Four in five Royal School students got into their university – or flying school – of choice with the majority going to one of the prestigious Russell Group universities.

High-performing student Caitlin M achieved A*, A, A and has secured a place at University of Southampton, a Russell Group university, to study modern languages. 

She said: “My teachers have been so supportive and given me the tools to work independently. Studying modern languages, the small classes gave me the confidence to speak freely, to practise and make mistakes, which is so important.”

Helen H, an international pupil from China who joined The Royal as a boarder in Year 10, achieved A, A, B, B. Helen has grown in confidence during this time and her results are particularly impressive given she is writing in her second language.

Flora B has opted for a vocational pathway and received an unconditional offer at the prestigious Leading Edge flying school to become a commercial airline pilot. Places on the fast-track LEAP (Leading Edge Airline Preparation) course are highly sought after and Flora’s offer was particularly notable as she competed with post-graduate students for a place in a very demanding application process.

Cameron I joined The Royal School in Year 6. During his years at the school he says he transformed from a shy person to a confident young man who was delighted to be elected head boy. 

Cameron achieved a grade A in his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in which he evaluated how Putin has affected Russian international relations. Cameron obtained a place at his first-choice university and will be studying marketing.

Pippa Smithson, outgoing head of The Royal School, said: “I am delighted with these results. 

“This particular group of students faced disruption to their learning during the Covid years and did not have the opportunity of a dry run at GCSE.

“They have emerged from school triumphant in securing impressive next steps. 

“Their success goes beyond their academic merits and having seen their enthusiasm for our bespoke future ready programme, I know they will go on to make a positive difference in our world.”