There were joyful scenes in the Cloisters for Hamptonians and their families as they gathered to celebrate our Class of 2023’s very impressive A Level results. Around half the year group – 95 pupils – recorded a clean sweep of the top grades (A or A*) and 90% of results were at A*, A or B.
No fewer than 33 Hamptonians achieved three or more A* grades. Among them, Kai Kelly – who will now read Natural Sciences at UCL – chalked up five A*s. A year group sitting public examinations for the first time, following pandemic-related restrictions and national exam cancellations that affected their GCSE years, rose to the challenge with aplomb; the vast majority are heading to their first-choice university and a wide range of prestigious degree courses. Indeed, 33 Hamptonians from the Class of 2023 have secured places at Global Top-10 institutions and 90% will be continuing their studies in Russell Group settings.
Henry Shard’s 4A* grades at A Level and exceptional STEP examination results confirmed his place to read Mathematics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Henry has enjoyed a stellar Hampton career: alongside securing a rare and coveted Roentgenium Award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, he also played a leading role in the Hampton team that won the National Schools’ Chess Championships in June.
Senior musicians and dramatists also excelled. Violinist Freddy Liang will read Natural Sciences at Imperial College London, and two Hamptonians will take up Music Scholarships at Oxford ‒ chorister and bassoon player Seb Evans will read Music at Queen’s College, while Johnny Evans-Hutchison will study Spanish and Portuguese at St Peter’s College.
Multi-talented Johnny was among nine Upper Sixth collecting results who were members of the First XI football squad that became national champions in May after their memorable U18 English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Cup victory.
Upper Sixth rowers collecting their results on the day, secured a remarkable 25 A* and A grades between them. Congratulations also go to outstanding Hampton athlete Gus Carter, who this summer made a third consecutive ESAA National Championships appearance in the 400m Hurdles and now looks forward to studying Chemical Engineering at UCL.
Returning fresh from their travels to Borneo with the joint Hampton-LEH Adventure Society trip, our intrepid explorers also received excellent results news. Among them, Hugo Parris confirmed his place to study Medicine at the University of Bristol – one of seven Hampton medics in the 2023 cohort. We also wish all the very best to Srijan Vaddadi, who embarks upon a Software Engineer Degree Apprenticeship with BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, working in national security.
The Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, offered warm congratulations:
“Our Class of 2023 deserves wholehearted praise and we are delighted that their talent, endeavour and strength of character have been justly rewarded with such impressive grades and places on the most competitive courses at leading universities. Alongside these achievements, our Upper Sixth Leavers have been excellent role models for younger pupils, epitomising our ethos of aspiring to personal best while supporting those around them with kindness, respect and that distinctively joyful Hamptonian generosity of spirit. They have not only flourished academically with us, but also across all areas of School life: on our sports fields, in the Performing Arts, and via their commitment to our programme of community partnerships.
My admiration for this year group knows no bounds and their successes should be recognised all the more given their pandemic-affected GCSE years, which led to this being the first time they have experienced public examinations. They have so much to celebrate, as do their parents and my admirable colleagues, who have supported and reassured them so splendidly both academically and pastorally. We wish our Class of 2023 every future happiness as they embark upon the exciting next chapters of their lives. Stay in contact, we’re always here to help if needed, and never forget, boys – once a Hamptonian, always a Hamptonian!”
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