Warminster pupils have cause to celebrate today as they reap the rewards for their hard work.  Most importantly, the great majority have got into their first-choice university to study the course they want. Exeter, Southampton and Loughborough remain popular destinations, but several pupils this year are also heading for Edinburgh, Reading and Royal Holloway.

They can be particularly satisfied to have achieved so highly in the uncertainty that resulted from unsettling recent exam reforms.  Individuals who excelled include local boys Tom Stanton, with three A* and an A grade and James Arter with A*A B, as well as Cathy Jian who achieved two A*, an A and a B grade. Tom has secured a place to read Physics at Edinburgh, while James and Cathy have been accepted to read Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics respectively at Southampton University.  We are also delighted that Jannike Smye, who scored 37 IB points, will now study Marine Biology at Plymouth, while top scorer Jonas Schlicht, with 40 IB points, embarks on a gap year to work with the German Red Cross, before applying in 2017.

Combining the A Level and IB scores, Warminster Upper Sixth formers have achieved an average of 345 university entry points, which is the equivalent of AAB at A Level. The excellent results mean that the great majority of the leavers of 2016 have, despite tough competition at the top universities this year, secured a place at their chosen universities. The School wishes them every success with their future studies.

Headmaster Mark Mortimer commented:

What matters to me is not the number of A* grades but the number of pupils who have given their all, achieved the best results of which they were capable and are off to do what is right for them, be that a highly academic subject at a top university or a vocational course. I am equally proud of all of them.”