A huge well done to the 154 students who collected their examination results today with exceptional performances across A-level, Level 3 BTEC and Level 3 National Diploma courses.
This year over 62% of students achieved one or more A*-B grades and 89% of students at least one A*-C grade. Students taking vocational qualifications in Engineering, Health & Social Care, IT and Sport were also extremely successful; 82% of the seventeen students taking the OCR Nationals in IT achieved a Distinction* or a Distinction grade.
This year, two of our students are taking up Oxbridge places. Amy Poulton, achieved A*, A*,A* and is going to study Law at Jesus College, Cambridge. Will Whitehead achieved A*,A*,A* and is going to study Maths at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Medicine has also proved a popular choice this year with Charlotte Armstrong going to Liverpool University (A,A,A), Isaac Mulvany (A,A,A) going to the University of Birmingham, Libby Queen (A,A,B) going to Nottingham University and Nick Walker (A*,A,A) going to Sunderland University.
Toby Barnes achieved A*, B, C at the same time as competing in national and international Cyclo-Cross events. He is currently ranked 4th in the UK and is going to Loughborough University to study Maths & Sports Science.
Marcus Holmes achieved A,A,A alongside competitive cycling, currently ranked 5th in the British Cycling Cross Country category. He is going to Lancaster University where he will be supported to continue in cycling alongside a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The results for the new A-level in Mathematics, examined for the first time this year, have been phenomenal with 42% of the cohort achieving A*-A grades. 56% of students taking A-Level Art also picked up A*-A grades. In Physics, 69% of students achieved A*-B grades and 61% achieved A*-B grades in Religious Studies.
Lauren Morby, our School Captain achieved A*,A*,A,B and is going to study Law at Sheffield University. Dan Harvey achieved A*, A, A; he is going to Kings College London to study Physics with Astrophysics & Cosmology.
Other outstanding performances include Amy Compton (A*,A*,A,A), Devya Hothi (A*,A,A), Alice Matthews (A*,A,A), Joshua Nethercot (A*,A,A), Nadiya Boyar (A,A,A), Hannah Goldsmith (A*,A,B) and Billy Green (A*,A,B).
Apprenticeships are proving popular with many of our students and this year they will be joining a range of companies including Deloitte, HSBC, Jaguar, MHA MacIntyre Hudson and Precision Technology. Other students are joining the Police, the RAF, taking a gap year or going in to employment. Hannah Tranchant will be studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire.
By 8am this morning, nearly all students who had applied to university had the confirmed offer of a place and by 9.30am there were just a few waiting to confirm revised offers. In addition to the courses already listed above, students will be taking up a range of degrees including Nursing, History, Politics, Criminology, Mechanical Engineering, Interior Design, Animation, Cyber Security, Biochemistry, English and Filmmaking.
Students work incredibly hard alongside staff in the Sixth Form to explore subjects in depth and meet extremely rigorous standards at A-level. Our students are very capable and have shown that they can rise to the challenge; for some that will mean pushing for A* grades and for some students achieving at A*-E grades leads them successfully to a university course, an apprenticeship or employment. The media often focuses on statistics for grade thresholds or whether course changes have made subjects easier or harder. As someone who goes in to a lot of lessons, I would challenge anyone to put themselves through any of the post-16 courses on offer; they are incredibly challenging and former students often remark that their first year at university is relatively straightforward in comparison.
Well done to all of our students who are finalising their plans for university, apprenticeships, training, gap years as they move in to the next phase of their lives. It has been a pleasure to work with them all and we wish them the very best for the future. Thank you also to all our staff, parents and families for their support over time.
Jane Rutherford, Headteacher