Outstanding A Level Results

There has been great cause for celebration today as our A level students received an outstanding set of results. For Clifton High this has been an extremely important day as these are the first set of results for pupils who have been educated since we became fully co-educational and adopted the Diamond Model of education in 2009. For CHS the results have been worth waiting for.

Dr Alison Neill, Head of School says “Our A level results today reflect the brilliance of our school, our ethos and of course our students”

26% of students achieved all A* or A grades
80% of grades achieved were at B or above
70% of grades at A* and A in Mathematics and the Sciences were achieved by female students
87% of students in Modern and Classical languages achieved A* or A
60% of grades achieved by male students were A* or A

Across all our students, 58% of grades were better than predicted on entry into sixth form (based on ALIS predictions for A level; an external assessment by the University of Durham), demonstrating the quality of teaching and superb levels of support they have received at CHS

An impressive 80% of students will go onto Russell Group Universities

Dr Alison Neill, Head of School goes on to say “This is an extremely important day for Clifton High School. The young men and women, their parents, our staff and governors have shown trust in and loyalty to CHS on our journey over the last six years. Today’s results are testament to the hard work determination of all and the vision of our school. Not only have our students achieved an outstanding set of qualifications but through our unique approach to co-education have had learning and social experiences which give them distinct advantages as they move into universities and eventually into the broader world of work where males and females interact and engage daily”

As expected, our results have been particularly impressive in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and the three sciences – Physics, Chemistry and Biology - as we continue to forge a reputation for having an outstanding Science and Mathematics provision, with inspiring female and male teachers as superb role models. While many “experts” suggest that girls are not entering these subjects or that boys and girls don’t work well together in these areas we have bucked that trend and proved the dissenting voices wrong. Almost 45% of Clifton High’s Sixth Form students took Mathematics this year and almost 20% sat Further Mathematics. We are also one of the few schools that is committed to teaching the three sciences separately throughout the Senior School , from Year 7 and above with around 30% of the Sixth Form taking Physics, 28% Chemistry and 41% Biology.

Dr Alison Neill continues “The success of our young men and women in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and the three sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Biology has been, quite simply, outstanding. In particular our female mathematicians and scientists have swept the board achieving 70% of the A* or A grades. There is no doubt that these young men and women will sit confidently with their fellow mathematicians and scientists in prestigious universities in the UK and abroad. We will continue to keep in contact with them and will watch their future successes with much interest”.

The school has also achieved excellence across all other subjects particularly in Modern and Classical Languages. Students with particular cause for celebration today are Kimiya Bagheri, Ellie Hammond and Katie Gardner who all received straight A* grades. Kimiya achieved A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. Ellie achieved A* grades in History, Biology and English and Katie Gardner achieved A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Further Mathematics. She was also awarded a distinction in the Advanced Extension Award in Mathematics and a 1 in the Cambridge Assessment STEP Mathematics paper.

A predicted 80% of our students will go on to Russell Group universities including Oxbridge, studying a variety of subjects such as Medicine, Modern Languages, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Archaeology and Anthropology, Architecture and Accounting and Finance.

Alongside their academic achievements and through our philosophy of “realising individual brilliance” CHS students have been encouraged and nurtured to explore numerous other talents. Through these experiences and the successes they have achieved on the pitch, in the theatre, in art studios or in music, Clifton High School will have equipped them well with both hard and soft skills to benefit them throughout life.

We congratulate them and wish them well.