Today is a day of celebration as the School congratulates its students on their superb A Level results which have led to places at universities around the world. The class of 2019 were an outstanding year group and their future destinations sum up their breadth of interests and excellence.

With 70% of all grades awarded being A* – B and an overall pass rate of 99.7%, nearly all the pupils have now secured their university place at the earliest opportunity. Over 10 percent of the year group (of 97) achieved two A*s or better and 45 percent gained at least AAB with leavers taking up their places on some of the most competitive courses including engineering, finances and management, architecture and language related studies.

Katy, Max and Max have confirmed their offers to read History, Maths and English at their chosen Oxbridge colleges this year which is a great reward for their consistent effort and love of their subjects. It has been heartening to see those with a clear vocation in mind reach the next step with congratulations to Bella (medicine), Abigayle (primary education), Matthew (airline pilot), Amelia (veterinary science) and Toby (furniture design) amongst others.

It is not just UK universities that are the chosen destination for Decanians with Aaron taking up his tennis scholarship to support his Astrophysics studies at the University of Alabama and Ren studying law at the prestigious ESADE in Barcelona.

Headmaster, Bradley Salisbury, said: “On every results day there are individual stories of those who have far exceeded their own expectations and others who have to work out an alternative route to the one they were expecting. We have been fortunate to work with this superb group of young men and women at a formative stage in their lives but sincerely hope that, for all of them, their best days are still to come.

Dean Close has long been proud of its commitment to its co-curricular programme and has a well-deserved reputation for its achievements in sport and the arts. This year has been no exception with undefeated rugby teams, extraordinary hockey and a critically acclaimed end of year art exhibition. Three young men have already started on their professional rugby careers with Gloucester and pupils such as Sophie, Lauren and Ava are choosing to pursue their love of art and music, despite averaging AAA between them and having the university world at their feet. Their commitment to their chosen fields is both impressive and inspiring.”