Tuesday, 28 March, 2017


A Level Results, August 2016

27 students sat A Level exams in Year 13 this year spanning over 20 subjects;

– 20% of grades were awarded at A* (national average in 2015 for
comparison: 8.2%);
– 38% A and A* (national average in August 2015 for comparison: 25.9%);
– 99% A* – E (national average in August 2015 for comparison: 98.1%).

I am extremely pleased to note that the highest 38% of A Level grades (i.e. A*/A) greatly surpassed last year’s figure of 32%.

Thetford Grammar School’s top performers: 6 Sixth Form students scored at least 3 A Levels at A */A grades or better:

Thomas Dennis – A* Chemistry, A* Further Mathematics, A* Mathematics, A Biology (AS). Thomas is going on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath.
Omar El Oakley – A Biology, A* Chemistry, A* Mathematics, A* Physics. Omar is gaining experience as a personal support worker before applying for Medicine next year.
Robert Heighton – A* Chemistry, A Further Mathematics, A* Mathematics, A* Physics. Robert is moving on to study Physics at Durham University.
Emma Ruddy – A* Biology, A* Chemistry, A Mathematics, A* EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Emma will be studying Chemistry, also at Durham University.
Patrick Davis – A Business Studies, A* ICT, A English Literature. Patrick will be moving onto Bournemouth University to study Business Information Technology.
Holly Simpson – A Chemistry, A French, B Geography, A Mathematics. Holly will be studying Economics with French, also at Durham University.

The Mathematics department scored particularly highly with 80% of students scoring at least A* or A. PE was a very impressive 100% achieving at least A* or A grade. In Fine Art and Photography 75% of grades were at A* to B, and in Biology, Chemistry and Physics the department was rewarded with 74% A* to B grades. French was very positive at 67% A* to B. English and ICT achieved a very respectable 100% A* to C.

Our AS results were more varied than last year. This seems to follow a national trend with the significant changes this year to examinations in Year 12 and 13 and the uncoupling of AS and A2 assessments.

Our highest achieving pupil was Clemency Wood, who scored an impressive A Textiles, A Biology and A in Geography.
As the Headmaster of one of the oldest schools in the country, I am exceptionally pleased for our departing students and, of course, their families. This is a real testament to our young people’s determination and hard work, and the dedication and commitment of all our staff. I am mindful that these students lead rich and fulfilling lives: their academic success comes alongside many notable achievements in music, sport, the creative arts and community involvement. Moreover, I am delighted that the vast majority of our students performed exceptionally well in their examinations and have gone on to achieve their university offers. Many of our youngsters are off to their first choice of university, once again, a tribute to their hard work and the excellent teaching standard which they receive here at Thetford Grammar School. A major factor in the success of all subjects this year stems from our favourable teacher/pupil ratios, small class sizes, tracking systems, close monitoring and intervention processes guided by our strong pastoral and academic team.

All of our students, regardless of their ability or aspirations, have made well informed choices about their futures, and I wish every one of them very successful futures.

Mark S. Bedford

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