By Adrian Frost - Assistant Principal , 20 October 2021

Please see attached (left sidebar) our Summer 2020 examination results.

We are extremely proud of our student's achievements in Summer 2021: it was a highly unusual time for A Level examination data, with, for example, the government decision to include opportunities for Autumn resit opportunities that year. This makes direct comparison between year groups very difficult. A further results booklet will be published Autumn 2022 when, hopefully, a further degree of stability has returned to the process.

Please see item below for details of individual success stories this year.


By Adrian Frost - Assistant Principal, 10 August 2021

Hiba Ahmed discovers she's off to study Law at the University of Bristol

(Above - Hiba Ahmed discovers she's off to study Law at the University of Bristol) 

Because of the corona virus pandemic, 2021 has, of course, been another extraordinary and challenging year for everybody, with, yet again, the government putting in place a very different process by which A Level students were awarded their final grades. It’s important to remember that beneath the statistics and the politics, a huge number of students achieved excellent grades which clearly reflect their high levels of skill, hard work and tenacity; a very substantial number of this year’s leavers successfully attained the grades necessary to progress to degree courses, including large numbers progressing to some of the very most competitive courses in the country – successes in this area include an outstanding year for teachers in areas such as Classical Civilisation, with three students now reading classics at Cambridge:

Holly Poynter, who joined us from The Colne Community School, will now be reading Classics at Queen’s College Cambridge, having achieved a stunning four A* grades in A Level History, Mathematics, Classical Civilisation and in her Extended Project, as well as an additional qualification in Latin

Tom Hopkins, originally from Ipswich School, will be joining Holly in reading Classics at Cambridge, but this time at Pembroke College, having achieved A* grades in History, English Literature and Extended Project, alongside an A in French and a grade 9 in GCSE Italian

Susannah Eiden, who joined us from Colchester County High School, completes our trio of Cambridge classicists. She is to read classics at Corpus Christi having achieved stunning A* grades in all four of her subjects: Classical Civilisation, Biology and German, as well as Extended Project. 

A Level Classical Civilisation teacher Mark Brassington said: “We are of course delighted to see so many students progress to Cambridge. They have worked extremely hard, making full use of the extra opportunity to extend their skills via courses such as extended projects and the opportunity to pursue additional studies in various languages; indeed, this year we have seen some of the strongest extended project essays ever seen at the college.  Next year, with the addition of A level Ancient History to our provision, we only hope to build upon our strengths in this area.

Esme Bishop, originally from St Benedict’s College, also gained a stunning four A* grades, including, again, an A* in Classical Civilisation. She will be joining her fellow students at Cambridge, but has chosen to pursue her love of English at Clare College. Andras Cserep, who also joined us from St Benedict’s College, will be proudly taking up a place to study Earth Sciences at Exeter College, Oxford. He achieved A grades in Mathematics, Physics and Geography alongside an A* in his highly impressive EPQ.

Also heading for an Oxbridge place is James Simons – he joined us from Tendring Technology College and is now about to take up a place on a highly prestigious course, this time at Oxford, reading Biochemistry at St. Catherine’s College – building upon a stunning set of grades, including A* grades in Maths, Biology and German and an A grade in Chemistry and again, an excellent Extended Project.

In other areas of the curriculum, it’s fantastic to see former East Bergholt pupil Matthew Pyall jumping for joy, as he's heading to Warwick, this time to read Mathematics and taking with him excellent A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, alongside a grade A in Computer Science.

Matthew Pyall jumping for joy, as he's heading to Warwick

It’s also great to see the continued success of our ‘Medics’ programme, with, for example, former Philip Morant pupil Ella Marshall off to study Medicine at the University of East Anglia, having achieved A grades across the board in her A levels at college, and Ellie Davey, who joined us from Colchester County High School, off to Sheffield with an excellent combination of A* and A grades.

Special mention must also go to twins Sofia and Anya Ilczenko, who achieved a stunning six A*s and two A grades between them!

Sofia and Anya Ilczenko, who achieved a stunning six A*s and two A grades between them

It’s important that we recognise the achievements of all of our students, across the board, in a year that has been so very different for this generation of students: a generation that has dealt with very difficult times, that have demanded great patience, flexibility, resilience and resolve from all of them  We are proud of them and of their grades; these grades pay tribute to students, who, throughout a difficult period, impressed us with their resilience, humour and determination.

Amongst the most impressive is perhaps, Sophia Bourne, who suffered a severe concussion on Boxing Day 2020 and, for much of the spring term, was unable to leave her house or even look at a computer screen, let alone attend lessons (Her run of bad luck continues – she’s recently broken her foot!). Despite these real difficulties, she battled through with much tenacity and we are delighted to see that she is much recovered and on her way to study Sociology at The University of Essex with three B grades!

Sophia Bourne with her 3 B grades