The last month has demonstrated the aspiration of students of Dr Challoner's Grammar School past and present. Shortly before Christmas a celebration event brought together students who left in the summer of 2018 to receive their A level certificates and to hear about the start of their journey after school. It was a joyous occasion bringing together students, their parents and school staff to celebrate the achievements and progress of the young people of our community. Hearing about the contribution students are already making to their new communities, drawing on their experiences at school, illustrated the value of an education that aims to develop the whole of an individual's character. Statistics from UCAS, the university admissions body, show that over 90% of Challoner's students have gone on to a university of their choosing, with Nottingham, Durham and Exeter the most popular destinations. 21 students are studying Medicine or a related degree, while 29 students are pursuing Engineering. History, Philosophy, Geography, Economics and other humanities attracted 45 students, while Languages, Creative Arts, Law and Business were also well represented. This month, the news that 17 students have been made offers by Oxford and Cambridge universities for autumn 2019 highlighted the value of aspiration and resilience in the pursuit of excellence.