We celebrated a year of considerable success at A Level in 2018; the school’s overall pass rate is 99%, with over a third of all entries at A* or A grade, with almost 60% at A* to B.
In addition to their A Levels the number of students choosing to take entries for the challenging Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) almost doubled, with 93% gaining an A* to B and 79% achieving A* or A. History was the top performing A Level subject, with almost half of pupils getting A* or A, and 81% achieving A* to B grades.
Three of those students are going to Oxford to read History and amongst them is Head of School, Drama Scholar and Sixth Form boarder, Cameron Bovell, who secured 3A*s. Having been involved in Trent’s highly successful debating team, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and first team hockey, he believes this variety of experiences made a big difference in his Oxford application.
Cameron, who also attended our junior school, The Elms, said, “Being a Drama Scholar has been integral to my life at Trent; the different skills you learn on stage are reflected in the way I respond to people and have made me much more confident about getting involved in various things.
“Being in a sports team, having that release from your academic studies and having a team goal, has been another fantastic experience. The thing I always say is special about Trent is the family atmosphere and community. Once everyone has a goal, they work together and push each other to do better to get the job done.”
Another one of Trent College’s top A Level performers is First XI hockey captain, Georgina Hampson, whose 2A*s and an A, plus an EPQ A*, sees her head to Birmingham to study Biological Sciences. As well as her multiple appearances in hockey national finals, Georgina excels in netball and tennis and is completing her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
She said, “It’s really good to be able to stop working and to get out and do something different. Exercise is great for helping you to study and I enjoyed captaining the hockey team because, as well as playing, we really loved being together. We had great fun.”
Senior Prefect Callum Henderson, already celebrating a recent award for being one of the country’s top five RAF Cadets, achieved 2A*s and 2As to study Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London.
Accomplished musician and Arkwright Engineering Scholar, Callum, has recently returned from Canada where he took part in a prestigious CCF international exchange programme involving just 26 of some 40,000 UK Cadets.
He said, “I feel I’ve had the support I’ve needed from all of my teachers in all of my subjects and that’s really made the difference.”
Drama and music have been Jacob Doleman’s co-curricular release as he has starred in many school productions, while also gaining Grade 7 flute and Grade 8 piano. His A* and 2 A grades see him head to Exeter University to study Politics.
Jacob said, “Drama and music gave me a freedom to set the academics aside and have a bit of fun. It helps you excel in your studies. I’ve really enjoyed Sixth Form because of the freedom and independence you have and the teachers treat you more like an adult to manage your own time.”
Twins Jake and Sam Wakerley, both studied Chemistry and Biology, both got 3 As – Jake’s other coming in Psychology and Sam’s in History – and both are off to Liverpool to study Biochemistry! They have the fondest memories of their time on the rugby pitch, but stressed: “We have lots of fantastic memories of our time in the classroom as well. The teachers have been exceptional.”
Mr Bill Penty, Head, said, “Once again, we are delighted by these results. So many of our pupils have secured places on some excellent university courses and challenging higher-level apprenticeship programmes.
“At a time when the educational debate is all about whether there is too much teaching to the test at the expense of the wider development of the individual, these examples prove that excellent outcomes across a full spectrum of experiences is what we should all be aiming for as we prepare young people for their futures.”