After two years of disruption the Year 13 students at Wollaston have shown their ability and resilience as they have secured some excellent results in their A level and Vocational qualifications.  Results have improved from the pleasing 2019 outcomes, with 83% of A level grades awarded an A*- C and 75% of Vocational results awarded Distinction* or Distinction.   There was a well-deserved atmosphere of celebration this morning from students, with a sea of delighted faces as they realised they had secured places onto the next stage of their education, training or employment.

Head of Sixth Form Tony Mills was full of praise for the students and reports: “Despite all the disruption they have faced over recent years, everyone receiving their grades today has approached their studies with determination and ambition.  Each grade is fully deserved and even more notable with this being the first time they will have taken external examinations.  Every student should be very proud of what they have achieved and should move forward knowing that they are capable of overcoming any barrier that may face them in the future”.

Simon Anderson, Headteacher of Wollaston School commented: “We’re proud of the achievements of all our sixth form students who have worked incredibly hard during unprecedented times to secure great success in their A Level and BTEC qualifications. These results continue the trend of previous years and have improved the average grade achieved by Wollaston students to a B- from a C+ in 2019. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the last two and half years, this not only represents a significant achievement for each individual but also the cohort who become the most successful sixth form in Wollaston’s history. This is testament to their hard work and resilience during the last two years, to the hard work and commitment of teaching staff and of course the support from families and friends.”

There were some outstanding individual performances:

Katie O’Neill and Thomas Mullet both achieved outstanding results of A*A*A*A*, something they should both be immensely proud of.  They are now heading off to university to study Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology at The University of Liverpool and Physics at The University of Warwick respectively.

Anna Cook is also celebrating superb results with A*A*A* grades that mean she will now be moving on to study Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham.

Ben Hodson is thrilled that his hard work, both in and out of lessons has helped him achieve A*D*D*A, enabling him to study Sports Science at Nottingham Trent University.   Lilly Moore is similarly proud to have earned her A*A*A, exceeding the grades required for her to go and study Biology at The University of York.

Five students all achieved either D*AA or A*AA with Josh Spencer, Harrison Wilson, Elise Parsons, Amy Harris, and Callum Jenkins now moving onto a variety of exciting challenges, studying subjects including Psychology, TV and Radio production and Osteopathy.

Ellie Roberts has also performed really well, with AAA grades ensuring that she can now study Modern Languages at the University of Warwick.

It is not just these students who should be proud of what they have achieved over the last two years, there are excellent performances across the cohort, and we are very pleased to see that this includes a range of different subjects. Students are now successfully moving on to study at some of the most prestigious Art and Dance schools in the country; this breadth of opportunity is something we value and will continue to offer as we strive for excellence in education over the coming years.