David Ross Education Trust Applauds students for their results on unprecedented results day

Monday, August 24, 2020

Students across the David Ross Education Trust are today celebrating A Level success following the publication of this year’s results, having endured months of uncertainty throughout the lockdown during their final term at school.

Despite schools having to close to most students in March, lessons for the sixth form continued online to ensure that all of the students were able to carry on with courses remotely, still benefiting from excellent teaching and regular interaction with staff.

With exams cancelled, Government has decided that students’ results would be based on a combination of teachers’ assessment of what grade a student would have got had they sat the exams, and the rank order of students within school, together with a national standardisation process which takes account of the school’s performance over the last two years.

Staff and teachers across the trust have worked extremely hard to make sure that the grading for every student is as fair as possible, and allows students to take their next step – whether that is taking up a place at university or starting an apprenticeship.

Overall, 74% of all A Levels were graded A* – C, and 22% of grades were A* – A. We have also seen an improvement in our average grade moving from C to C+ and moving to a positive position on our value-add score for A levels of 0.03, compared to -0.28 last summer.

Regarding our vocational courses, we have reinforced last year’s performance by achieving an average Merit+ again.

Most importantly, our students have secured some impressive destinations. Early indications show 12% of our students have secured a place at a Russell Group university, with a further 64% securing a place at another university or are currently going through clearing. Additional pathways for our students include apprenticeships (13%) or employment (6%), with the remaining students choosing either a gap year or resitting Year 13.

Stuart Burns, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust said:

“Today is a great opportunity to celebrate the leadership and academic ambition of our Year 13 students, who have shown great resilience during these challenging times and with whom we will maintain a strong bond, providing support and advice as they take their next steps into further study and employment.

“We are incredibly proud of all of our students today, but I’d also like to put on record my thanks to our staff. Their unstinting hard work and commitment to our students throughout these challenges has been humbling, and their efforts are helping our commitment of providing a world-class education become a reality in our sixth forms.”