A Level Results 2017

Number of boys sitting A Levels (including those sitting Cambridge Pre-U exams):
NB: A Level grade equivalencies have been used for pre-U grades in the statistics below.  Abingdon uses the pre-U for French, German and Spanish. 

171
% of passes at grade A*:   26.5%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 63.0%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 83.4%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 95.1%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.8%
Number of boys with 4 Grade A*s or more: 7
Number of boys with 3 Grade A*s or more: 18
Number of boys with 2 Grade A*s or more: 43
81 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A or A*  

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“I would like to congratulate all our candidates who have achieved such a strong set of results, which reflect the hard work that our students have put into their studies, alongside their quite superb contribution to the wider life of the School. The results also bear testimony to the commitment and skill of the staff at Abingdon who guide our pupils with tenacity, intelligence and enthusiasm. I wish all our leavers well as they move on to the next stages in their lives.” 

Almost half of the year group (81 boys) gained three or more A level passes at A* or A grades. Students performed particularly well in English and Economics where 90% of candidates achieved A* to B grades. These excellent academic results bring to an end an impressive year at Abingdon. 2016/17 has certainly lived up to expectation with this tremendous academic performance achieved alongside a wide range of extra-curricular accolades. Below are just a few examples, they demonstrate the hard work and dedication that the boys put in to all that they do. 

  • Aspiring writers - nine students published the opening chapters of their books in an anthology, The Birth of a Book.
  • Engineers - two student teams won first and third place in the national Blott Matthews Engineering Challenge to design a mass-transit system connecting five London airports to the City.
  • Mathematicians - achieved sixth position out of all worldwide postal entries from schools competing in the Princeton University Maths Competition.
  • Journalists - the School’s student newspaper, The Martlet, won highly commended runner-up in the ‘Best Newspaper’ category and won ‘Best Newspaper Front Cover’ in the prestigious Shine Media Awards.
  • Musicians - selected for National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the National Children’s Orchestra.
  • Game designers - two sixth formers shortlisted in the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.
  • Sportsmen - national selection for students who reached the top of their game in a wide range of sports including hockey, fencing and canoeing.
  • Thespians - Much Ado and London Road, the senior productions with the girls from St Helen’s, wowed audiences in sell out performances.
  • Explorers - students volunteered, sailed, hiked, canoed, skied and represented the School across several continents broadening experiences of music, sport, language and culture. From an orchestral tour to Germany, cricket in Sri Lanka, volunteering in Moldova, rugby in Japan to the Cosmonaut Space and Leadership Experience in Moscow.

See the statistics showing a breakdown of the results by subject.

See the picture gallery.

Results as of 17 August 2017