The anxious wait is finally over and Sixth Form students at Wollaston School gathered together to celebrate excellent A level and BTEC national results. The numbers of Wollaston students securing the top grades remained high with over ¼ of all entries awarded A* or A grades. With the clamour for university places as competitive as ever, Wollaston students have been very successful. All 97 students who applied to university secured places, including a significant number at ‘Russell Group’ universities. This success was reflected in the fact that over half of all entries were awarded B grades or higher, a really impressive performance for a comprehensive Sixth Form. The Wollaston students who followed a vocational route, opting for BTEC National qualifications in Health Studies, Hospitality, Sports Studies, Performing Arts or Public Services, surpassed themselves with outstanding results: 60% of these BTEC results were graded at Distinction* or Distinction, equivalent to an A* or an A grade at A-Level.
Headteacher, Joe Cowell, commented ‘The great joy for teachers at this time of year is to see the students that have worked so hard for the last two years fulfil their potential and win places at some of the best universities in the country. I am happy to report that the mood in the Sixth Form Centre today is one of elation, excitement and relief. This is a tribute to the hard work of all the students, the support given to them by their parents, and the dedication and commitment of their teachers.’
We are delighted with the progress that our students have made at all levels, but some outstanding individual performances worthy of special note are as follows:
- Josh Bullock secured an outstanding 3 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths & Physics. He will now accept a place to study Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton.
- Louis Miranda-Smedley secured an equally outstanding 3 A* grades in Maths, Philosophy & Physics, and will now begin a degree at the University of Birmingham in Physics.
- Gabrielius Slakaitis secured a superb set of grades, 2 A* grades and one A grade in Maths, Further Maths & Physics. He will now accept a place at the University of Oxford to study Computing.
- Bethany Wilson was absolutely delighted to learn that she too had secured 2 A* grades and one A grade in English Literature, Psychology and History. She has accepted a place at the University of Sheffield to study for a degree in Law.
- Bradley Pearce was equally delighted to discover he too had secured 2 A* grades and one A grade in Biology, Chemistry & Physics. He will now accept a place to study Medicine at the University of Hull/York.
- Sam Checkley was, rightly, very proud of his A* and 2 A grades in Maths, Biology & Chemistry. He will go onto study Biomedical Science at the University of Birmingham.
- Joe Edwards professed himself ‘delighted’ with his results of A* and 2 A grades in History, Philosophy and Psychology. He has accepted a place at the University of Manchester to study Psychology.
- Jake Allen secured a very impressive 3 A grades in French, Maths and Physics. He will embark on a degree in economics at the University of Nottingham.
- Gemma Bell was really pleased with her superb results of 3 A grades in Philosophy, Maths & Psychology. She has accepted a place to study Psychology at the University of Durham.
- Calypso Eales secured 2 A grades in English Language and Psychology as well as a starred Distinction in BTEC Music. She has accepted a place at the University of Warwick to study Psychology.
- Hollie Kindell secured an outstanding 4 starred Distinctions (equivalent to 4 A* grades at A-Level) in her BTEC subjects of Travel & Tourism and Hospitality & Catering. She is looking forward to embarking on a degree in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Northampton.
- Rachel Cottle was delighted with her 3 D* grades (equivalent to 3 A* grades at A-Level) in Performing Arts and Music. She will now start a degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Chichester.
- Lucy Higgins was equally delighted with her 3 D* grades in Health & Social Care and Travel & Tourism. Lucy is about to embark on a career in the NHS.
- Harry Broome secured a fantastic set of 3 D* grades in BTEC Sport, Computing as well as a C grade in A-Level Business. Harry is hoping to secure work in the Sports Management industry.
I would like to take this opportunity as the out-going Headteacher at Wollaston School, to wish all of our students the best of luck in their future careers.