Aug 2018

Top scoring A-level mathematicians

Two Creative Education Trust sixth formers have scored top marks in Mathematics at A-level and a third is going to Cambridge.

Sanjeet Kaur (pictured above) of Abeyfield School in Northampton got the highest possible score of 600 out of a possible 600 for Maths. Her combined A-level grades (A* Maths, A* Further Maths, A* Physics) have won Sanjeet a place at Imperial College in London to read Mathematics, against outstanding international competition for this world-class university.

Laura Simmons (pictured below) of Ash Green School in Bedworth (Coventry) also achieved grades A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and is going on to read Mathematics at her first choice university, Exeter, a Gold Standard Russell Group university since 2012. A special Women in Physics award for Laura from Warwick University during her sixth form years entitled her to join an elite team of female physicists from across the UK on a research trip to Genoa.

Laura said “Working constantly for the last two years has really paid off in my results and I am excited to start at Exeter in September. I owe my biggest thanks to Ash Green and Mrs Wallis for her help”; while Sanjeet, celebrating her astonishing scores, added “I’m proud of myself for working so hard, so grateful to all my teachers and very excited about working with the amazing scientists at Imperial College”.

Olivia Taylor, also from Abbeyfield School has secured a place at Clare College Cambridge to read Psychological and Behavioural Sciences on the strength of her A-level results in English, Biology and Psychology. Knowing Olivia as the outstanding winner of the Creative Education Trust public speaking competition in 2016, we can vouch for this as virtue rewarded!

Katie Hodson from the Hart School (Staffordshire) did outstandingly well, with an A* in Biology and As in Maths and French and is going to University of Nottingham to study Natural Sciences. Highly commended in the Creative Education Trust essay  competition for her piece on Stem Cell research and the ethics attached to lifesaving treatments, she said “The competition really sparked my passion for Science and helped me hone my choices when looking for universities and courses”.

Philip Cantwell, Director of Education at Creative Education Trust, commented that the 2018 A-level performance across Creative Education Trust has been impressive in a year of instability, with a change to linear examinations and many students stepping up to academic courses rather than the vocational choices which they would have made in earlier years. “That three Creative Education Trust sixth forms have achieved their best results ever amidst this uncertainty is remarkable and we congratulate both the candidates themselves and all the staff who drew success so diligently from them”.

A-level results at Abbeyfield School, Ash Green School and the Hart School (Staffordshire) are significantly improved relative to 2017. Results at the Hart School have risen for the fifth successive year, with the average grade in Vocational qualifications being the highest possible – Distinction*.