A-Level results: Magdalen College School stays top of the charts

Headington School students Tess Pollard, left, and Celine Henriksen

Headington School students Tess Pollard, left, and Celine Henriksen Buy this photo

First published in News

MAGDALEN College School is again the top-performing school in Oxfordshire at A-Levels.

The independent school in Cowley Place, Oxford, celebrated after an impressive 86.5 per cent of grades were either at A* or A.

Nearly all the 140 pupils at the school who sat A-Levels got either an A* or a B – 97.35 per cent – with every pupil passing.

Tim Hands, the Master of MCS, praised his students’ hard work.

He said: “We are delighted they have done so well and it represents great credit on them.

Students now work harder than they did in my day.”

But Dr Hands, the chairman of the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference, raised concerns about the continuing reform of exams. He said: “Stability would undoubtedly help. Examinations have been affected by constant change and it is difficult to teach well if the goalposts and the nature of the playing field are always changing.”

Headington School, Oxford’s all-girl independent school which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, also did well with improved results on last year.

Of the 113 girls who sat A-Levels, 65.1 per cent got either an A* or an A while 85.1 per cent got an A* or a B.

Headteacher Caroline Jordan said: “I’m delighted for all the girls who have achieved places at fantastic universities in a range of subjects from English to Physics, at Oxford, Warwick, Bristol and Durham.

“It’s the culmination of all the hard work that the girls and the teachers have put in.”

Meanwhile 64.5 per cent of Abingdon School’s 150 A-Level students got either an A* or an A and 86.9 per cent of its boys got an A* or a B.

Results at St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon saw 78 per cent of exams graded at A* or A. Headmistress Rowan Edbrooke said: “This year has seen exceptional success, at the highest grades, across a wide range of subjects demonstrating the strength and depth of the results achieved. This is demonstrated by our highest ever number of A* grades – 41 per cent.”

Girls at Oxford High School also celebrated success, with 74.6 per cent of exams at the Belbroughton Road school being marked at A* or A and 95.3 being marked at A* to B.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

New: Get Oxford Mail news alerts sent direct to your phone via Whatsapp

Oxford Mail: Whats App logo

11:50am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

OXFORD Mail readers can now sign up to get major breaking news alerts sent direct to their mobile phones with a new service using Whatsapp.

Set for a battle of Blenheim over 1,500 homes plan

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS in Woodstock have vowed to “fight until the bitter end” against plans to build up to 1,500 homes east of the town.

Delays of up to 40 minutes on bus services across the county

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

9:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

STAGECOACH Oxfordshire has warned that passengers face delays of up to 40 minutes this morning.

Harassment cop sacked for gross misconduct

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A DETECTIVE has been sacked after harassing a member of police staff, the force said yesterday.

Fears as boat owners’ group claims new area of riverbank

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS say they are worried about another attempt by boat owners to grab land alongside waterways in the city.

Mum cleared of breaking baby daughter’s leg

Oxford Mail: The Horton General Hospital, Banbury

6:30am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A TEENAGER accused of breaking her baby daughter’s leg broke down in tears as she was cleared yesterday.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree