Many congratulations to our Upper Sixth Class of 2020! Despite all that the world has thrown at them this year, they have accepted the outcomes with grace, resilience, and a determination to make the most of the opportunities afforded them. They leave the Anglo European, along with their peers who received the International Baccalaureate qualifications last month, with qualifications to be proud of and a distinctive, international experience that will serve them well in the future and we wish them all every success in their chosen future pathways.
This year has been uniquely challenging; our students, having been awarded grades by the exam boards, based on information supplied by us, after a rigorous internal process. The exam boards have applied their own calculations, taking account of performance of subjects in previous years, to generate each individual student’s final grades. In many cases, the final awarded grade is less than the grade awarded by the school. None of the usual benchmark data or headline figures which lend themselves to comparisons between this year and other years, or between schools, have any validity this year.
As always, the results released today are provisional and subject to appeal. This is even more significant this year, given that the government announced on Tuesday evening that any student who achieved a higher grade in their ‘mock’ exam earlier in the year, what we call PPEs (Preliminary Public Examinations) could form the basis of an appeal, although details of this appeals process have yet to be released.
Despite all this, our students have genuine cause to celebrate. Not only have they secured grades they can be proud of, but they have done so in the most trying of circumstances. They have shown patience and resilience and, alongside the unique Anglo experience based on internationalism, are now well-equipped to move on to university or apprenticeships.
The IB Diploma students have had their results since 6th July and are going to a variety of institutions including nine Russell Group universities. Sebastian Grut was accepted into his first choice of the Technical University of Denmark to study Artificial Intelligence and Data and Amelia Jenkins been accepted at her first choice placement, at the Royal Veterinary College.
Financial Studies student, Anna Hedges has accepted a place to study Business Psychology at Loughborough University after her outstanding grades. Anna achieved particularly well in Financial Studies, with the LIBF commending her achievement earlier in the year. Harriet Taylor also achieved a Distinction.
Our A level students attained some stunning results and are really excited about their future prospects.
Ani Begaj (pictured) gained A*AAB and is studying Architecture at UCL; she said, “I’m both very happy and relieved. I’m going to pursue an excellent course which
combines my interests in Art, Physics and Mathematics at a well-respected university. It has been quite a roller coaster; being told I couldn’t sit the exams I’d worked so hard for, feeling resigned to not being able to do anything about it and then to hear the Scottish results and the government announcements on Tuesday evening…it was really frightening. Today I just feel relieved.
Marcel Afunyah gained two A*s in Mathematics and Chemistry and two As in Further Mathematics and Physics. He has been accepted at Warwick University to study Computer Systems Engineering and hopes to progress to conduct research in Astro Physics. When asked if he had planned his evening of celebrations, he replied, “No, Mam, I’m working the Night shift in ASDA” where he has been working during the lockdown period as well as teaching himself bass guitar and building a 3D printer!
Eden Ashby expressed her “massive relief” at gaining a place at Nottingham University to study Economics with French, having gained an A* in French, an A in Economics and an A in Psychology. She said, “I’ve always had a passion for languages and this was cemented on the two exchanges I did to Avignon and Dijon. I was fortunate to do international work experience in a primary school in Avignon in the Lower Sixth and really loved the language and culture.
Ivayla leaves on a flight tomorrow morning to The University of Montana on an Athletics Scholarship. She was very unhappy at not having the chance to complete her examinations and prove what she could really do but was much relieved to have
been accepted on such a 4-year prestigious course. She said, “I will really miss the Anglo; I would not be the person I am today without the experience and confidence it gave me.”
Lilli Azzoppard gained 3 As and is off to York to study Psychology. She said, “I’m really happy and thrilled to be studying a subject I love at York but this week, with all its uncertainty, has been very stressful indeed.