Saffron Walden County High has yet again achieved outstanding ‘A’ Level results with 53 students gaining A* or A grades in every one of their subjects. These results are even better than the high performance in 2018 which marked the school as having one of the best Sixth Forms in the country. This stellar performance is particularly impressive since the Class of 2019 is the largest and most inclusive one in memory with 316 students in it. So many students have made excellent progress during their time with us.
The most important part of these results are the choices and progression route it provides our students. The vast majority of students will accept first choice university courses and apprenticeships. Many will attend very competitive courses including Economics at Cambridge, Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh, English Literature at Oxford University and Dentistry at King’s College, London. Some notable results include Lauren McAuley and Poppy Gibbs both achieving 4A*grades alongside 29 students achieving two or more A*s.
Executive Headteacher, Caroline Derbyshire, commented that “the results exceeded predictions and were thoroughly deserved by the hardworking students. The County High’s teachers, who prepared them for these examinations, did a tremendous job.”
Students Alice Shickell, Austin Hill, Mila Ottevanger, Jordan Thomson and Lauren McCauley celebrating their results.
Twins, Abigail and Hannah Jorgensen came to SWCHS following the closure of Walden School and have both achieved A*AAA in their A Levels.
Poppy Gibbs celebrating her 4A* grades in History, Politics, Classics and EPQ.
Alice Featherstone and Georgia Bozianu celebrating their A*A*A* grades at A-Level. Alice will be studying Medicine at Leeds University whilst Georgia will be studying Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Nottingham University.
‘A Sixth Form that is exemplary in every respect’ Ofsted report
From their report …
The effectiveness and efficiency of this inclusive Sixth Form are outstanding.
Standards are well above average and achievement is consistently high. This is because the environment for learning is extremely positive and much excellent teaching promotes rapid progress. Because students are keen to learn, they very quickly acquire the independent learning and other skills they need to be successful.
Outstanding leadership and management ensure that students’ progress is closely monitored and wellfocussed support provided where necessary. Students speak highly of the excellent care and guidance they receive both before entering and while in their Sixth Form. This guidance, together with a curriculum that is well matched to their needs and aspirations, helps to ensure that students are well suited to their courses, with the result that few drop out early. Students’ personal development is outstanding. They enjoy and appreciate their education, and make significant contribution to the school and wider community. As one student said, ‘We are encouraged to be well-rounded individuals and not just academically successful’.