A Level Results 2018
We are delighted to congratulate our Sixth Form students today on their fantastic exam successes. Their hard work has resulted in huge improvements in outcomes. We saw the proportion of students achieving grades A*-C in their A levels rise from 58% in 2017 to 74% this summer. That is three quarters of our A level students achieving this impressive threshold! The proportion of students achieving a pass has also risen and our value added grade for A levels has risen substantially for the second year running taking us to slightly above national average (-0.68 in 2016, -0.27 in 2017, 0.03 in 2018). We are very proud of this improving trend and thankful to our dedicated staff for the support they have given to students in securing such great results. This success is not limited to A levels with outstanding success stories amongst our vocational students who were the first year group to complete the new BTECs containing an exam component. As a result, all our Sixth Form students have been successful in progressing to approved destinations. 71% are heading to University/Higher Education/training with all other students moving in to employment or planned gap years.
Eliz Maloney, below left, achieved an A*A*A in her A levels, whilst training and competing internationally in tennis. Aleksandra Topalovic, below right achieved a Distinction* double Distinction in her Level 3 Sports course, whilst also competing internationally in Tennis. The dedication both girls have shown to ensure that neither their sport nor studies were compromised has enabled them both to progress and fulfil their ambitions on and off the court.
Our Senior Student leaders have also demonstrated their capacity to balance studies with their much valued contributions to wider community responsibilities. Head Girl Jessica Walsh, below left, and Deputy Head Girl Lucy Wood, below right, achieved impressive ABB grades in their A levels. Jessica progresses to study Art and Design at the University of New Buckinghamshire whilst Lucy is heading to the University of York to pursue a degree in History.
Other success included Panagiota Spyrou who will be embarking on an Aeronautical Engineering degree after achieving grades BBBC across 4 A levels as well as an A in her EPQ. Jordan Spencer achieved a Distinction* double Distinction in his Level 3 Extended Diploma and has been offered a place at St Mary's University, Twickenham, in Sports Management.
Cai Antoine, below left, heads to Lancaster University to study English Literature and Philosophy after securing grades ABB. Grace Flatman, below right, is progressing to a Sports Management Degree at Manchester Met University after securing grades ABC. Georgia Baker, below right, combined an extended sports diploma with an A level in Media Studies to secure 4 fantastic level 3 grades (double Distinction* Distinction in her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and a grade B in Media Studies).
Success has not been limited to our Year 13 students. We also congratulate a number of Year 12 A level Maths students who completed both their AS level as well as the full A level qualification a year early. Amber Harvey and Ralf Ponting both achieved an A grade at AS-level and a B at A-level. Jessica Keys achieved an A grade at AS-level and a C in her A-level. Roan Cooper, below, completed both A level Maths as well as Further Maths A level and secured A* grades in both qualifications. This is a fantastic achievement. We congratulate each of these students as well as all of our Year 12s and 13s celebrating personal successes today.