Celebrating A level success

Huge congratulations to our Year 13 students – and a few talented Year 12s – who are collecting another batch of excellent A-level results today.

View our full A-level results

Chetham’s A level results are consistently outstanding and this year, our students have enjoyed over three quarters of their results at A*-B with half of their results at A*/A.

But statistics tell only a fraction of the story and the quality of our students’ lives going forward will depend far more on their personal qualities and characters.  Most importantly, there are numerous personal achievements and success stories to celebrate which reflect the outstanding academic, musical and personal progress our students make during their time at Chetham’s.

Five students scored at least 3 A* grades, and four have secured places at Oxford or Cambridge. A further 13 students have secured places at top UK universities including London (University College, King’s College, Royal Holloway, Imperial College), Liverpool, St Andrews, Edinburgh and York to read subjects as diverse as Music, History, Biochemistry, Physics, Medicine, Computer Science, French and Social Policy, Mathematics, and French and Philosophy.

Special mention should go to clarinettist Oliver Burrow, our young soloist for Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto at The Bridgewater Hall last year. Oliver achieved 4 straight A* and will read Biochemistry at Imperial College London. Hot on his tail, pianist Bolin Dai gained 3 A* and an A and will study medicine at Cambridge. Similarly, pianist Solomon-Miles Donnelly achieved 3 A* and an A and will study medicine at Liverpool. Having achieved 4 A* our Head Girl, Josephine Cowley, leaves us to read Physics at Imperial College London and George Herbert, who also gained 3 straight A*, will assume his rightful place as Organ Scholar at St John’s College Cambridge, ten years after he joined Chetham’s as a chorister.

Once again, the majority of students leave us to study at the very best conservatoires in the UK and abroad, many with multiple scholarship offers. Particular mention to trumpeter Holly Clark, who gained three A grades at A level and enjoyed scholarship offers from all her conservatoires – she finally chose to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London!

View our Leavers’ Destinations (2019 updates to follow)

I am sure you will wish to join me in congratulating both my colleagues and our students who now leave us for the next exciting stage of their lives. We wish them every possible success in the future.



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