As its third Year 13 A-level cohort graduated, Grey Court once again proved its commitment to excellence, by surpassing national A-level trends. 32% of all grades awarded were A*-A, 65% were at A*-B, 89% of all grades were at A*-C and there was an overall pass rate of 100%. Traditional subjects such as Mathematics, English Literature, Biology, Geography and Languages attained particularly well. In addition, students completing BTEC qualifications in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and Sports Studies gained a number of prized distinction grades. Headteacher, Maggie Bailey, stated, “The fact that students across all ability levels once again performed exceptionally well has endorsed the ‘outstanding’ judgement awarded to the Sixth form during January’s recent Ofsted inspection.”
Notable successes included, Angharad Williams who gained A*A*AA and is due to take up a place at Cambridge reading Human Social and Political Sciences, Charlotte Robinson, who scored A*A*AA and will read Psychology at Bath, Charlie Heaton who scored A*AAA and intends to read sciences at York; and Alfred Taylor who scored AAAAA* and will take up a place at Southampton to study Aeronautics and spacecraft engineering. “I am delighted with these “stratospheric” results quipped Alfred, who hopes to eventually work for NASA. “They are a testament to my own hard work and the care and support I have received from my teachers.”
Successful A-level students Millie Sangsumalee (ABB), Megan Whooley (AAB) Isobel Brooks (A*AAA) will all be taking up places at Sussex university, as well as Charlie and Alfred. Special mention should also be made to Jonathan Humphris who has continued the trend of Grey Court students gaining high level apprenticeships, having started working as an infrastructure engineer for the Dutch company Vandelande.
“These results highlight how Grey Court supports and nurtures all our students. We expect excellence but love and care is paramount” observed, Headteacher, Maggie Bailey. “I am aware that both Angharad and Charlie, two of our most successful students, spent last summer volunteering in a rural school in Tanzania. Finally, having read Alfred’s A* extended project on space exploration to Mars I expect to see him orbiting the Earth in a few years time. I really hope this shows how all of our students can literally and metaphorically reach for the stars.”