16th August 2019 — 85% of grades achieved were A* - B grades
62% of grades achieved were A* / A grades
28% of all grades achieved were A* grades
93% of grades achieved were A*- C grades
Students at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead are again celebrating impressive A level results this year. 85% of all grades achieved were A*- B and the percentage of A* grades awarded (28%) is the second highest that the School has achieved. Such continued excellence is reassuring as schools in the UK face a particularly challenging environment at the moment. A Level reforms and disruption amongst University admissions departments have required the staff and students of Freemen's to adapt in order to maintain our high standards. We are proud of the fact we have done so without compromising the holistic education which is so important to the School.
“This year group was exceptionally hard-working and very much deserve their successes,” suggested Headmaster Roland Martin. “We should like to congratulate our students here not only on their impressive A level results, but also for the difference their contributions have made at Freemen’s. We believe in an holistic education and we have been fortunate with the leavers of 2019 that many of them have been so keen to develop through the opportunities here outside of the classroom – so important as they prepare for life beyond school – as well as maximising their intellectual potential inside the classroom. It is very much a team effort here at Freemen’s and well-motivated students are supported by excellent teachers; committed non-teaching staff; dedicated coaches and peripatetic music staff and supportive parents: it’s a winning combination.
The educational context is worth noting: we are now firmly in the realm of linear A levels and the press has been vocal about the ‘tougher’ nature of these papers; both our staff and our students have responded well to the challenges that the new examinations have brought. I hope that we have prepared our leavers for bright and successful futures and we wish them every success.”
Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School, commented, “An enormous amount of graft goes into preparing for these examinations and the students, staff and parents should be very proud of their considerable achievements. It is a great pleasure to be starting my Chairmanship at such an exciting time for the School and the visionary Sixth Form facility which is now being developed in the Main House here at Freemen’s will ensure that students in the Sixth Form will have the best education possible.
The City of London Corporation is committed to providing access to world-class education and learning opportunities and I am grateful to the Headmaster and his dedicated staff for the commitment that they show in supporting students at Freemen’s.
I hope the leavers will be able to make the most of the experience that they have had during their time at Freemen’s and that they will stay in touch with this special School. They have set a fantastic standard for what can be achieved in the future.”