Bradford Grammar School’s 127 A Level students celebrated success with 21% of all exams awarded A* and 56% A*/A grades, both up on last year.
Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe, commented:
I am delighted to congratulate our students on some outstanding results this year; with a 100% pass rate, our results remain exceptionally strong. This is great news for BGS and the wider educational scene in Bradford.”
“The shared endeavour of students, working with the support of their families, and staff has sustained our first class record in A Level exams enabling the vast majority of our Year 13 leavers to achieve a place at their first choice university”.
The majority of students are taking up places at Russell Group Universities with many students scoring impressive straight A*s. Anish Pulavarti (18) a keen cricketer from Bingley has been accepted to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College. He said, “I was aiming for top results, but I am surprised. I’m looking forward to a new start and excited by the prospect of heading to London.
A BGS assisted place students from Bradford scored an outstanding five straight A*s results. Sajad Jabarivasal (18) now goes onto study Maths at University College London.
Other straight scoring A* students include head girl, Isabel Austin (18) from Ilkley who will go on to study Medicine at Cambridge, Benjamin Laljee (18) from Leeds who will study Mechanical Engineering at Bath University and Edward Phillips (18), deputy head boy from Burley in Wharfedale who will go on to study Economics at Warwick University. Nathaniel Davey (18) is another straight A student from Keighley will study Dentistry at Cardiff University.
Among students opting for vocational courses is Kalvis Berzins (18) from Bingley who is set to become an airline pilot as his results mean that he is heading to Oxford Aviation Academy on an EasyJet training scheme. Kalvis, the youngest to apply for the vocational course, said ‘I’m extremely overwhelmed it is a dream come true, something I’ve thought about since I was 11.”
Another student, Tegan Johnson (18) from Queensbury has already embarked on a Solicitor Apprenticeship with Kennedy’s in Sheffield. Her strong results mean that she will be able to progress to a Degree in Law when the time comes in the vocational seven-year programme. Sporty Tegan, a lifeguard and Jujitsu competitor started in Year 7 was also chair and coach of the Debating Society that won a national competition in her final year.
Mannan Hassan (18) from Clayton joined the Junior School at the age of seven was, “surprised and ecstatic” with his AAA* results. He says he is, “ready and motivated to study Modern Languages at Manchester University”. Mother Afshan was, “Happy and amazed, Mannan’s worked so hard, he really deserves this success.”
Shipley-based student Ali Atif (18) who joined in the Sixth Form has gained the results to study Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University. He said, “I’m over the moon, I really dedicated myself to my studies, the great learning environment and teachers at BGS made all the difference”. His mother Mrs Atif always had confidence in Ali, we worked really hard and did everything necessary to get his results, I’m really proud of him.”
Fiona Holdsworth (18) from Eldwick scored an impressive A* and three As and is set to go on to study Modern Languages at her first choice university, Warwick. She said: “I’m so pleased, I can’t believe it. It has been a hard year of work, but I gained lots of support and it has really been worth it. BGS provides so many opportunities it’s not just the academic side but other opportunities, I also love sport and I’m a Hockey goal keeper and it’s nice to be encouraged to do extra-curricular activities as well pursuing good grades.”
Maria Campean (18) from Bingley, a dedicated Sixth Form mentor, gained an A* and two As and will go on to study Biomedical Science at Durham. She said: “I’ll certainly be going out to celebrate with friends for lunch. I’m so excited to get my first choice at Durham University. It’s a fascinating subject; I did my Extended Project Qualification on the study of genetics so I can’t wait to take this further into higher education.”
Priyanka Patel (18) a talented piano player from Bradford excelled scoring two A*s and two As. She will go on to study Chemistry and Imperial College London, “I’m still in shock! It’s scary but so exciting. I’m so grateful to all of the teachers for believing in me.
Simon Hinchliffe continued:
“Beyond the headlines, we are keenly aware of the many individual successes that represent a triumph for those students who realised or exceeded expectations at all levels of achievement. Whilst we are rightly proud of the overall balance of the results gained, it is the many personal stories of accomplishment and success that will stick long in the memory. Not everyone achieves the highest grades, but a life-changing education is open to all at BGS and value is added across the board in many ways.
The message is clear, honest effort and a positive mind-set – encapsulated in our age old School credo of ‘Hoc Age’, roughly translated as ‘get on and do it’ – pay dividends and speak volumes about the unfussy and high achieving character of Bradford Grammar School. Well done, all.”
Former pupils of the independent school on Keighley Road, Bradford, include Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee and artist David Hockney. 32% of pupils at the school are from BME backgrounds.
“The message is clear, honest effort and a positive mind-set – encapsulated in our age old School credo of ‘Hoc Age’, roughly translated as ‘get on and do it’ – pay dividends and speak volumes about the unfussy and high achieving character of Bradford Grammar School. Well done, all.”