A Level Results 2019

Number of boys sitting A Levels (including those sitting Cambridge Pre-U exams): 153

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. The percentages below include the results of girls from St Helen and St Katharine School in subjects which are either taught jointly (Drama) or solely by Abingdon teachers (Economics and DT).  

% of passes at grade A*: 30.6%
% of passes at grade A* and A: 69.4%
% of passes at grades A* to B: 90.2%
% of passes at grades A* to C: 96.7%
% of passes at grades A* to E: 99.6%
73 boys gained 3 or more A level passes at grade A* or A

The Headmaster, Michael Windsor, said:

“I congratulate all our leavers on this very strong set of results. As a year group, they’ve made a terrific contribution to all aspects of school life and I am delighted that they have been rewarded for their hard work and commitment. They have benefited from strong support from their teachers, who have worked with dedication, determination and expertise to ensure that they have been able to fulfil their potential. I wish all our leavers well as they set out on the next chapter of their lives.”

The 2019 results show students have achieved particularly well in:

  • Economics with 76% A*/A and 94% A*/B (50 candidates) 
  • History 72% A*/A and 100% A*/B  (50 candidates)
  • Geography 68% A*/A and 92% A*/B (37 candidates) 
  • Chemistry with 60% A*/A and 87% A*/B (55 candidates)
  • Mathematics with 73% A*/A and 86% A*/B (84 candidates)

Amongst subjects that have smaller numbers of candidates and performed very strongly, we have Biology with 80% A*/A and 88% A*/B (25 candidates), English with 60% A*/A and 100% A*/B (20 candidates) and Drama with 62% A*/A and 92% A*/B (13 candidates). Our MFL students did exceptionally well once again in the Pre-U examinations with half of 26 candidates being awarded D1 and D2 grades (A* and above A* equivalent). 

Students also did very well in the popular and demanding EPQ. This year, over 50% of the 30 students achieved the top (A*) grade and 80% achieved A*/A.

An excellent set of A level and Pre-U results complete a very successful year for our 2019 leavers.

Abingdonians have a spirit of curiosity and adventure which underpins their time at school and it is exciting to see them succeed both academically and through the Other Half. Amongst our leavers we have highly accomplished musicians, award winning academics, international sportsmen, Arkwright Engineering Scholars and aspiring artists.

Many of the boys achieving these impressive results have just returned from a music tour of Hong Kong and Japan and over the summer, sixth formers also volunteered in Moldova, played rugby in Chile and Argentina, undertook Gold DofE expeditions and worked on community partnership projects. Individuals have represented the UK at the International Physics Olympiad in Tel Aviv, played for the England U18 rugby team in South Africa, rowed for Great Britain in the Junior World Championships in Tokyo and performed together with the girls from St Helen’s at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Our Other Half not only develops skills but also confidence, leadership, independence and responsibility which also reap tremendous benefit inside the classroom. The 2019 academic results are testament to this and to our purpose of providing a well-rounded education. We thank the students for their commitment and contribution to Abingdon. 

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

See the picture gallery.

Download the A level grade boundaries here.

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