As its fourth Year 13 A-level cohort graduated, Grey Court School once again proved its commitment to excellence by surpassing the outstanding standards it had set since its inception in 2015. Most notably, the number of A* grades rose to 12% (4% in 2018) – much higher than national A-Level trends. In addition, 71% of all grades awarded were A*-B (62% in 2018) and 90% of all grades were A*-C. Of particular note was the high attainment in subjects such as English Literature, Art, Physics, Computer Science and Sociology.
Grey Court School also witnessed its first substantial cohort of BTEC students completing qualifications which have facilitated access to a range of universities and apprenticeship pathways. Overall, 63% of BTEC grades were at Distinction or Distinction Star with Music Technology and Creative Media providing exceptional performance with 88% of marks awarded being at Distinction for Creative Media and an exceptional 67% of students gaining the coveted Distinction Star grade in Music Technology. Twins Samuel and Taliesin Costentino-Hunter, who had spent their work experience placements last year organising a music festival in Costa Rica, both gained Distinction Star grades in Music Technology and intend to both study Physics at Bristol and Portsmouth Universities.
Headteacher, Christopher Rhodes, stated “Managing to surpass the incredible results of last year, despite the challenges faced by the Education Sector and the presence of new specifications in all A- Levels, highlights the resilience and hard-work of all the members of our school community. This is a tremendous achievement!”
Notable successes included, Max Haughton who gained A*A*A*A* and is due to take up a place at Cambridge reading Engineering; Alex Jacob who scored A*A*A* and will read Computer Science at Southampton; China Luckman and Grace Hennessey who both scored A*A*A* and are taking a gap year; and Matthew Phillips who scored A*A*A* and will take up a place at Birmingham to read Theoretical Physics. An ecstatic China Luckman, who intends to spend her gap year volunteering in Peru, stated that “Grey Court School has provided me with an incredibly supportive community that has helped me to realise my talents and given me the freedom to develop my creativity and broaden my horizons.”
Finally, Grey Court School has also welcomed another successful medical student to its list of alumni with Joel Brady having gained a place at Birmingham University’s prestigious medical school. Eleanor Fineston-Robertson, a fixture of the school’s orchestra since Year 7 has gained a place to study music at the Guildhall School of Music. Such success encouraged a beaming, Head of Year 13, Ms Higham, to quip that “this year’s wonderful set of grades have provided a high note in my time here.”