Today Clifton High School students received their A level results and for those young men and women, their parents, staff and governors there was cause for celebration as they recorded outstanding levels of success.
Clifton High has been building on its reputation for academic excellence. Last year more A* grades than ever were achieved and continuing in that same vein, this year, almost 50% of all grades were at A* or A and 80% of all grades were B or above.
A* success has been realised across the diverse range of academic subjects on offer and 40% of students gained full UMS marks in at least one module of their chosen subjects.
The School continues to be particularly strong in mathematics and the sciences, especially in the performances of our young women. This year in mathematics and the sciences 83% of the grades at A* and A were gained by female students.
Students at Clifton High also excelled in creative subjects with 80% of grades in art and textiles being at A* or A. In modern foreign languages 70% of students achieved grades of A* or A and in history 100% of the students achieved at least an A grade.
Almost 70% of Clifton High students achieved A levels in two or more facilitating subjects. The majority of students will go on to study their preferred course at the University of their first choice.
Dr Alison Neill, Head of School says:
“I am delighted with the successes that our students have achieved today. The hard work and dedication of our young men and women, combined with the first class education they have received at Clifton High, have ensured well deserved and truly excellent results. While many of these young men and women joined us at Senior School a good number have been at Clifton High since Reception or the Junior School. We have watched them grow and develop, excel academically and become confident well-rounded individuals. It is with great pleasure that, today, we celebrate their successes with them and their parents and wish them well for the future.”
Dr Neill, Head of Clifton High, firmly believes that it is important to look beyond the academic results to see what our young people have achieved in a broader context; to look for the softer, more transferable skills they have developed.
Clifton High has a reputation for outstanding pastoral care and is firmly committed to developing the whole person. Students leaving Clifton High have achieved much more that academic success alone. Several A level students have already completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and many Sixth Form students participated in a World Challenge Expedition to Costa Rica this summer. Alongside this, the school has also developed a successful Futures and Skills Programme, offers the EPQ and a broad range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities.
Dr Alison Neill comments:
“This particular group of students who collect their results today have shown the same level of commitment and dedication to the wider experiences and opportunities on offer to them as they have to their academic studies. They have been selfless in their commitment to others, more than willing to take up additional responsibilities, as well as perfecting their personal interests to an exceptionally high standard. They have played for one of our many sports teams, performed on stage, shown their instrumental prowess in musical performances, held positions of responsibility and have been pioneers in our Eco Committee to gain the prestigious Green Flag Award. Without doubt, each and every one of them has made a significant contribution to their school. The teamwork, leadership and communication skills each has developed, together with their ability to take responsibility, have equipped and shaped them. They leave us as confident, yet grounded, individuals with the transferable skills sought after by universities and top employers”.