A Levels: Success stories from Caterham School

HERE are some of the success stories which have emerged from Caterham School after the A level results:


Natalie Bishop and Tom Blake – pictured here with Headmaster Ceri Jones- have been terrific in their roles as Head Girl and Head Boy.

Natalie achieved A*, A* and A grades in Biology, Maths and Chemistry and has won a place to read Medicine at UCL: “I think I may become a paediatrician,” she says. She joined Caterham Prep School when she was just six years old. “I’ve had such amazing friends for so long – now I’ll have to meet loads of new people at uni!” Natalie is also an accomplished musician, having achieved Grade 8 in both oboe and piano during her time as a Sixth Former.

Tom’s grades (three A*s and one A) have earned him a place at Oxford University (Pembroke College) where he will read Maths. “Caterham has been amazing – I’ve made so many friends and have so many memories. The academics have been great but I’ve also done so much else.” Tom counts the recent school rugby tour to Australia as one of the highlights of his time at Caterham.

Many congratulations to Cameron Swayne whose A Level grades have won him a place at Exeter University to read Business Management. Cameron, who joined Caterham when he was 11 years old, fell ill with grey zone lymphoma and had to go through treatment alongside his studies. He was given the all-clear in January. “I didn’t know how deep I could dig until I had that experience.” Bravo, Cameron.

Sophie Dawson has won a place to read Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) at Cambridge University (Peterhouse College). “It’s the perfect course for me,” says Sophie, “as it’s a combination of my A Level subjects, which I have loved. I am so grateful to my teachers – I have never met such inspirational people! In particular, Mrs Webster and Dr Avery have been wonderfully supportive.” Sophie achieved terrific grades: A*, A* and A in Biology, Psychology and Religious Studies.

Nick Hale achieved a clean sweep of three A* grades in History, Politics and Geography and will go on to Exeter University where he will read History. “I feel I have thrived at Caterham because it has challenged me academically – and I have also been able to do other things, too. I loved going on a recent ski-racing trip with the school and I have been a committed member of the Bloodbowl Society, too. It’s all been great.”


It’s been a bumper year for twins at Caterham this year! Pictured here, from left to right, are Olivia and Sophie Dowle, Jess and Joshua Fatoye, Millie and Lottie de Leyser. Not pictured are Joe and Matt Ireland who we were unable to photograph on Results Day. You can read more about each set of twins below.
Olivia and Sophie Dowle both celebrated their 19th birthdays on A Level Results Day – and there was a great deal to celebrate! Olivia has secured a place on the prestigious Fine Art degree course at Newcastle University. “All my friends and teachers at Caterham have been amazing,” she says. It’s been a blast! My teachers have been so understanding and encouraging – whilst at the same time having high expectations of me. Thank you so much!” Sophie, meantime, will read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (Churchill College): Both girls are also very keen athletes, competing for the School and Crawley Athletics Club as cross-country runners.

Twins Jess and Joshua Fatoye have both been boarders at the School. Jess has won a place to read Medicine at Oxford University (Corpus Christi College). She achieved terrific grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths – and also English Literature. “My English teachers (Mr Crombie and Ms Wildsmith) have been incredible – I love them!” Her brother, Joshua, is heading off to Nottingham University to read Philosophy having studied Economics, History and Maths at A Level. Joshua was also a member of the School’s 1st XV Rugby Squad.

Identical twins Lottie and Millie de Leyser have both achieved Oxbridge places: Lottie will read Classics at Cambridge (Magdalene College) while Millie will read Human Sciences at Oxford (St John’s College). Millie was attending a CCF Camp in Devon but drove all the way back to Caterham so she could collect her results – it was worth it! “CCF has been a wonderful part of my time at Caterham”, she says.

Amy Hill has won a place to read Classics at Cambridge University (Queen’s College). “I have been at Caterham since I was 13 years old; one of the reasons I came here was to join the Classics Department – and now I’m heading off to Cambridge! Thank you so much to the inspirational teachers – Mr Waite, Mr Owen, Mrs Hunter. Caterham is such a welcoming, friendly and accepting place – I would say that anyone can fit in here. Thank you so much!”


Many congratulations to Isaac Quinton who achieved a clean sweep of three A* grades and will now progress to Warwick University where he will read Maths. “I think I started to realise that I was good at Maths when I entered the Senior School. I am so grateful to my teacher Mr Dimakos for all the help he has given me. Playing hockey for the School has also been an important part of Isaac’s time at the school – and he has particularly fond memories of a school trip to Honduras which was focused on the ecology of the region. Isaac is pictured here (on the left) with Head Boy Tom.


Jasmin Leung joined Caterham in the Sixth Form from a grammar school in Kent. “I wanted a friendly and academic environment where I could study A Levels rather than the IB. Jasmin will read Biological Sciences at Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall).

Sophie Slape has been a creative powerhouse during her time at Caterham and has now finished with an impressive set of grades – A*, A and A – in Photography, Art and Business. She will now combine her creativity with her business sense by completing a degree in Banking and Finance at Leeds University.

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