The Perse School

Making the Grade – The Perse celebrates best ever A-level results

17 Aug 2017

The Perse School in Cambridge is celebrating its A-level results today with 87% of entries being awarded an A* or A grade (or the Pre-U equivalent), the highest percentage ever recorded at the School and one of the best results recorded for any school in the country.

With over half of all Perse A-level results being graded an A* (54%), students in the Upper Sixth are celebrating their success and looking forward to fulfilling their University ambitions.

** LATEST: Stellar A level and Pre U results take The Perse to second place in the 2017 Times and Telegraph league tables of independent school public exam results. Congratulations to all the students and staff on this tremendous success. **

In total, 171 students secured 557 A level or Pre-U exam passes:

  • 43 students (25%) were graded A* (or equivalent) in all of the A Level / Pre-U exams that they took.
  • 59 students (35%) achieved 3 or more A* or equivalent.
  • 126 students (74%) achieved 3 or more A*/A (or equivalent).
  • 164 students (96%) achieved at least one A*/A (or equivalent).
  • The School’s A* to C pass rate was 99%.

Ed Elliott, Head commented:

“These record breaking exam results are testimony to the talents and industry of our students and the staff who teach and support them. They place The Perse among the very best schools nationally. However, public exam results are just one measure of a good education. Amongst all of the attention that will be focused on A-level results in the days ahead, we must remember that education is a preparation for life and a means to improving the human condition. It cannot simply be reduced to public exam performance.

Exam grades matter but so do the values of kindness, altruism, endeavor, creativity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills all of which schools work hard to foster in young people.

The value of the class of 2017 is far more than the sum of the public exam grades achieved.

In recent years politicians have spent a lot of time and money reforming public exams. I hope they will now turn their attention to other really important education issues such as pupil well-being and resilience and the values we encourage young people to adopt.”

Two students who have just received their results are Thomas Read and Pratap Singh. Thomas Read, 18, received A* grades in A level mathematics and further mathematics and A* equivalents in Pre U chemistry and physics.

Thomas joined The Perse in the Pelican School aged 3 years. He said:  “I’m really pleased and looking forward to going to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study Mathematics next month.

I’ve really enjoyed all of the extra-curricular opportunities at The Perse. I have been at the School for my whole education, and it’s been a really supportive place and really helped me all the way.”

Pratap Singh, 18, was awarded A * grades in mathematics, further mathematics and economics and A* equivalents in Pre U chemistry and physics and is heading to Harvard University in the United States. Pratap joined The Perse in the Prep School aged 7.

Pratap said: “I’m really excited and really pleased about my results, and I’m looking forward to my next four years at Harvard. I have really enjoyed all of the subjects that I’ve studied but my favourite was physics.

It sounds cliché but I will really miss the community of teachers and students here. The teachers have been so supportive and really helped me to develop and explore many opportunities.”


Listen to an interview below with Pratap to hear about his next steps and memories of The Perse:

Listen below to an interview with Tom talking about his new adventure and memories of The Perse.

View the full results breakdown here:


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