A-level results day: High fliers at Bedford School celebrate as they get ready to head to university

The school is particularly proud in this pandemic year that 11 boys have secured places to read medicine

By Newsdesk
Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 5:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 5:34 pm
Kelan Riddell
Kelan Riddell

Bedford School has congratulated its Upper Sixth Form boys as they get ready to head out to their chosen universities.

And the school is particularly proud in this pandemic year that no fewer than 11 boys have secured places to read medicine.

A further four leave for Oxford and Cambridge; and the most popular destinations were Durham University (11), UCL (7), Bath (7) and Exeter (7).

Yaamin Mohamed

The boys will be studying degrees from Computer Science and Theology to Cancer Biology and Immunology and Architecture as universities across the UK, Germany and the USA.

This includes boys who sat the International Baccalaureate, with particular mention to high achievers Michael Lee - who will take up his offer to read economics and management at New College, University of Oxford, and Ciaran Zanna - who topped the IB this year and will read History at the University of St Andrews.

School leaver Stephen Simmons was delighted to learn that his three A* secured him a place at Kent and Medway Medical School where he will start a five-year medicine course this autumn.

Stephen, who was also the National Schools Octathlon Champion and an international medallist for England Schools just before the pandemic, said, “I wanted to do a degree that challenged me. I have always enjoyed the sciences and the personal aspect of medicine was what appealed to me most.”

Students at Bedford School were celebrating their A-level results

Max Sogan, who gained four A* and 100 per cent in his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) has been accepted to read Physics at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, which he hopes will help him fulfil his dream of becoming an engineer.

Max has always been interested in challenging himself – even when he was in the Prep School, he rowed 72 miles from Bedford to the sea with his brother, father and an Old Bedfordian to raise money for the Bedford Daycare Hospice.

Yaamin Mohamed was “ecstatic” to learn that his first choice offer to read medicine at Queen Mary University of London was accepted after gaining three A* and an A.

Hugh Halsey far exceeded his own expectations with four A* in maths, biology, chemistry, and geography. He will now take a gap year in Canada, where he has a placement working for

Simeon Gay

conservation charity A Rocha.

Golf scholar Finlay Cummings secured his scholarship offer at Harding University, Arkansas, USA where he will receive collegiate golf coaching to take his golf to a professional level while also studying for a degree in Business.

Three boys have been accepted onto their chosen Art Foundation courses, the prerequisite pathway course which will allow them time to mature as artists before choosing which art degree to specialise in.

Simeon Gay is one of these boys and said, “I am so pleased with my A* in art. I will now start my foundation course at UAL to help me understand the field of art before deciding on which

Jonathon Coughlin

degree to focus.”

Jonathon Coughlin is over the moon with his results, which have taken him one step closer to his dream of working in the music industry with an offer at University of Surrey on the ‘Tonmeister’ course to study music and sound recording.

Kelan Riddell was offered a place at University of Liverpool to study Geography, an offer which he has accepted, although with an application still in the pipeline for Trinity College, Dublin, he still has a wait before knowing which offer to take.

Head Master, James Hodgson, said, “We are hugely proud of this year group. They have worked extremely hard in what has been another turbulent year of schooling through the pandemic.

"Their resilience has shown no bounds and they deserve every bit of their academic success. An exciting future lies ahead for these boys; they are good men who leave with many varied interests away from the classroom and a strong set of values for life. I wish them every success.”

Stephen Simmons
Hugh Halsey
Max Sogan