Taunton School at Dusk

Taunton School students celebrate outstanding grades in another unprecedented exam year

Posted: 10th August 2021

Taunton School students are celebrating today after another challenging academic year. The students have shown resilience, adaptability and perseverance to finish their Sixth Form journey with some brilliant achievements in this year’s A level and BTEC results, as did their peers on the IB Diploma Programme for which results were issued on 6th July.

Headmaster Lee Glaser says, “Congratulations to our Upper Sixth, who have overcome incredible challenges to achieve an outstanding set of results this year. It is the students’ hard work, and that of their teachers, that has brought about these amazing achievements, and I am very proud of our community here at Taunton.”

Taunton School teachers worked incredibly hard to interpret the guidance provided by the regulators and exam boards and deliver accurate and fair TAG (teacher accessed grades).

Taunton School students are taking up places at nearly forty different UK universities, as well as overseas institutions in countries such as Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA.

Gap years are popular this year as students have decided to take time out before applying for 2022 entry. Some students leave us to take up apprenticeships or enter the job market directly.

Top achievers included:

Sophie Fisher from West Bagborough in Taunton achieved an A* in English and two As in Biology and History, and has received an offer from Durham University to study English Literature. At Taunton, Sophie edited for the ‘Ink Blot’ and was a school and house prefect. She won the Taunton School Mrs Kidner Prize for English this year.

Kate Foster from Crowcombe in Taunton achieved two A*s in Fine Art and Latin and an A in Spanish. Kate attended Taunton Prep School and has received an offer to study Art and Design at Birmingham University. At Taunton, Kate was a senior NCO in the school’s Combined Cadet Force and won three awards: the A.R. Painter Prize (Classics), the T.S. Penny Prize (Art) and the Le Clere Cup (Modern Languages).

Ronnie Foster from Exmouth achieved an A* in Maths and two As in Chemistry and Physics. Ronnie joined Taunton from Exmouth Community College and received an offer from Cardiff University to study Mechanical Engineering. At Taunton, Ronnie took part in athletics and won the Pean Memorial Prize (Physics).

Izzy Glaser from Taunton achieved two A*s in French and Psychology and an A in History. Izzy joined Taunton from Millfield School and will be taking a gap year. At Taunton, Isabelle was captain of the hockey team and won the Taunton School Richards Cup (Girls’ Hockey) and Figgis Prize (Modern Language).

Oliver Halliday from West Monkton achieved three A*s in Economics, Psychology and History. Oliver will be taking a gap year before applying to a range of universities next year, including Oxbridge. Oliver attended Kingston St Mary C of E Primary School and while at Taunton was on the student leadership team in his house and competed in swimming. This year, he won the Taunton School Cyril Eyre Prize for History and the J.H. Newton Prize for Economics.

Deputy Head Boy Ben Jackson from Wembdon achieved 2 A*s in Maths and Philosophy and an A in History. Next month he will be starting a degree in Philosophy and Politics at Edinburgh University.  He joined Taunton School in Year 9 on a scholarship. He said: “I am so pleased with my results, they have exceeded my expectations and are testament to the brilliant teachers at Taunton School.”

Edward Kerslake from Nailsbourne in Taunton achieved three A*s in English, History and Psychology and will be taking a gap year next year. He joined Taunton School from Kingston St Mary C of E Primary School and played 2nd XI Cricket. This year, Edward won the Taunton School Fox-Bassett Cup for History.

Annabelle Lewes from Taunton achieved an A* in English and As in Spanish and History and has received an offer to study English Literature at the University of Manchester. Annabelle has attended Taunton School since Nursery and has been a part of the girls’ choir, the chamber choir, Amnesty International and was a prefect.

Carmen Mahama from Barnet, Hertfordshire achieved two A*s in Economics and Geography and an A in English. Carman has been offered a place to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at King’s College, London.

Martha Mileham from Taunton started at Taunton School in the Nursery. She achieved As in Biology, Business Studies and Chemistry and has accepted a place at Plymouth University to study Dentistry. She said, “I have loved the sense of community at Taunton School and the multitude of course options available to us in the Sixth Form.”

Leo Man Nok Tse from Hong Kong achieved an A* in Maths and two As in Business Studies and Chemistry. Leo has been offered a place to study Accounting and Finance at King’s College, London. Leo joined Taunton School International before studying for his A levels at Taunton School, and achieved outstanding results while studying remotely.

Philip Pullicino from Stogumber in Taunton achieved an A* in Biology and As in Chemistry and Maths. Phillip joined Taunton from the Meadows School in High Wycombe and has been offered a place to study Biological Sciences at Durham University. While at Taunton, Philip was a key member of the Drama Department.


Alvin Pak Ho Ku from Kowloon, Hong Kong achieved an A* in Maths and three As in Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Alvin has been offered a place to study Actuarial Science at the University of Manchester. Alvin studied at Taunton School International and this year won the Taunton School Benjamin Clark Prize for Maths and Science.

In BTEC, students who achieved the top result of three D*s in BTEC Sport and Exercise Science included:

Aidan Carter from Falmouth in Cornwall has received an offer from Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sports Coaching. Aidan joined Taunton School from Truro College and Aidan plays county and club cricket in Cornwall and was a prefect at Taunton.

Max Fletcher from Merridge, Bridgwater begins a degree in Sports Science at Durham University in September and praised “the excellent support and opportunities at Taunton School.” While at Taunton, Max played a vital part in the Royal Navy CCF sections and was part of the Drama Department and the student leadership team this year. Max won the Smart Trophy Drama prize, the Snow Cup (Boys’ Hockey), the Hebditch Cup (Sportsman of the Year) and the Taunton School BTEC Prize for Sports Science.

Rhiannon Lee from Wellington has received an offer from Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sport and Exercise Science. While at Taunton, Rhiannon took part in many school sports including athletics. Rhiannon won the Taunton school Thomson Cup for Athletics this year.

Isla May from Hemyock in Wellington has gained a place to study Psychology at Bristol University. While at Taunton, Isla took part in both netball and tennis and has been training with the England netball team. Isla won the Barrie Cup (Netball) and Hebditch Cup (Sportswoman of the Year) this year.

The following students received top marks in BTEC Business:

Vincent Cuevas from the Philippines began his studies at Taunton School International and has received offers from Glion Institute of Higher Education, London and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management.

Harry Kent from Taunton came to the school from Huish Episcopi Academy, Langport. Harry has been offered a place at Nottingham Trent University to study Business Management.

Thomas Leah from Totnes in Devon joined Taunton from Kingswood School in Bath and has been offered a place to study Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University. At Taunton, Thomas was Head of House and took part in sailing with the Combined Cadet Force.

Anastasiia Liubychenko from Kiev in Ukraine began her studies at Taunton School International Middle School and has received an offer to study Marketing and Management at Exeter University. Anastasiia spent part of the year remote learning and showed real dedication by coming back to the UK to undertake her exams. She was also awarded the David Balfour-Brighton Trophy (Business Studies) this year.

Adam Small from Exeter will be taking a gap year. Adam joined Taunton School from St Peters Prep School, and while at Taunton Adam played cricket.

At Taunton School’s dedicated International School, the first cohort of students studying the school’s new NCUK InternationalFoundation Year in Business have received a 100% pass rate.

Top performing student, Tricey Agbolu from Ghana, achieved an A* in Economics, an A in Business Studies, an A in English for Academic Purposes and a C in Mathematics. All students have had offers from their first choice universities both in the UK and internationally, with places confirmed at prestigious universities including The University of Reading and The University of Kent to study Business Management.

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