Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH SCHOOL IN CUMBRIA IS CELEBRATING ANOTHER EXCELLENT YEAR FOR A LEVEL RESULTS

Sedbergh School in Cumbria is celebrating another excellent year for A Level results.

Sixth Form pupils achieved the highest ever A*AB rate at 63 per cent, continuing a rising trend.

Headmaster, Andrew Fleck said: “Staff and pupils have worked very hard to achieve these results so we are delighted with the outcome which means that pupils will be able to follow their university ambitions. We are also looking forward to new curriculum developments this year which will offer greater opportunities to pupils and maintain our upward trend.”

John Chen (W), from China, achieved a remarkable three A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Grace Chen (C), from Hong Kong, achieved two A*s in Mathematics and Physics, and two As in Further Maths and Economics.

Alex Porter (R) from Dumfries, deputy head of school, secured her place at Bristol University to study Chemical Physics with two A*s in Mathematics and Chemistry and one A in Physics. Alex Barker (H), from near Harrogate, also achieved straight As (with one A*) and will study Ancient, Medieval and Modern History at Durham University. 

The majority of pupils will secure entry to a chosen university and we already know that the destinations include Durham, Exeter, Bristol, Warwick and Imperial College London. Once again, the Chemistry department performed very well, along with Art, Economics and Mathematics.

Deputy Head and Head of Sixth Form Paul Fairclough said: “It is now two years since we established our new sixth form centre and it has become a very productive study space. This year we have installed new study carrels and we are reaping the benefits of the Elevate Education study skills programme, which runs for pupils in Years 11 to 13. This focuses on skills such as time and memory management.”

The 2014/15 academic year has had many highs, including an ‘outstanding’ Independent Schools Inspectorate report for boarding and pastoral welfare, which made no recommendations for improvement and highlighted the positive behaviour and relationships which are central to school life, and the rigorous staff selection and induction processes. 

Over 500 pupils will start the new school year on 1st September, the largest that Sedbergh School has been in its 490 year history. 

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