A-level Results: Record Numbers go to Oxbridge 18th August 2016Newman College, the Sixth Form of Cardinal Newman Catholic School, has once again seen students achieve excellent A-level exam results this year with a quarter of all entries gaining A* or A grades and 70.3% of students receiving A*-C grades. Overall, 98% of all entries gained an A* – E grade. A record number of students have secured places at Oxbridge – particular congratulations to Ben Woodhouse who received 4 A* grades and will be going on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge and Alice Sherwood who received 3 A*s and 1 A and will be going on to study History of Art at Cambridge. Well done to Alfie Hall and Katie Hatchley who also received 3 A*s. Congratulations to the following students for securing places at Oxford: Charlie Gould (PPE), Katie Hatchley (Chemistry), Matthew Karadzas (Biological Sciences), Sam Reeves (Chemistry), Gigi Warland-Edge (Mathematics) and Iggy Wood (PPE). Particular congratulations also to Helen Galvin, Martha Coyle and Monique Dingelstad who will be studying Medicine at their chosen Universities. Overall, 38 students have secured a place at Russell Group Universities. Congratulations to the following students for fantastic BTEC Results: Laura Boulton achieved 3 Distinction* grades and will be going on to study Business Management at Southampton University. Kamyar Amimi, Michael Esposito, Milania Fukia and Harry Phillips all gained 3 Distinction grades and will be studying at their chosen Universities. Dr James Kilmartin, Headteacher, was delighted with the results. He said “The students are a credit to themselves, their families and the school. They have worked hard to achieve these results and I know that they will want to join me in thanking their teachers for the support and advice which has made a big contribution to their success. We are proud of each and every one of our students but I would like to particularly congratulate the record number of our students who have secured places at Oxford and Cambridge. As our Sixth Form continues to expand, we look forward to similar success in years to come. We wish our students the very best for the future, which for many of them will include taking up places at some of the country’s best universities while others will be embarking on apprenticeships and other high quality routes directly into the world of work”. Click here for a break down of our grades. Celebrating Student Success 2016: Ben Woodhouse – A*, A*, A*, A* – gains a place at Cambridge to study Natural Sciences Ben said “I am so relieved and shocked! My teachers told me to apply to Cambridge but I didn’t think I would get in and now I’m going. I love Science and have always especially loved Physics as I love the logic and order of it. My parents are so pleased. I am going out to celebrate in Brighton with all my friends tonight!” Alice Sherwood – A*, A*, A*, A – gains a place at Cambridge to study History of Art Alice said “I feel so settled now – I can picture myself in Cambridge. I loved it when I went there and felt the people were as passionate about the subject as I am. I love Art and spend my time going to art galleries and learning more. I hope to go on to do a Masters in Curating or Restoration. I’m looking forward to celebrating with my friends in Brighton tonight”. Iggy Wood – A*, A, A – gains a place at Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Iggy was President of the Student Union and said “It’s feels really good to finally know – I am so relieved. I have stayed a few times at Oxford through the interview process and think it is the best PPE course in the country. The one-to-one tuition is amazing! I think being President of the Student Union has really helped me gain a place as it’s built up my confidence and helped me to learn how to talk to different people through the interview process. I’ve gained great leadership skills which I hope to use in the future. After my course, I hope to go into journalism. My mum can’t believe it! It’s so amazing!” Matthew Karadzas – A*, A, A – gains a place at Oxford to study Biological Sciences Matthew said “I am delighted and very happy! I have loved the Sciences since Year 9 and knew it was the route that I wanted to take. Newman College has been very supportive and I have been on shadowing courses at Oxbridge as well as attending Summer Schools for the last few years. These gave me a fascinating insight into life at these top Universities and made me make the decision to apply for Cambridge and do Biology. I especially love the one-to-one tutorials it provides with subject leaders who are passionate about the subject and will spur me on. I hope to go down the Science research route as I am interested in food security or cancer research. I am going to celebrate with my family later. It really hasn’t sunk in yet”. Helen Galvin – A*, A, A – gains a place at Queen Marys to study Medicine Helen said “I am so relieved and so happy! I love the sciences, especially Biology and have been interested in Medicine for a while. I am really shocked that I am going to realise my dream”. Alfie Hall – A*, A*, A*, A – taking a year out but hopes to go to Oxford to study History Alfie said “It’s been a great morning! I ran to the car with my results to open them with my mum and we were both ecstatic – she shed a few tears and is very proud. I’ve always loved History thanks to my teacher who has been really supportive and I have had since Year 9. I am taking a year out now and will probably head back to Peru to do some volunteering work ready to go to Oxford next year”. Gigi Warland-Edge – A*, A*, A – gains a place at Oxford to study Mathematics Gigi said “I am very excited! I stayed at Oxford for a few days while going through the interview process and loved it. I didn’t think I’d make it so I am really pleased. My parents are really proud too. I have always loved Maths and am so pleased I can continue at such a prestigious university”. Charlie Gould – A, A, A – gains a place at Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics Charlie said “I am so relieved and happy! I’ve always been really interested in these three subjects. My teachers and parents told me to go for Oxford as it is the best for this course and I’ve done it! I loved the place when I visited it through the interview process so I am really pleased. My parents are very proud too.