Resilient students achieve exceptional results

Resilient students achieve exceptional results

Dr James Whitehead, Head

The achievements of our 2020 GCSE and A Level students are something quite extraordinary... with their opportunity to sit exams in the normal way taken away by the COVID lockdown, they remained resilient and positive throughout. The GCSE and A Level results awarded to our students were exceptional, reflecting their hard work and dedication, not only this year, but throughout their time at Woldingham, as well as the expertise and support of our staff.

We have to take care in comparisons to previous years as grades were awarded differently this year as, following a change from OFQUAL and the UK government, students received Centre Assessed Grades. However, this should not distract from the achievements of each and every one of them.

I am delighted that many of our Sixth Form leavers from last term are taking up places at excellent universities for such a wide range of subjects from architecture at UCL to war studies at King’s College London. A fantastic 89% of students gained a place at their preferred or second choice university, in part a testament to the personalised support provided by our higher education and careers team and careful consideration of the right options by each student. Exeter University is the most popular choice for Woldingham students with nine students headed to Devon this autumn. Four students have secured a place at Cambridge University, with another five at Bristol and five at Warwick.

A huge well done to all our A Level students and I look forward to hearing about their successes as they start the next part of their lives beyond Woldingham.

Our current Lower Sixth students similarly deserve many congratulations on their GCSE results. I look forward to seeing them all thrive academically over the next two years at Woldingham.

Click here for full Examination Results and Destination of Leavers 2020.