Upper Sixth Hamptonians and their families have a great deal to celebrate as our Class of 2022’s endeavours were rewarded with superb A Level and Pre-U results ‒ an exceptional 57% of grades achieved were at A* and 89% at A*- A.

No fewer than 75 boys recorded three or more straight A*s in this summer’s examinations of which 27 chalked up four of the very top grades. In total, Hampton pupils collected 392 A*s and 215 A grades on Thursday morning and this helped an impressive 90% of the year group to secure highly sought-after places at Russell Group, or equivalent, universities.


Among those with four A* grades, Pallav Bagchi (one of 24 Hamptonians moving on to study Engineering) takes up his place at Imperial College, while Alex Mehta will read Aeronautics and Astronautical Engineering at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Daniel Morgan, will also go up to Cambridge (Robinson College) to read Music, while another musical virtuoso, Henry Ward, has been given a prestigious full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Both have recently returned from a sell-out run of Edinburgh Fringe Festival performances with Voices of Lions and many of their fellow members of Hampton’s celebrated male-voice choir received similarly excellent results and university entrance news today.

Hampton’s linguists shone brightly, with 14 Hamptonians set to continue their study of languages at Russell Group universities. Following straight A* grades in his A Levels, Nayaaz Hashim will read Classics and Arabic at Christ Church, Oxford. Nayaaz, a stalwart of pioneering campaign group Genocide80Twenty and Model United Nations delegations, was one half of the French debating duo which won the prestigious 2021 Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes competition. His co-champion, Patrick Helm, confirmed his place at Oxford to read French at Hertford College. Fraser Cory will study French and Italian at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge after achieving four straight A*s. Outgoing School Captain and First XI footballer, Sam Evans, will study International Business and French at Bristol, while Hampton Sports Chronicle editor Sam Colvine heads to Robinson College, Cambridge to read History and Russian with a clean sweep of top grades.

This multi-talented year group will be following a fascinating range of post-Hampton pathways: Sam Skinner joins the interdisciplinary ‘Design for Future Living’ degree course at Birmingham City University, while Ben Wix will study Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton. Congratulations also go to Shane Bowden, who taught himself to play the bagpipes during lockdown and (alongside celebrating two A*s and an A) is in the final stages of selection for the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. One day, Shane hopes to play the bagpipes as a member of the Queen’s Guard.

Hampton’s sportsmen also deserve plaudits after academic successes to match last season’s exploits in the highest echelon of school sport nationally. First XV Rugby Captain Ethan Knight heads to Durham to study Liberal Arts; team-mates Connor Cross and Max Leman will read History at Loughborough and Edinburgh respectively. Fellow first team regular, Luke McNamara, will read Maths and Physics at Manchester.

Our Upper Sixth rowers cumulatively achieved 25 A* grades and three oarsmen secured the very top grades across all four of their subjects. First XI Football Captain, Jonah Blake, scored three top grades to secure his place to read Geography at Durham; his team-mates, Ben Bird and Rohan Sahota, matched this feat and will respectively study Management at Bath and Economics at Bristol.

The Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, warmly congratulated the Class of 2022 on their achievements:

“It has been inspiring and uplifting to witness how splendidly this impressive year group has risen to the considerable challenges associated with their pandemic-affected School years, followed by the requirement to sit A Level and Pre-U papers without prior experience of formal public examinations. They have worked very hard indeed and I am absolutely delighted to see their talent, adaptability and cheerful fortitude justly rewarded with such tremendous grades and places at leading universities.

Our 2022 Leavers have flourished across all areas of School life: on our sports fields, in myriad concerts and productions, and via their commitment to our programme of community partnerships. They have also been great role models for younger pupils, exemplifying our ethos of aspiring to personal best while supporting those around them with kindness, respect and that distinctive Hamptonian generosity of spirit.

Our newest alumni have personal attributes to match their evident academic credentials and I am sure they will make a purposeful difference for good in the communities they are now joining. While our boys deserve the highest praise for their collective and individual achievements, I know that they’ll recognise the importance of the encouragement they’ve received throughout from their parents and members of the Common Room. My admirable teaching and support staff colleagues have left no stone unturned in helping our Leavers to realise their academic and all-round potential – I warmly thank them for their dedication, passion and expertise.

We wish our Class of 2022 every good fortune as they embark upon the exciting next phase of their lives. Stay in regular contact with us and remember, boys – once a Hamptonian, always a Hamptonian!”

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