Sixth Form Exam Results
I am once again delighted to see the hard work of our Year 13 students rewarded with another set of impressive A Level results here at Hardenhuish with 55% of grades awarded at A*-B , over a quarter of grades at A and A* and 100% pass rate. 58 students (43% of cohort) achieved at least one A*/A grade with 21 students achieving at least 3 A*/A grades. Our students have made exceptional progress and many have exceeded the challenging targets based on their GCSE results two years ago. One of the contributors to this has been the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). 93% of students who completed the EPQ achieved a A*-B grade, with an impressive 59% of grades at A*/A, while 88% of students achieved A*-B grade in the new level 3 core maths qualification, showing the strength of the Sixth Form’s core curriculum programme which has not only boosted students UCAS points but also enhanced valuable research, communication and numeracy skills. Well over half of the grades achieved were in the facilitating A level subjects, the subjects identified by the Russell Group universities which enable progression to the largest number of degree level courses.
This continues the longstanding track record of our students achieving outstanding A level results despite the reformed A level courses in over half of the subjects in which grades are determined by final examinations taken in the summer. The new courses have been decoupled from AS levels and there has been a general reduction in the contribution of coursework. Our students have performed strongly across the subjects in contrast to the volatility in results reported by the press caused by the new A level courses.
The students have remained focussed and worked hard over the last two years and with the support of their peers, parents and dedicated teachers have achieved results which they can all be very proud of. There are many students who have exceeded their personal expectations and achieved amazing individual results, translating into an excellent set of school results. As well as their fantastic academic results, this year group have made significant contributions to our wider school life and developed skills which will serve them well as they progress on the next steps of their academic or working life. Throughout this year the students have helped to design our new 6th Form Study Area which will open at the start of the Autumn Term; they have acted as exemplary role models and mentors leaving a legacy of hard work, endeavour, leadership and community spirit for future Hardenhuish 6th Formers. Our 6th Form Team have provided unwavering support and guidance throughout, working effectively alongside the students providing invaluable information, advice and guidance, and look forward to celebrating with the students at our Governors Awards ceremony in September.
The large majority of our students will now go on to courses at some of the country’s most prestigious universities and in the most competitive subjects including medicine to pursue their studies. I wish them all, on behalf of our whole community, successful and happy futures.