Bradford Grammar School’s 132 A Level students are celebrating success with 52% of all exams awarded A*/A grades – compared with 25.8% nationally.
Among the students well over 50% are taking up places at Russell Group Universities. They include: Edward Paget a straight A* student from Burley-in-Wharfedale who will study Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at Cambridge; Holly Hellawell (18), from Steeton, Keighley, who will study Medicine at Cambridge after gaining three A*s and an A; Anika Prasad who will read Law at Cambridge; Kristen Casey from Clayton, Bradford who is going to study History at Oxford; and another straight A* student, Matt Boyle from Bramhope, Leeds who is going to study Medicine at Bristol.
Star rugby player and cricketer Will Heard (18), who scored a phenomenal four A*s to study Engineering at Oxford. The deputy head boy from Guiseley, Leeds, had hoped for good grades, but was ecstatic to make the grades for Oxford.
Alex Anstess (19), from Cullingworth, Bingley overcame Leukaemia twice to score A*, A and a B to study History at Warwick, his first choice. Alex was first diagnosed when he was 15 and studying for GCSEs. A recurrence during his sixth form meant that his studies were interrupted. He describes his comeback as a ‘hard slog’ but is proud to follow sister Ainsley and former BGS pupil to university.
He said: “I started at the Junior school and I’ve loved my time at BGS. Apart from the results, I’ve had great opportunities, getting involved, playing rugby and made so many friends. Getting the grades for my first choice university just tops it off’. Proud mother, Sue Anstess said she was ‘over the moon’ and that ‘Alex completely deserves his results”.
Emile Cairess (18), a bursary student from Saltaire who recently returned from representing England in cross country running, scored an impressive A, B and a B to go onto study Sport Science at St Marys, London.
He commented: “I’m very happy with my results and planning on celebrating with friends. I’m also looking forward to going to London. I feel lucky to have a bursary at BGS because without it I wouldn’t have achieved this and had the opportunity to be a cross country runner at the same time.”
Another bursary student from Bradford, Farah Khan (18), was also proud to get three A grades and will go onto study Medicine at Manchester.
Headmaster Simon Hinchliffe commented:
“I am delighted to congratulate our students on some outstanding results this year; with 100% pass rate and 52% of all grades being at A* or A, BGS continues to achieve outstanding academic results. On a day when former pupils, Alistair and Jonny Brownlees compete for Olympic medals, this is great news for our school, Bradford and the region.”
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.
“I started at the Junior school and I’ve loved my time at BGS. Apart from the results, I’ve had great opportunities, getting involved, playing rugby and made so many friends. Getting the grades for my first choice university just tops it off.”