Celebrating A Levels in Year of Uncertainty

The 2020 pandemic brought significant challenges in the education environment around the world. For Lancing pupils, like all pupils across the country, the final term of learning was spent exclusively online. The impact of this was felt by every year group but most especially by those hoping to go to university after successfully sitting their A Level exams. As we know, in the end public exams never took place and the Government ultimately decided to base results on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).

In a year and results season like no other we have felt incredibly sorry for all the young people across the UK facing such a fraught and anxious time. All their hard work and focus have been subjected to forces beyond their control. At Lancing, however, the results properly reflect the hard work of our leaving Upper Sixth students and they are, rightly, among the best achieved in recent memory – they are a highly capable group.

Dominic Oliver, Head Master, commented: 'In the face of all the pressure Lancing’s Upper Sixth year group has been remarkable: community-minded, supportive of one another and focused on the future. I am proud of each of them and congratulate them on having negotiated such a difficult period so positively. All of us at Lancing wish them well as they take their next steps at some of the country’s top universities.'

Highlights of this year's A Levels at Lancing include:

  • Almost 25% of all awarded grades were A* and half of all grades were A*-A. An amazing 43 pupils achieved a full sweep of A* and As.
  • 85% of all grades were awarded A*-B.
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics contribute to over one fifth of all A Level entries in 2020. The Mathematics Department produced over 30 A* grades across these two subjects.
  • Further Mathematics, Art, Design & Technology, German, Latin, Music, RS, Spanish: 100% A*-B.
  • Drama, English Literature, French, History, Psychology: over 90% A*-B.
  • Languages: German, Spanish, French, Latin: all above 90% A*-B.
  • Almost one fifth of A Level entries were in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In line with national trends there were almost as many girls as boys taking these three subjects in 2020.

Achievement of university places

  • All nine students who gained offers to Oxford and Cambridge Universities have met the conditions of those offers and will be taking up their places this year.
  • Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter, Imperial College, Leeds and UCL are among our most popular university destinations.
  • The College's specialist Medics Group has excelled again in the fields of science and medicine with four pupils progressing to study Medicine and another pupil to Veterinary School. The Medics Group's aim is to support and develop pupils’ interests in this exciting field from the Fifth Form/Year 11.
  • A further three pupils have achieved places to study medical science/biomedical sciences, and five more will move on to varied fields such as pharmacy, neuroscience and chiropractic therapy.
  • In Music, another area of strength for Lancing, seven pupils will attend specialist music conservatoires and be recognised with additional music scholarships.

60% of our students have already secured their places at Russell Group universities, with some admissions currently still being finalised. Many others students have selected specialist institutions for their chosen disciplines such as Music.

Our individual case studies demonstrate a breadth of success across all disciplines:

Nicole Bellamy Plaice scored a clean sweep of A* grades in Drama, Politics and English, and goes on to study Sociology and East European Studies at University College, London.

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Declan Bransby, one of the College’s Heads of School, achieved A*s in Biology and Mathematics along with an A grade in Chemistry. He goes on to study Medical Biosciences with Management at Imperial College, London.


Connie Davies achieved an A* in Business and As in English and History. She goes on to a Business Management degree at Durham University and joins her two brothers, also former students, in the study of Business and related disciplines.




Amelia Davis achieved three A*s in Mathematics, Biology and in Psychology. She will go on to study at Exeter University, taking her a step closer to her childhood career aspiration of becoming a clinical psychologist. Amelia also achieved an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.


Poppy Hawkins goes on to study English Literature at Exeter University, having gained an A* in the subject along with A* grades in French and History.




Lohith Konathala goes on to read Engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge having gained A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Lohith has benefited from Lancing’s longstanding partnership with Ricardo, the Shoreham-based manufacturing engineers, where he has participated in the CREST engineering scheme.


Jabez Lewis achieved A*s in Mathematics, Economics and Design & Technology alongside an A grade in Physics. He goes on to study Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University.




Michail Manthios goes on to Cambridge to read Mathematics, having gained A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.


Yana Murateva from Bulgaria has been at Lancing since Third Form. She achieved four A*s in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, German and an A* in her EPQ. Yana goes on from Lancing, where she was one of our Heads of School, to study Medicine at Imperial College, London.




Cecily Moorsom joined Lancing as a 13-year-old from Salisbury Cathedral School and has set the musical life of the school alight. She has achieved a clean sweep of A*s in Music, Latin and French and goes on to study Music at Oxford.


Nat Oliver trod the boards as a drama scholar at Lancing as well as being a multi-lingual participant in the Linguistics Olympiad. He achieved a clean sweep of A* grades and leaves Lancing to study English and French at Keble College, Oxford where he will also be a choral scholar.




Aidan Strong combined exceptional musical talent with a great academic mind, scooping A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Music. He goes on to study Mathematics at Oxford University. 


Katie Thornton achieved an A* in Politics and A grades in English and History. Katie will go on to study Politics and International Relations at Bristol University.




Jonnny Williams is the third of the talented Williams clan to go on from Lancing to university success. One of the College’s Heads of School, Jonny achieved A grades in Chemistry and Physics along with A*s in  Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Jonny becomes the second engineer among the siblings, going on to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London, one of the best places in the world for the discipline. 


Maddy Willis goes on to Bristol University to study English and History, having achieved a clean sweep of A grades including an A* in History and English.



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Connie Winn-Taylor leaves Lancing having achieved an exceptional clean sweep of A* grades. She goes on to Murray Edwards College, Cambridge to study History and Spanish.