A-levels: Royal Wootton Bassett Academy
Research, focus and motivation with university goals have pushed Royal Wootton Bassett Academy’s A-level students to the school’s best grades since 2010.
Almost 250 students attended the school this morning to receive their AS and A2 examination results, with a distinctively relaxed reaction across the board, not even featuring any tears - a first according to one teacher.
Of the 119 pupils who sat A2 examinations in the 2012/13 academic year, 73 per cent have been granted university places, with 99 per cent of all grades marked between A* and E, which equates to a pass.
There were also A* to A grades achieved in 28 per cent of all A2 examination results and A* to B grades achieved in 55 per cent of all A2 results.
There was a similarly impressive pass rate of 93 per cent across all AS examinations, with 26 per cent marked at an A grade and nearly half of all marks between A and B grades.
Assistant headteacher and head of sixth form, Angela Bell, puts the marked improvement in her pupils’ performance down to their mature approach ahead of the exams in planning their futures and assessing what was required to achieve their ambitions.
"A lot of our students, ahead of the results, have done a lot of research into the process,” she said.
"We haven’t had to deal with many who haven’t known what to do with the results they’ve received.
"There has been better advice for pupils about course choices and getting the right courses for the right students. When abilities are matched with the correct subjects, you get these kinds of results.
"They know they’re paying money for university now. They want value for money and the best university that they can. That’s made the families much more invested in the process than ever before."
One of the highest fliers at the academy was Olivia Shillabeer, who will study philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford after receiving three A*s, an A and a B after two years of studying five subjects.
The 17-year-old said: “It’s been lots of hard work, doing five especially. About halfway through it really began to mount up, especially with the Oxford application process, but the school’s been amazing.
"The teachers helped me through all the way and I do wish I could do it all again. I really enjoyed the last two years."
Dyslexia sufferer Tim Pritchard, 18, from Lyneham, pulled two Cs and two Ds out of the bag against all the odds, after juggling AS-Level re-sits alongside his second-year A2 examinations.
Tim, who will go on to study psychology and special educational needs at Swansea University, said: “It was hard, working while dealing with my dyslexia, but hopefully it will pay off. I have always wanted to be a teacher and I had to work extra hard to achieve that.
“I want to work with special needs children and help out kids in a similar situation to me.”
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