13th August 2020 — In a year when the global pandemic caused the cancellation of public examinations for GCSE and A Level students, Bishop’s Stortford College is delighted to report that the vast majority of their Upper Sixth have gained places at a university of their choice. Almost 50% of grades awarded were A*-A and just under 80% were awarded A*-B, with a 100% pass rate in spite of a large number of grades being lower than the College had predicted. All the College Oxbridge candidates have confirmed their places. 30 students achieved 3 or more A*/A grades.
This year, 34 students also took an Extended Project Qualification**, the highest number to undertake the additional qualification to date with 35% of grades being awards A*, 76% A*-A and 88% A*-B.
These students, instead of preparing for and sitting their A Levels spent the Summer Term undertaking an intensive preparation course for university. They attended university style seminars on undergraduate material, upskilled their research, IT and presentation skills and completed in-depth research investigations on a topic studied in their course. They engaged in a style of learning more usually found in higher education and will be well equipped to make the most of their first terms at University come the autumn. A leading Cambridge University professor was extremely impressed with the programme provided and suggested that the research skills gained by Bishop’s Stortford College students were ideal preparation for University.
Of those going onto University, many will be going to top ranked universities including Oxbridge, Cardiff, Durham, York, Warwick, Edinburgh, Bristol, UCL, Imperial College and Exeter to undertake courses as diverse as Law, Medicine, Civil Engineering, Fine Art and Business with Marketing.