John Kyrle’s record of exceptional performance at A level continued this year with over 60% of grades awarded at A*- B, 84% at A*-C and an overall pass rate of 99.7%. Of the 143 students who sat exams, almost 30% of all grades were A*-A. The performance of students is even more impressive given the increasingly rigorous demands placed upon the qualification and the huge amount of variability in results seen nationally. Most students sat the more challenging reformed A levels. These are graded solely on exams taken at the end of the two-year course. Previous performance at AS level is not considered and there is far less coursework.
Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, said the emphasis the school has upon academic excellence was borne out by these results and commended his students, their families, his staff and trustees for all their hard work and support. Those departments who performed particularly highly in terms of the top grades included Mathematics, English, Computer Science, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Ethics, Art, Sociology, Geology and Design Technology. Click here to read more. Mr Griffiths said, “In addition to excelling at A Level, our students participated in the full range of school life. They were involved in music, drama, sport and fund-raising as well as being subject ambassadors working with younger students in Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Sport and Literacy. Several students who collected their results today had returned recently from visiting John Kyrle’s partner school, Kisiki College in Uganda.” Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, Rob Wallace, is delighted that these excellent results enabled students to pursue a range of courses at Universities and Colleges across the UK. He said that there were very many excellent overall performances which have allowed all students, including disadvantaged, to progress. Some of these include:
Head Boy, Jack Parker, is going to Warwick to study English Literature; Head Girl, Bryony Wood, Bournemouth, Model Making; Theodore Beech, Aerospace Engineering, Bristol; Ella Boyce, nursing, Southampton; James Boyd, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Sheffield; Imogen Croad, Chemistry, Nottingham; James Gough, Computer Science, Swansea; Thomas Goulding, Mathematics, Bath; Tom Green, Geology, Leicester; Freddie Hemingway, Geography, Birmingham; Chloe Irving, Political and International Studies, Warwick; Jack Parnell, Apprenticeship, Defence Industry; Olivia Philp, Psychology, UCL; Stanley Piper, Psychology, Manchester; Renee Pritchard, Paramedic Science, Worcester; Olivia Reed, Nursing, Cardiff; Joseph Robins, Biology, Bristol; Ed Ross, MFL, Durham; Apollonia Walsh, Radiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam; Nina Warren, History and Politics, Oxford; Alice Wilson, Classics, Oxford. Mr Wallace said, “The overwhelming majority of our students have gained places at their first choice of university. Others move on to training and employment opportunities. It is a great satisfaction for staff at the school to have played a part in helping students progress to their chosen next stage.”
Nigel Griffiths was delighted with high performance across the full range of subjects offered at John Kyrle. He was also very pleased at the success of those students who had joined John Kyrle’s Sixth Form from other schools. Mr Griffiths noted that these results, which do not include General Studies, matched those from last year when the school was placed in the top 4% of schools/colleges nationally. He said that this summer’s performance, endorsed further the continued view of Ofsted that, together with Leadership and Student Behaviour, the Sixth Form at John Kyrle is Outstanding. Chair of Trustees, Karen Frost, said, “John Kyrle High School’s A level results continue to impress. We offer high-quality education to students wishing to achieve their A levels before they progress into the ‘world of work’ or into Higher Education. Congratulations to our students and parents/carers who deserve these excellent results. And a big ‘thanks’ from all JKHS trustees to the teachers and support staff who put in so much dedicated time supporting every student. Another very good year with plenty to celebrate.”