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A Level Results summer 2016
The A level results of the class of 2016 are extraordinary with a 100% pass rate, including 53% of grades A*-B, and 8% of grades at A*. Our students have made exceptional progress and exceeded the challenging targets based on their GCSE results two years ago. Our students should also be congratulated on achieving an average total UCAS points score of almost 350 (where 3 A grades per student would be 360 points) which, together with the fabulously high number of top grades, has secured places for many students at the most prestigious Russell Group universities and in the most competitive subjects, including medicine. This reflects the strength of the Hardenhuish community of students and teachers, supported by the students’ parents, working hard and effectively together over many years, with strategic and pertinent information, advice and guidance. One of the significant factors is the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which counts as 0.3 of an A level, that many top universities are using as a discriminator between students. Well over half our sixth form students take this qualification with over a quarter achieving A* or A grades on topics of their own choosing.
Individual successes from students exceeding their personal targets mean that not just those at the top end of the ability range are celebrating today. However, I will just single out just a few of our fantastic performances – Joanna Stell achieved 2 A* in Maths and Further Maths, A grades in History and Psychology and an A* EPQ on the Psychology of Film Music. A talented flautist in the National Youth Wind Orchestra, she is going on to a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree at Birmingham University. Emily Rickett, having joined us for the Sixth Form from Saudi Arabia, gained 3 A* grades in Business Studies, History and Government & Politics, and is going on to study Politics and International Studies at Warwick. During her Hardenhuish career she has supported our mental health campaign, led by fellow student Kieran Mulvaney, receiving plaudits from local and national politicians and influential members of the local community. Tess Gorman achieved 2 A* in Business Studies and English Language and an A in Sociology. Firat Guloglu achieved 3 A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Economics and is going on to study Medical Biochemistry at Bristol. Firat has generously given his time to support our community by coaching football with primary school children. There are many other amazing sets of results, and I am just as proud of all the successful candidates who have exceeded their personal targets, through hard work and ambition, and will be starting university courses of their choice in the autumn.
As always Hardenhuish demonstrates that it has extraordinary students, fantastic teachers and terrific support from our parents and governors.
Congratulations to the entire school community!