WGS pupils shine once again as outstanding A-Level results surpass expectations 

18th August 22

While life at schools returns to normality, WGS pupils collecting their A-Level results today have been some of the most affected, having never sat public exams previously.  In 2020, these pupils had their exams cancelled and their education heavily disrupted by lockdowns and uncertainty at the outbreak of the pandemic.   

Through their dedicated hard work and perseverance, these same pupils have recorded an outstanding set of results that Headmaster Designate Barney Rimmer, was naturally delighted to hear.   

“Once again, WGS pupils have triumphed in the face of challenging circumstances.  A-Levels are notoriously difficult and despite not having experienced sitting public exams, the results achieved have certainly exceeded expectations.  Our benchmark for potential success was clouded by the disruption to their GCSE years so to see their resilience and their strong, innate personal behaviours coming to the fore, is wonderful to see.   

I am delighted that the vast majority of our pupils have achieved their first choice University destinations. We will be following their futures with great interest and look forward to welcoming our latest Old Grammarians back in the future to share their stories. 

The wonderful teaching staff at WGS have worked tirelessly to support and inspire our pupils.  We have embraced new ways of thinking and teaching to ensure that we, as a forward-thinking school, teach the skills today that the world needs tomorrow.” 

Barney Rimmer BSc NPQH, Headmaster Designate  

“This current crop of U6th Grammarians is not easily cajoled or taken in by meaningless hyperbole. Their journeys have been about trying to prepare to be leaders and not bosses.  Leaders are people who value others.  Leadership is about service and what you can do for others to empower them and to ensure they have a voice.  A reminder of the message I gave these leavers in July   

Be a leader, not a boss” 

Chris Staley BA MBA, Headmaster 


Outstanding individual academic performances: 

Nestor Bausbacher (3 A* grades and an A) Durham (Mathematics) 

Luc Widdowson (3 A* grades) Manchester (Physics) 

Mary Naylor (2 x A* and B) University of the Arts London (Fine Art: Painting) 

Megan Willis (3 As) Birmingham (International Relations and Development) 

Shen Wei Lim (3 As) Sheffield (Aerospace Engineering) 

Ethan Jones (2 A grades and a B) Loughborough (Business Analytics) 

George Gowler (2 A grades and a B) Loughborough (Accounting and Financial Management) 

Amber Scott (A, B, Distinction*) University of Lincoln (Sport and Exercise Science) 

Ben Eden (2 A grades and a B) Exeter (Drama, Film, and Television Studies) 

Phoebe Oram (2 A grades and a B) Birmingham (Jewellery and Objects) 

Oliver Williams (2 A grades and a B) Newcastle (Psychology)