Stellar Success at GCSE!
- Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:06
A*s were plentiful as the GCSE students of 2014 achieved some of the best grades on record at the school. Over 84% of all entries were at A*/A and 53% were at A*. The anticipated national dip in high grades as a result of the changes to GCSE this year did not affect CRGS as the school has never advocated early entry or modular courses. Congratulations to all CRGS students on their outstanding results this year and to the students from other schools who will be joining the Sixth Form in September. We look forward to welcoming all the students into Year 12 in September.
Top performers at CRGS this year were: George Hearn, Fred Oats, Rashad Ramali and Cameron Wake with 13 straight A*s each. Tom Brown achieved 12 A*s and 2 As despite his lengthy absence for treatment in the US this year and is to be congratulated on his determination and tenacity. They are pictured below on Results Day.
OUTSTANDING A LEVEL RESULTS!
- Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 12:22
Congratulations to all the students who completed their A level studies with impressive A level results yesterday. At a time when grades have fallen nationally, this year’s leavers have bucked the trend and got some of the best results on record at the school and in the country. CRGS prizes breadth as well as depth of study at A level, and it was pleasing to see A*s and As across such a wide range of subjects. Many students completed an EPQ in addition to their A level subjects.
Top performers were: Libera Assini who picked up extra subjects out of interest during the sixth form and finished with a remarkable 8 A*s and 3 A grades; Matthew Burwood with 6 A*s and 2 As; Aoife O’Riordan who got 6 A*s and Tom Ellis and Adriel Chan with 5 A*s and 1 A each. 24 students achieved 4 A*s or more and 117 achieved 3 As or more, the normal entrance requirement for the most competitive university courses at home and abroad.
The Headmaster commented, ‘I was delighted to see the students so happy, proud and supportive of each other yesterday. As a Year Group they have been excellent leaders of the student body and have enjoyed all the experiences and opportunities on offer at the school. We wish them well at university and beyond. Libera’s achievement is so exceptional that it almost defies belief. She has most probably obtained the best results of any A level student in the country….ever.’
Pictured are Libera who will go on to study PPE at Oxford, Aoife who has medical offers from Cambridge and UCL and has chosen UCL, Matthew who will study Physics and Philosophy at Brasenose, Oxford and Tom who will read Economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Lianne and James marry at the school
- Created on Monday, 28 July 2014 13:20
Former CRGS students Lianne Humphreys and James Carvell held their wedding at the school on Saturday. The students met in the sixth form ten years ago and wanted to make their old school their wedding venue. The Headmaster was delighted that Lianne and James had such affection for the school and agreed to make it possible. Lianne now a successful fashion designer and James a London based doctor then set about planning the most spectacular of occasions.
The site was transformed into a magical wedding venue and the occasion was one of the most memorable events held at the school. The weather cooperated and the couple were bathed in glorious sunshine as they exchanged vows on the school steps. School teachers, students and friends provided the music for the occasion and former classmate of James at CRGS, William Grinsted, founder of the Black Jacket Chef, was the caterer. The school theme ran through the occasion, with the waiters and catering team wearing school ties as they served the wedding breakfast in the school hall and drinks around the school site. Many of James and Lianne’s school friends descended on their old school for the day and James’ close friend and rugby team mate James Warner was his best man. James’ younger sister Eileen, who was also at CRGS, was one of Lianne’s bridesmaids.
The final bell rang at midnight as the happy couple left for their honeymoon on a Greek island. The couple’s parents, family and friends are to be congratulated on creating such a special occasion for the young couple and all who attended.
Headmaster, Ken Jenkinson said, ‘Of all the compliments a school may get, I can think of none more heart-felt and heart-warming than two former students wanting to get married here. Lianne and James are two exceptional young people who have been highly successful individually yet display the commitment, modesty and kindness which the school values so highly. All at CRGS wish Lianne and James every happiness in their life together.’
Speech Day marks the end of an outstanding school year
- Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 22:57
The school year finished today with its annual Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony. Former student and natural history expert Dr John Sparks returned to CRGS to present the prizes and address the audience of students, parents, staff, governors, OCs, trustees, partners and friends of the school. The former Head of the BBC Natural History unit and the man behind the iconic Sir David Attenborough programme with gorillas in Rwanda spoke of his school life, his love of birds, his career as a producer and writer, and, as is the norm, he also passed on his personal advice to the students of the school. He urged them to pursue interests and develop a hinterland outside their studies so they could enjoy life to the full and would stand out from others. The school gave him a springboard into a fascinating career and the students of today had the same opportunity to go on to a variety of careers and to excel. He was accompanied by his charming wife Sally, and they spent a long time after the ceremony in the school gardens, mingling with students, parents and guests while enjoying the traditional strawberries and cream.
Pictured above is School Captain Tom Fadden with Dr Sparks and his wife at the drinks reception in the school library ahead of the Prize-Giving ceremony which was held as usual in the School Hall.
The Headmaster provided a report on the school year and paid tribute to all the students at the school and their many successes and achievements. He wished all students, whether a prize-winners or not, a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.
Year 9 pupils return from Paris and battlefields trip
- Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 08:15
The fine weather was just one reason why this was a wonderful trip for our Year 9 students. After a couple of days in the Ypres and Somme areas visiting first world war sites, they moved on to Paris and saw as much of the French capital as we could fit into a couple of days, including an evening in Montmartre, a visit to the Musee D'Orsay, where Mr Hindle helped us to appreciate some magnificent paintings, a boat trip on the Seine, a panoramic view from the top of the Tour Montparnasse, a lunch break in the atmospheric Quartier Latin and a day at Parc Asterix to finish with.
One of the highlights was attending the daily Menin Gate memorial service in Ypres. The three boys shown laid a wreath on behalf of the school, and Edward Dawtry (pictured left) was given the honour of reading the famous lines of commemoration to the assembled crowd, who duly replied to his line with the phrase "We will remember them".
Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
- Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:33
On 17th June, 26 fearless Year 12 chemistry students tackled the 4th annual Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, a 90-minute chemistry exam that was described as “intentionally gruelling” by its organisers!
Questions ranged from the use of beryllium mirrors in the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), to space travel and the chemistry of dead vultures!
There was certainly no time to waste in the exam, and the candidates’ pens barely stopped for the whole 90 minutes.
With the results now in, I am delighted to be able to report that CRGS students achieved 16 Copper, 5 Silver, 2 Gold, and 1 Roentgenium Awards. Congratulations to all the students for having a go at a very difficult chemistry exam – particular mention goes to those students achieving a Silver Award (Claire Borgartz, Calum Davy, Benjamin Forrest, James Lister and Orthi Shahzad) and Gold Award (Jeffrey Catlin, Peter Lam). Conor Bailey went one better and achieved a top Roentgenium Award – this was awarded to only the top 56 (0.8%) of the 6866 candidates who sat the paper, so this is a remarkable achievement. Well done to Conor who now goes on to a three-day residential chemistry camp at the University of Cambridge at the end of August.
This paper is traditionally an excellent preparation for Round One of the International Chemistry Olympiad, which is taken by Year 13 students (Year 12 are welcome to enter!) at the start of February. Dr Jones will be holding Extension Chemistry sessions next term for those who are interested in seeing just how far their chemistry knowledge can stretch them!
OC Reunion Day
- Created on Monday, 14 July 2014 09:27
A feature of the OC summer reunion day is the OC v School Cricket match which provides a fitting backdrop to the OC Reunion afternoon spent at the school field. This year it had added poignancy as a new trophy awarded to the winning side was named in memory of Rob George, a young OC and outstanding school cricketer who died of cancer earlier this year. David Cant from the Rob George Foundation attended the occasion and introduced the trophy which was inscribed with Rob's last words to his father 'Be Happy'. Pictured is Miles Clark, captain of the school side, being presented with the trophy by new OC President Colonel Richard Kemp.
The OCs had their AGM in the morning and then enjoyed talks and entertainment in the school hall before going to the School Field for lunch. Trevor Hearn launched his fascinating new book on the history of the school gardens and promptly sold out of the first batch of copies available. Copies can now be purchased via the school, and all proceeds go to the School Archivist Society. Outgoing President Ian Sutherland concluded an outstanding year in office and handed over to Richard after lunch. Both spoke movingly about their commitment to their old school.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the convivial atmosphere. Thanks in particular to Marcus Harrington, Ian Sutherland, Dirk Reid and Sean Bunch of the OC committee for their organisation, to the grounds staff Tim and Steve (and Pete in his absence), to Laurie form the Archivists, Pati, Liz, Jake and Shad for the catering and Susan and the ladies of the CRGSA for the refreshments. It was a team effort and a first-class occasion!
- Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:25
The Music Tour students have returned after successful concerts in Chartres Cathedral and Disneyland Paris. More photos and full report to follow.