Year 13 students and staff at King Alfred’s Academy are celebrating excellent results today, which maintain the very high standards recognised by our recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading for our Sixth Form provision. The key headline measure of A*-B grades at A-level is at 63%, matching our highest ever result from 2013 and puts our students in strong positions with their university applications.
Headteacher Rick Holroyd said: “I am absolutely delighted with the Level 3 outcomes achieved by our Sixth Form students in 2019, and on behalf of all staff and governors, I would like to congratulate all of our students on their magnificent achievements. These results maintain our outstanding reputation as one of the highest performing Sixth Forms in Oxfordshire. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of our students, as well as the members of teaching and support staff and our supportive parents, all of whom have played a significant part in supporting our students to achieve such impressive outcomes. I do hope that these impressive results will allow our Class of 2019 to progress to their chosen pathways and to further successes in the future”.
Particularly impressive results in A level English language, business studies, PE, music, film studies, product design, religious studies and sociology are worthy of special mention. Our first cohort of students to complete the reformed BTEC level 3 courses performed strongly, with 38% achieving the top ‘Distinction*’ and ‘Distinction’ grades, having sat exams of comparable challenge to A-levels. Once again, King Alfred’s Sixth Form students have secured places on a broad range of university courses and higher level apprenticeships, with many places secured at Russell Group universities.
Congratulations go to Hannah Hooker who secured a place at Warwick to read Biomedical Science with A-level grades A*A*A*, Ewan Robertson who has a place at Durham to read Mathematics with grades A*AABB, Freya Royan with A*A*A and a place at Exeter to read History, Oliver King with A*A*A and a place to read Mechanical Engineering at Southampton, Matthew Chambers with A*A*A*A and a place to read Architecture at UCL, Holly Barrett with A*A*A who will read Neuroscience at Southampton and Caleb White who, with A*AA will read History and Politics at Sheffield. Millie Tomlin has Di*Di*Di and will read Sport, Coaching and Physical Education at Oxford Brookes, and Polly Carey has Di*Di*M and a place to read Sports Coaching at Cardiff Met.
As has been reported in the national press, many teachers are concerned that with universities making more unconditional offers, students receiving them lose motivation to work for top grades. We have been delighted with the efforts of many of our students in this position, however, and special mention must go to Callum Penman with A*A*A despite his unconditional offer to read International Law at Lancaster, and to Math Prime who far exceeded his target grades of CCC, achieving ABB – he plans to read Creative Writing.
Head of Sixth Form Tim Lawrence said: “It has been a privilege to work with this year group, who have supported each other so well through various challenges and who have engaged with their studies with great positivity, despite lacking their own Sixth Form Centre last year whilst it was undergoing a £1.5m refurbishment. They have contributed hugely to the school and local community and very much deserve their success.”
Number of students completing Year 13: 129 (136 last year)
With A-level grades A*-E: 99% (99% last year)
With A-level grades A*-B: 63% (60% last year)
With A-level grades A*-A: 28% (30% last year)