Our current cohort of bright and able students were on course to achieve the highest A level grades in a number of years due to their hard work and dedication. This, alongside a positive and powerful change to the Teaching and Learning focus within the school has meant that despite the pandemic, we are incredibly pleased to say that this year’s students have achieved the best results since 2017. This year, many more have gained A* and A grades and we have had a significant increase in results overall with over half of students achieving A*-B.
These results are bittersweet for us as we have seen some grades adjusted for individuals as has been widely reported in the press. Staff at school worked tirelessly to submit fair and robust grades for our students, but unfortunately these grades were not used by exam boards for all students.
However, we are incredibly proud of our Year 13 cohort who have shown strength and tenacity during this difficult time. Many are going onto fantastic destinations including Oxbridge, a student taking up an American University scholarship and a third of our students going to Russell group universities.
Quotes from students:
Achieving an A* Biology, an A* in Chemistry, an A* in Mathematics and an A* in her EPQ, Charlotte Frall conveyed, ‘It’s been a difficult few months so it’s a massive relief to get the grades I’d been hoping for and working towards. Ribston has been so supportive and I’m so grateful for everything our teachers have done. I’m really happy that my place has been confirmed to study Natural Sciences at the University of Bath next year.’
Lila Blake, who achieved an A in Biology, an A in Chemistry, an A* in Mathematics and an A* in her EPQ, will be studying Earth Science at Oxford University. She comments, ‘I am so pleased to have gained my place at Oxford. What I have loved about Ribston is the community feeling and how the teachers are really supportive. You can always come to them for extra help.’
Yasmin Ginwalla will be studying Modern Languages at Warwick University after achieving an A* in Psychology, an A* in Sociology and an A* in Spanish. She reflects, ‘I’ve never been happier; the hard work pays off so much!’