It was Shakespeare who said that when troubles come, they all come at once. If that is true, then the same goes for the opposite, good news, if recent experience in the sixth form is anything to go by. Newly released data for our summer 2019 A level results places Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in the top 3% of schools nationally for progress across a range of measures. These include the proportion of students gaining A* and A grades (31%) and the proportion gaining A* to B grades (63%). Nor was this a one-off: progress data also places KLB A-level students in the top 5% nationally over the past three years.
With this in mind, we were delighted, though not altogether surprised, when no fewer than four of our A-level students received offers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to study for degree courses this September. Chloe Moullec, who sat her A-levels last summer and gained three passes at grade A* and one at A, has been offered an unconditional place to read engineering science at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Not one to blow her own trumpet, Chloe said, ‘I couldn’t believe it. I kept having to reread the letter’. Chloe is currently on a placement with the Year in Industry (YINI) scheme.
From the current Year 13, Anna Geary has been offered a conditional place to read modern and medieval languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and Amelia Reeves has been offered a conditional place to read history at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Receiving a conditional offer to read law at Worcester College, Oxford, Sophia Iddon said, ‘Attending interviews at Worcester College was daunting, but once I’d arrived in Oxford I soon felt at home chatting to the other applicants and exploring the beautiful college grounds. After a mediocre first interview – my nerves got the better of me – I felt much more pleased with my second interview, discussing the Consumer Protection Act’. It is worth emphasising that the application process for Oxbridge is highly demanding: as well as the normal UCAS application, students are required to take a separate entrance test and, if invited, undergo two or even three days of interviews and further assessments.
University entrance success is not only about Oxbridge, of course. With the UCAS closing date now passed, a total of 84 students have this year applied for 31 separate degree course subjects. The majority of offers have now been received and applicants will shortly be making their ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ choices. Business (eight applicants) is this year’s most popular subject area, with medicine (five), law (four), primary teaching (four) and psychology (four) also popular choices. A number of students have taken the decision to await their A-level results before applying to university, while others will be completing art foundation courses before continuing with university studies. Increasingly popular is the option of degree-level study through the higher apprenticeship route and a number of students will be submitting applications over the coming weeks.
It is too early to know which universities current Year 13 students will eventually attend, but last year’s leavers are spread far and wide across 44 separate universities, with the most popular as follows:
|University||Students starting September 2019|
|West of England (UWE)||3|