In 2020, 58% grades of grades were A*/A, and 86% of grades were A*-B, enabling 70% of our students to study at prestigious Russell Group universities, with Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Imperial continuing in popularity.
As in previous years, Medicine and the sciences proved popular, along with politics, business, English and psychology. Others chose vocational career paths, including the RAF and primary education.
David Harrow, Headmaster, commented, “We are incredibly proud of all of our students. They have faced an unprecedented set of challenges over the last few years: changes to GCSEs, COVID and, now, the uncertainty over A level grading. In a time when, inevitably, one focuses on what has been missed, we must also remember to celebrate what has been achieved: the capacity of AKS students to adapt and to thrive is remarkable, and the joy and energy with which they do so is heartening and humbling. The resilience, creativity and character they continue to demonstrate will be invaluable as they prepare to seize the opportunities to come.”
Alex (Chemistry, Manchester) commented, “My teachers have helped me enormously and I wouldn’t have got here without them, not only in academic terms, but also due to my involvement in all the co-curricular activities”. Such sentiments were shared by Madeleine (Politics and International Relations, Newcastle), “The amount of support the teachers are willing to give, even through lockdown, has been above and beyond” and Emily (Queen’s Belfast, Chemical Engineering), “The support from teachers has really helped build me as a person and academically”.
Head of Sixth Form, Kevin Maund said, “I am delighted our students will now take the next exciting step in their lives, whether it be studying at university, embarking on a competitive apprenticeship or entering the world of work and I look forward to welcoming them back as active members of our alumni community, supporting the new generation of sixth form students in their own ambitious journeys. We are all very proud of their achievements.”