Record performance: A-level results are the best-ever

Record performance: A-level results are the best-ever

The 2016 A-level results at Queen Elizabeth’s are the best ever recorded at the School. In total, 98.8% of the 499 examinations taken were awarded grades A*-B.

The record performance means that the benchmark A*-B figure has now exceeded 98% in four of the past five years.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “This is very good news and is a just reward for the efforts of our pupils and their teachers. The performance has really been stellar across all subjects and I am very grateful to the bright and capable staff who teach here.

“Our boys are fun to be around and enjoyable to teach. They constantly evince a hunger for intellectual argument and for knowledge; they are keen to stretch themselves. In addition, they are involved in many pursuits outside of lessons, including sport, the performing arts and other non-academic activities.”

Top State SchoolThe Daily Telegraph, Friday 19 August 2016

Top State SchoolThe Times, Friday 19 August 2016

A-level results 2016: results from 300 state schoolsThe Telegraph online, Friday 19 August 2016

Barnet pupils excel with impressive A-level results, Barnet Times, Friday 19 August 2016

The rounded nature of education at QE was also stressed by some of the many successful Year 13 boys. Harry Riley, who gained an A* and two As to secure his first choice of History at Warwick University, said: “You hear a lot about it being an academic school – and it’s true that they know what they are doing with exams – but there’s also a large amount of extra-curricular activity. It’s a very rich educational experience.” And Akshat Joshi, whose three A*s and an A secured his place to read Economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, said: “Essentially, QE turns you into a well-rounded person, rather than just a walking textbook!”

Mr Enright added that the School placed great value on producing character in its pupils – an emphasis that is to the fore in the new 2016-2020 School Development Plan. Pupil Sahil Handa, who arrived at QE in Year 7 after a period of living in India, agrees. “The school has formed me and my character the whole way through.” He has won a place at Harvard in the US, one of two boys to gain places at Ivy League universities.

In addition, 36 boys secured offers from Oxford or Cambridge, while there were 30 places offered for degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics had the highest number of entries, with 121 and 27 respectively.  No mathematicians received a grade lower than B, and in Mathematics, 57 boys – or 47% – achieved an A* grade, while 17 boys – 63% – gained this top grade in Further Mathematics. Mr Enright described these results as “simply stunning”.

This year’s headline figure of 98.8% at grades A*–B outstrips both last year’s 98.4% and the previous record of 98.5%, set in 2012.