Students achieved an excellent set of A Level results this year, with 80 per cent of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.
Sixth Formers experienced major changes to A Levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout their courses. Yet they scooped 44 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 80 per cent at A*-B.
We have been working with some of the most significant reforms in decades, so we’re all delighted with these results, which show just how hard our students and staff have worked. The vast majority of our leaving Sixth Formers has achieved the grades they needed for further studies and we wish them all continued success in the next stage of their academic careers.
Almost 40 per cent of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects. Four pupils achieved outstanding results of three or more A* or equivalent grades: Jordan Corbett; Saskia Hogan; George Pettifer; and Joshua Wilkinson.
Students also performed well in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), with nearly 20 per cent achieving the top grade of an A*, and 90 per cent achieving A*-C
Cranleigh is now one of the largest centres for the Extended Project Qualification with over 200 students in the Upper and Lower Sixth embarking on this the fastest growing qualification in the country and highly valued by universities who recognise how well it prepares students for the independent approaches to study required in higher education. Nearly 200 students in the Sixth Form now take the EPQ in addition to three A Levels.
What is particularly pleasing about the success of the EPQ is the number of students relishing the opportunity to explore practical projects, making films, writing and directing plays, refurbishing motorbikes, designing eco-houses, producing photographic brochures, to name just a few. Whilst the results are excellent, so much of the value lies in the process, making the Sixth Form a more academically enriching experience.
Our leaving cohort has not only performed at the highest levels academically but have achieved huge success on the sports pitches, in the music studios and on the stage. The girls were national Indoor and Outdoor Hockey Champions in 2016 and National Indoor Champions in 2018. The boys were Rosslyn Park National Sevens Champions in 2017 and Runners Up in 2018. Ten pupils achieved international honours in their chosen sports and one girl achieved the highest marks in the country for her grade 8 music examination.
These results show yet again that young people can succeed academically without a narrow focus on the classroom to the detriment of their development in other areas. We wish them all the very best of futures in their chosen fields.