AGAINST the odds students in Stratford district have produced some impressive A level results this year.
The nail-biting wait was over for sixth formers at schools and colleges in the area on Thursday (August 18) when they ripped open their results envelopes – or in the case of many, waited for that all important email to ping into their inbox – with an impressive array of grades across the board. Some schools even achieved their best ever results.
This is despite this year’s cohort being the first to sit their A levels since the start of the pandemic and one of the year groups who missed out on sitting their GCSE’s – meaning these are the first major exams they have had to complete.
At King Edward VI School in Stratford some 100 students scored three A grades or better. Over 40 per cent were awarded A* grades, while 92.2 per cent achieved grades A* to B.
The stand-out performances were Tasha Chapple, Joel Dunnett, Owen Farmer, Yavuz Ferhatosmanoglu, Jacob Groves, Isaac Guy, George Hillman, Aamir Sarpal, Max Silin, Noah Smithson, Cameron Thomas, Izzy Warner, Will Warner, Anastacia Wright and Lily Yang who all obtained four A* grades.
Headmaster Bennet Carr said: “We are delighted to celebrate with our students their excellent examination results, which are thoroughly deserved. I have been immensely proud of the way that they have risen to the challenges that the pandemic created for us all, and have been hugely impressed by their determination and resilience.”
Stratford School Deputy Headteacher Kevin Lister said the A level results achieved at his school debunked the myth this year group of students were “behind”.
He said the school was extremely proud of all its students, but some of its highest achievers this year were twin sisters Lily and Liv Turley who got AAAB and AAB respectively, Lucy Wimpenny with A*AB at A level and an A in EPQ, Libby Jarvis with A*AA, and Dan Millard who achieved A*AA.
Mr Lister continued: “There has been a lot of talk about post pandemic catch up and discussion about students from the Covid years being “behind”. These students aren’t behind, they are exactly where they are supposed to be, in fact they are in the only place they could possibly be given the national context.”
Alcester Grammar School celebrated the best A Level results in its recent history. More than 43 per cent of students achieved A* or A, 75 per cent were graded A* to B and 91 per cent were graded A* to C.
More than half of students achieved grades of at least ABB and 63 students achieved at least three A grades – up from 26 students in 2019.
Principal Rachel Thorpe said: “Alcester Grammar School would like to congratulate the Year 13 class of 2022 on their many achievements over their time with us, including A level results that are arguably the best in the school’s recent history.
“This year group was unable to sit GCSEs in 2020 and so this summer’s exams were the first external assessments that these students took. It is a tremendous achievement, and we are very proud of them. ”
Students at Kineton High School also achieved their best ever A Level and Level 3 BTEC results this year.
Over 80 per cent of students achieved A* to C and more than 53 per cent achieved A* to B.
Some outstanding achievements include Caitlin who achieved A*A*A A and secured her place at Oxford University, Mark who achieved A*A A A, Jessica who achieved A*AA and a Distinction * and Jade who achieved A*A*A A.
Headteacher Helen Bridge said: “I am so proud of all our students. Their determination and resilience despite the challenges the last two years presented, is inspiring. Thank you to all our staff and parents for supporting them so admirably.”
More results to follow…