King’s Ely students celebrate A Level success

August 13, 2020

King’s Ely Sixth Form students are celebrating an excellent set of A Level results this year, with almost half of all grades achieved being A*s and As.

In what has been a unique and challenging year to say the least, King’s Ely is delighted to report that 16 per cent of all A Level grades are A*, 42 per cent of results are A*-A and 65 per cent of grades are A* to B. 85 per cent of results are A* to C and the overall A*-E pass rate is 99.6 per cent.

The results will see students taking up places at universities and institutions across the world in subjects as diverse as Computer Science to Fine Art and Criminology to Journalism.

Jonathan Shaw, Head of King’s Ely Senior, said: “We are pleased that the majority of our centre-assessed subject grades were accepted and unchanged by the exam board, recognising the hard work of our students and the expertise of their teachers. King’s Ely is consistently ranked by the Department for Education as one of the best schools in Cambridgeshire for value-added when it comes to A Level results.

“Owing to the way grades have been calculated by the exam boards this year, among the successes there are also some candidates whose grade calculations have been very difficult to understand. We are working with them to ensure their true attainment is understood by their chosen universities and reflected through the appeal system. As such, we can expect the school’s overall results to change over the next few weeks to show further improvement over previous years.”

John Attwater, Principal of King’s Ely, said: “I am very proud indeed of our Upper Sixth leavers this year, and glad that their achievements have been recognised in so many cases by their universities of choice. This cohort have contributed a huge amount to the King’s community over the years and they have faced this difficult last few months with integrity, grace and good humour; we thank them for everything they have done and wish them well for what we know will be very bright futures in the next stage of their studies and beyond.”