5th Dec, 2016

A Level students look to the future

Stratford Editorial 18th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LEVEL students across the district are preparing for the future.

They picked up their results today and there was plenty to smile about for those at King Edward VI School which scored record results, and Stratford College, where the pass rate of 97 per cent was two per cent up on the previous year.

At KES 86 per cent of papers were graded A*- B with no fewer than 54 students obtaining three A grades or better, including ten students who will be taking up their places at Oxbridge colleges.

KES headmaster Bennet Carr said: “These are truly outstanding results and I am particularly delighted for this year group. They really are a most impressive group of young people who deserve our congratulations for their hard work

and commitment.

“I have no doubt that they would also be the first to recognise that they could not have achieved such success without the dedication of their teachers or the support of their families, so I think we can all be rightly proud of their wonderful achievements.”

Stratford College principal Nicola Mannock said: “I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements. Their grades are testament not only to the students’ motivation, enthusiasm and hard work throughout their time with us at the college, but also to the skill, dedication and innovative teaching styles of the lecturing staff, whose expertise is praised by students and local employers alike.”

Stratford School also set new records for top grades with 18 A* grades, while 71 per cent of results were A*-C.

Notable achievements included Kane Knight (A*,A*,A,A,Merit), Oliver Beaven (A*,A*,A*), Ailsa Gavan McHarg (A*,A*,A), Cassie Bird (A*,A,A) and Lucas Walker (A*,A*,B). In Year 12, high performers include Jamie Thomas (A,A,A,A), Harrison Cook (A,A,A,B) and Jack Smith (A,A,A,C).

Headteacher Neil Wallace said: ” We are very pleased with the results our students have attained. These are the culmination of an immense amount of hard work over the last two years.

“These results have given students access to a wide range of university courses and routes into employment, including prestigious Russell Group Universities and high quality apprenticeships. We wish every one of our students the very best for the future as the world is theirs to shape.”

There were also celebrations at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School which scored a 100 per cent pass rate, with over three quarters grades at A*, A or B.

Headteacher Kate Barnett said: “Our girls have again done extremely well and I am enormously proud of each and every one of them. This has been a very challenging year for all schools and colleges with the national phasing in of significant changes to AS and A-levels, but it is again good to see that the girls’ results reflect their considerable hard work, determination and resilience, as well as their talent. The demands of sixth form study are greater than ever, and the girls – and their fantastic teachers – are to be warmly congratulated!”

The school’s top scorer, Electra Wallington, achieved three A*s and one A in her four A-levels, as well as A* in her EPQ, and secured her place at Cambridge to read Linguistics.

Ms Barnett added: “The extraordinary range of next destinations for these girls reflects the many diverse options now open for school-leavers. It is great to see so many high achievers taking up creative courses, for instance: three in music, two undertaking art foundation courses, two in architecture, and one each in dance, drama, costume and creative writing – as well as one going straight into acting. The vast majority of their fellow students have also secured places at the destinations of their choice, on courses which this year include midwifery and equine studies, as well as the more traditional subjects such as medicine, PPE, law, economics, engineering, English, history, physics and languages. We wish them all the very best for their futures, which we are sure will be great.”