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Celebrating A Level success

A pupil looks at his results
A pupil looks at his results

This morning, our pupils, parents, and teachers celebrated the release of A Level results.

9 out of 10 pupils secured a place at their university of choice, with all the Oxbridge hopefuls achieving their places to read subjects including Mathematics, French, PPE, Human, Social & Political Sciences and Spanish. Other pupils secured their places at universities around the country including Imperial College London, Queen’s University Belfast, Durham University, University of Leeds, University of Bath, and King’s College London. Pupils have also this year gone on to degree apprenticeship schemes with prestigious firms such as KPMG and creative courses including Film Production & Cinematography at Bournemouth University (Salisbury).

“Today is about celebrating the impressive achievements of these hard-working pupils who have undertaken their first formal exams, passing with flying colours,” said David Wickes, Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School. “Their commitment and passion for the subjects they have studied, along with the close support from their teachers can be seen in these results.”

As has been widely reported, Public Examinations this year have returned to 2019 levels of grading, so it is therefore particularly pleasing to note that this year’s cohort at PGS achieved stronger grades than in 2019. Of note were the performances of our Mathematicians and Computer Scientists with nearly half of all grades awarded in Further Maths and Computer Science at A*. Nearly as impressive were the results in subjects as varied as Art, Politics and Design & Technology, with a third of grades being awarded at A*. Overall nearly 30% of our pupils achieved straight A*A grades, with over 70% gaining grades at A* or A.

“Encouraging young leaders and fostering a strong sense of community is a central part of the Sixth Form at PGS,” concludes David Wickes. “That our pupils are going on to pursue diverse subjects at university or embark on career degree apprenticeships reflects the breadth of their interests we have nurtured and the well-rounded education they’ve received. Congratulations to them all and I wish them every success in the future.”

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