This morning, our Sixth Form students celebrated outstanding success in today’s A level results, marking another year of impressive personal achievements.
Over 40% of the awarded grades were A or A*; an overall improvement that builds on last year’s successes and far surpasses the national average. These results exemplify the hard work, drive and ambition of this accomplished group of individuals, and the staff and the wider School community send our sincere and warmest congratulations to each of them.
Significant achievements were seen overall with A* to C results increasing to 85%. Our students achieved notable success in particular in Art, Chemistry, German, Music, Latin and Textiles with 100% of grades at A* – B grades. Those studying Humanities subjects including Drama, English and Spanish, all achieved A* to C grades. This demonstrates the consistently high performance in STEM subjects, matched this year by the Humanities.
In addition, 50% of those who undertook the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), a course worth the equivalent of half an A level and highly valued by universities, received A* - A grades. It has been an exceptional performance all round.
As a School, we firmly believe that to deliver a meaningful education there must be an emphasis on the development of the whole person where emotional and social competencies are as important as knowledge and academic qualifications. The breadth of A level subjects offered at Clifton High and the option to study an additional EPQ coupled with the range of extra-curricular activities on offer has enabled our students to broaden their interests and discover their passions. This is epitomised by our talented Class of 2019, who have studied a more diverse group of A level subjects than ever before and who were impressively thorough in their research of degree courses, paying particular attention to the quality of teaching and learning at the institutions. They will now go on to read a broad selection of degree courses, ranging from the traditional such as Medicine and Architecture to pure disciplines such as English and Modern Languages and the more contemporary including Technical Theatre, Criminology and International Relations.
Through embracing the additional activities and experiences offered at Clifton High, each one has established their own individual skillset and personal qualities to enrich both the School and the wider community. Volunteering hours of their time to charity projects, gaining an understanding of the world of business through Young Enterprise, challenging themselves on Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold expeditions and World Challenge; each has developed an astute social conscience and appreciation of privilege that will serve themselves and others well in the future.
Dr Alison Neill, Head of School, said: “These wonderful young people leave Clifton High with strong academic qualifications and a raft of skills and prized character traits; integrity, honesty, respect and confidence, all of which are key predictors of future success. The staff and I wish them good health, happiness and every deserved success navigating the complex challenges that modern life presents. We will miss each one of them enormously.”