Students at King’s College Taunton celebrated a very strong set of A level results. Despite having to cope with new-look exams and syllabuses, the students have risen to the challenge and the overall results are well in line with those of previous years, with almost 60% of exams taken resulting in A* to B grades.
Eleven students gained three or more A or A* grades. Alex Carter (A*AA), Lottie Cannons (AAAB), Harry Cooper-Simpson (AAAB), Tom Hall (A*AAC), Jack Mead (A*A*A), Anson Ng (A*A*AA), Tom Potter (A*AAA), Toby Siu (A*A*A*A), Rudi Smith (A*AAA), Toby Vickers (A*A*A*A) and Henri Willmott (AAA). Of particular note: both of the School Captains (Harry Cooper-Simpson and Lottie Cannons) are included in the list above. They have achieved these excellent results while showing outstanding leadership across the year. Two of these students, Anson Ng and Toby Siu, joined King’s from Hong Kong. Four of these students, Lottie Cannons, Tom Potter, Toby Vickers and Henri Willmott, joined us from our own prep school, King’s Hall.
Departments which have performed particularly well this year, based on their A* to B rates, include art (83%), drama (89%), design technology (82%), English (70%), further maths (88%), history (75%), German (75%), music and Spanish (both 100%). Over a quarter of maths candidates achieved A* grades. Like most independent schools in the south west, King’s is not particularly selective academically, so an analysis of the top 50 candidates (out of a total of 80 taking exams this year) is a good way of comparing the results with those of more selective schools. Amongst this group, the A* to B rate was a remarkable 84%, with a 100% pass rate. These results compare favourably with the top schools in the country.
The school’s successful BTEC Sport programme sees another cohort of students head to university to pursue careers within the sports industry. Notable achievements came from Kaela-Mae Townson, George Shurley and Grace Perkins.
Kaela-Mae’s D*D*D* grades (the equivalent of three A* at A level) landed her an offer from Exeter University to study Sport and Exercise Science. George, with D*D*D, and a B in his Business Studies A level, has been accepted onto an accountancy apprenticeship programme. Grace Perkins gained DDD grades and will be taking up a place at Leeds Beckett University to study Sport and Exercise Therapy.
Headmaster, Richard Biggs, commented: “These results are above all a testament to the hard work and academic enthusiasm of a particularly characterful and successful Upper Sixth year group. As always, the real success is at the individual level. A great number of our students have worked hard across five years, have grown and matured as thinkers, have developed a deep and lasting regard for their subjects and have achieved grades they would not have dreamed of when they first arrived at King’s. Bear in mind that every one of these successful students has also been engaged widely in our rich co-curricular programme, and many have played sport or music, contributed to drama or our outdoor activities at the very highest levels. They leave us as confident, competent and cheerful young men and women who will build on this success and go on to make a very positive contribution to the world. I have been delighted, once again, by the success of our creative and performing arts subjects and by the strength of our languages department. I congratulate the King’s students on their success and thank their teachers for the outstanding support they have provided. Our leavers have had the best possible start here at King’s and I wish them well for the future.”