EXCELLENT 2017 A LEVEL and international Baccalaureate RESULTS
Many Ryde School pupils are celebrating their A level results this morning, with more than a third of results graded ‘A*’ or ‘A’ and over a quarter of pupils getting at least two A grades in the largely reformed exams.
Two pupils have secured places at Oxbridge, Hannah Perkins of Ryde to read Physics at Trinity, Oxford and Wilfred Armfield of Cowes, who is looking forward to studying Maths at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge. Wilf secured Grade 1s in STEP Maths having already gained an impressive 43 points at IB earlier in the summer. Two pupils have secured places to study Medicine; Megan Nicholson (Ryde) through an ‘A’ level route and Štasa Šćepanović (Montenegro) via the IB Diploma. Head Boy Peter Hepburn of Freshwater, Deputy Head Girl Elizabeth Gillett from Totland, Lucy Daniels (Seaview), Jessie Gong (China) and Felicity Woolhouse from Newport were amongst those gaining two A* grades and will go on to study Design Engineering at Bristol, Geography at Bristol, Geology at Cardiff, Film & Television at Edinburgh and Physics at Manchester respectively.
The situation is more complicated this year as A level reforms mean pupils have sat a mixture of new and old style exams. In addition, at Ryde we now have three routes through the Sixth Form so A levels are only one part of our exam results.
Our IB students scored an average of 34.8 out of a maximum of 45 (the world average is 29.95.) Amber Prust of Bembridge and Štasa Šćepanović gained 38 points (the UCAS equivalent at A level of four A* grades) and will study Architecture and Medicine respectively whilst Wilfred Armfield’s 43 points, including a top grade in Further Maths, is the equivalent to over five A*s.
We also had our first IB Career-related Programme graduates completing their courses this year and they go on to a variety of courses including boat manufacture, art and business. Celine Russell from Ryde is celebrating gaining the maximum marks in her Sport BTEC and a place to study sport rehabilitation at Bath University.
Looking at A Level, IBCP and IB results together, the average UCAS points per student at Ryde is 139, the equivalent to AAB at A Level. For A Level students only, that figure is 134.
Mark Waldron, Headmaster, paid tribute to the continuing hard work and determination of both staff and pupils; ‘the major changes nationally meant we were more nervous than usual in awaiting results this year so it is a relief as well as cause for celebration that again over a third ofour grades are A* or A. Results are only part of the picture though, and we will now be working with our leavers to help guide them to the best university options for next year and beyond. I am delighted by the many individual successes and excited too that today for the first time we have students graduating with a mixture of A level, IB Diploma and IBCP certificates, a recognition of the diversity of needs and ambitions of our talented and enthusiastic pupils.’
GCSE results excellent in 2017
Ryde School is celebrating some excellent GCSE results this year: 24% of entries were awarded A* whilst 91% of our pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English. 90% of all entries were awarded a C grade or above whilst 63% secured the requirements for the EBacc (in 2016 24.5% of pupils nationally managed this.)
Twelve Ryde School pupils achieved seven or more grades at A* including Pip Andrews (7) of Seaview, Lauren Bromley (8) from Freshwater, Maeve Hawthorn (8) from Sandown, Rose Hosein (7) from Binstead, Joey Hughes (9) from Gurnard, Annabel Luke (8) from Ryde, Cowes residents Salar Bettum (7), Luke Margham (7) and Sophie Ward (8) and Joanna Orlik (10) of East Cowes.
Over a quarter of Ryde School pupils achieved an average score of 10 A grades or better. In addition to those mentioned above they include:
Hannah Brown, Marcus Cheung, Finlay Edmonds, Harry Hughes, Veronika Kuenkel, Scarlett Lord, Mykyta Misiiuk, Vinnie Murphy, Sapphire Prust, Sophie Seiger, Ethan Tucker, Ben Woodford and Hudson Yearsley. Gurnard twins Harry and Joey Hughes secured nineteen A* and A grades between them.
Headmaster Mark Waldron commented, ‘These are excellent results that pupils, parents and teachers alike can be proud of. There has been a lot of change to manage over recent years so to have our best results for over a decade at A* is fantastic and behind these excellent top grades are lots of individual stories of personal success. I am especially pleased with our pupils’ success in the core subjects with over half the grades in Maths and close to two thirds in English being either A* or A and some outstanding results in the sciences – over half the grades in Physics were A* for example.’
NOTE FOR THE PRESS: Whilst numbers have replaced letters as grades in English and Maths this year for many pupils at GCSE, Ryde School, in common with most independent and many grammar schools, follows the IGCSE which is still grading on an A* to G scale.
Exam results for 2015 - 2017