Thomas Alleyne’s A Level students excited to prepare for their next career steps
Thomas Alleyne’s High School students are preparing for their next steps in higher education, employment and training after collecting their A Level results today.
There were 134 students who completed A Levels this year. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the majority have got the grades they need to progress to university. Students have degree offers ranging from architecture, biomedical sciences and chemistry to criminology, maths, medicine from a wide range of institutions.
One student is progressing to the University of Cambridge to study architecture after achieving three A* grades. Others are moving on to the University of Durham, University of Newcastle, University of Nottingham, University of York, University of Birmingham, University of Keele and the University of South Wales. Some students are also choosing to take a year out and work and travel before starting university or employment next year. Others have places in employment and on apprenticeships.
Julie Rudge, Headteacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “Our students and staff have worked extremely hard and demonstrated exceptional resilience, commitment and determination during another challenging academic year due to the pandemic. I am extremely proud of them.”
Carole Dodd, Senior Assistant Headteacher and Head of the Sixth Form, Thomas Alleyne’s High School, added: “I would like to wish the class of 2021 all the very best for the future. It has been an honour to work with such inspirational young people.”
Top performing student Aaron Gwynne, 18, has achieved four A* A Level grades in biology, chemistry, design and technology, and maths, and plans to apply to study medicine next year after gaining experience as a healthcare support worker in a local hospital this year.
Aaron’s career ambition is to become a doctor and work for the NHS. He said: “I feel a bit overwhelmed because it has been such a strange year and I was more worried about teacher assessed grades than actual exams. All of my teachers have supported me with everything and I am looking forward to applying to study medicine next year.”
Student Maddie Andrews, 18, has achieved four A Levels in English literature, ethics and philosophy and psychology, all grade As, as well as an AS Level in the extended project at grade B. Maddie is progressing to study a Degree in Psychology and Criminology at the University of South Wales. She said: “I am very happy with my grades, it feels as though all the hard work has paid off. It has not been easy but I’ve worked hard to achieve these results and I would like thank all of the teachers who have made it possible.”
Student Neve Hall, 18, has achieved three A Levels in business, biology and history at grades A, B and C and is looking forward to starting an apprenticeship with JCB whilst studying a Degree in Project Management. Neve said: “It’s been a challenging year but I have felt supported by the school and whilst the pandemic was disruptive, I could do most of my studies online.”
Student Ryan Locker, 19, has achieved two A Levels in geography and psychology, both at grade C, as well as a BTEC Sport vocational qualification, achieving a distinction.
Ryan is planning to become a geography teacher and is progressing onto a Degree in Geography and Sociology. He said: “I feel pleased and relieved with my grades. I’ve really enjoyed being in the sixth form at Thomas Alleyne’s – it’s inspired me to want to stay in education and train as a teacher and I’ve made some great friends too.”
School staff worked diligently to provide as accurate grades as possible for students, based on evidence of performance. This year’s grades have been based on a process involving teacher assessment set against national standards defined by the awarding bodies and exam boards.
The awarding bodies and exam boards have reviewed schools’ internal quality assurance processes to ensure they are rigorous and in line with national standards. For more information, please visit Ofqual’s Student Guide to Awarding: Summer 2021.
Thomas Alleyne’s High School is Ofsted graded ‘good’ and part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust.