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A levels 2020

A-level success!

Date Published:
Thursday 13 August 2020

As students received their A Level grades this morning, Teesdale Sixth Form is once again celebrating outstanding achievement and some superb individual results.

Despite the unprecedented global situation and national uncertainty surrounding results our students did exceptionally well with an overall pass rate of 99.1%. The percentage of grades awarded at A* and A is 36%, with 35% of students achieving at least AAB in their A level subjects.

The overwhelming majority of students will now move on to study at their first-choice university with 62% beginning their undergraduate life at the most prestigious Russell Group universities.

We once again celebrate some outstanding individual performances. Sam Arundel, Jake Knight and Cal Baker achieved A*s in all of their subjects. Jake, did so in four A Levels which is a superb achievement. He and Sam will move on to Cambridge University to study engineering and natural sciences, respectively. Cal was offered a place at Cambridge to read English literature but has instead opted to study at Edinburgh University.

Will Wood achieved two A*s and an A, Alice Lawson got three A*s and an A, and Helen Piercy-Mycock and Ethan Rawlins each attained two A*s and two A grades.

Head of Sixth Form, Dr Simon Henderson, said: 

“We are delighted with the many success stories of the students who worked diligently right up until the point that the school year ended for them. It is this effort and determination each day throughout their time in sixth form that we celebrate and recognise. They are a real credit to the school and the community that they represent.

"We are immensely proud of all of our students who have had their time in sixth form forever shaped by the consequences of the pandemic. Their Year 13 studies were abruptly ended with only twenty-four hours’ notice and they had the opportunity to sit the exams they had been working so hard towards taken away in unprecedented circumstances. The national uncertainty about how results were to be calculated and the continued fluidity of the situation have been unsettling for students and their parents.

"What we celebrate today is something more than a grade in an envelope. We celebrate the people that our students are and the value and inspiration they brought to the school and wider community. Their intellect, talent, kindness and generosity of spirit are what makes them special as individuals and a cohort. We know that they will go on to have a significant and positive impact on the lives of those around them, both near and far, in the best traditions of our sixth form graduates."

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