Exam results reflect hard work and resilience

by | Aug 12, 2021 | Ackworth School, Senior School

Ackworth School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its pupils in their GCSEs, A Levels and other qualifications this summer.

It has been a difficult year with many disruptions and their grades are a reflection of all the hard work they did and the support given to them by their teachers and parents.

As a non-selective school, it is rewarding to see Ackworth students being offered places at some of the UK’s most competitive institutions. Two pupils have secured places at the University of Cambridge, and most pupils secured first choices at Russell Group universities. Among these are international students who came to Ackworth to help propel them into their chosen paths of study.

Anton Maree, Head of Ackworth School said, “We are all proud of all the commitment and effort our pupils displayed this year despite the difficult circumstances. Some of our international pupils had not been home since August 2020 and they deserve our respect and admiration. Our teachers worked tirelessly to ensure that all of our pupils were able to progress onto further education and the next stage of their lives, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.”

Our A-level candidates achieved: 

  • A*-A42.2%
  • A*-B56.9%
  • A*-C – 75.0%
  • A*-E94.0%

Our GCSE candidates achieved:

  • 9-8 (A* ) 30.4%
  • 9-7 (A*-A ) 48.2%
  • 9-6 (A*-B)64.9%
  • 9-5 (A*-B) 79.3%
  • 9-4 (A*-C)93.2%

Following the cancellation of exams for the second successive year, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard, which were then approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.

“We maintained our proud record of being a school with excellent value-added,” said Anton. “Our results at both GCSE and A level are in keeping with those of previous years.”

Alexandra Collingwood, Head of Sixth Form said, “We cannot underestimate the fantastic achievements of this cohort. They have worked tirelessly to achieve the grades awarded. We are confident this assessment season will stand them in good stead as they move forward on their educational journey.”

Dan Jones, Head of Fourth and Fifth Forms said, “I am proud of how these pupils have demonstrated resilience and adaptability over two unprecedented years, learning new skills – particularly in digital learning – that will provide excellent foundations as they enter the next phase.”

Digital innovation and investment have been a core focus of Ackworth School since before the pandemic. The implementation of iPads for every pupil in the senior school has been a key factor in the school’s success in ensuring uninterrupted learning during lockdowns.