Head’s delight at 2020 results

The Head Teacher, Dr Lorraine Earps, expressed her delight at the school's 2020 exam results

On GCSE results day, she said: "We are thrilled to be able to focus entirely upon the richly deserved achievements of our Year 11 students and celebrate with them their successes.

"Again, they are a strong cohort who have continued to build on the successes of the past few years to achieve some outstanding GCSE results, with some wonderful individual achievements.

"Overall, 98.5% of our students achieved level 4 or above, with more than half achieving level 7 or above and 33.8% achieving a level 8 or 9. These results are a real testament to the hard work of these students and the dedication of their teachers.

"They are not a reflection of a few months of work but instead are the culmination of very many years of effort and work by students, teachers and parents, and we are delighted that those efforts have been rightly rewarded.

"Over the past four years, we have had a focus on teaching and learning which has been reflected each year with an improvement in the grades achieved. It is wonderful to see these improvements are continuing to reap dividends.

"The system we adopted to determine the grades followed the Ofqual guidance. It was a robust process, where teachers used evidence which had been collected in formal assessments and coursework over the duration of the course to reach a decision on the grade they believed each student would achieve.

"This was then moderated across each department by the relevant Head of Department, standardised by the Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning) and the Assistant Head (Curriculum) to ensure the grades awarded were fair between each department and when compared to the results achieved by students of a similar ability in previous years.

"We were, therefore, delighted to hear that the results we had so carefully considered would be awarded to our students.

Dr Earps also praised the A Level students at Queen’s on their 2020 results. 

"Our A Level cohort this year was particularly strong and there have been many outstanding individual performances. After an excellent and improved set of results last year, this year’s students achieved 80.6% A*-B grades, with 18.3% achieving the highest grade, and an overall pass rate of 100%.

"I would like to pay tribute to all our students in Year 11 and 13. This group of young people carried on working throughout the lockdown period when others of less character might have given up.

"Instead of taking an extended break because they had no exams, they started their A Level studies if they were in Year 11 or completed Leadership courses if they were in Year 13.

"It is this dedication and commitment to their learning which has enabled them to achieve such outstanding results.

"We are particularly delighted that so many of our Year 11 students are staying at Queen's for their A Level studies and we look forward to working with them for further success in the Sixth Form.

"Finally, I would like to thank all our teachers who have worked so hard, both recently and over the years, in helping to determine the fair and robust grades for these two cohorts."

To see a breakdown of our GCSE results for 2017-19, please CLICK HERE.

To see a breakdown of our A Level results for 2017-19, please CLICK HERE.

Individual success stories

Our students have achieved a fantastic set of GCSE results in 2020.

Top performer was Noah, who achieved the top 9 grade in all 11 exams he sat. Noah, who is going on to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics at A Level, said: "I would like to thank all of the teachers and staff for providing such a great school."

Alex, who gained 9 x 9 and 2 x 8 grades. He said: "I'm very happy about the results and want to thank all the teachers for their support over the years."

After his A Levels, Alex is hoping to study Material Sciences at university.

Fiona, who gained 9 x 9 grades and 2 x 7, said: "It’s all felt very uncertain under these circumstances, so I’m very happy with the grades I’ve got and look forward to the next steps."

Bill, who gained 5 x 9 and 6 x 8 grades, said: “I want to thank all the teaching staff for doing their best especially during these uncertain times. I would also like to thank Queen's for providing a lovely community all these years.”

Sophia is looking forward to taking her A Levels at Queen’s after 4 x9, 3 x 8 and 3 x 7 grades. She said: “I’m going to do Ethics and Philosophy, English Literature and History and am hoping to go on to have a career in in Law. I would like to say thank you so much to all of my teachers at Queen’s – I’m really happy with my results."

Ruby achieved 4 x 9, 5 x 8 and 2 x 7 grades and now goes on to take her A Levels with the aim of a career in medicine. She said: "I’m so happy with my results and I thank Queen's so much for all the support and great teaching."

Oliver is also hoping for a career in medicine - he goes on to take his A Levels having achieved 6 x 9, 3 x 8 and 1 x 7 grades. Oliver said: "I just want to say thank-you to all of my teachers who have helped me so much and also thank-you to all the staff who have taken me on some fantastic trips, DofE and climbing."

Sam achieved 9 x 9, 1 x 8 and 1 x 7 grades and goes on to A Levels in our Sixth Form, taking Philosophy, Maths and either English or History. He said: "I really didn't know how the results were going to go as the system kept changing these past few months. All in all, I am extremely happy!"

Matthew said he was "exceedingly pleased" with his results having achieved 8 x 9 and 3 x 8 grades. "I would like to say thank-you to all of my teachers for their support and help," he added.

Matthew will now be studying A Levels in Biology, Maths and Physics in our Sixth Form.

Ali achieved 4 x 9, 6 x 8 and 1 x 7 grades and is eventually hoping for a career in Sports Medicine.

"I am happy with my results and now have a clear plan for the future," he said. "Thank-you to all the teachers for their immense support during these past few years."

Ali now joins our Sixth Form to study Maths, Biology and Chemistry at A Level with an AS in Spanish and an Extended Project Qualification.

Among our international students’ success stories, Naran achieved 4 x 9 and 4 x 8 grades. He said: "I’m really happy with my results and thankful to my teachers and friends for an unforgettable two years' experience at Queen’s. Thank you everyone."

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