford or Cambridge, and A Level results were up.

Al McConville, Director of Teaching and Learning, discusses the freedom to develop the curriculum and provide additional stretch for students.

Olivia Brett (Block 5) describes how “teachers are doing what they really love. We feel that we are drawn by that and it is more challenging”.

Link to full article in The Times (subscription needed).

The article is also reported on the Daily Mail website which can be viewed here.

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales A Level success 2012

 Bedales students have achieved excellent A Level results for 2012 with 39% of all grades at A* – A. They have secured places at universities including Oxford, Exeter, Edinburgh, London, Bristol, the Royal Veterinary College, the Royal Agricultural College, art colleges such as Falmouth and Leeds, and international institutions including Bocconi (Milan), New York University, Davidson (North Carolina) and University of British Columbia.
 
Nine students achieved places at Oxbridge, including Jack Briggs (from Cirencester) who, with an impressive six grades at A* or A, has secured a place at Oxford to read Medicine (A* in Mathematics and five As in Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Physics and Religious Studies). He will be joined at Oxford by Luke Austen (from Emsworth) who will also study Medicine after achieving three A* grades in Biology, French and Mathematics, and an A in Chemistry. Cicely Robinson (from Petersfield) secured her place at Oxford to study Mathematics after achieving an A* in Mathematics, and three As in Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Tegen Evans (from London) achieved three A* grades in English Literature, History and Religious Studies securing her place to read English Language and Literature at Oxford. Jamie Russell (from Miland) is to read French at Oxford after achieving two A* grades in French and History, and an A in Geography.
 
Head Girl, Rebecca Wilson (from Liss) achieved three A grades in English Literature, French and Religious Studies to secure her place at Bristol to read Philosophy and French, while Deputy Head Girl, Laura Stewart (from Winchester) will read Philosophy and Theology at Edinburgh after achieving an A* grade in Religious Studies and two As in English Literature and History. During their final year at Bedales both girls jointly received the Cecily Eastwood Award for their contributions to the school. Titus Buckworth, Head Boy (from London) achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, two As in Further Mathematics and Physics and a B in Religious Studies and will read Mathematics and Philosophy at Nottingham, while Deputy Head Boy, Richard Ward, achieved two B grades in Design and English Literature, and a Cambridge Pre-U M3 in Music.
 
Oliver Bradley (from Petersfield) achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, and three As in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and will read Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
 
Twin sisters Claudia and Sophia Turner (from London) are also celebrating: Sophia achieved three A grades in English Literature, History and Spanish, and will read History at King’s College, London. Claudia achieved two As in Religious Studies and Spanish, and a B in English Literature, and will read Spanish and Philosophy at Edinburgh.
 
Darren Siah (from Weybridge, Surrey) achieved an A* in Art and two B grades in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies. While at Bedales, Darren was awarded the Gabriel Bruce Book Prize for his academic and creative excellence at AS and A2, as well as his contribution to successful school performances at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer and several notable internal productions. This annual prize is awarded to a member of 6.2 (Upper Sixth) who has achieved outstanding work in Theatre, Art, and in particular, general contribution to the school community.
 
An increasing number of Bedales students are choosing to study overseas. Maria Garfunkel (from Argentina) achieved three A grades in French, Italian and Spanish, and a B in Economics, and will read Economics and Finance at Bocconi University, Milan. Maddie Butcher (from Arundel) achieved three B grades in Classical Civilisation, Psychology and History and will attend the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Cormac McShane (from London) achieved an A in Religious Studies, and two Bs in Classical Civilisation and History, and progresses to Davidson, North Carolina. All will read Liberal Arts degrees.
 
Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:
“Congratulations to our students on their hard work and good results. Bedales students progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas, with many choosing to continue on to postgraduate studies. This capable cohort, like its predecessors, will go on to make a significant contribution in a broad range of fields across the arts, sciences and business.”
 
Other Bedales student successes include:
 
  • Isabel Fitzgerald from Chichester achieved three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Joely Harris from Crockerwell, Devon achieved two A* grades in History and Religious Studies, and an A grade in English Literature; to study English at Exeter.
  • Christy Callaway-Gale from Liphook achieved two A* grades in English Literature and Spanish and a D3 in Cambridge Pre-U Music.
  • Sophia Burnell from Petersfield achieved an A* in Art, an A grade in English Literature and a D3 in Cambridge Pre-U Music; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Falmouth.
  • Sarah Praetorius from Germany achieved an A* in German, an A in History and two B grades in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies; to study Anthropology at University College London.
  • Lucy Duncan from Petersfield achieved an A* in Design, an A in Mathematics, and a B grade in Economics; to study Mathematics and Business Studies at Edinburgh.
  • Ralph Woollcombe from London achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, an A grade in Art and a B grade in Biology; to study Zoology at Bristol.
  • Florence Sandberg from Petersfield achieved an A* in Religious Studies and two B grades in English Literature and History; to study Law at Bristol.
  • Hugo Fell from London achieved three A grades in Classical Civilisation, Latin and Mathematics.
  • Henry Quekett from Petersfield achieved two A grades in Design and Economics, and two B grades in Physics and Mathematics.
  • Toby Goodger from Petersfield achieved two A grades in Biology and Design, and a B grade in Geography.
  • Olivia Yetman from Petersfield achieved two A grades in Biology and Mathematics, and a B grade in Chemistry; to study Veterinary Medicine at The Royal Veterinary College, London.
  • Claudia White from Petworth achieved three A grades in Physics, Geography and Mathematics; to study Law with Politics at the New College of the Humanities.
  • Henri Hamm from Totternhoe, Bedfordshire achieved two A grades in Economics and French, and a B in Biology; to study Banking Finance and Management at Loughborough.
  • Samuel McNeil from London achieved two A grades in Economics and History, and a B in Geography; to study History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
  • Claudia Miller from Upham achieved two A grades in Art and History, and a B in English Literature.
  • Alexandra Anholt from Scratby, Norfolk achieved an A in Italian and two B grades in Art and French; to study Art History and a language at Sussex.
  • Andrew Richards from Goudhurst, Kent achieved an A in Mathematics and two B grades in Design and Psychology; to study Product Design at Kingston.
  • Mathilda Reekie from Laurencekirk, Scotland achieved an A grade in Art, and two B grades in Classical Civilisation and History; to study Art History at Sussex.
  • Rosie Crawley from Petersfield achieved an A grade in Classical Civilisation and two B grades in Art and Dance; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Falmouth.
  • George Eve from London achieved an A grade in Classical Civilisation and two B grades in English Literature and History.
  • Elliott Hills from London achieved an A grade in Classical Civilisation and two B grades in English Literature and Religious Studies; to study American Studies and English at Sussex.
  • George Vaughan-Barratt achieved an A grade in Economics and two B grades in Classical Civilisation and Religious Studies; to study Philosophy and Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds.
  • Fred Aspel from Windsor, Berkshire achieved three B grades in Physics, Psychology and Mathematics; to study Mathematics and Psychology at Newcastle University.
  • Katherine Horlick from London achieved three B grades in Classical Civilisation, History and Religious Studies.
  • Harriet Ivison from Midhurst achieved three B grades in Biology, English Literature and History; to study Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College.
  • Victoria Markland from Jersey achieved three B grades in Classical Civilisation, Dance and Psychology; to read Psychology at Bath Spa. 
  • Jack Scullion from Petersfield achieved three B grades in Biology, Economics and Psychology; to study Sports Science with Management at Loughborough.
  • Kim Viljoen from Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex achieved three B grades in Physics, Mathematics and Religious Studies; to study Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

 The full A Level statistics were as follows:

A* – A passes: 39%
A* – B passes: 70%
A* – E passes: 99%

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.