Students in Great Dunmow celebrated their results for A-levels and vocational qualifications on Thursday, August 17.

Helena Romanes

Sixth formers at Helena Romanes are celebrating some of their best-ever A-level and BTEC results, with the highest ever number of A*s and A grades achieved.

Director of Sixth Form, Lee Cooke, said: "It has been fantastic to welcome our students back into school to collect their exam results and celebrate their success with them in person.

Dunmow Broadcast: Alex from Helena Romanes School with his resultsAlex from Helena Romanes School with his results (Image: Helena Romanes School)

"Despite the obvious disruption caused by the pandemic, including not sitting their GCSE exams externally in 2021, this cohort have shown amazing resilience and dedication to their studies to achieve some outstanding results.

"We would like to thank all of the teaching staff, support staff and parents for encouraging and supporting students through their A-level and BTEC studies.

"The Sixth Form team are extremely proud of all of our students and we wish them all the very best for the future as they move into their future pathways in further study, training or employment."

Dunmow Broadcast: Klara and Zack with their resultsKlara and Zack with their results (Image: Helena Romanes School)

Among those pupils who received their results are Christopher Vaughan (three A* grades and one A), Zack Dorling (A* and three As), Dylan Jewiss (A* and two As), Shona Pathak (A* and three As) and Klara Godowska (A, two Bs and one C).

Zack said: "I’m really happy with my four grades. I would like to thank my teachers for supporting me over the last two years.

"These grades have allowed me to secure an apprenticeship in finance and accounting and to study for an AAT qualification."

Dunmow Broadcast: Shona with her A-level resultsShona with her A-level results (Image: Helena Romanes School)

Klara added: "I’m delighted with my results. These grades have allowed me to go to the University of East Anglia to study Economics. I would like to thank everyone at HRS for their support over the last two years."

Headteacher Ms Davis said: "The fact that the students have achieved so highly is down to their hard work and determination and the excellent academic and pastoral support they have received from staff. 

"The students have been wonderful ambassadors for the school and we are immensely proud of each of them."


Felsted School is celebrating an excellent set of results, with 63.5 per cent of all subjects graded at B or higher, with a third of all grades being A or A*.

The A-level results follow a strong set of IB results awarded in July.

Dunmow Broadcast: Felsted students celebrated their A-level resultsFelsted students celebrated their A-level results (Image: Felsted School)

Among the high achievers were the school's top performers, prefects Toby Clark and Helen Matthews.

Toby achieved four A*s in physics, chemistry, maths and further maths, and will go on to study physics and chemistry as part of the natural sciences course at Cambridge.

He aims to continue in academia with a postgraduate degree and a PhD, hoping for a career in research.

Toby said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Felsted, my best memories being that of boarding in Windsors.

Dunmow Broadcast: Toby Clark with headteacher Chris TownsendToby Clark with headteacher Chris Townsend (Image: Felsted School)

"If I could offer one piece of advice to younger students, it would be to put yourself forward and get involved with as many groups and activities as possible, make the most of the opportunities Felsted provides."

Meanwhile Helen achieved three A*s and an A in history, drama, English and Latin. She will go on to read ancient and modern history at Somerville College, Oxford, with a choral scholarship.

Helen, who has been at Felsted since Reception, has taken leads in many school productions, including Higgins in My Fair Lady and Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, as well as being part of the school choir.

Dunmow Broadcast: Helen Matthews will go on to Somerville College, OxfordHelen Matthews will go on to Somerville College, Oxford (Image: Felsted School)

She said: "I'm very proud of my results and am excited to go to Oxford, although I’ll miss my time at Felsted and the people I knew there."

Headteacher Chris Townsend said: "I am delighted to congratulate the class of 2023 on their superb A-level results.

"They should be extremely proud of the hard work they have put in. For most of this cohort, it was their first time sitting public examinations and I am proud of how well they managed this new challenge.

"They have achieved some really outstanding results despite their education being interrupted by Covid, and this being their first time sitting public exams.

"We wish all of them every success as they move forward on their chosen pathways and look forward to hearing how they will go on to make a difference in the world."