18 August 2016
Berkhamsted School’s Patrick Kennedy-Hunt achieved an astonishing six A* grades in this year’s A Level exams. Patrick, who joined Berkhamsted in Year 7 from Griffin House School, has secured a place at St John’s College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. He achieved A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Further Mathematics (Additional) and Physics. He also completed an Extended Project Qualification, an evaluation of Einstein’s argument with Nils Bohr, for which he was also awarded an A*.
Richard Petty, Headmaster of Berkhamsted Sixth, is delighted that Patrick has achieved such a stellar set of results. “In many ways it comes as no surprise as Patrick has performed at an exceptional level academically throughout his career at Berkhamsted.”
Mr Petty explains that Patrick has been among the top performers in both the British Chemistry and Physics Olympiads over a number of years. “It culminated this year in Patrick winning a Gold award and a place in the second round of the Chemistry Olympiad at Cambridge University in April. He also secured a Gold in both Paper 1 and 2 of the traditional Physics Olympiad as well as the newer British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad.
“Patrick’s qualities as a scientist are also complemented by his talent for explaining scientific issues: his communication skills are hugely impressive, as shown by his Grade 8 Distinction in the LAMDA Speaking in Public examinations. It has been such a pleasure for us to work with Patrick.”
His performance in the Physics Olympiads earned Patrick a place on the five person team that competed in the International Physics Olympiad in Zurich, Switzerland during July, although he was unfortunately unable to travel to Zurich due to illness.
Patrick comments: “I feel incredibly lucky to have done so well both with these results and the Olympiads. I owe a great deal to all of those teachers who have helped and encouraged me, especially the Physics and Chemistry teaching staff and heads of department who encouraged my earlier career and facilitated these latest achievements in their respective subjects. I look forward to new challenges as I move into university.”