A-level results: Claremont sees ‘significant rises’ in in top grades

Claremont Senior School is celebrating the success of its 2020 graduating class following the publication of this year’s A-level results.

Friday, 14th August 2020, 4:36 pm
Claremont students. Picture by Stephen Bates SUS-200814-163251001

Despite the uncertainties surrounding the awarding system this year, the school said it managed to see significant rises in its A-level performance, with close to two thirds (66 per cent) of results graded between A* and B.

Ed Dickie, the head of the Senior School, said: “It has been a very difficult six months for these students since their schooling came to an end so abruptly on March 21.

“I am thrilled that so many of them have seen their efforts in the Sixth Form rewarded.”

The school added that its performance was all the more remarkable given that, like many schools across the country, they saw teacher predictions downgraded in a number of subjects.

There have been notable performances from across the cohort and the vast majority of students have been able to access their first choice for university, Claremont said.

Emily Winter’s A*A*A will allow her to study medicine at the University of Kent while Jake and Jackson Li both achieved A*AA grades in maths, physics and further maths allowing them to access maths and engineering courses at Edinburgh and Bristol University respectively.

Mr Dickie added: “Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this year’s results has been the performance of students who have been within the Claremont family for many years.

“Students such as Maya Ostle, who achieved A*AA in drama, English literature and French, and Charlie Farrant, who will study biotechnology at Edinburgh, have developed as individuals and academics at the school and we are hugely proud of their achievements.”

Matt Constable and Tabby Wylie both achieved double starred distinctions in BTEC Sports Science, while all fine artists were graded at B or above.

Claremont’s Drama, Dance and Music department celebrated the opening of its performing arts centre with very strong results indeed, most notably in dance which was introduced to the curriculum this year.

Mr Dickie added: “It is easy to forget that the Senior School will be celebrating only its 10-year anniversary next year.

“In a very short time, Claremont has built up a reputation for allowing individuals to flourish, regardless of where their talents lie.

“We have built the foundations for academic, artistic and sporting excellence. It has not always been easy, but the students are now reaping the rewards.

“The next 10 years will be very exciting indeed for the whole Claremont community and these results are an indication of the significant progress being made.”

Giles Perrin, the school’s principal, said: “Our aim is a simple one - to ensure that young people have the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, be themselves and be equipped to make good decisions in a complicated world.

“Our Sixth Form is the ultimate manifestation of this aspiration and we are delighted that, in these most difficult of times, the school continues to deliver.

“All the indications are that next year’s cohort will also flourish, benefiting from an outstanding online School Without Buildings programme that has allowed learning to continue across both the Prep and Senior School in the past six months.”

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