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The Future is Looking Bright for Wadham A Level Students
In spite of the wet morning spirits weren’t dampened and students were in a celebratory mood as they collected their A Level results at Wadham School.
Tense moments for many as they logged into the UCAS website in the early hours were rewarded, as nearly every student applying for university secured a place - just a couple will rely on the clearing process.
Amongst the outstanding results Tom Clark, achieved A* in Maths and As in Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths. Inspired by TVs Brian Cox he has chosen to study Theoretical Physics at Manchester University.
Local tennis star, Beth Lacey has achieved a full scholarship to Presbyterian College, South Carolina having achieved a distinction in Sport and Physical Activity. She is pursuing her goal to play on the ATP Tour, following her captainship of Somerset U18s and being a member of the senior county ladies team. Beth said. “I chose this college because the facilities and coaching are fantastic and being a country bumpkin at heart Clinton is very rural, much like Somerset.”
Head Teacher, Matthew Gardner said “It’s great to see some top level performances by the academically gifted, but what gives me a great deal of pleasure is seeing several students who had achieved average GCSE’s flourishing in our sixth form and exceeding expectations with “B” and “C” grades. This is a real measure of how the special environment and dedicated staff at Wadham add value. I am very proud of all the students that have graduated from Wadham this year”
Laura Brown, Head of Sixth Form said, “whilst the focus for many is to gain a university place, we have a number of students achieving good A level results that have opted for a vocational route, going on to apprenticeships in IT, care and marketing or directly into employment. The school’s strong relationship forged with local employers has helped to create these opportunities,”
This year sees continued impact from reforms to the A Level grading as part of the government’s three year transition to a new examination format. This has included significant changes to the syllabus and greater emphasis on exams rather than assessed coursework. Feedback from students and staff indicate that the exams were tougher this year, however, nationwide the same proportion of students will achieve each grade. Just under 50% of the grades at Wadham were A* to C.
Students talked of celebrating their results in variety of ways. Many will meet up with friends for coffee in town. Some are just chilling out during the day, but most will be out on the town in Yeovil and Taunton to toast their achievements or enjoy meals out with friends and family. The school now looks forward to next week and GCSE results day.