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Superb Exam Results 2023

Fantastic A Level Results 

Students and staff celebrated our highest A-level attainment rates in public exams since pre-Covid times when results were announced today.

With a pass rate of 98.3%, William Farr celebrated its best-ever pre-pandemic attainment since the A-Level reform, leading to an average grade of a ‘B’.

More than a quarter of all grades awarded were A* or A, with over half of all grades A*-B - significantly higher than attainment levels from exams taken before the pandemic.

Over 90% of students received three or more offers from applications to University - the highest number in the last 10 years.  Almost a third of students have accepted places at Russell Group Universities.

One student has received an offer from Oxford University to study Physics and one student from Hull York Medical School to study medicine.

Headteacher Jonathan Knowler described the results as “incredible”.

“We have seen better attainment grades this year than before the disruption caused by the pandemic and when the new grading system was introduced in 2018,” Mr Knowler said.

“Given press reports, we had expected grades to drop but this has not been the case.

“We should pay tribute to this cohort of students who have had so much disruption to their education.

There was lost learning during Key Stage 4 through two lock-downs, cancellation of GCSE exams and limited access to any enrichment activities.  This was followed by further disruption in Year 12 through Covid-related isolations.

“The results are testimony to the students’ hard work, commitment and resolve.

“I’d like to thank the staff who have worked so hard in supporting our students to achieve a terrific set of outcomes.

“Our focus is not just on those students wanting to progress into higher education.

“Other progression routes will see students successfully pursue work-related training, apprenticeships in a variety of fields, and personal development opportunities through a gap year.”

Students with exceptional performances included:

Erin Prestwood: 3 x A* (Geography, Graphics, Photography) + A* in EPQ                               

Evie Jones: 2 x A*, 1 x A (Photography, Art, English Language and Literature) + A in EPQ

Lorenzo Majolo: 2 X A*, 2 x A (Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry) + B in EPQ

Sonny Ward: 2 x A*, 1 x B (English Language and Literature, Photography, History) + A* in EPQ

Emilie Hamilton: 1 x A*, 2 x A (English Literature, Government and Politics, History) + A* in EPQ

Kiera Fraser: 1 x A*, 2 x A (Photography, Business Studies, Psychology) + A* in EPQ

Hannah Miller: 2 x A*, 1 x B (Graphics, Photography, Business Studies) + A in EPQ              

Ashwin Kumar: 2 x A*, 1 x A, 1 x B (PE, Biology, Chemistry, Physics) + A in EPQ

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Remarkable GCSE Results 2023

Students celebrated another strong year of GCSE results with more than a quarter of all grades awarded at grade 7 and above.

Almost 80% of students achieved grade 9-4 including English and Maths, with more than half of students (56.5%) achieving a grade 9-5. These are the highest figures the school has achieved, discounting the Covid years.

In English and Maths, 84% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in both subjects, with 62% achieving a grade 5 or above in both. These are the best results the school has achieved in the last 6 years, including public exams and the 2 years when grades were awarded through centre and teacher assessment during Covid.

Among the top performers achieving a grade 9 in five or more subjects were:

Annabel Sisman (eight grade 9s, one grade 8)

Erica Wright (eight grade 9s, one grade 8)

Clara Newby (eight grade 9s, one grade 7)

Lilia Seeley (seven grade 9s, one grade 8, one grade 7)

Tess Woodhouse (seven grade 9s, one grade 8, one grade 7)

Daniel Backhouse (five grade 9s, four grade 8s)

Ben Patrick (five grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7)

Sian Watt Jones (five grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7)

Emily Wells (five grade 9s, three grade 8s, one grade 7)

Freddy Dixon (five grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s)

Isobel Sharp (five grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s).

Headteacher Jonathan Knowler said “I am very proud of the students. They have worked extremely hard and shown remarkable commitment and resilience over the last two years. The students had disruption to the start of their GCSE’s through Covid isolations and suffered lost learning in Year 8 and 9 through 2 lockdowns “

“It was great to see them celebrating their success and progressing to their next steps. The results are testament to the dedication of staff in ensuring our students realise their potential.”

“We are also very proud of Max Carter in Year 9 who sat his GCSE Maths and Further Maths two years early and achieved a grade 9 – an incredible achievement.”

“It demonstrates how the school community comes together to provide opportunities for all its members to engage with 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10).”