There is no doubt that exam result day is stressful for pupils and their parents; and this year has been no different. However, those anxieties have been banished with the publication of results as Sixth Form Sedberghians have excelled in the exam room. Candidates passed their exams with 64% of results graded A*-B. This eclipses our previous best and continues the five-year trend of improvement in grades.

Ten pupils gained three A grades or better at A level with Issy Page and Ben Hunt leading the way – each gaining A*A*A; local pupils, Alice Slattery and James Thomas gained A*AA and the Head and Deputy Head of School, Maria Mendoza and James Horan, gained 3A*’s 2A’s and a B between them.

A host of pupils are celebrating personal success which led to 90% of university applicants gaining a place at their first-choice institution on results day. Staff are working with those who have yet to decide on their response to results including nine pupils who have discovered they are eligible for post-qualification application to Cambridge. 

Pupils were equally rewarded for their work in vocational courses with Cameron Steel, Imogen Boddy and Harriet Duxbury gaining triple-starred Distinctions, to give them the equivalent of three A* grades at A-Level. A further seven pupils gained triple Distinctions or better. 

Whilst pupils were celebrating at home, there has been a jubilant atmosphere amongst staff in School today. Conversations have focussed on the individual success of pupils who have overcome adversity to gain excellent results or those who have excelled on the stage, in music, on sports pitches or elsewhere. The combination of achievement is truly astonishing.

The Headmaster, Andrew Fleck, commented, “This is an excellent set of results. It is the icing on the cake of a superb year in which Sedbergh School has been graded exceptional in an Inspection and won national titles in a range of sports. Our musicians have performed more concerts and we have seen more actors on stage than ever before. The breadth of opportunities has grown, much of it led by pupils. 

At the same time, we were probably more exhausted at the end of last summer Term than in any previous year which goes to show the effort invested in the School by our staff and pupils. I could not be more delighted for the pupils and staff. What they achieve is simply awesome!”

We look forward to welcoming pupils back to School in the week commencing 3rd September and to seeing Old Sedberghians on 16th/17th September.

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