THE ANXIOUS wait is over for A Level students across Warwick district as those all important results dropped into inboxes this morning (Thursday).
Others picked up their results the more traditional way by collecting envelopes from their schools.
And it was set to be a challenging year for students with a return to pre-pandemic grading, accompanied by warnings from the Secretary of State for Education that grades could be lower than last year.
It was also the first time this particular year group had sat public examinations as GCSEs were cancelled in 2021.
Here are the results as they come in:
North Leamington School
Headteacher Mike Lowdell said: “Among an overall pass rate of 100 per cent, 70 per cent of all A-level results were at A*-B grade which is incredible and reflects the specific detail students learnt in order to achieve the top grades. National efforts have been made to return grading to the 2019, pre pandemic levels, however our students have produced a seven per cent increase in top grades of A*-B from 2019 – a fantastic achievement for individuals and testament to the hard work of so many. We had great success in BTEC subjects too – in Sport, Health & Social Care and Music. Of particular note is that 93 per cent of the grades allocated were at either Distinction or Distinction*. We are delighted that Henry Fisher has been successful in securing a prestigious degree apprenticeship at JLR in addition to his A, B and Distinction* grades.
“92 per cent of students have achieved their preferred University choice at a range of organisations and geographical locations. Students will be studying courses including Medicine, Natural Sciences, Architecture, Product Design, Physiotherapy, Forensics, Law, Accounting & Finance, Graphic Design and Politics along with traditional subjects such as Maths, English, Sciences, History, Geography, Computing and Business. We will see our students once again travel to all parts of the UK studying at universities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Warwick to name a few.”
These students achieved a combination of purely A and A* grades – Thomas Adams A*A*AA, Dan Brumwell AAA, Will Cleary A*AA, Erin Darwen A*AA, Ellie Davey AAA, Vedant Gore A*A*A, Erin Heeley A*A*A*, Isabella Jenkin A*A*A
Sam Kohler AAA, Sophia Lee A*A*A, Tom Lee-Brown A*AA, Charlotte Manley A*A*A, Shahmeer Mashood AAA
Abigail McComiskey A*A*A, Phoebe Morris AAA, Anna Olmedo A*AA, Bede Paxton A*AA, Oliver Tayton AAA, Ella Uliana AAA
Mr Lowdell continued: “A handful of other students are off on exciting adventures taking up employment or gap years. All of this testifies to a rich and diverse student community where individuals are so successful in pursuing their goals.
“Irrespective of their next step destinations, all our students will be missed and we wish them every success in the future.”
Myton School, Warwick
Myton School is celebrating “outstanding results” this year.
Headteacher Andy Perry said, “In a year where grade boundaries are reverting back to pre-Covid levels, we are delighted that nearly 30 per cent of all our grades were A* or A, and over 80 per cent a C grade or higher. I wish all our students well as they take their next steps into university, apprenticeships, work or gap years.”
Special mention goes to Luke Thacker, Ciara Coombes, Alex Spurway and Nikit Sajir who achieved a clean sweep of four A* grades and Maks Nowak and Jamie Thacker who achieved three A* grades.
Destinations next year for students include Birmingham University, Edinburgh University and Durham University to study courses including Medicine, English Literature, Computer Science and Spacecraft Engineering.
Arnold Lodge School, Leamington
Of all grades awarded at Arnold Lodge School, 11 per cent were at A*, 29 per cent were at A*-A and 63 per cent were A*-B. There was a 99.5 per cent pass rate.
Among the individual success stories were Patrick Carty who achieved A*, A*, A in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and goes on to study Dentistry at Kings College London, Anna Gorvett who achieved A*, A* and A in Psychology, Geography and Criminology and goes on to study Psychology at Sussex and Daniel Harris who achieved A*, A and B in Computer Science, Mathematics and Criminology and will study Computer Science at Lancaster.
Headteacher David Preston said: “We are so pleased with an exceptional set of results at both A Level and BTEC.
“Over the past two years, I have been tremendously proud of how hard the pupils have worked and the success they have achieved is a wonderful reflection of their dedication to their studies. Considering the return of results back to pre-pandemic levels, this marks a particularly impressive performance from ALS pupils.
“Our Year 13 pupils now head off for their next adventure and we look forward to hearing of their ongoing success at university and in the future.”
Campion School, Leamington
At Campion School over 40 per cent of grades achieved were A*-A and 94 per cent were A*-C.
Students have secured places at universities including Warwick, Kent, Bath, London, Birmingham, Worcester and Coventry.
Headteacher Jassa Panesar said: “We send heartfelt congratulations to all of our pupils receiving their A Level and BTEC results today. Their hard work and effort over the last two years has been rewarded with some fantastic results which sit alongside so many other great achievements.
“For many of our Year 13 pupils, these set of results represent their first ever public examination performance and we couldn’t be prouder of their success – it is a true testament to their individual strengths and unrelenting spirit. Our pupils can go forward with confidence in their own abilities, knowing they are equipped with the academic results, skills and values to succeed in their ambitions.
“We wish you all the very best for the future, and look forward to learning of your achievements in the years to come.’
The Kingsley School, Leamington
Headteacher James Mercer-Kelly, said: “This year’s cohort of Sixth Formers at The Kingsley School have once again excelled in their public examinations and I am very proud of them all. They have achieved outstanding results across a broad range of subjects and those going on to higher education institutions this autumn have all successfully secured their places, with the majority heading to their first-choice university.
“These students have benefitted from the dedication of their teachers, who are a key part of Kingsley’s success story. We take pride in developing the whole person and enabling our students to gain not only academic success, but also the invaluable skills they need to thrive in their future lives. We are confident they will take these attributes forward and use them to be successful in their future endeavours.”
Director of Sixth Form Dawn Morgan, added: “We have had many occasions to be incredibly proud of this talented group of Sixth Form students and today they have achieved wonderful results. They have triumphed by aiming high and working diligently on their studies. These results are testament both to the fabulous learning environment at Kingsley and to the dedication of these promising students”.
Among this year’s cohort there were some notable individual successes. Kelly Tsoi from Coventry achieved A* A* A and can now look forward to an exciting year of travel before pursuing a course in either medicine or pharmacy. Abi Lawson from Warwick successfully achieved A* A* B and will read Law at the University of Exeter. Georgina Betts from Rugby, who will study Digital Film Production at Birmingham City University, achieved A A Distinction*. Amy Barrett, Sasha Green and Saarah Hafiji all achieved A* A B with places secured at Cardiff University and the Universities of Bath and Warwick respectively.
Students have also had resounding success in Cambridge Technical qualifications, with 100% of those studying the courses in both Sport and Digital Media achieving the highest possible grade of Distinction*. Charlotte Green, who gained qualifications in Textiles, Food and Nutrition and Health and Social Care, has chosen to proceed with gap year plans before pursuing a possible career in teaching.
Warwick Schools Foundation Principal, Richard Nicholson said: “I am immensely proud of the achievements of all of our Foundation pupils today. Having missed out on sitting their GCSEs in the usual way, this cohort has shown determination and resilience and can now reflect on their exceptional achievements. They have an impressive launching pad for their future endeavours, and to make the most of all the opportunities beyond our schools. However, they could not have done this without expert staff and the support of their families. It is truly a whole community celebration.”
King’s High School, Warwick
Headmaster Dr Burley said, ‘I am so proud of our Upper Sixth students, who had their GCSE exams cancelled and were awarded Teacher Assessed Grades instead. This meant that these A Levels were their first formal public exam experience, and I am so pleased to celebrate their achievements today. Their spirit has shone through, and they all have very bright futures ahead of them.’
“There was particular success in a range of individual subject areas with every student in Computer Science and Music achieving A* or A grades, and all students of Geography, Drama, English Language, Further Maths, German and PE achieving A*-B grades. In Geography, over 60% of students achieved A* or A grades with around half of all our cohort at King’s High achieving these top grades.”
Pupils are now looking ahead to a range of exciting future options, with the large majority achieving places at their first choice and Russell Group universities. One student who achieved 3 A*s is heading to St Hilda’s College, Oxford to read History; another who achieved 3 A*s is going to read Music at Downing College, Cambridge; another, who achieved 3 A*s and an A is going to read Natural Sciences at Durham. One student, who achieved A*AB, is going to study Sports Science at Nottingham on an Army Scholarship before taking a place at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
Head of Sixth Form Celia Tedd said: ‘I am incredibly proud of all our pupils who have approached their first public examinations with impressive energy and ambition. It’s exciting to see such a remarkable range of destinations and to celebrate with them today.’
Headmaster James Barker said: “Huge congratulations are in order for all our Upper Sixth pupils. The last few years have been extremely challenging for them – academically, socially, and emotionally. Even though this was their first set of public examinations, having had their GCSE year severely disrupted by Covid-19, nearly 90 per cent have secured a place on a university course of their choosing, with 92 earning places at Russell Group or other highly selective institutions (including Loughborough and Bath), and all nine Oxbridge offer holders successful in securing their place.”
Warwick Schools Foundation Principal Richard Nicholson added: “I am immensely proud of the achievements of all of our Foundation pupils today. Having missed out on sitting their GCSEs in the usual way, this cohort has shown determination and resilience and can now reflect on their exceptional achievements. They have an impressive launching pad for their future endeavours, and to make the most of all the opportunities beyond our schools. However, they could not have done this without expert staff and the support of their families. It is truly a whole community celebration.”
Warwickshire College Group
WCG received A-Level, BTEC and City and Guilds qualification results for learners across its six colleges.
Staff and students at Rugby College and Leamington College have been celebrating their A-Level results. BTEC results were also received at both colleges as well as at Moreton Morrell, Warwick Trident, Pershore and Evesham colleges.
A-Level students saw significant success in English Literature and Business – with a 100 per cent pass achieved in these subjects.
While the pass rate for psychology, sociology and criminology was more than 90 per cent.
A third of all BTEC students achieved the top-grade, triple Distinction, with more than half the students gaining the top grades in animal management and equine.
More than one-third of students also gained triple Distinction or above in agriculture and construction.
The college group has also celebrated a 100 per cent completion rate for Level 3 City and Guilds Technical qualifications, with qualifications including plumbing, beauty therapy and floristry.
James Stacey, Head of A-Levels at WCG, said: “We would like to congratulate all of our students on their A-Level results this year – they are the results of two years of hard work and dedication.
“These A-Level qualifications will provide a springboard for the next stage in their development, whether that is Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment.”