Year 13 A Level results
As I look out of Lattergate on the morning of the A Level/Pre-U results for last year’s Leavers, it seems just yesterday that this talented, cohesive and very participative group of 6as were fully engaged in the events of King’s Week 2017, in our Quads and Courts. They have added a really good academic performance to the broad brush of their contribution over the last five years. The high grades deserve fulsome praise, but they also reflect the excellent teaching and careful preparation of my colleagues, for whom today is also the day when their endeavours find their reward. The variety and multiplicity of interests and achievements across such a promising group of 200 or so young people emphasise that percentages, paper grades and numbers do not reflect the true nature of the educational and wider achievement and development of these recent Leavers. Finally, for many colleagues, the real pleasure as a teacher comes from the way Ds and Cs become B grades – through supportive tutoring and the application of expert advice – Peter Roberts, Headmaster
The excellent year group of 2017 leavers achieved strong sets of A level and Pre-U results, including a rise in the number of A*s (and the equivalent top Pre-U grades) to the highest level since the A* was introduced. The proportion of A and B grades was also the highest in four years. Over 72% of Pre-U grades were at Distinction level. All this has been achieved at a time of significant A level reform: six A level and five Pre-U subjects were examined in a linear way this summer – rather than in modules, allowing re-takes. From a group of 190 pupils nine achieved four A* grades at A level with a further eleven pupils achieving three A* or equivalent grades at A level and Pre-U. The vast majority have achieved their university offers and we are delighted with the results of this talented group who have contributed so much to the life of the school over the last five years. We also congratulate their teachers at King’s for their superlative work in preparing pupils for the examinations, and appreciate the support that was provided by the whole of the community here – Luke Bartlett, Deputy Head (Academic)
Year 11 GCSEs/IGCSEs results
The Fifth Form rounded off a strong performance in academic, musical, and sporty terms during their time in the Junior and Middle Schools with a very strong set of I/GCSE results. The national picture of a decline in grades achieved does not appear to have affected this talented year group as they confidently enter the King’s Sixth Form. The Headmaster, Peter Roberts, congratulated the pupils on their intelligent approach to study and their resilience in what is always a testing and gruelling process – particularly for those taking 11+ subjects. He also commented that the key element behind an analysis of the individual paper grades is the excellent value added colleagues at King’s have brought by their expert tuition and dedicated teaching.
Destination of Leavers 2017 – This year saw 200 university applications, including 25 OKS. 93% achieved the places they wanted with 70% achieving their first choice university, 17% their insurance choice and 6% securing a good clearing place. A further 7% have chosen to re-apply for 2018, most of whom turned down university places in favour of a Gap Year. 10 out of our 12 medical applicants were successful. 1 is retaking/reapplying and the other has accepted an offer from Leeds to study Genetics. Our 2 Dentists and 1 Speech Therapist were also successful. 12 applicants made successful Oxbridge applications. The most popular destinations are: UCL (19 applicants); Durham (13); Oxbridge (12); Exeter (12); Edinburgh (11); Bristol (10); Newcastle (8); Oxford Brookes (7); KCL (6); Leeds (6); York (6); Warwick (5); LSE (5); Nottingham (5); Cardiff (5); St Andrews (4); Bath (4); Imperial (4); East Anglia (3). In addition we have 8 pupils with offers from American Universities such as Stanford, Santa Barbara, NYU (with a scholarship), UCLA, University of Southern California, Berklee College of Music, UPenn, Carnegie Mellon, George Washington, Emory, Case Western Reserve, UNC – Chapel Hill.