The Grange School has a history of supporting our students to access the most competitive courses by academically stretching students. This year is no exception, as all of our Oxbridge, Medical and Veterinary Science students take up their places armed with superb grades. Following on from his success qualifying for the British Mathematical Olympiad, Alex Goldie achieved 4 A*s (Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics) and goes on to read Engineering at Oxford. Alex will be joined by a fellow Grange Mathematician, Andrew Stamper, who goes on to read Computer Science at Oxford having achieved 3 A*s and 2 As.
The Grange’s pedigree for the Sciences shone through again this year, with over half of the grades at either A or A*. Leading the way were Chemistry, with nine out of every ten students achieving one of the two top grades. Yet the Biologists and Physicists kept pace as three quarters of these students achieved a grade B or higher. Both Felicity Deeley and Andrew Middleton enhanced this knowledge outside the classroom by pursuing an Extended Project Qualification (a separate qualification) to independently pursue their scientific interests. Felicity will go on to study Biological Sciences (Durham) whilst Andrew studies Physics (Warwick), having achieved 7A*s and 2 As between them. Of all of the students undertaking an EPQ, almost two thirds achieved the top A* grade for this additional qualification.
Grange students pursue a range of unique combinations from our broad offering of subjects and have experienced success across these. Leading the way in the Social Sciences are the Economists, with all students achieving a grade B or above. We have great flair in the arts too. Both the Graphics and Art department produced outstanding exhibitions in the Summer Term and were delighted that the students’ efforts yielded dividends as 97% of grades were grade B or higher. The Music department are no stranger to success either as William Prior goes onto read Music at Oxford, having achieved 2 A*s and an A, fresh from his success as the lead in our acclaimed production of Phantom of the Opera.
The Grange encourages its students to make the most of every opportunity, both within school and outside. Over the February half-term, 12 of our students visited The Gambia, helping lay the floor of the new classroom at our sister school, the Darul Arkam. Impressively, these students balanced their charitable work alongside their studies to achieve 91% of grades at a B or above. Similarly, Cameron McGregor-Ogden achieved 4 gold medals in the ski events at the World Transplant Games alongside his studies. Achieving AAB means that Cameron is now going to pursue Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds. Not to be outdone, Harry Craven trained for the England U18 Rugby squad whilst preparing for his examinations. As well as successfully completing an EPQ on ‘whether rugby is bad for your brain’, Harry has achieved grade As in Biology, Chemistry and Geography.
As The Grange offers education from the age of 4, for many students it is the end of a fourteen-year journey and the start of an exciting new adventure. Three quarters of our A Level students are destined to their first choice of future study. One such student is Alice Gerrard who, armed with 3 As, heads to do Medicine at the University of Liverpool. Head of The Grange Deborah Leonard commented, “We are very proud of the class of 2018, who have approached school life with true Grange spirit, pursuing many different extra-curricular interests alongside their studies. I am delighted to see them head off to a diverse range of Higher Education courses from the more traditional choices of Engineering and Sciences, through to more practical courses such as Sport and Exercise Science and Filmmaking. We wish them every success in future.”