In its 40th year as a sixth form provider King Edward VI College in Nuneaton was celebrating with its best ever set of results.
Staff at the only Sixth Form College in Coventry and Warwickshire were proud to announce the pass rate for A’ level was above the national average at 99% . 374 A/A* grades were recorded with almost half of students gaining a high grade A*- B in their A levels.
The BTEC subjects also excelled with 100% pass rate in all 17 subjects and over 65% achieving high grades of Distinction* or Distinction, equivalent to an A* or A at A’ level.
A delighted Principal Dr Esther Maughan said “ I am so proud of our students and staff. We all work so hard towards this end goal and it is fantastic to see so many happy faces.”
Esther continued “Evidence shows that our unique curriculum offer enables students to combine a wide range of A Levels and vocational programmes (such as A level Physics with BTEC Engineering) to optimise their success. Each student has an individual programme of study and timetable and provides a bespoke learning experience that means they go onto positive destinations.“
Recent A’ level reform has meant that there is a national trend for a fall in A grade A level performance but King Edward VI College has improved and is moving up the league tables. 38 subjects – over half – at AS and A level have 100% pass rates including English Language, English Literature, Spanish, Archaeology, Film, Music, Business Studies, Economics, Biology and Further Maths, to name just a few!
John Wright, Curriculum Area Manager for the Arts and Performing Arts said “We are a high performing area but I am particularly pleased with this years’ results in Art and Design, where 100% of students in both AS and A2 passed and 60% gained high grades. Our Teachers have encouraged and inspired students to reach new levels of performance this year”
53 students achieved full marks in their examinations. Notably second year Nicola Bowen who got full marks in six of her exams and first year Megan French got full marks in five. Nicola, who is from Nuneaton, said “I am so pleased with my results. I have loved being at KEC but now I’m really looking forward to University life”
A number of students led the way with straight A/A* across all of their A level subjects. Congratulations go to Jet Holt, Laura Collins, Oliver Longfield, Lydia Ellis, Nicola Bowen, Connor Whitmore-Lewis, Ammaarah Hafajee, Rebecca Amos-Hirst, Philip Brown, Emma Gittings, Jessica Hall, Bradley Stanford, Elle Simpson, Kim Neale, Nabeeda Bakali, Luke Williams, Moira Reid, Jack Peters, Tom Peters, Constance Barson, Jade Varden, Lewis Baxter, Johal Amrinder, Bradley Chamberlain and Lydia Joy and many more.
Of particular note is second year student Jet Holt from Coventry who was awarded A/A* in all five of his AS and A level subjects. Jet said “I am very much a procrastinator and find it hard to concentrate sometimes but I am more than happy with my results. I have really enjoyed my time here, all my teachers have been amazing and the help I have had from Student Support has been invaluable. I am now looking forward to studying Computer Science at Southampton University.
Jade Varden a second year student studying Business, ICT and Accounting said “I’m in shock. I got two A*’s and an A. I am so happy to have achieved so much. I’m now off to Coventry University to study Accountancy. Thank you KEGS!”
It is expected approximately 80% of second year students will now choose to continue their education at University. Among them is Ezra Walker who is going to study History and Political Science at Brunel University in London, Amy Hawthorne who is going to study English Literature at Nottingham University, Charlotte Cripps from Coventry is going to Coventry University to study Languages for Business and Lydia Ellis is going to Kings College in London to study Law.
Parent Governor Qamar Bhatti said “These results clearly demonstrate the hard work and commitment of the staff at King Edwards and the excellent and significant commitment of the students in achieving such results. Parents and young people considering their future should be enthused by this performance as we continue to serve the community around us”.
Chair of Governors Simon Wright said “I am really pleased! I would like to congratulate King Edward VI students and thank all of the College staff who put so much effort into achieving these fantastic results! Effective leadership, professional commitment and great teamwork is making a real difference to the College and our offer”.
The college, which has a history as a state grammar school going back 460 years, is still considering applications.