Head’s delight at 2020 results

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

"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 paid tribute to the GCSE students, who recorded another outstanding set of results.

"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.

"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 A Level results for 2017-19, please CLICK HERE.

Individual success stories

Our students recorded a string of outstanding successes in the 2020 A Level results.

Leading the way were Oxbridge pair - Frank Baugh and Dom Hill. Frank achieved A*A*A* A* and heads off to Churchill College, Cambridge, to study Natural Science while Dom (A* A* A* A) will read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Peter's College, Oxford.

Frank said: “"Queen's is filled with amazing people and I shall cherish my time there forever."

Milie Aish made an outstanding start to her career in Law with A* A* A* in her A Levels and A* in her Extended Project Qualification.

Millie has been confirmed a place at the University of Exeter but is currently waiting to hear from an international law firm whether she has been selected for a degree-level legal apprenticeship.

She said: "Due to the current situation, I have decided to take a year out and enjoy some relaxation after a stressful few months.

"I am absolutely thrilled with my results and am delighted with all the support and mentorship I have received throughout my eight years at Queen’s.

"I will leave with such happy and fond memories and look forward to celebrating with my peers when times are safer."

Also studying Law will be Head Girl Sophia Edwards, who was awarded A* A A plus an A* in her EPQ. She is heading for King's College, London.

She commented: "I have been at Queen's since Nursery and I really do owe so much to this school.

"I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, for all the amazing people I've met and for the support of all my teachers who have always believed in me and encouraged me to work my hardest. Thank you! "

Naomi Wilde, who had been at Queen’s College since Nursery, balanced Wales U18s hockey commitments with academic studies to gain A* A* A* in her A Levels and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.

She said: "I’m really pleased with my results and how well everything turned out after all the disruption and uncertainty as to what would happen!

"I’m so relieved that all the hard work paid off and now can’t wait to head off to Cardiff University to study Physiotherapy, while still playing hockey of course!

"I’m really happy that I’ve been able to finish 16 years at Queen’s on such a high and want to say a massive thank-you to all my teachers for their help over the years."

Another of the top performers was Florence McEwen-Mills, who also achieved A* A* A* and will now study Politics and International Relations at University of Bristol.

Florence, who joined the school for Sixth Form, said: "I feel honoured to have been offered the opportunity to study at Queen's for the past two years and will miss my friends and teachers greatly."

Her career aims include working for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or similar to fight for social justice/climate justice.

Max Carlson, who had been at Queen’s since Pre-Prep, achieved A A B and heads off to the University of Birmingham to study English with the aim of going into advertising or PR.

He said: "Obviously today was stressful, especially having not even taken the exams, but I’m really happy with how everything went.

"I’ve really enjoyed my time at Queen's and am grateful to all the great teachers who’ve helped me get where I am now.

"Best wishes and good luck to Year 12s who’ll be taking their exams next year!"

Fabian Farbahi, who had been at Queen’s since Nursery, achieved three A grades and plans to study Dentistry while sport scholar Sam Wansborough gained A* A B and heads off to study Economics.

International students at Queen’s also performed to a high standard.

Harry Yao gained A* A* A A to earn his place to study Computer Science at King's College London.

He said he was really pleased with his results adding: "I've been very happy to be a student at Queen's and appreciate all the teachers who helped me."

Kseniia Rusu battled valiantly with health issues to produce A* A B B grades and plans to study Photography while School Prefect Ava Gu achieved A* A B B and will study Fashion Management at Manchester.

Dipken Fung will study Computer Science at York University after achieving A A B B grades.

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

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