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Bloxham School is celebrating success after achieving a strong set of A Level results. Nearly all pupils are heading to the university of their choice, with the majority attending Russell group universities in subjects as diverse as Natural Sciences, History and Politics, Theatre and Law.

Overall, in spite of the national trend of a reduction in top grades, Bloxham students scored highly with the substantive number of grades in the A*-B range. Many subject areas excelled and several departments achieved 100% A*-B grades.

Of the very small number of students that took BTECs in Sport, Business or Food and Hospitality, the vast majority were graded at Distinction/Distinction* (equivalent to A*/A at A level).

Congratulations to our Upper Sixth leavers on their terrific A Level achievements. I am delighted to see that our students have been justly rewarded for their hard work and determination, particularly given the extra layer of anxiety and stress added by sitting their first public examinations. I am proud of all that they have achieved throughout their time at Bloxham and look forward to hearing of their successes as Old Bloxhamists.  We join them in celebrating today and wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavours.

Paul Sanderson

Behind every headline figure there are stories of individual success. Here are just some of the exciting courses and destinations that a cross section of some of our individual students will be heading to in September:

Student Stories and Leaving Destinations

Leah – A*A*AA (University of Leeds, Natural Sciences)

  • Leah A Levels Leah joined Bloxham in First Form, following in the footsteps of her two older brothers, Tobi (Sy 08-16) and Monty (Sy 11-18).
  • Throughout her time at Bloxham, Leah helped lead the way in everything from Music: achieving a Grade 8 Merit in Violin; Sport: representing the School in a variety of 1st Teams; and setting the standard for Academic Achievement at Bloxham, being awarded the Senior Physics and Chemistry prizes.
  • For A Level Leah took Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths.
  • After Bloxham, Leah plans to study Natural Sciences at the University of Leeds: a course that offers the opportunity to branch out across scientific disciplines, learning the fundamental concepts of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science and nutrition, mathematics, and physics.

Zoe – A*A*AA (Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Foundation Art Diploma)

  • Zoe A Levels Zoe joined Bloxham in First Form. She briefly left in Fifth Form before returning to Bloxham in Sixth Form.
  • Zoe’s artistic talents represented the very best that Bloxham can offer, and her work leading Bloxham’s Sustainability group has had a positive, long-lasting influence on the school’s policy-making and climate awareness.
  • Zoe not only took Fine Art, English Lit, and Psychology for A Level, but she completed an engaging EPQ on Sustainable Housing.
  • Following her time at Bloxham, Zoe is looking to channel her passion for art through a Fine Art Foundation at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College before going to complete a degree in Environmental Management at the University of Manchester the following year.

Will – A*AA (Computer Science Degree Apprenticeship, Capgemini Birmingham)

  • Will A Level Will Howells joined Bloxham in First Form, acquired an academic scholarship in Third and has been Bloxham’s dedicated Head Boy this last year.
  • Regardless of the weight of such a significant responsibility, Will has continued to make his mark in various areas of school life. Will’s skill in goal for the 1st XI Hockey team has been phenomenal and his performances for the Sailing 1st Team have been invaluable. Will was also heavily involved in the music scene at Bloxham, playing an integral role in the school’s Chapel and Harmonix Choirs. His work with the School’s Sustainability Committee has been thoroughly impactful and his love of climbing has inspired those in the lower years.
  • Will took Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics for A Level, and also passed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh this year.
  • He will continue his studying in Computer Science with a Degree Apprenticeship from Capgemini Birmingham, a course that offers a balance of general computer science with practical software engineering and the opportunity to tailor his degree to suit his interests and career. Furthermore, this degree will mean that he can earn while he works and be guaranteed a job at the end of the course.

Gemma – A*A*AA (University of Nottingham, Criminology)

  • Gemma A Levels Gemma joined Bloxham from Beachborough in Third Form, following in the footsteps of older sister Hannah (Wf 12-18).
  • Gemma has shown a fierce dedication to sport whilst at Bloxham, proving a force to be reckoned with on the hockey pitches and netball courts.
  • In addition to taking Business Studies, Physical Education and Psychology A Levels, Gemma also completed an EPQ on The Use of Art to Understand Mental Illness. Testament to her fantastic work ethic, she was awarded both the Senior PE and Business Studies Awards at Prizegiving this year.
  • After Bloxham, Gemma will go on to study Criminology at the University of Nottingham. This is a fantastic course which draws on insights from social policy, sociology, law, psychology, politics, history, and the media to explore crime, victimisation, and crime control.

James – AAB (Harper Adams University, Agriculture with Farm Business Management)

  • James A Levels Following in the footsteps of his brothers, Tom (Wn 07-12) and Will (Wn 10-15), and his father, Ed (Wn 78-83), James joined Bloxham in the Third Form from Beachborough.
  • Throughout his time at the school, James has been an active sportsman. His leadership as the 1st XI Cricket Captain and commitment to the school’s rugby and hockey saw him awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Sport award at this year’s prizegiving.
  • James also played a key role in the success of the School’s Clay Pigeon Shooting team, which this year won the Independent School Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships.
  • James took Biology, Design & Technology, and Geography A Levels.
  • Next year, James will head to Harper Adams University to study Agriculture with Farm Business Management.

 

Izzy – A*BB (University of Liverpool, Law with Criminology)

  • Izzy joined Bloxham in the Third Form from Beachborough School. Izzy A Levels
  • A star on the stage, Izzy has impressed time and time again with her performances in School drama productions. This year she accomplished some outstanding results in her LAMDA exams, achieving the Distinction award for her Grade 8 in Acting.
  • Furthermore, Izzy’s hard work towards her French A Level saw her rewarded with the Senior French Prize at this year’s Prizegiving.
  • Izzy not only took Drama & Theatre Studies, French, and Psychology A Levels, but conducted an engaging EPQ on The Death of Claudine Blanchard.
  • Following her time at Bloxham, Izzy will undergo a Law with Criminology Degree at the University of Liverpool.

Alex – A*AA (University of Leeds, International History and Politics)

  • Alex Ma A Levels Alex and his brother Isaac joined Bloxham in the Third Form from Bruern Abbey.
  • In addition to his valuable contributions on the rugby pitch, Alex was integral in re-establishing the school’s basketball team after a forty-year hiatus. Off the pitch, his ability and willingness to promote political discourse and challenge inherent assumptions has been an invaluable asset within the wider school body. At Prizegiving, Alex was awarded the Senior Public Speaking prize.
  • Alex not only undertook Geography, Politics and History A Levels but combined his passions to complete an EPQ on Politics in Sports.
  • Upon finishing his time at Bloxham, Alex will attend the University of Leeds to study International History and Politics.