Our students have again achieved some fantastic grades this summer. The results are a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and teaching staff in a year that has again seen considerable changes and national volatility.
At A Level, students of all abilities took a total of 315 examinations in the final year of the Sixth Form across a broad range of subjects. The overall school pass rate was 98%, of which 37% of the grades were at A*-A, 62 % at A*- B and 83% were at A* to C.
In Year 11, 168 pupils took GCSE or equivalent examinations and of these
- 64% achieved five A* to C grades including at least a (standard pass) grade 4 English and Maths;
- 82% achieved grade 4 and above (standard pass) in English
- 72% achieved grade 4 and above (standard pass) in Maths
“Given the national context where marking and grading of examinations, as widely publicised in the press, has become more rigorous this achievement from our students is all the more impressive,” said Headteacher Mr Chotai.
As always, there were many results that indicate superb performance from individuals.
In the Sixth Form special congratulations go to Shane Ward [A*, A*, A and an A* in the Extended Project Qualification] who takes up a place at Bates College in America under the USA’s Liberal Arts Programme; Matthew Styles [A*, A, A and a B in the Extended Project Qualification] who has secured a place at Durham University; Fergus Meehan [A*, A, B] who goes on to study at the London School of Economics; In addition, Sam Bingham [A* A* B] and Nathan Blair [A*, A, A] remained focussed on their studies despite receiving unconditional offers. Students taking vocational subjects also did well: congratulations to Parris Johnson on achieving three Distinction* grades to secure a place at Brunel University; Katie Ellis [two Distinction * grades and an A]; Tom Adkins [two Distinction * grades and a B].
In Year 11, 22 of our students achieved at least 5 A*/A grades, in some cases including a 9 in both English and maths under the new numerical grading system, representing an improvement in the performance of our more able students.
I am delighted for all the students who have passed these important examinations, which now provides them with the ideal platform to move on to their next stage of education or training.”
“I believe that our students have all the necessary attributes, academic and social to thrive in the future”, said Mrs Green, head of Sixth Form. “Our students go on to follow a diverse range of career paths from traditional academic university courses and sports programmes to an apprenticeship at the National Audit Office and training at the Royal Veterinary College.”
“My congratulations to all our students who leave Charles Darwin School not only with their qualifications but with the maturity and confidence to take their place in the adult world.” Mr Chotai concluded.
The full set of results in new prescribed DfES format with LEA and National comparisons will be available in January.