Congratulations to Lonehill Academy’s Top Achieving Student – Jessie Badham for the following achievements:

  1. Highest mark in the world for AS Level English Language & Literature
  2. Highest mark in South Africa for AS Level Business Studies

Jesse Badham Highest World mark AS English 2016Jesse Badham Highest RSDA mark AS Business 2016


Top of the world


Jessie Badham, a student at Lonehill Academy since 2014, gained the highest mark in the world in the Cambridge AS level (Year 12) November 2015 Cambridge International Examinations, for the 8695 English Language and Literature syllabus.

Jessie also scored the highest mark in South Africa for Business Studies at Cambridge AS Level in the same examination period.

Jessie’s hard work, consistent focus, and wide reading clearly paid off, allowing her to outperform thousands of other candidates in Cambridge Schools around the world – an achievement made all the more noteworthy by the fact that she was only 15 years old at the time. She has certainly set the bar very high for future AS candidates in the school and, indeed, the country.

This is, without question, an achievement to be proud of, and Lonehill Academy is beyond proud to have played a part in it. The Lonehill Academy staff congratulate Jessie on her absolutely fantastic achievement, and wish her continued success in all of her endeavours.

Mr. Derick van der Schyf, Director of Lonehill Academy said that the awards recognised talent, dedication, and commitment, and congratulated Jessie as well as the other learners, staff, and teachers at Lonehill Academy who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in the Cambridge International Examinations.

Of course, special congratulations and thanks are due to Jessie’s parents, Mark and Kerrin Badham, for their unfailing support and constancy which facilitated this outstanding achievement, and for the excellent foundation that they gave her as they home-schooled her through her junior years.

Mr. Mark Barber, Cambridge Senior Schools Development Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “It is extremely rewarding to congratulate Jessie and her teachers who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge Examinations”. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent in South Africa, not only amongst learners but also within the teaching profession.


Notes to Editors:

Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge.

Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

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LONEHILL ACADEMY was established with the aim of providing quality education to children across the academic spectrum and according to each child’s true ability. It currently offers full time tuition for students, 12 to 19 years of age, in the secondary phase of education (High School).

The school follows the Cambridge syllabus which enables its Grade 12 learners to apply for Tertiary Education at all South African universities and Universities of Technology, as well as Universities in 165 countries Internationally. The School recognises the need to achieve according to latent potential. In order to achieve that, it focuses on academic requirements, but firmly believes that students need to lead a balanced lifestyle and therefore also promotes participations in extra-mural activities.Such activities may include cultural and sports orientated events.

The School has a strict policy of only hiring experienced teachers, ensuring the highest standard of education and mentoring to all its students.The school is equipped with all the facilities that one would need to ensure the best exposure to core academic concepts and practises to students, providing well equipped Science and Biology laboratories. The school is a one stop Academic institution which provides school laptops and all relevant text books in all subjects. The library is well stocked with hard copy text books and magazines, whilst students have access to digital books via the school WI-Fi. This ensures that the school offers and maintain variety and specialization in education.