The Sky’s the Limit as Putney Students Celebrate A Level Results

Putney High School A-Level students are off to leading universities in the UK and around the world – some with prestigious scholarships – on courses from Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge and Climate Science at Durham to Fashion Design at Ravensbourne. Propelling students onto courses from astrophysics to ‘writing for performance’, this year’s A level results saw:

  • Almost a third of grades at A*
  • A fifth of the year group celebrating a clean sweep of at least three A* grades
  • Almost two thirds of grades at A* or A
  • 87% of grades at A* to B


Students are heading to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to study courses as diverse as Veterinary Medicine, Natural Sciences and History at Cambridge, and Chemistry, English, History and Biology at Oxford.

Students begin the study of Medicine at universities including Imperial, UCL, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Manchester. Putney’s Head Student, Ikram Nur – who joined the school on a bursary in Year 12 – will study Medicine at St George’s, University of London.

“I am delighted that their chosen courses reflect their amazingly eclectic interests and that in Putney’s typically intrepid spirit their adventures will now include studying at universities overseas.” — Heidi Armstrong, Acting Headmistress, Putney High School

A fifth of the year group are celebrating a clean sweep of three A* grades or more, winning them their first choice places including to read Theological Studies at the University of St Andrews and English at UCL.

Five students head to the USA or Canada including Niamh Comerford, fresh from her gold winning performance with the U19 team in the Rowing World Championships this summer. She takes up a rowing scholarship at Duke University. Other US destinations include Tufts, Universities of Southern California and Virginia, and McGill University, Canada.

Also overseas, Allegra Galli-Zugaro has a scholarship to IE University in Madrid to study Design and Business Administration.

Creative arts destinations include places for Film Production at Arts University Bournemouth, Fashion at both Salford and Ravensbourne and Writing for Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as Product and Industrial Design at the University of the Arts London and a place at the Royal College of Music.

There were strong performances across the range of subjects, reflecting the many and varied interests of Putney students. Subjects scoring particularly highly ranged from English Literature and Geography to Mandarin, Religious Studies and Spanish.

Acting Headmistress, Heidi Armstrong said,

“Despite the national doom-mongering, these A level results have shown what a fantastically accomplished year group this is, not only in their studies but just as importantly, in their lives beyond school where they have proved themselves to be interested, interesting and generally wonderfully rounded individuals.

“Our Class of 2023 have among them several GB sports women, (including a newly crowned World Champion in rowing and a European champion in lacrosse!), acclaimed writers, talented musicians and designers to name but some. I have been continually impressed by the commitment and strength of character they have shown in combining their academics with their activities outside of school, clearly with extraordinary success.

“I am delighted that their chosen courses reflect their amazingly eclectic interests and that in Putney’s typically intrepid spirit their adventures will now include studying at universities overseas.

“I would very much like to thank their parents, their teachers and all those at Putney High School who have worked so hard over the last two years to support and guide them. Congratulations to them all!”

A Levels results at GDST

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