LORD Wandsworth College pupils and staff have revelled in the challenges of the new A-Level landscape, and against a national and well-documented concern of more rigorous examinations, the pressure was on for the cohort of 2018.
Nonetheless, pupils delivered some stunning academic stories, with 41 per cent of all results being graded A*-A, nearly 70 per cent A*-B (an increase of five per cent on the previous year and close to 12 per cent in the past two years); and the pass rate was 98 per cent.
After the successes of science, maths and English last year, it was the turn of geography, French, psychology, design and business studies – all highly relevant and applicable subjects to the modern workplace.
The year group further provided an almost clean sweep of A*s in their extended project qualifications as they took and applied their subject knowledge to university-degree level.
Furthermore, with transformational investments in teaching, sporting and dining facilities over the summer close to completion and more than £12m more in the pipeline within the next five years, the future would appear to look bright for this co-educational, all-round school near Odiham with an academic heart; a school which continues to have record levels of pupils attending this September.
The school has expressed “congratulations” in particular to Callum Grossmith, who achieved 3A*s and an A grade, as well as Luke Benham (A*, A*, A, A) and Antonia Milla, Jemima Cecil, Will Tomlinson, Sam Wong, Alex Lewis, Beth McKinnon, Queenie Li, Joe Van der Flier, Katie Wills, Ryan Sakellariou, Jacob Bellmore and Charlie Thursfield, who all achieved a raft of A* and A grades.
Headteacher Adam Williams said: “To see a school whose pupils and staff are utterly committed to character education, pupil Vvoice and an all-round education is inspirational, and our pupils can be rightly proud of some of our finest exam performances in recent years which will spur them onward and upward in their future careers to make a positive difference in the world; a world where curiosity, creativity and emotional intelligence are key.
“They have been supported by phenomenal teachers too, who strive constantly for new and innovative ways to deliver an ever-changing and complex curriculum.”