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Three cheers for Knutsford High School

By on August 19, 2011

Photo (C)2011 James Wilson - Knutsford Guardian

This year the students have produced some outstanding figures for the school – the best ever on several counts

In particular they produced the both the best average points scores and the fewest ungraded exams ever.

The proportion of A* was up from 5% last year to 7% this year, with A* grades achieved in over a half of all subjects studied.

9 students obtained nothing less than a grade A, and a half of all grades were A*, A or B.  Best performances went to Rick Arnell, who gained four A* in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and a Distinction in BTEC Music, and Carly Redhead who gained A*s in Economics, English Literature and Maths and an A in Religious Studies.  Rick is now intending to study Materials Science at the University of Sheffield and Carly will be going to Bristol University to study a joint honours degree in Economics and Philosophy.

“There can not be many students who have reached the demanding standard for A*s in so many subjects.  Rick and Carly have been two of our best students and have both participated widely in school and community events.”  (Rick is a talented guitarist and sportsman, Carly is also an excellent sportswoman and one of the Sixth Form reps on the school Parliament)

Many students had already have visited the UCAS website to receive confirmation of their University placements before arriving at school – others found the site difficult to access due to the volume of hits the site was receiving.  “I would rather come in to school to get my results,” said one student, “It’s all about meeting friends and sharing what we got.”  Texts and phone calls home were bountiful, and I’m sure Facebook will have many results on by now…

There were 136 students sitting between them 398 Level 3 exams (A Level 369, BTEC 19, OCR Nationals 10), plus a number of other qualification entries such as AS exams (136), Asset Languages (8), and Extended Projects (12).

At a glance:

  • 136 students sat 398 A level exams
  • 99.3% of all exam entries received an A level grade (2010 – 97.6%)
  • almost half of all grades were A*-B (49%), with 7% gaining A*s (2010 – 5%); ¾ of all grades were C or better
  • average points per entry was 210.2 – the highest in the school’s history (2010 figure: 204.9)
  • average points per student was 736.4 (2010 figure: 696.6) – again, the highest in the school’s history and beating last year’s Cheshire East results by 20 points!

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