Sixth Form Performance
‘70% A*-B grades headlines increased results across the board’
Year 13 students and staff at the Denmark Road High School were celebrating more excellent results in August 2019. Results at A*-B were up 10% to 70% of all entries. Students bucked the national trend which saw a twelve-year low in A*-A grades awarded with a huge increase in the top grades: nearly 40% of all entries were at either A or A*. Just under sixty percent of students achieving at least one grade A. Excellence at the very highest level was recognised with two students opening envelopes containing three straight challenging A* grades. An amazing 16% of students achieved straight As; with three or more A Levels at Grade A. Overall, achievement improved significantly from last year: 11% of all results were at A* and 89% of all qualifications were graded at A*-C; and 100% were A*-E.
Rhian Pembridge, achieved 2A* grades in Biology and History and an A grade in Chemistry. She is looking forward to studying Medicine at Nottingham University. “I’ve been awake since 3:30am. I can’t believe it but I am so happy!” Joe Meadows, a future financial markets whizz takes up an apprenticeship degree with St James Place financial services. He exceeded even his own expectations to achieve A in Business and B grades in Politics and History. Sarah Freeman overcame the challenges of her dyslexia to achieve ABB; “I thought I would achieved A* in Biology and A grades in Maths and Chemistry was really excited to be going to the University of Liverpool to study medicine. “It shows what hard work can achieve – although it’s still impossible to believe – I had to get my friend to check them again for me!” Rebecca Clarke joined the High School Sixth Form in Y12 and was “very proud and really happy” with her results. She achieved A*s in Psychology and Biology and an A in Maths. She is taking a gap year before starting at UCL in Human Sciences to get a job – “I need to save up to afford to live in London next year!”
Speaking about the latest A Level results, headteacher Claire Giblin said “To achieve the increases in results across the board has been absolutely fantastic. We are proud that 70% of all entries are graded at those top levels of A*, A or B. These results truly represent rich reward for our dedicated, hard-working students and all of the teaching and support staff who have done so much to help and encourage them. We will all be celebrating tonight!” Once again Denmark Road 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 including Oxbridge and in Medicine. “They have been a fantastic year group and we are looking forward to hearing how they do as they embark on the next stage of their lives at university, apprenticeships or employment – best wishes to you all.”