This summer saw another set of exceptional Sixth Form results at Westlands School, with students achieving some outstanding grades.
88 students completed A level and level 3 vocational courses across 26 different subjects. Of these, 86 students achieved at least one C grade, with many going on to achieve A, A* and Distinction* grades.
Results compare favourably to last year, but we have been particularly pleased to gain more A* grades, achieving this mark for the first time ever in both mathematics and English literature.
Students also continued to achieve outstanding results in their BTEC vocational courses, with 139 of the 168 entries being graded at either Distinction or Distinction*. This percentage of 83% has improved from the figure of 79% last year.
Of the 267 entries completed by students overall, 233 grades secured were a C grade or higher, with 172 results being at least a B grade.
Students sat A Level examinations in courses such as art and design, biology, chemistry and physics, English language and literature, geography, history, mathematics, psychology and sociology. Many students completed BTEC qualifications in vocational subjects, including IT, business, dance, drama, music, sport, health and social care and engineering. Although it is difficult to pick out particular subjects for praise, some results do stand out. In Finance for example all students achieved at least a C grade, with 73% exceeding their target grade by at least one level. BTEC subjects such as applied science, engineering and sport also secured 100% Distinction and Distinction*outcomes.
Students worthy of particular mention include Lucy Elliott-Brown who achieved A* in English literature, plus an A in media studies and a B in biology. She is taking up a place at the University of East Anglia to do adult nursing; Jade Chapman-Elliott gained As in biology and psychology, and a B in maths, who intends to go to Surrey University to do Bio-medical science; and our national ice hockey players Haydn and Taylor Wootton who secured A*s in mathematics and Distinction*s in sport, alongside their gruelling training programme. They will be continuing their studies, with a view to complete further maths and engineering, in the hope of gaining a place at an American University in 2017 to further pursue their sporting passion. Other high flyers include Danny Butler (Distinction* in applied science and double sport, and Distinction in IT) who is going to the University of East London to do a sports therapy course, and Katie Reynolds (Distinction* in business and double health and social care, and a C in sociology) who has won a place at the University of Kent to read Criminology.
Swale Sixth Form
At AS we have seen the completion of our first year of outcomes as Swale Sixth Form; a joint provision between Westlands School and Sittingbourne Community College. Due to the recent changes to Post 16 examinations we were able to offer students courses in 9 different subjects, with others making impressive progress on their new two year A level or BTEC courses. Results have again been impressive, with nearly 50% of grades (48/101) achieved being A*-B grades, and 80% A*-C (81/101).
Headteacher Simon Cox commented that ‘The greatest satisfaction of being a secondary school teacher is helping children through their difficult teenage years to a point where they leave as young adults with a collection of top class qualifications. The class of 2016 should be rightly proud of their achievements and I am delighted that Westlands School continues to enable students to do well in a wide range of subjects. Our excellent results at A/S level suggest that our Sixth Form partnership with Sittingbourne Community College, known as Swale Sixth Form, will only enhance 16-19 provision in Sittingbourne.’