Students off to pursue their dreams after achieving excellent results

Rossall School’s commitment to academic excellence continues to yield outstanding outcomes for its students with yet another set of fantastic public examination results. These results have been achieved against a national backdrop of grade deflation. Earlier this Summer, students enrolled upon the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme received their results. They achieved an average diploma score of 34 points which, from both a national and global perspective, constitutes a very strong performance. This morning it was time for those students who have spent the last two years studying for A levels and/or BTEC qualifications to celebrate their successes.

In terms of UCAS points, almost 50% of the Upper Sixth Form cohort at Rossall come away from their examinations with the equivalent of AAB (at A level) or above.

Friendship group Tayla-Daisy Hoyle, Hannah Procter, Hannah Byrne, Alice Christy, Holly Cumpsty, Grace Lewis, Hannah Preston, Jessica Sanderson, Alicia Anandappa and Eleanor Crone celebrate a fantastic set of A Level results

Furthermore, as expected, an impressive number of students have achieved a clean sweep of  ‘A’ and A*’ grades. 

Every year Rossall students progress to some of the most prestigious university courses here within the UK. This year is no exception, and this autumn Rossall students will begin undergraduate studies at Oxford, Cambridge,  Manchester, Warwick, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds,  UCL, King’s College London, Loughborough, Sheffield, Queen’s Belfast and countless other Top20/Russell Group universities. They will study an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects including Architecture, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Music, Physics, Psychology, Graphic Design, Economics and Management, English Literature and Aviation Management. In addition, a growing number of our students are moving on to study at some of the most academically sought after destinations around the world including Australia, USA, Spain, Japan and the Netherlands. Two thirds of those opting to go to university within the UK will go to Top 20/ Russell Group universities.

Sam Easterbrook, a current England International, has been awarded a full Golf Scholarship to Purdue University, Indiana and top footballers Francesca Sarsfield and Sophia Woods are about to set off to the USA on full scholarships in order to pursue their sporting dreams. Seven students, including Keito Lipovschek, (who achieved the equivalent of A*AA) are now in receipt of professional footballing contracts from teams in the UK and abroad. Keito will begin playing football professionally in Dubai. 

Additionally, a record number of students have secured places on highly competitive degree apprenticeship programmes. Six students are due to take up training positions with companies as diverse as JP Morgan, PWC, and BAE Systems. Their success is reflective of an industrious culture amongst the student body as well as the multiple opportunities available at Rossall to develop the social and communication skills necessary to succeed in some of the most successful international companies.  

Individual successes

Whilst many students will be celebrating achieving the ambitious goals they have set for themselves, Hoang Tu Duong’s outstanding achievement of 3 ‘A*’s  and 1 ‘A’ marks her out as one of the top performers in the country. She is heading off to Cambridge University.

Students that have attained a clean sweep of ‘A’s and ‘A’s include Ewan Bagwell who will be taking up a place at Southampton to study Medicine whilst Tran Anh Minh Dang and Hannah Preston are off to UCL to study Management Sciences and Physics respectively. Both Alice O’Brien, who achieved ‘A*A*A’ and Joe Davies who served as School Captain, will embark upon highly sought after and exceptionally competitive degree apprenticeships at BAE Systems whilst Tom Shuttleworth, one of the School’s elite football players, achieved ‘AAB’ and will be joining PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Within the IB, Kai Wagner scored 41 points (out of a possible 45) – equivalent to just short of 5 A*s at A-level in terms of UCAS points. Kai is pursuing his dream to study Physics at UCL whilst Milicia Blagojevic, another top IB student, has been offered a full scholarship to study Economics and International Relations at IE University, Madrid.

Creativity and design is a real strength of Rossall students; Hannah Byrne, who achieved A*AB is off to study Film at Warwick University, whilst Nicole Chan and Ashley Poon, both of whom secured an A* in Graphic Communication, are off to study Architecture at  UCL and Liverpool respectively. Uliana Pisha, who has thrived, despite exceptional challenges posed by the war in the Ukraine, is pursuing her dream of studying Film at the London Film Academy –  the top institution in the country for this popular course.

Jess Sanderson, who achieved A*AB is delighted to be pursuing her dream of studying Psychology at Edinburgh and Harry McAleer, who achieved the equivalent of 2 A*s in his BTEC Sport is excited to now pursue a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University.

Of her time at Rossall and her results, Jess said: 

I am very happy with my results, I’m very grateful to my teachers for their support both in class and out – helping me develop my passion for Psychology and grow during my time at Rossall.  

The School offers a number of Sixth Form scholarships and bursaries and welcomes enquiries from potential applicants with the scholarship application deadline set in late November of each year. If you would like to find out more about Rossall then please contact [email protected] or phone 01253 774201. 

Comment from the Director of Sixth Form

Nick Crombie, Director of Sixth Form added:

We are very proud of this cohort who began their Sixth Form journey in the immediate aftermath of the Covid pandemic. As such, they have had to show real resilience and determination; the result of  which is evident from the incredibly exciting and diverse range of national and international destinations that our leavers are moving on to. This group of aspirant, compassionate and caring young people have helped to shape the future of our School and we wish them all the best for the next chapter of their lives. 

Headmaster’s comment

Reflecting upon this year’s results, Headmaster Jeremy Quartermain commented: 

These fantastic results are indicative of the intellectual vigour and cultural dynamism of a Sixth Form that is resolutely committed to the holistic development of each and every student. Across three very distinctive curricular routes (IBDP, A level and BTEC), these excellent results reflect the outstanding commitment and tireless dedication of our teachers. Our staff go to extraordinary lengths to enrich the lives of all of our students and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude

Today we celebrate the hard work and courage demonstrated by all of our students; especially those who have experienced adversity during the course of the last two years. Obviously, the performance of the cohort is  very impressive but it is the personal  stories that lie behind each and every set of grades that really moves and inspires us.   

A Level Results Day 2023