16th August 2019 — The 2019 cohort of Sixth Formers collecting their results today can be proud. Not only have they been crowned National Lacrosse champions, reached the National Netball finals, been ranked the 10th best Rugby team by the SOCS Daily Mail Trophy Merit Table, collected 61 DofE Gold Awards (so far) and helped to raise £61,000 for charity in their final year, they discovered today that they have also achieved higher grades in greater numbers than in recent years.
Exam results represent only one aspect of this leaving year group’s remarkable achievements: they brought great enthusiasm and commitment to school life whether inside or outside the classroom. Throughout their time in Sixth Form this group of students endeavoured to experience it all.
Mr Martin Walker, Headteacher of Berkhamsted Sixth commented that “Developing remarkable life skills as part of each student’s personal development beyond academic attainment is key to School life at Berkhamsted; this year’s leavers have certainly achieved above and beyond with record breaking results in addition to their other significant successes.”
This year’s Head Boy, Joe Beadle, completed his LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London) diploma in Piano Performance – recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as the equivalent to an honours degree.
His fellow student, Emily Noithip achieved her Diploma award, which the Royal Schools of Music place two levels above Grade 8 and is normally attempted by students of at least university age and experience.
Many students also took time from their studies to help in the Berkhamsted Community and fulfil the School’s value of ‘Serving Others’. Students dedicated time over the year to support local and national charitable causes including St Francis Hospice, Light Up A Life, Save The Children, Sunnyside Rural Trust and working in the Open Door Community Café. This altruistic service carried out by the students in collaboration with their Senior School classmates raised a staggering £61,000 for charity.
Mr Richard Backhouse, Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group stated “I am happy to be able to share today not only our results but a full picture of the achievements of our students. We believe that today’s academic results show only one element of the educational development of our pupils and whilst it is important to celebrate the academic achievements, these should be in addition to the results of hard work and effort in other areas of our pupils’ lives already achieved throughout the year. A pupil’s character is developed through exposure to a broad range of experiences, and importantly learning from success or failure on their journey to developing into a truly remarkable person.”
He continued “With many accomplishments under each of their belts and a record-breaking set of results, this year’s Sixth Formers look set for a bright future, whether they follow previous alumni to university in the UK or the US; into a gap year experience or onto an apprenticeship scheme. Berkhamsted is very proud today of its new generation of Old Berkhamstedians.“