Sixth Form Results 2020
Simply put, our students are amazing! This has to be one of the most difficult press releases that I have ever had to write as a head teacher and I do not want the surreal and unique circumstances that we find ourselves in to detract from the fact that the Year 13 students of Poynton High School are amazing, inspirational and brilliant in equal measure. Over 130 Year 13 Poynton students have today received their final A-Level and BTEC grades, known as “Calculated Grades” and if these were ‘normal times’ then I would be quoting how these are the best results ever achieved, but these are not ‘normal times’ and these are not ‘normal grades’. There is such mixed emotion flying around with regard to these grades, in all schools nationally. With the cancellation of all exams this summer, students across the country today have received grades based on a series of calculations made by the examination boards. As agreed with all other head teachers in Cheshire East, we will not be releasing headline measures this year, suffice to say we are celebrating amazing outcomes and progression routes for our students.
Head Teacher, Mr David Waugh said “…this year group is so very special for so many reasons. They have today been awarded an amazing set of qualifications. They are also very special to me personally, as this is the year group that I started with as a new Head Teacher back in September 2013. This year group has consistently performed amazingly in every aspect of their studies and school life. They have been an inspiration for us all here at Poynton High School and as they now progress on to the next chapters in their lives I just wanted to say directly to them…you truly are an inspirational group of young people who will go on to brilliant and amazing things. Please remember what I said in that last assembly to you back in March…stay safe, be kind, gain knowledge and be a good citizen. Now go out into this world and make it a better place, “…sometimes it falls to a generation to be great, you can be that generation!”
We have 138 brilliant Yr13 students, who are unfortunately too numerous to mention in this press release. As a flavour of our great students, we have included below some examples of the brilliant things our students are going to progress on to:
- Sam F will be progressing to the University of Plymouth to read Medicine. Sam’s hard work and commitment was evident throughout his time in our Sixth Form, not only did he work hard to achieve his own grades, but also lead a Medicine Preparation group for younger students to share his experience of the Medicine recruitment process.
- George S will be progressing to Barclays Bank to complete a Digital Solutions Apprenticeship. His placement was hard fought as Barclays receive a huge number of applicants for their Degree Level Apprenticeships. George’s hard work in his studies was also complemented by following the Career Ready Programme which undoubtedly helped him hone his interview skills.
- Benjamin P’s outstanding results mean he will be progressing to the University of Edinburgh to read Artificial Intelligence and Computer Studies. Having gone above and beyond with his Year 12 work experience placement, securing a placement in Silicon Valley California with the Google Head Quarters, Ben’s interest in this field was very evident!
- Daisy B has secured an Accountancy Apprenticeship with Global Accountancy Firm KPMG, a real achievement due to the large number of applications they receive. Daisy achieved highly at A level and can now progress confidently to her chosen career.
- Ewan T’s hard work was rewarded, he achieved very highly in his four A levels and this has secured his place to read Materials Science at the University of Oxford. Ewan’s focus was evident when he gained a coveted place on the Headstart Summer School studying Materials Science at Oxford. Additionally gaining work experience working at East Midlands Airport assisting Aircraft Engineers check the integrity of aircraft wings enabled him to clearly illustrate his passion and understanding for this field.
- Anna C will be progressing to become a Vet of the future, her hard work in her studies and extensive fund raising to enable her to participate in the Camps International Expedition to the Galapagos Islands, allowing her to visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre. This cemented her plans to become a Vet and she will be reading Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool.
- Charlotte D’s outstanding A Level results, have enabled her to progress to the University of Oxford to read German. Charlotte’s passion for the subject began with her GCSE, participating in the German Exchange and subsequently visiting the country multiple times to immerse herself in the language and culture. She was able to complete an Extended Project Qualification during the Sixth Form, through which she chose to focus on Childhood Language acquisition, in particular bilingualism.