Our A level results were again very strong, with 59.39% of grades at A*/A/B grades, with a pass rate of 97.82%. This represents an increase in the proportion of higher grades when compared with 2016, and in a year when half of our entries were in the new reformed A level courses which are designed to be harder than the syllabus they replaced. The proportion getting in to their first or second choice University offer remains at the level of recent years.
Some subjects saw a particularly strong performance, with more than 65% A*/A.B grades. These are Ancient History 85.71%, Art 100%, Biology 82.8%, Chemistry 66.67%, DT Electronics 100%, DT Graphics 85.7%, DT Materials 75%, English Literature 75%, History 66.67% and Further Maths 100%. Many other subjects performed very well, given the starting points of their particular group of students.
We are very pleased that both our students holding offers from Oxford and Cambridge met the very challenging grade requirements for their courses, and many other students performed very well in achieving their university offers. Top performers are Ben Barlow (2A*, 1A), Harry Cooper (4 A*, 1A), Dash Howarth (3A*, 1B), Reid Kelly (2A*, 1A), Lewis Simmonds (2A*, 1A), Ross Tooley (4A*) and Alex Wright (3A*). Congratulations to them and to all students for their achievements, and to their teachers and parents for the support and challenge they provided them with during their time at Poole Grammar.
A J Baker