KING’S Ely’s hardworking and resilient Year 13 students have achieved a fantastic set of A Level grades.

Following what has been a challenging 18 months for everyone involved in education, whether learning or teaching, our A Level pupils have plenty of reasons to celebrate this morning (August 10th).

Of the 89 students, 38 have scored the top A and A* grades in all of their subjects; over two-thirds of grades were A*-A overall and almost 90% are A*-B, meaning 96% of students have secured a place at their first choice university or institution.

The results will see students taking up places at universities and institutions across the world in subjects as diverse as Economics to Architecture and Linguistics to Sport Science.

Jonathan Shaw, Head of King’s Ely Senior, said: “Our Year 13s were one of the highest achieving cohorts at GCSE and, as such, we always expected a strong performance from them at A Level.

“We are delighted for our pupils, who have achieved some outstanding results. All schools have faced numerous challenges and obstacles over the last 18 months and these results reflect the hard work and dedication of both the pupils and their teachers.

“Whilst exams were not sat in the traditional manner, they underwent a rigorous set of assessments to determine their grades. These excellent results are extremely well-deserved.”

John Attwater, Principal of King’s Ely, said: “Through the pandemic much was said about the Class of 2021 being a lost COVID generation of students. Their achievements today nationwide show that this is anything but the case. In fact, because of the adaptability, self-motivation, resourcefulness and initiative they have had to show to continue their studies through unprecedented times and uncertainty during their courses, they are probably better prepared for the discipline of university study than many generations before them.

“This reinforces to me that, even in normal times, an off-the peg experience of exam preparation does Sixth Form students no favours in the long run and indeed radically underuses and under-develops the capabilities and skills they will need later on. And it is why I have every confidence that this generation of King’s Ely Sixth Form students, and those who follow afterwards, will have benefitted from a holistic education full of academic, co-curricular and pastoral leadership opportunities, which brings out these skills and has, I am sure, contributed to our students’ success today.”

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