A level results were published today, and a steady stream of students arrived at school to open their brown envelopes, with staff on hand to share the celebrations and offer advice and support where necessary. It is an important moment for all concerned. We would like to, first of all, offer our thanks for the hard work put into this process over the past two years by all concerned, and also to offer our congratulations as our results show continued increases on last year. Viewed alongside the IB Diploma results published in early July, it is clear why our Sixth Form is considered outstanding and well above average both nationally and internationally.
In conjunction with other local schools, we have declined to provide raw percentage results to the local press, preferring to concentrate on the great features of the quality of education on offer in our schools and the impressive stories behind some of the individual achievements where that is appropriate.
A levels have undergone significant change in recent years, such that they do not easily bear comparison with previous years. To do so, also undermines the achievements of the current generation of students. We are also well aware that all the data we have received today is provisional and still subject to challenge. Indeed, we are currently in touch with three examination boards where we still have unresolved queries. Validated results for all schools will be published by the Department for Education in the next few months.
Early indications suggest that we have increased the pass rate and the number of higher grades, boys have performed almost as well as girls, with as many boys as girls in our top 10 highest performers, and of the 26 subjects we offer in our Sixth Form at A Level, 24 have secured 100% pass rates. 12 of our top 15 highest performers studied 4 A levels and our average point score, using the data available, has increased by 9 points from 101.8 to 110.
Even more importantly, we continue to see a very high proportion of students who are being offered their first choice at university. Mr. Newton, our Assistant Head/Director of Sixth Form explains: “having made a number of phone calls to universities today, it is clear that the breadth of our offer including an expectation that students study 4 A levels, in addition to the opportunity to mix A levels with IB courses, the requirement to study a language and the challenge that our international Sixth Form offers in a general sense, is a telling factor and impresses universities”. In addition to UK universities and gap years, we also have significant numbers of students accepting places in universities as far afield as Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Finland and Spain.