10 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 News The majority of students at Farnborough Hill have confirmed places at first-choice universities FARNBOROUGH HILL Exam results day like no other A-LEVEL FIASCO LEADS TO CELEBRATION AND REGRET WITH GCSES TO COME of Bristol; and Bella Panzer (geography A, sociology A, English literature B) who will study English literature at the University of Liverpool. Sixth Form students at in Frensham were also celebrating. More than half the cohort have significant learning challenges but the Year 13s beat the national average for A*-C grades at A-level, and for A-level passes. Headteacher Jonathan Hetherington praised the perseverance and hard work of the school’s 40 Upper Sixth students, remarking on the 99% pass rate for A-level and equivalent BTEC qualifications achieved this year, with 28% of certificates being awarded the highest grades of A* to A or the BTEC-equivalent of Distinction* to Distinction. Mr Hetherington said: “In an extremely challenging year, with studies significantly disrupted and so much uncertainty and worry, these results evidence the true capabilities and aspirations of our pupils, testifying to the exceptional dedication and skill of our teachers and specialist therapists, and of all the school’s staff.” By STEPHEN LLOYD the very best in their next steps.” in Camberley, was delighted with its results, with students achieving 48% A*-B at A-level, 40% BTEC Distinction* to Distinction, and, overall, 44% of Year 13 students achieving the top grades. Principal Eden Tanner said: “We are also absolutely delighted with our ALPS (progress) score which is an ‘outstanding 2’ for A-level, which puts us in the top 10% in the country – a fantastic achievement. “I want to congratulate all our students for achieving these excellent results in such unprecedented circumstances and thank our outstanding staff who have provided high quality teaching and excellent support. Almost all students have already received a university offer and we are confident that all students who wish to go will receive an offer through clearing.” Among the star pupils were Alex English (economics A*, maths A*, physics A*, further maths A), who will study computer science at Bath University; Darci Goulty (chemistry A*, maths A*, biology A) who will study biochemistry at the University and accomplishment in the future.” Students at Exeter reading economics, while other top individual performers included Jessica Burton and Shika Desai (two A*s and an A) and Lily Hayes, Abby Hutchings, Isobel Miller and Catherine Turner (A*AA). Overall, 66% of grades were at A* or A, while 86% were A*, A or B. Headteacher Alexandra Neil, said: “I am hugely impressed by the maturity and fortitude shown by our A-level pupils and I am thrilled that the results, in the main, reflect their hard work. However, I cannot help but feel frustrated at the system which has bluntly lowered some of our girls’ grades, with the outcome being a result which has not allowed our girls to prove their ability. “I am hopeful that these anomalies will be rectified so that all girls are fully rewarded and I am confident that the characteristics of resilience and tenacity so beautifully displayed by all will stand them in good stead as they move through university and beyond.” headteacher Paul German said he was “absolutely delighted” with the “superb results” of his Sixth Form students, with more than half (53.2%) of all grades being within the coveted A*-B range and an overall pass rate of 98%. Top performer Oliver Ross got three A*s and an A to secure a place at Oxford University to read mathematics, while Harry Jamfrey and Joshua Potter both gained three A*s. James Linton has earned a place to read medicine at Cardiff University, while Robin Shome will be studying the same subject at Manchester University. Mr German said: “These results demonstrate the commitment to excellence in the school and the sheer talent of our amazing students and staff. The outstanding-rated Sixth Form has performed well at all levels once again. Educational quality is very high and with an inclusive offer that ensures success for all of our students. “I extend my warmest congratulations and thanks to the whole team who have excelled themselves and succeeded in setting our young people well on the way towards success Collingwood College, Farnborough College of Technology n n firstname.lastname@example.org @FleetNandM were invited to the campus one final time to collect certificates and share their experiences with teachers and classmates. College principal Virginia Barrett, said: “We are proud of our students who will have had to work exceptionally hard through these challenging times, with this year’s results having created more anticipation than ever before. During lockdown our students were even more engaged with their studies. “Today’s results are a just reward for their hard work and commitment to the ‘stay home – save lives’ guidelines that were followed so effectively. I would like to remind students receiving their results today, that by adapting to the changes caused by the pandemic they will have achieved more than these results alone. “Over these past few months, they will have been developing a number of valuable skills, from flexibility and self-motivation, to using technology. These we are confident will benefit them strongly in their future careers and endeavours. I wish all students A-LEVEL and GCSE students downgraded by examiners will be given the grades predicted for them by their teacher estimated by their teachers rather than by an algorithm, after a government U-turn. It comes after days of heartache for pupils, many of whom felt they had been cheated by an algorithm. Beleaguered Education Secretary Gavin Williamson apologised to children, saying: “We worked with Ofqual to construct the fairest possible model, but it is clear that the process of allocating grades has resulted in more significant inconsistencies than can be resolved through an appeals process.” Labour leader Keir Starmer said the “screeching U-turn” was a “victory for the thousands of young people who have powerfully made their voices heard this past week”. He added: “However, the Tories’ handling of this situation has been a complete fiasco. Incompetence has become this Government’s watchword, whether that is on schools, testing or care homes.” The U-turn followed uproar after about 40% of last Thursday’s A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual, which used a formula based on schools’ prior grades. In the News & Mail patch, students and staff were praised for their resilience during “an extremely challenging year” as the results came through. More n House School Yateley School n Farnborough Hill girls triumphed once more with the outgoing Head Girl becoming the third in a row to secure a coveted Oxbridge place. Tabitha Minson was one of three students to gain Oxbridge entry this year, with three A* grades earning her a place to study history at Oxford’s Worcester College. Isobel Miller will study French and Italian at Brasenose College, Oxford, thanks to A*AA grades, while Jennifer Dixon’s 3A*s mean she will study veterinary medicine at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Katherine Jackson-Challen also secured three A*s and a place at n There were still plenty of smiles at Yateley School despite the controversy surrounding grading YATELEY SCHOOL PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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