Bedales students progress to top global universities

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 26 students set to study at QS World top 100 universities.

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14th August 2020 — 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 26 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 notable successes include fellow Head Student Lara Rippinger, who achieved two A*s and an A in French, English Literature and Religious Studies, and will now take up a 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 two A*s and an A in Latin, English Literature and History have earned her a place to read English Literature at Newcastle University; and Annia Grey – music scholar and a soprano in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain – who is set to study Music at the University of Bristol after achieving an A*, A and D3 in English Literature, Drama and Music Pre-U respectively, plus a further A* in her EPQ. Yaya Caird, another of Bedales’ Head Students, also achieved high grades with an A* and two As in Biology, Chemistry and Latin. 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.

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.

Other high achievers include Rosie Phillips, who gained an A* and two As in Religious Studies, English Literature and Art – plus an A* in her EPQ – to secure her place to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Kingston University; Amber Pearson†, who achieved an A* and two As in Business Studies, Art and Drama, and will also 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; Mary Wang, who gained two As in Mathematics and History and a D2 in Music Pre-U and will read Music at Durham University; Tomer Ziv†, who achieved an A* and two As in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry and will study Computer Science at the University of Bath; and Jamie Bland†, who gained the highest D1 Music Pre-U grade in addition to an A*, A, B in Physics, 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.

Other students with places at institutions in the QS 2020 top 100 World University Rankings include Connie Gillies, who will study Politics and International Relations at UCL; Morgan Tasker, who will read History at Edinburgh; and Jacqueline Cavagnari, who will take up a place at King’s College London to read Religion, Politics and Society; Sophia Fuchs, who has been offered a place to read Classics at King’s College London; and George Wright†, who has received an offer to study Maths and Economics at the University of Nottingham.

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 Jonny Greenfield (music exhibitioner), who achieved a D3 in Music Pre-U, is set to read Music at Durham University; Sampson Keung (music scholar), who also achieved a D3 in Music Pre-U, 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 leavers Thea Levine and Sofia Testino. Also taking up places on the Foundation Diploma at other institutions are Kitty Atherton (Camberwell College of Arts); Daisy Chadwick (Kingston University), Mimi Lomax (Kingston University), Lydia Morris (UCA Farnham), and Lola Pilkington (Royal Drawing School), 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.

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

About Bedales School

Bedales School is one of the UK's top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie (ages 3–8), Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893, Bedales was founded to be different. Where other independent boarding schools imposed conformity, we have always nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind.

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