Head teacher Rupert Poole said “today we have had the absolute pleasure of celebrating with all our wonderful Year 11 students their really impressive results.
“We are very proud of the achievements of our young people who have worked so hard, today is all about them and their chance to relax and reflect on their achievements. They have worked very hard to achieve these results.”
Rupert went on to say “after all of the turmoil caused to the exam system by the pandemic, nationally speaking, this year’s results are a ‘transition year’ between 2021 (when assessment was done directly by schools and colleges) and 2019 (the last year exams took place). However, what is most important is to recognise the hard work and determination of our students. I am delighted to report that they have done fantastically well, meeting and exceeding the challenging targets we set for them. This has resulted in them making excellent progress, which in turn has supported their next steps in education. We look forward to welcoming many of them back into our fantastic Sixth Form where, as last week’s results demonstrated, students continue to make exceptional progress.
“QE’s recent Ofsted inspection, in which we were judged ‘Good’ in all areas, highlighted that the atmosphere in lessons is very focused and that we have created the conditions in which pupils can learn an ambitious curriculum. These results are testament to that. We could not be more pleased with the students’ outcomes, and it is also testament to the positive and mature approach they adopted to studying for their exams.”
Rupert also praised the staff at QE, reflecting on the last few years, saying “today is all about the students and recognising their achievements, but I do want to highlight our wonderful staff, and especially the work they did to support the students. I really think the work they did, back in the days of lockdown and more recently in the run up to the exams in school, has made a massive difference and supported our students to achieve at the highest level.”
Mark Baptist, Year Team Leader for Year 11 said “I am immensely proud of the students, they have worked tremendously hard through often very difficult circumstances and have overcome many obstacles to achieve a fantastic set of results allowing them to move onto their next steps. I know without a shadow of a doubt each of them has a very bright future ahead. I know I speak for not just myself, but also the fantastic team of tutors and teachers, it has been an absolute delight to work with you all.”
Paula Smith, Deputy Head teacher said “It’s been a privilege to work with our Year 11 students this year in my role as leader for raising academic standards. I'm especially proud of all those students and staff who participated in extra daily lessons to make up for lost learning and everyone involved in the delivery of our highly structured revision countdown programmes. It’s been a tough couple of years for our young people, but they have worked incredibly hard alongside our subject teachers and shown themselves to be exceptional, inspiring, and talented. This excellent set of results means that our students are now in a really strong position to move into the next phase of their education – students, parents and teachers should be very proud of everything they have achieved together.”
Rupert Poole, Principal, said; “There has been a fantastic atmosphere in school this morning as the students have come in to collect their results. We have students following the full range of subjects here at QE and 84% of our students achieved A* - C grades and 62% at A* - B. We are delighted that 29% of students received the very top grades at A* - A, an incredible achievement, and this year especially so.
“These results once again put QE Sixth Form at the very top of the league tables for the progress our students make. Our students make well above average progress, and this is down to the exceptional teaching and the subject knowledge of our staff, combined with excellent pastoral care that really supports students into the right university or career choice. As Ofsted recently commented, our Sixth Form is well regarded, and rightly so! I am so proud of their achievements and the embodiment of our vision to educate to empower. There has been plenty of evidence of that here today, with students confident and in control of their lives as they take their next steps.
“The students have been fantastic, but I would also like to thank all the staff who have worked hard supporting the students, especially during the lockdown months. It feels like a long time ago now, but staff and students alike worked so hard throughout. I really believe that exceptional results today are in large part due to the quality of education we provided during the lockdowns these students experienced. QE Sixth Form is a very special community where students support each other, and we have high quality teachers who really know and understand them. That is an essential ingredient to our success, and it was very much in evidence at QE today.”
Head of Sixth Form – Vicky Evans said, “We are really pleased with the results and in particular the progression to university. The national picture makes progression to university challenging this year, but the vast majority of our students secured their first-choice university. This is down to the hard work of our students, but also the high-quality pastoral care that our dedicated team of Sixth Form Tutors provide. Our students have been working exceptionally hard throughout the last two years and have shown great resilience.”
Jo Cherrett, Director of Post 16, highlighted “the determination and the quality of the study skills the students demonstrated, enabling them to make good progress, despite the lockdowns they have experienced. They deserve every success in the future, and I am delighted for them.”
QE Sixth Form is the place to be to make great progress in your Post 16 education. Applications are welcome for our September 2022 intake, come along to the enrolment day on Monday 5th September between 1.30pm and 3.00pm at the Western Road campus.
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