Our Sixth Formers have delivered another excellent set of provisional A-level results which will see the majority of students progressing to their chosen universities.
The results achieved this summer see 70% of A-levels passed at the top A* to B grades with 40.6% of all entries marked at the highest A* and A grades. Amongst the overall excellent school performance have been some outstanding individual achievements.
Tom Perry, David Davies and Lucy Friend achieved excellent results, being awarded A* grades in all three of their subjects. This ensures that Tom will take his place at St John’s College, Oxford, to study Physics, whilst David and Lucy will be going to Imperial College and University of Bath to read Maths with Computer Science and Education with Psychology, respectively.
Owen Zhou studied four A-level subjects and recorded two A* grades and two A grades, whilst Katie Hevingham, Mary Bradshaw and Matt Gentle put in excellent performances to secure two A*s and an A grade each. Owen will go on to study Maths at the University of Warwick whilst Katie, Mary and Matt will take places at Birmingham, Durham and Lancaster universities.
There were strong results across the curriculum, with more than 50% of all exam entries in Maths, Art and Design, Chemistry, French, Spanish, Geography and Religious Studies being awarded the highest A* and A grades. Students studying Further Mathematics achieved outstanding results with almost 80% gaining an A* or A grade and this comes at a time when the school looks to make further investment in this important and core subject.
Headmaster, Phillip Stapleton says:
“We pride ourselves on offering an education that prepares young people for success in a varied future. For all our leavers these results represent the start of that journey and I am sure that the confidence developed through an education that stretches beyond the curriculum will set them apart.
I have no doubt that some of these fine results are the product of the commitment and curiosity shown by students, modelled by staff and supported by parents. We are fortunate that our small class sizes enable a personalised education, which is better able to support individual learning needs.
We are very proud of them all and while I shout collective praise it is the students who should be congratulated. Many have achieved or exceeded their expectations, which puts them in a strong position as they move towards their futures beyond school.”
It's been a busy summer for Year 9 Henry Cooper who, earlier in the year was selected for the U13 England ISFA squad (Independent School Football Association).
He is in action here playing in a recent football tournament at Oakham School, where the team played a number of professional associations from England, Scotland and the USA before narrowly losing in the final against Dunfermline Athletic.
West Buckland has a long and enviable tradition of excellence in drama and this was emphasised with the recent release of the results from the Vanguard exams that some our pupils took part in earlier in the year.
Formerly The Poetry Vanguard, the exams are designed to encourage the love of Poetry and the Spoken Word, and students can choose to be examined on a number of subjects ranging from Poetry and Prose and Shakespeare Solo to Bible Reading and Spoken Word.
Pupils from West Buckland performed extremely well in the recent exams with Daisy Cotton and Loveday Williams achieving outstanding Honours results, which means that they achieved 90% or more.
In addition, Flora Boyles and Amelie Preston achieved Distinctions, with scores of 85%.
Our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students have returned safe, well and successful after their expedition to Snowdonia this week. The teams had to cope with some very varied weather conditions but all conquered Mount Snowdon.
The school has seen record numbers of students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme this year and we look forward to a very busy time next year.