Blue Coat celebrates record A Level results


Blue Coat School is celebrating record A Level results, with 82.7% of all results at A*-B and 96% at A*-C. Thirty students achieved all A*s and As, with six – Mathew Janes, James Montgomery, Charlie Regent, Matthew Roberts, Josh Smith and Amy Thompson – achieving at le ast three  A*s.

Amy Thompson and Matthew Roberts took it a step further by each achieving four A*s; Amy (Art, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics) will be studying Architecture at Bath, and Matthew (Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics) will study Mathematics at Durham. Matthew’s father, Steve Roberts, who retired in July as a Maths teacher at Blue Coat, commented: “I’m very proud of Matt; he’s had an amazing set of results”. Matthew’s best friend since Year 7, Timothy Forr er (who obtained A*, A*, A), will also be studying at Durham, but he will read Natural Sciences. A total of seven Blue Coat pupils will be taking up places at Durham.



Head Girl Katy Lillie’s A*, A, A, A confirmed her offer to study Medicine at Jesus College Oxford. She said: “I’m happy and relieved. I’ve had butterflies all morning – but now I can have breakfast!” Head Boy Sam Graesser (a second generation Blue Coat pupil) achieved A*, A, A, and will be studying Modern Languages and Culture at Durham.

This year, three Blue Coat pupils attained places at Oxford – in addition to Katy, Josh Smith (A*, A*, A*, A) will read Earth Sciences at St Edmund Hall, and Z ac Moffatt (A*, A, A) will read Philosophy and Theology at St Peter’s College.

Katy is also one of three students going into the medical field. Cameron Wright (A*, A*, A) will study Medicine at Birmingham, and Ben Waites (A*, A, A) will study Veterinary Science at Surrey.





Twins James and Matthew Montgomery are enjoying a double celebration –  with James obtaining three A*s and going on to study Economics at Bath, and Matthew achieving three As, and doing Business and Management Studies at Sussex. James commented: “We’re over the moon!”



A second set of twins at Blue Coat this year, Gabriella and Rory Thiele’s results will enable them to take up their first choice of study: Gabriella to do an Art Foundation course at Bournemouth Art College and Rory to study Geology at Exeter.




Design Technology students at Blue Coat will be going in a number of different directions: Andy Wroe, will be taking up an unconditional offer to study Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), Ben Smith will be studying Automotive Engineering at Loughborough, Mark Morgan will be tackling Innovation Engineering at Portsmouth, and Alex Bakker Noguer will be studying Product Design Engineering at Loughborough.

At the end of his first year as headmaster at Blue Coat, Mr Elzinga said: “These results are fantastic and I am so proud of what our pupils and teachers have accomplished. As we move to linear A Levels and the government makes examinations more rigorous, I worried we might see a slight dip in our results.  On the contrary, we have achieved the best results in the school’s history by a considerable margin.  These record-breaking statistics are of course brilliant for the School, but the many individual success stories are also uplifting.  I expect today that more of our pupils will be looking at upgrading their university place through the UCAS Adjustment process, rather than looking for places through Clearing.  Congratulations to our leavers on these superb results and I wish them all the best as they embark on their university courses.”

Dr Magill, Acting Deputy Head (Academic) said: “My warmest congratulations to everyone in the school community for their hard work, care and dedication, which contributes directly to the outstanding success of our pupils.”

A2 Results

Number of candidates: 125

A*            16%

A*-A        48.3%

A*-B        82.7%

A*-C        96%

A*-E         100%

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