Bedales students secure places at Oxbridge, Yale, Music Conservatoires and Art Colleges

Posted on 17th August 2018

Students at Bedales are celebrating after securing places at the most prestigious educational institutions in the world – including Oxbridge, Yale, and a number of leading music conservatoires and art colleges – following the publication of A Level results this week.

This year’s high achievers included Lily Samarine, who gained three A*s in English Literature, French and Russian, as well as an A in her Extended Project to meet the conditions of her offer to study French & Russian at Wadham College, Oxford, and Rachel Forsyth, who achieved three A*s in Biology, English Literature and Religious Studies, and an A* in her Extended Project to secure her place at Pembroke College, Cambridge, to read English.

Among the many successful students who previously attended Bedales Prep, Dunhurst (marked with a ) was George Ford who achieved an impressive three A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, A in Further Mathematics and A* in the Extended Project, and plans to apply to study Economics next year.

Other Bedales students celebrating Oxbridge places include a number of 2017 leavers. Sam Harding will study Human, Social & Political Sciences at Newnham College, Cambridge; Emily Swettenham will read English at Girton College, Cambridge; and Jamie Murphy will read English Language & Literature at Queen’s College, Oxford.

Jetting off to the highly rated US university, Yale in Connecticut is Lucy Ellis having achieved three A*s in Drama & Theatre Studies, English Literature and French, and an A* in her Extended Project, to study Liberal Arts with a major in Modern Languages.

Other high achievers include outgoing Head Girl Scarlett Croft, who secured three A*s in English Literature, History and Religious Studies; Deputy Head Girl Maisie McGregor, who achieved two A*s in Design & Technology and English Literature, and an A in History, as well as an A in her Extended Project, to study History at the University of Edinburgh; and Josephine Binney, whose A* in Art & Design, A grades in English Literature and Religious Studies, and A* for her Extended Project confirm her place at King’s College London to study English in 2019. First she will complete a one year Foundation course at the prestigious Royal Drawing School where she will be joined by two other Bedales students including Nancy Pilkington, who gained an A in Art & Design and B grades in English Literature and Psychology.  

Isabella Edgeworth achieved three A grades in Classical Greek, Latin and English Literature and will now study Classics at the University of Edinburgh; Molly Graham has secured a place to study Medicinal & Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh after scoring three A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, as well as an A in her Extended Project; Maud Bonham-Carter will take up a place at Loughborough University to study Sport & Exercise Psychology after gaining an A* in Dance, A in Drama & Theatre Studies, B in Religious Studies and A* in her Extended Project – she also received the school’s Cecily Eastwood Prize for outstanding service to the community; and Michael Rice will study Spanish at the University of Edinburgh after achieving A* in Spanish, D3 in Music Pre-U and B in Latin.

Other students with places at institutions in the top 50 of the QS 2018 World University Rankings include Octavia Paterson, who met the conditions of her offer to study Philosophy & Psychology at the University of Edinburgh with three A grades in Biology, History and Religious Studies; Verity Platt, whose two A grades in Art & Design and English Literature, as well as a C in History and an A* in her Extended Project, confirm her place at the University of Manchester to read English Literature; and Abigail Morris, who will study English with Film Studies at King’s College London after achieving A in English Literature, B in Design & Technology and B in Religious Studies.

Bedales’ strong reputation in music continues this year as Olly Meredith achieved two A grades in Mathematics and Physics and a D3 in Music Pre-U to take up a place studying Jazz Electric Bass at the Guildhall School of Music where he will be joined by outgoing Head Boy James Grout-Smith to study Electronic Music having achieved three B grades in Drama & Theatre Studies, Government & Politics and History – James was also awarded the school’s Gabriel Bruce Award for outstanding work in Theatre, Art and general contribution to the community. Former Deputy Head Boy Richie Sweet will attend Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance to study Percussion & Drum Kit having gained a D3 in Music Pre-U, A in French, B in Latin and A* in the Extended Project. Both Shanise Liang and Ellie Evans will read Music at King’s College London and Goldsmiths respectively.

Elsewhere, a number of Bedales students have opted to continue their art and design education. Anastasia Romanova achieved three A grades in Art & Design, Design & Technology and Russian, and will now go on to study Design at Goldsmiths; George Richardson, who gained two A grades in Design & Technology and Drama & Theatre Studies as well as a C in Psychology, takes up a place to study Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University where he will be joined on the same course by Phin Sajous who gained B grades in Design & Technology and Psychology and a C in History. Marcus Walker, who gained an A* in Spanish, B in Art & Design and B in Religious Studies, will study Art and Design at the University of Leeds, and Joe Murray will study Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art after achieving three B grades in Chemistry, Design & Technology and Mathematics.

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a popular choice with Bedales students again this year. Three A grades in Art & Design, English Literature and History have secured Bertie Garnett a place at the City & Guilds of London Art School, while Tallula MacIlwaine will attend Central Saint Martins after achieving an A* in Design & Technology and A grades in French and History. Two Bedales leavers will take up places at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, including Scarlet Topley who gained A* in Art & Design and B in Design & Technology. Shez Piddiu, who achieved A* in Psychology, A in English Literature and B in Art & Design will attend Brighton MET. Other Bedales students will take the Foundation course at Oxford Brookes and Manchester Metropolitan.

Magnus Bashaarat, Headmaster of Bedales, commented:

“Congratulations to Bedales students on some excellent achievements. I wish them well as they depart for courses at some of the most demanding institutions in the world spanning a broad range of universities, conservatoires and art colleges. Bedales students leave with a healthy appetite for learning and enquiry, well equipped for the rigours of further academic study; they have also enjoyed a broad and stimulating curriculum which encourages students to pursue their interests and passions.”  

Other individual achievements include:

  • Ed Adams – A* in Biology and three A grades in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, and plans to apply to study Medicine
  • Sebastian Wiener – A* in English Literature, A in History, and A in Religious Studies
  • Georgie Fairs – A in Classical Civilisation, A in History, B in Mathematics and A* in the Extended Project, and going to the University of Exeter to read History
  • Emily Jenkins – A in Geography, A in Psychology and B in Religious Studies
  • Enrica Pangrazi – A in French, A in Religious Studies and B in Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Jemima Barfoot – A in History, B in English Literature and B in Politics
  • Jade Hornby – A in Drama & Theatre Studies, B in Psychology and B in Religious Studies
  • Isadora Houghton – A in English Literature, B in Art & Design, B in Politics and an A in the Extended Project, and going to the University of Exeter to read English with Study in North America
  • Aaron Vracar – A in Psychology, B in History and B in Mathematics

Indicates student attended Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst prior to Bedales.

Note results are provisional and subject to review.

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