2017 A Level Results
Hampton boys and their families are celebrating another hugely impressive set of A Level results, including 33.6% at the top A* grade compared with the national figure of 8.3%.
Hamptonians achieved a total of 217 A* grades between them. One boy attained a remarkable 5 A*s, 18 secured 4 A* grades and a further 13 recorded 3 A* s. For an eighth successive year, over 90 % of A Level grades awarded were at A*, A or B, underlining Hampton’s position as one of the country’s leading academic schools. The A*- A grades were Hampton’s second best ever at 74 %, compared to the national average of 26%.
Talented linguist Caspar Paton, who sat a total of five A Level and Pre-U examinations, scored the highest grade in each of his subjects. This remarkable achievement guarantees his place at St. John’s College, Oxford to read French and History. Collecting his results today, Caspar expressed his joy and gratitude:
“Everyone has given me so much support and all my teachers have gone out of their way to ensure that I could achieve my best. I’m still somewhat shell-shocked at getting 5 A* grades, but absolutely delighted.”
Today’s excellent marks are set to ensure that over 90% of Hampton pupils will now head to leading UK Russell Group or US universities.
School Captain and 1st XI cricketer, Chris Searle, who also plays for Hampshire CCC, confirmed his place at Oxford to read Geography. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of recent Hampton alumni and Test cricketers Zafar Ansari and Toby Roland-Jones by combining a high-level sporting career with his university studies.
An increasing number of Hamptonians are heading to Colleges in the USA, this year including Carl Sacklen at the University of Chicago, Kolade Balogun at Vanderbilt University and Harry Fuller, who has already enrolled at Cornell University. Harry will study engineering alongside playing varsity soccer:
“It is very exciting to be able to balance a high quality and professional training environment with one of the best universities in the world. I feel lucky to have been selected by the coach and I can’t wait for my first match.”
Many other leading Hampton sportsmen excelled academically. Rower, Tom Worthington, who won a Bronze Medal for GB at the Junior World Championships over summer, will read Biomedical Science at UCL, while the Captain of Boats and Ireland junior international, Rory Gilligan, will read Medicine at King’s College, London.
Musician Ed Owens, who has just performed at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the School’s male voice choir, Voices of Lions, achieved 4A* grades and is the last of four Owens brothers to attend the School. Accompanying her youngest son today, Mrs Penny Owens said that it was a poignant but wonderful way to conclude her boys’ time at Hampton.
Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, expressed his delight on behalf of Hampton pupils, parents and staff:
‘These truly excellent results and university outcomes for Hampton’s 2017 leavers are particularly impressive given the more demanding new Sixth Form syllabuses in many subjects. Our pupils and their dedicated teachers deserve the highest praise for their hard work and we are pleased to have played our part in what appears to be a national comeback for boys vs. girls at A Level! It is especially laudable that this group of young men has achieved their personal academic ambitions while supporting those around them so splendidly. It remains very rare to find academic achievement at this level combined with such conspicuous success across the full range of sporting, cultural and community service activities. I know these Hamptonians will go on to make a real difference in the world and we wish them every future happiness.”