KING’S Ely is celebrating an excellent set of A Level results, with a third of all grades achieved being A* and As.
14 per cent of A Level grades this year were A*, 34 per cent of results achieved were A* or A, 58 per cent of grades were A* to B, 82 per cent were grades A* to C and 99 per cent of all students achieved A* to E grades.
Sue Freestone, who retires as Principal of King’s Ely this month after 15 years at the helm, said: “Once again, many of our students have done themselves proud this summer. Not only do we celebrate those who have earned As and A*s but all of our students who have achieved above predictions and even their own expectations to equip themselves to move on to the next steps in their journeys through life. We congratulate them, their parents who have supported them and the staff who have taught and guided them over the years.”
Students who achieved all A* and A grades were Maria Campbell (A*, A*, A), Tobias Dunlop Brown (A*, A, A), Rebecca Garrett (A, A, A), Ella Greening (A*, A*), Felix Hawes (A*, A*, A*), Holly Lancaster (A*, A*, A), Annabel McCraith (A*, A*, A*), Jenna Richards (A*, A, A), Sam Wege (A*, A, A) and Jing Yan (A*, A*, A*).
Maria, Rebecca, Felix and Holly also took the Extended Project Qualification, achieving A* and A grades here as well.
Felix, who was Head of School this year, has been a student at King’s Ely for 13 years as he joined in Reception. He is off to the University of Nottingham to study Politics after achieving A*s in Government and Politics, History and Religious Studies.
Felix said: “I am excited for university but I am so sad to be leaving King’s Ely. The support I have been given over the years has been second to none, particularly during my A Levels, and my grades are massively down to the guidance and support of my teachers and the Sixth Form staff team. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that I had achieved three A*s – I kept refreshing my computer screen!”
Despite significant commitments with Rowing training and competitions, Rebecca Garrett, who joined King’s Ely in Year 7, achieved As in Chemistry, Biology and Maths. She is heading to the University of Leeds to study Medicine after taking a gap year. Friend Holly Lancaster, a student at King’s Ely since Reception and who has rowed for Great Britain, is off to the University of Newcastle to study History after achieving A*s in History and Spanish and an A in Maths.
Holly said: “I’m delighted with my grades. It’s been difficult juggling everything sometimes as King’s Ely is such a busy school with so many opportunities, but I did it.”
King’s Ely’s Textiles, Photography and Spanish departments achieved all A* and A grades this year and the school’s French, Latin, Drama and Classical Civilisation departments achieved all A* to B grades.
Jane Thomas, Vice Principal Academic at King’s Ely, said: “Our A Level students have achieved some fantastic results again this year; grades which they should be very proud of indeed. Sixth Formers at King’s Ely have consistently gained places at their first choice university or institution over many years, with a large number each year going on to study at Russell Group universities. However, we do not believe that success solely comes in the form of academic grades. We are proud of all of our students’ achievements, whatever their subjects and passions.”