Significant rise in top grades

The Royal Hospital School has seen a significant rise in top grades in the 2019 A level results with 10.4% of papers at A*. Overall, this cohort of 90 pupils achieved an 85.7% A*-C pass rate continuing an upward trend over the last eight years.

Headmaster, Simon Lockyer, said: "I am very pleased with this year's strong set of A Level results and the continued upward trend in the proportion of A* to C grades over the past eight years. Despite the national trend of a drop in top grades, at the Royal Hospital School we have seen a 5% rise in the number of A*s demonstrating our focus on stretch and challenge. I am equally delighted with the outstanding personal performances from pupils of all abilities who have far exceeded expectations. In addition, these impressive young people make remarkable contributions to school life through leadership roles, sport, music, service and participating in the many co-curricular activities on offer. I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved and the commitment of the staff who have taught and supported them."

With 27 A level and BTEC subjects supplemented by enrichment courses and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), the Royal Hospital School demonstrates that breadth of choice combined with academic rigor is the formula for success. Now in its second year, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport saw 100% of pupils gaining a Distinction*, Distinction or Merit (the equivalent of A*to C grades) and the School has further cemented its commitment to BTEC options with the introduction of a Level 3 Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (two A level equivalent). The first cohort will complete the course in June 2020.

Head of Sixth Form, Chris Graham, goes on to say: "This is the first year that all A Level subjects have been taught using a linear course structure. This means that this year group have taken all their examinations at the end of the two-year course which gives more time for teaching and learning. It also means that without coursework and modules completed across the two years, it has been harder to predict final grades. Despite this uncertainty, Royal Hospital School pupils are celebrating a strong set of results with the highest number of top grades for eight years. We are pleased with the percentage of A*to C grades at 85.7% as the School continues to challenge pupils of all abilities to achieve their personal best."