EXCELLENT 2018 A LEVEL and international Baccalaureate RESULTS
Ryde School pupils and teachers were able to celebrate this morning as we received the final set of results of the summer for our leaving Sixth Formers with the publication of the results for the toughened A Level exams. With one third of all A Level grades at A* or A, 90% of all grades A* to C and a third of A Level students getting at least two A grades, these are certainly well earned results of which to be proud. They follow the publication earlier in the summer of IB Diploma and IBCP/BTec results in which 44% of the IB grades were either 6 or 7 (the equivalent of A* and A grades at A Level) and where 92% of our BTec candidates achieved a double distinction or above (something 34% of candidates achieved nationally last year).
Particular congratulations go to Martin Dixon who received A* grades in English, Geography and History, as well as top grades in the EPQ and English Language AS, and so achieves his dream of studying History and Czech at Oxford University and to Tino Tong, one of our boarding students from Hong Kong, who passed five A Levels: Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A* and A grades in Chemistry and Mandarin, and will read Aeronautical Engineering at Leeds. Other students gaining at least two A grades (or IB equivalent) included Mary Caddick and Lily Giles who have both secured places to read Medicine, Sophie Pike, David McGregor, Giaan Powar, Rohan Ramdany and Jajeevan Sriskandarajah, James Cripps, Luke Sauven and boarders Ani Kvantidze, Stella Lee and Vinson Wong. They go on to read subjects at university as diverse as, Psychology, Engineering, Physics, Theology, English and Mathematics.
All fourteen students taking the IBCP, a qualification which Ryde School was the first independent school to introduce with its first graduates last year, secured high passes. James Woodward is celebrating gaining the maximum marks in his Sport BTec.
The situation is more complicated this year as A Level reforms mean pupils have sat new A Level exams and many do a combination of A Level and other qualifications. In addition, Ryde now has three routes through the Sixth Form so A Levels are only one part of our exam results. We are especially pleased to have achieved for the very first time a 100% pass rate in all three exam routes – A Level, IB Diploma and IBCP.
Looking at A Level, IBCP and IB Diploma results together, the average UCAS points per student at Ryde is 157 (compared to 139 last year) which in the old system would be the equivalent to AAB at A Level and an A grade at AS. For A Level students only that figure is 148.
Mark Waldron, Head Master, paid tribute to the continuing hard work and determination of both staff and pupils; ‘with the majority of A Levels taken this time being the new and tougher exams we are relieved and delighted that again a third of our grades at A Level are A* or A. Whilst it is always great to celebrate with the highest achievers, and I am thrilled that over half our A Level students got at least one A grade and a third at least two. I am especially proud this year to see a 100% pass rate for all our A Level and IB exams. Every Ryde School pupil passed every exam they sat this year, and that in a new, tougher regime that has required teachers and pupils to work additionally hard to achieve their best.’
GCSE results excellent in 2018
With some GCSEs graded in the old A* to G system and others according to the new 9-1 this year it is not immediately easy to compare results but Ryde School students have plenty to celebrate this morning with 17% of the new exams being awarded the very top grade of a 9 and over a quarter of all results being either A* or the equivalent (9 and 8) – the best figures ever for the very top grade.
Over half of the English Language results and 47% of the Maths results were at Grade 7 or above and 88% of grades were at the new pass rate of 9 to 4 or their equivalent; 79% of our pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C (9-5) grades including Maths and English whilst over two thirds secured the requirements for the EBacc (in 2016, 24.5% of pupils nationally managed this).
Seven of our students achieved an A* or equivalent (9 and 8) in all ten subjects: including Lily Ainslie, William Loach, Gloria Morey, Aisling Nuttall, Zoe Irons and Isabelle Terry; with Lily, William, Gloria and Isabelle securing grade 9 in all the new exams. A further six achieved seven or more of these very top grades. They were Lucy Holloway (8), Harry Stead (8), Mary Lillington (9), Imogen Rickman (8), Ella Morgan (7) and Tom Sewell (7).
Over a quarter of Ryde School pupils achieved an average score of the equivalent of 10 A grades or better. In addition to those mentioned above they include: Frances Barry, Jacob Edginton, Jevon Dry, Henry Giles, Olivia Lacey and Wyman Lee.
Head Master Mark Waldron commented, ‘This has been a very difficult year for pupils and teachers and I am so delighted for the many individuals who have done themselves proud. Some have amazing results in absolute terms with over a quarter getting the equivalent of ten ‘A’s or the new Grade 7 but there are lots of personal successes too. There is no doubt that the new exams are more demanding and it has been a real challenge for many of our pupils. It is wonderful to see so many rise to the challenge.
Exam results for 2015 - 2017