Return to exams sees A Level and GCSE students achieve excellent results

Return to exams sees A Level and GCSE students achieve excellent results

14 September 2022

Woldingham students achieved excellent results at both A Level and GCSE in 2022 as we returned to exams after two years of COVID disruption.

Our Upper Sixth leavers did fantastically well in their first set of public exams, having not sat GCSEs in 2020, with 55% graded A or A*, 23% graded A*.  Woldingham students did particularly well in French and Spanish where all students received an A*.

This outstanding set of results ensured that most Upper Sixth leavers secured a place at their first-choice university. Two students are starting at the University of Cambridge this year and one is going to the University of Oxford. Once again, the University of Exeter was the most popular choice for Woldingham students, with seven students starting there this autumn. Other popular UK destinations included Durham, Bristol, UCL, Edinburgh and Bath. As always, the range of university subjects is diverse from neuroscience to HSPS (human, social and political sciences) and from fashion management to French and Spanish.

An increased number of students applied to institutions overseas, securing places at prestigious universities, including Parsons School of Design in New York, NYU, Pomona College in California, the University of Toronto and Flinders University, Australia. One student chose to follow the degree apprenticeship route with Thales and the University of Warwick.

At GCSE, 33% of all grades were at 9, 57% were 9-8, and 78% were 9-7, the equivalent of A* to A. Six students received at least 10 grade 9s.  The grades achieved in all three of the sciences - chemistry, biology, physics – as well as in English language and French were particularly impressive.

We were also delighted with our EPQ results - 11 A*s, 11 As and 7 B. The Extended Project Qualification is an option in Woldingham's Sixth Form additional curriculum and helps students develop many transferrable skills that will stand them in good stead at university. Diverse project topics included elephant consciousness, a film script about amnesia and an evaluation of cancer models.

Dr James Whitehead said, “I am so very proud of our students and their achievements, made possible through their hard work and diligence, as well as by the excellent teaching and support from colleagues across Woldingham.”

Click here to see a map showing leavers’ destinations 2020-2022.

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