Bedales students progress to top global universities - update

Academic & Curriculum, Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie, Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, Bedales Senior

Note: The information below has been updated following the Government’s decision to switch to Centre Assessed Grades. University offers are for places in either 2020 or 2021.

Students at Bedales are celebrating securing places at some of the most prestigious educational institutions following the publication of A Level results this year with 31 students set to study at QS World top 100 universities

This year’s high achievers include: Toby Fairs, who achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, as well as an A grade in his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), and will now go on to study Chemistry at the University of St Andrews; Head Student and academic scholar Norpell Wilberforce, who gained three A*s in Psychology, English Literature and Religious Studies, plus a further A* in his EPQ; and Freya Leonard†, who also achieved three A*s in Art, Mathematics and English Literature. An academic and art scholar, Freya was only one of two Bedales students selected to attend the Round Square International Conference in India last year; Other students achieving the highest grades include Head Student Lara Rippinger, whose three A*s in French, English Literature and Religious Studies, confirms her place to study for a double degree (two bachelor degrees) over five years in Jazz and Voice with Arts and Culture Studies at Codarts Rotterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam; academic scholar Thomasina Rowntree†, whose three A*s in Latin, English Literature and History have earned her a place to read English Literature at Newcastle University; and music scholar Mary Wang, who gained two A*s in Mathematics and History and a D1 in Music Pre-U and will read Music at Durham University.

Other notable successes include: Jamie Bland†, music scholar, who gained D1 in Music Pre-U in addition to an A* in Physics and two As in Mathematics and Chemistry, and is set to study Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Birmingham following an enrichment year at Principia College in Illinois, USA; Connie Gillies gained two A*s in English Literature and Politics, an A in History and an A in her EPQ, and will read Politics and International Relations at UCL; academic scholar Alexander Lunn achieved two A*s in English Literature and Geography and an A in History and will read English at University of York; Thea Levine gained two A*s in Art and Fashion Design and an A in Geography, and will attend Central St Martins for an Art Foundation; Morgan Tasker, academic scholar, will read History at Edinburgh having achieved two A*s in Classical Civilisation and Religious Studies, an A in History, and an A * in his EPQ; Annia Grey – music scholar and a soprano in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain – is set to study Music at the University of Bristol after achieving an A*, A and D2 in English Literature, Drama and Music Pre-U respectively, plus a further A* in her EPQ. Jonny Greenfield, music exhibitioner, achieved a D2 in Music Pre-U, an A* in Psychology and A in Politics and will read Music at Durham University; Yaya Caird, another of Bedales’ Head Students, achieved two A*s in Biology and Chemistry and an A in Latin; Tomer Ziv†, achieved two A* in Mathematics and Physics, and an A in Further Mathematics and will study Computer Science at the University of Bath; Rosie Phillips, gained two A*s in Art and Religious Studies, and an A in English Literature – plus an A* in her EPQ – to secure her place to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Kingston University

Flora McFarlane, who gained two A*s and a B in Art, Fashion Design and Drama, will study Fashion Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Flora’s flair for fashion design can be seen in this year’s Parents’ Day exhibitions, for which she created a range of garments inspired by lockdown – view her work here. Lily McGregor is set to study Modern and Medieval Languages at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, after achieving two A*s and a B in Spanish, Religious Studies and Mathematics, as well as a further A in her EPQ. Joining Lily at Cambridge in September is one of last year’s leavers, Maisy Redmayne†, who will read Veterinary Medicine at Selwyn College after achieving three A* grades last summer. Heading to the University of Oxford from this year's cohort is Marcus Bugge, who will read French and Beginners' Russian at St Edmund Hall having achieved A*AA in French, Economics and Religious Studies respectively, and an A in his EPQ. 

Other high achievers include: Amber Pearson†, who achieved an A* and two As in Business Studies, Art and Drama, and will study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Camberwell College of Arts; Phoebe Peppiatt†, who achieved an A* and two As in Fashion Design, Spanish and Business Studies; Hannah Mazas† gained an A* in Dance and two As in Mathematics and Economics, and will progress to University of Exeter to study Economics; Lola Pilkington achieved A*AA in Art, English Literature and Religious Studies, and will study an Art Foundation at the Royal Drawing School; Kitty Atherton will take an Art Foundation at Camberwell College of Arts having achieved A*AA In Religious Studies, Art and History respectively; Carter Clothier† achieved an A* in Biology and two As in Physics and Chemistry; Olivia Grout-Smith gained A*AA in Drama, Psychology and Religious Studies respectively; and drama scholar Aidan Hall achieved an A* in Religious Studies, two As in Mathematics and Drama and an A in his EPQ. 

6.2 student Toby Fairs
6.2 student Rosie Phillips
6.2 student Tomer Ziv

Other students with places at institutions in the QS 2020 top 100 World University Rankings include Sophia Fuchs, Jacqueline Cavagnari and Lev Borisovets†, who will up take places at King’s College London to read Classics, Religion, Politics and Society and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics respectively; Ella Piddiu and George Wright†, who have received offers to study Classical Civilisation and Philosophy, and Maths and Economics at the University of Nottingham; Saskia Duke† to read Religion, Politics and Society at the University of Leeds; Hanna Dunleavy will read Social Policy with Criminology at University of Bristol; and Theo Sheridan, Douglas Fox and Lok Radcliffe will study at the University of Manchester to read Philosophy and Politics, Management (International Business Economics) and Economics respectively.

Recent leavers also taking up places this year at QS Top 100 institutions include Charlotte Cohu (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at King’s College London), Jo-Lea Edery (Biology at the University of Bristol), Angus Milton† (General Engineering at Durham University), Trumble Outhwaite (History and Russian at the University of Manchester), Max Simmons (French with Business and Management at Manchester) and Lettie Verdon-Roe (International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at Manchester). Fleur Fincham has also received an offer to study History at the University of Leeds and Sophie Turner has been offered a place to study English at the University of St Andrews. 

Bedales’ strong reputation in music continues this year as Sampson Keung (music scholar) achieved a D2 in Music Pre-U and will take up a place to study Music at the prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Cannden Lawer-Barnes† will study Music and Sound Production at the BIMM Institute, where he will be joined by Safi Kazim (music scholar), who will study Popular Music Performance and Songwriting. There are also a number of recent leavers pursuing courses in music this year, including Noah Golding†, who is taking up a place at Trinity Laban to study Voice; Cass Kay†, who has been awarded a scholarship to read Music with Classical Singing at the Welsh College of Music and Drama; and Lola Vogel†, who is set to study Music Business at the BIMM Institute. 

A number of Bedales students have opted to continue their art and design education, including Dan Hall†, who hosted his debut photography exhibition in London earlier this year, and will now study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins, where he will be joined by fellow leaver Sofia Testino. Also taking up places on the Foundation Diploma at other institutions are Daisy Chadwick (Kingston University), Mimi Lomax† (Kingston University), Lydia Morris (UCA Farnham), while Imogen Pike† will study Costume for Theatre and Screen at the University of the Arts London. 

Magnus Bashaarat, Head of Bedales, said: “It has been an incredibly difficult year for our students and I congratulate them on the many individual successes we have seen despite all the turbulence. Many students have completed a long Bedales journey from our Pre-prep, Dunannie and Prep, Dunhurst, and these results are a fitting culmination of those individual efforts supported by dedicated and inspiring teachers. I wish all our departing students well as they take up an impressive range of prestigious courses across the arts and sciences.” 

Bedales’ willingness to buck convention and innovate continues undiminished. New Sixth Form courses in Digital Photography and Global Perspectives and Research were introduced in 2019, and will be followed this September by the introduction of an innovative environmental course in Living with the Land, Sports Science BTEC and A Level Music Technology (see the Bedales virtual Summer Rock Show here).

Indicates student attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst prior to Bedales.