Results 2020

Oakham School Results 2020

Results highlights

Overall 64% of all exams taken (at A-level, BTEC, Pre-U or in the IB Diploma) were awarded A* or A grades or equivalent


  • A*/A grades: 55%
  • A*–B grades: 78%

IB Diploma

  • Average point score: 36.7 (compared with the worldwide average of 29.7)
  • More than a quarter of pupils (27%) achieved 40 or more points (equivalent to 4 A*s at A-level)
  • 1 pupil achieved full marks (45 points), which places him in the top 0.42% of pupils worldwide


  • A*/A/9–7 grades: 61%
  • A*–C/9–4 grades: 99.5%

For detailed results click here.

Celebrating the success stories that abound at Oakham, in an undeniably different year.

Now that the roller coaster of results days is coming to an end, we are delighted to celebrate Oakham’s overall statistics, as well as some of the many outstanding success stories from our pupils. 

Overall, Oakham’s results were excellent:

·         A-level: Over half of all grades awarded were A* or A grades (55%) and over three quarters were awarded A*-B grades (78%).  

·         IB Diploma: More than a quarter of pupils at Oakham (27%) achieved an impressive 40 or more points (out of the maximum of 45) – which is equivalent to 4 A*s at A-level. Yet again, one of our pupils achieved full marks (45 points), which places Charlie in the top 0.42% of pupils in the world. As well as pupils enjoying success at the highest level, the School is delighted to have again achieved a 100% pass rate and to have also maintained its consistently high average point score, this year at 36.7, which is considerably higher than the worldwide average (of 29.7 points). Overall 93% of students achieved the equivalent of A*-B in their IB Diploma.

·         BTEC: BTECs continue to be a popular choice and this year, again, has seen some great pupil successes in the two subjects offered at Oakham. In Sports Science, all six of the Form 7 pupils achieved the equivalent of two A’s at A level, with two pupils achieving the top marks of two Distinction* grades (equivalent to A*A*).  Business BTEC also enjoyed some great results overall, including two pupils also gaining the top Distinction* grade. 

·         University entry: whilst it has been a tumultuous year for university admissions, the majority of our pupils have been successful in securing places onto the courses of their choice, as they have in previous years at Oakham.  Oxbridge offers were secured for Greg who will study Land Economy at Cambridge, Charlotte who will read French at Oxford and Gabe who will study Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford. Pupils also successfully secured places to study Medicine at a range of universities including Leeds, Manchester and Hull York. Overall, pupils have been accepted onto a diverse range of courses at leading institutions including Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Physics at Imperial; Politics and Philosophy at LSE; and Neuroscience at St Andrew’s. Our longstanding tradition of pupils securing places to study across the world continues.  Three pupils will be studying in North America; at the University of Virginia, the University of Denver, and Vancouver Film School.  Other destinations across the globe include the University of Sydney, Erasmus Rotterdam, Glion Switzerland, and the University of Amsterdam.

·         GCSE: 20% of Oakham’s grades were awarded grade 9; almost 40% were awarded grade 9-8 (A*); over 60% awarded grade 9-7 (A*-A) and 99.5% awarded grade 9-4 (A*-C). Two Oakhamians received an impressive straight set of 9 grades.

Stepping away from the statistics, success stories abound at Oakham in an undeniably different and difficult year for all pupils.


It has been an exceptional year for Oakham’s artists who have gained the highest marks and secured places at some of the UK’s leading arts institutions to study courses including Art, Anthropology, Architecture, Fashion, Games Design, Illustration and History of Art. 

Two of Oakham’s art students achieved the feat of the highest D1 grade in Cambridge Pre-U Art, which is higher than an A* at A-level.

·         Gabe is going to Oxford to study Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. His outstanding ceramic work can be seen in his exhibition video

·         Hattie’s success has secured her place at St Andrews to study History of Art. To listen to Hattie describe her artwork and to see what a D1 looks like, click here

Eight pupils also achieved a D2 (equivalent to an A* at A-Level) – further highlighting the excellence of Oakham’s Art Department. Among them were:

·         Josh – whose talents enabled a direct entry to study Bespoke Tailoring at the London College of Fashion, at the University of the Arts London (UAL). Even more impressively, the London College of Fashion commented that his was the strongest portfolio they had seen. 

·         Freddie gained a direct entry place to Chelsea College of Art UAL to study Textile Design. She expertly describes the progression of her artwork in her exhibition video.


Every year actors from Oakham go on to study at some of the best Drama Schools.  This year Sam and Kitty secured their places to pursue their acting careers after they were both awarded an A* in A-level Drama. Sam is joining the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a foundation acting course, and Kitty is joining Mountview Drama School.  Both developed and showcased their phenomenal acting talents at Oakham, and their last performance together at Oakham - in the Scholars production of The Cripple of Innishman – saw standing ovations. Kitty, who is also a member of the National Youth Theatre, also wowed audiences as Roxie Hart in Oakham’s recent production of Chicago – showcasing the diverse range of plays we offer to enable our young actors to hone their talents. 


Emilia’s musical career at Oakham ended on a high note when she scored a D3 in Music (a high A grade in the Cambridge Pre-U examination). Her excellent grades secure her scholarship to study the oboe at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  Emilia’s musical talents have developed as a Music Scholar at Oakham during which time she has accepted a place into the prestigious Britten Sinfonia Academy and performed solos at many of our concerts - including performing the Bellini Oboe Concerto in the Autumn Concert back in November 2019.


As well as being highly regarded as a leading training ground for national squads, Oakham also offers exceptional opportunities to study Sports Science – as one of the only schools where pupils can study the subject as an A-level, at BTEC level, or as part of the IB Diploma.Kit successfully achieved top marks in BTEC Sports Science whilst also playing for the Leicester Tigers in their Under-18 Academy whilst at Oakham. Following his studies, he now joins Leicester full time alongside his former Oakham teammate, Jack van Poortvliet (19). Indeed, it’s been a busy time for Oakham’s professional sporting alumni who all left the School in the last few years; with Sam Wolstenholme (17) playing for Wasps, and Cameron Jordan (19) for Gloucester. In cricket Lyndon James (17) has also recently played for Nottingham County Cricket Club, whilst Tom Fell (12) gained a century for Worcestershire. It would not be fitting to celebrate OO sporting success without also congratulating Stuart Broad (04) on his incredible achievement this summer when he became the seventh bowler in the game’s history to take 500 wickets in Test Cricket.