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Levels of Progress and Exam Results 2015


72% of students achieved 5 A* - C including English and Mathematics and 80% of students achieved 5 A* - C, with 60% of students achieving A*-B and 99% of students achieving A*-G.

Headteacher Chris Prosser said “We are delighted and proud of both our students’ achievements this year and the fact that they have maintained the strong tradition of excellence that we have come to expect at the Downs School. The key ingredients of this success have been high quality teaching and learning, determined and committed students and staff, and a strong partnership with our parents. As a school community we feel a huge sense of achievement because we know that all our Year 11 students now have the skills and attributes to allow them to be successful in the next stage of their journey, and I am pleased to say that the majority of them will be continuing this with us”.

Our outstanding performers were Sam Cox 11 A*; Catherine Walker 10 A* & 1B; Oliver Hartley 8 A* & 3 A; Harriet Allan 8 A* & 3 A; Marcus Rabbetts 7A*,  3 A & Merit; Henry Burfoot 7 A* & 4 A; Abigail Smith 6 A*, 4 A & 1 B; Isobel Thomas 6 A*, 3 A & Distinction*; Sean Dunnett 1A^ (A* with distinction), 7A*, 2A, 1B; Thomas Field 6 A*2 A, 2 B & Distinction* and Molly Thatcher 6 A* 1 A, Distinction* & 1 B

We had particularly fantastic performances in the following subjects: English Language and Literature, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Religious Education, Extended Project and Performing Arts.


126 students sat A2 examinations at The Downs School this year.  99% of entries gained a pass, 55% of entries achieved A*- B grades and 80% of entries achieved A*-C maintaining the consistently high standards at The Downs Sixth Form.  

Headteacher Chris Prosser said “Once again I am extremely proud of our students and their fantastic achievements this year. There have been many superb individual performances, underlining the importance of giving support and challenge to all pupils and re-affirms our strong ethos centred around inclusivity.  None of this would have been possible without the incredible amount of hard work from students, staff and parents.  It epitomises what The Downs School stands for, strong partnerships, resilience and desire to achieve at all levels”.

Head of Sixth Form Andrew Hartley said, ‘I am very proud that our students have once again achieved such strong results. It is great to know that so many of them will go on to great things in the world of employment and higher education. It has been a huge team effort to make these fabulous results a reality.”

Students with excellent individual performance with a clutch of A and A* grades are:
Fran Banat (A* A* AA) to read History at Trinity College, Oxford
Helen Boyle (AAAB) to read Engineering at Durham University
Luke Brennan- Scott (AAA) to read Architecture at Bath University
Emily Craig (A*AA) to read Modern Languages at University College, London
Trenton Delahaye (A*A*A*B) to read Physics at Imperial College, London
Robert Dickens (AAAB) to read Law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Ciaran Ffrench  (A*AA) to read Law at Nottingham University
Hannah Glover (A*A*AAB) to read Biochemistry at Oxford University
Richard Hansen (A*AAA) to read Mathematics at Warwick University
Lily Howell (AAA) to read Geography at Nottingham University.
Freddie Isawariah (A*AAB)to read  General Engineering at Durham
Poppy Kemp (A*A*A) to be decided
Alex Luke (AAA)to read Physics at Birmingham University
Ben Lynch (A*AA) to read International Relations at Cardiff University
Nell Macauley (AAA) to read Law at Nottingham University
Miles Rudgley (AAA) to read Politics and Spanish  at Leeds University
Andrew Slater (A*A*A) to read History at Bristol University
Joe Spencer (A*A*A) to read Electronic Engineering at Manchester University
Ellie Stevenson (A*A*B) to read English Literature at Durham University
Nina Webb (A*A*AA) to read Biochemistry at Bristol University

Outstanding results were gained in the following subjects where the percentage of students gaining grades A*- B were above 70%: French, Further Maths, German, History, Politics and Spanish.  This is the first year of students completing BTEC Level3 qualifications and so we are particularly delighted that 10 out the 15 students who took these qualifications achieved Distinction*.  

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