13th August 2020 — Year 13 pupils at University College School in Hampstead had broken all school records when they took their GCSE exams back in 2018. Back then, a remarkable 73 pupils received straight A/A* grades and the performance of pupils in STEM subjects was particularly strong. This academic year, as sixth formers, they secured a new high-tide mark in the number of offers received from Oxford and Cambridge.
The A-Level results released today at UCS were, of course, allocated according to a centralised algorithm that adjusted centre-assessed grades by rank. Headmaster Mark Beard commented, “A large number of our pupils are delighted with their results and we congratulate them on their achievements. Frustratingly, a number have not been given grades by the exam boards which reflect either their abilities or their impressive work during their courses. Our staff are currently working hard to support these pupils with their appeals and advising them regarding their university applications.”
Over 80% of UCS pupils have places at one of their top choice universities, including those studying Maths, History, History of Art and Physics at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group institutions. Applicants to study Medicine from were equally successful. Every year, a number of UCS pupils decide to pursue their post-18 study abroad. Supported by UCS’s long-established SAT preparation course, the USA remains a popular destination and this year’s leavers will be taking up places at illustrious institutions such as Chicago, University of Southern California and Cornell.
Mark Beard concluded, “The situation regarding grade allocation is uncertain and we will be doing all we can to ensure every UCS pupil receives the grades they deserve.”