Today Wrekin College students are celebrating a year of A level achievement with a record number of students being offered places at their university of choice.
As students gathered to collect their results, Headmaster Tim Firth said,
'There has been much talk among educationalists, picked up by the press, that the new, reformed A levels would be tougher and that grades would drop as a result nationally. Wrekin's A level results this year are very much in line with last year's, and we are very pleased that, despite the toughening up that teachers and students here did detect, the teaching and learning has been successful. The rumour had been that the number of top grades in particular would diminish, be harder to get, but Wrekin's Upper Sixth students matched the good performance of last year and, among many other successes taking students to their first choice of university, a high number achieved very impressive results:
Andy Liu took four A levels a year early and achieved four A* grades, averaging a staggering 99% across 18 Maths and Further Maths modules. Stephanie Brook also took her exams a year younger than others do and her A*AA grades secured an offer at Bath, but see her on her way to a top Australian university next year. Sam Yeadon (A*A*A) and Jake Thorpe won places at Imperial, London and the LSE respectively, two of the most highly selective universities in the UK, to read Biomedical Engineering and Economics. Emma Arundell secured A*AA and will go on to read Modern Languages at Surrey, whilst Nathanael Chan, operating, extraordinary to say, like Andy Liu, in his second language achieved A*AA. Harry North will matriculate on to Warwick University to study Business Management, also with straight A grades.
Just as pleasing, if not more so, given the entirely independent study required for them are Wrekin's results for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), an exam highly rated by leading universities and employers because it simulates university study indicating how well a student will work there or work delivering a complicated project to a deadline in the workplace. Nearly half of a very high number of entries were A* or A grades, a credit to the passion and maturity of the students and the culture of the School.
The most significant result for any school should be the 'value added' one: how much has each student improved because they have learnt in that school? That statistic will emerge in a week or so, and Wrekin has an enviable reputation for eliciting excellent results out of students of all abilities: recently, the School was placed in the top 5% nationally via this measurement and the recent Educational Quality Inspection recorded that Wrekin stretches all pupils very well regardless of their ability.
Wrekin does not aspire for all its pupils to go to university: the School's aim is to work out what is best for each pupil and work on achieving that. All students could go to university this year, but a few will go straight into apprenticeships or into employment here and abroad. The School has very close links with schools in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, and some will be taking gap years there. Others are headed into the world of professional sport or music, or into the Art world, and we take great pride in them. Above all, we are most pleased by the progress our leavers have made as young men and women ready to work and commit to their communities, and we wish them all the very best.'
What a lovely morning with smiles all-round, as we say goodbye to the students we wish them great things in the next stage of their lives!