The School’s A-level results for 2016 were in line with the excellent standards achieved in recent years, and further demonstrate that we are catering very well for our pupils across the board and stretching the very brightest so that they are in the frame for the world’s most selective universities.
Our A*/A rate was over 65% and 28% received A*, an increase on last year. In four subjects 100% of candidates received A*/A. Economics and Mathematics were the most popular A-level subjects and, in the latter, our results are on an upward curve with 80% of our candidates obtaining A*/A, against the downward national trend in Mathematics.
25 boys took up places at Oxford (13) and Cambridge (12). In total, approximately 30% of the boys left for places at universities ranked in the top ten in the world. 17 boys will continue their studies in the United States, where Georgetown, Harvard and Princeton were prominent. In the UK, apart from Oxbridge, the most popular universities among Harrovians were Exeter (15), Bristol (13) and Edinburgh (13).
At GCSE, we had another outstanding year, with 62% of candidates receiving A* - our second best year ever and a significant increase on 2015. Our A*/A rate was also pleasing at 85%, and approximately a third of the year group achieved A* grades in ten or more subjects. In a very strong set of results overall, sciences and languages shone, with Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and German all seeing A* rates well in excess of 70%. These results are encouraging when seen against a slight downward trend in top grades nationally and reflect the outstanding teaching that boys receive across the range of subjects on offer at Harrow. We believe that our super-curricular programme is another factor that has given boys the extra edge.