13th August 2020 — Students at The King’s School in Gloucester are today celebrating some of the best A Level results in the school’s long history. The superb results crown a celebratory year in which the school has also commemorated its 50th anniversary of co-education.
Nearly 50 students came in to school for the first time since March to collect their results under social distancing guidelines. Of these results 14% were at A* level, with nearly 50% being either A* or A grades. Nearly 90% of grades were A*-C grade and there was a 100% pass rate overall.
The Headmaster, Mr David Morton, commented, “I am absolutely thrilled that the hard work of our talented Upper Sixth students has been recognised in their wonderful A Level results. This year group has worked very hard over the last two years and of course they faced the challenge of lockdown affecting their final weeks at King’s. Having attained our best-ever GCSE results two years ago, it is no surprise that the students have now performed equally well in their A Levels and BTEC studies. Despite the disruption and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the students have pulled through and I am delighted for them.”
Amongst the greatest individual achievements were:
Sam Lewis and Tallulah di Tomaso, who attained three A* grades each. Several other students achieved all A* and A grades: Tom Kerr, Aman Khan, Will Morgan, Niamh Sharkey, Charlotte Sprason and Alex Wainwright. Scott Jelf achieved D*D*D in his BTEC Sport, equivalent to A*A*A at A Level.
Many students will now enjoy progressing to university, taking gap years or moving directly into employment. The varied university destinations for this year’s leavers from King’s include reading Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham, Maths at Warwick, Early Childhood Studies at Bath Spa and Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan. One student has gained a coveted apprenticeship at St James’ Wealth Management, whilst another will be studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University.
Along with the academic achievements of the year group, the Headmaster, Mr David Morton, also paid tribute to the kindness of the students. “Whilst the coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly define these students’ memories of their final days in school, it was more striking for me that the students achieved something even more impressive despite the challenges they faced. Eight students joined the school catering team to produce over a thousand meals for vulnerable local people during lockdown. Over a dozen students also volunteered to come and support younger pupils in the Junior School once their own studies had ended. Many others volunteered in their local communities to help their neighbours. It is this kindness and thoughtfulness for others which typifies King’s pupils. As a cathedral school with a rich history, we are proud not only of our pupils’ academic attainment, but also of the positive impact that they will make on society in the future.”