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Summer of Success

This summer, we have been delighted to see the hard work of our pupils and staff rewarded with collective and individual success.

At A level, 46% of grades were A*/A and 78% were A*-B. The percentage of pupils achieving straight A*/A grades increased by 7% from last year, to 27%, highlighting how well our pupils have responded to academic challenge, and these strong results have ensured that the majority of our departing Upper Sixth secured their first choice university. Furthermore, this cohort achieved the highest number of Oxbridge and Ivy League places in recent years. Click here to read more about A level results.

The results for our GCSE pupils were also excellent; it is the first year in which all of our GCSE marks have been in the new 9-1 system and 25% of all grades awarded were at the demanding level 9. With 76% of grades being 9-7, our pupils have responded well to the rigours of the new structure. Click here to read more about GCSE results.

Over the summer break, our pupils have explored, competed and contributed to society across the globe, not only have they been on extra-curricular expeditions, Edinburgh Fringe adventures and pre-season sports trips; St John’s pupils have been relishing in individual opportunities and success.

Congratulations to the following pupils, who are recognised for their success over the summer break:

  • India Hill entered the Robinson College Essay Prize which had essays covering English, Politics, Scientific Research and Geography. She won the top prize and will be attending an awards ceremony with fellows from the college soon.
  • Michael Anderson had a successful summer in athletics, competing in the triple jump. He secured his position as the second-best triple jumper in his age group nationally, with a silver medal at the English Schools’ Championships seeing him gain his first England vest. He also went on to claim the England title, with a PB of 14.48m.
  • Kate Hewson has been out competing on her three ponies throughout the summer with some fantastic results, in many competitions. Kate is very committed to her training, and a lot of hard work goes in to every achievement. We wish her good luck for her upcoming competitions, including the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC later in the year.
  • Hannah Coutts has been accepted into the National Juniors TeamGym group at Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club. She had great success competing at the British Championships in July gaining a Bronze medal with the youth TeamGym.
  • Conor Ballard competed in three races at the British Championships and one race at the English Championships. Conor placed well in all races, and almost all of his swims were lifetime bests.
  • James Perkins has been awarded a certificate of commendation for the essay he submitted in the Fitzwilliam College Classics and Ancient World Essay competition. James presented his findings at the recent Classics Symposium.
  • Henry Benzikie, who leads the Army section of the St John’s School CCF, has been awarded an Army Officer Scholarship for 2020.