Against a backdrop of falling A level results across the country, Wycliffe pupils are celebrating bucking the trend. An overall improvement on last year’s excellent outcomes for the school included several pupils bagging hatsful of A* and A grades as well as many exceeding their personal targets. The College’s value added performance looks likely to be good again with average grades exceeding targets.
Top achievers included Amelia Henley from Kent, off to Harvard University with a Scholarship having achieved two A*s and one A grade, and Head of School, Tom O’Driscoll with A* and two A grades at A level plus an A* in the Extended Project who will now take his place at Trinity College, Oxford to read History and Politics.
In addition, Alberto Martinuzzi from Seville scored three A*s and two A grades in five A levels to get him into Bath University to study Mechanical Engineering. Ilya Nuzbrokh from Moscow also impressed with four A* grades and a B and this secures him a place at St. Andrews where he will read Maths and Philosophy.
Seb Abbott from Stonehouse (a pupil at Wycliffe since the Nursery!) with three As will be going to Imperial College to read Biological Sciences. Stephanie Bagnall from Hardwicke was another local success whose A*, B and C will take her to Royal Holloway to read English and Theatre Studies.
Sporting local trio Will Goodwin, Jack Shepherd and Angus Wightman rounded off a spectacular year with the highest possible grades in BTEC Sport. Theirs were among the four top Distinction* grades and four Distinctions achieved by pupils at the College. This topped their success on and off the field which included organising a spectacular Charity Powder Dash. Wycliffe’s BTEC programme also saw success in the Travel and Tourism discipline with Zoe Mitchell securing double Distinction* and two others, Henry Moss and Kai Cheng netting Distinction*, Distinction
Head of Wycliffe College, Nick Gregory said,
“It is impossible in a short report to do justice to the 80 individual stories of each of our leavers but we are incredibly proud of all of their wide-ranging achievements, not just those mentioned above. We are also very proud to be able to send each of them on to the next stage of their lives which, for almost all, involves continuing in education studying something in which they are profoundly and passionately interested.”
Wycliffe has been celebrating GCSE success with its pupils this morning. Performance far exceeded predictions and three-quarters of all pupils secured eight Grades or more at A*-C. With the worst ever decline in GCSE results across the nation, Wycliffe, a non-selective school, out-stripped national performance by 15%. More than 91% of Wycliffe’s pupils achieved at least five Grades at A*-C including English and Maths.
Among the pupils who bagged nine or more A* and A Grades were Eve Gencheva, Oli Harris, Emily Riley, Erin Lavender, Charlie Pritchard, Thomas Parker, Holly Bankes, Izzy Menendez, Josie Hampson and Jess Telford. Also in that group were; Annie Rees, who combined top performances in Drama and Music with her six A*s and five A Grades, as well as reaching the National Final of the Speaking Poetry by Heart poetry verse-reading competition and gaining full marks in Business and Economics, Maths, Chemistry and Physics exams along the way. Charlotte Greensmith capped a spectacular year, in which she was awarded a Grade 7 with Merit for singing, with ten A*/ A Grades at GCSE. Kelly Fletcher, who achieved ten A*s, an A and a B, also scored full marks in exams in History, Geography, Religious Studies, Chemistry and Physics. In total, sixteen pupils attained full marks in one or more exams, a remarkable achievement.
These were just some of the many in the a year group of just eighty pupils at Wycliffe whose sporting, cultural and artistic performances out of the classroom also put them among the very best in the county, region and even nation.
Adding to the success were the twenty-six pupils in Wycliffe’s Development Year. These international pupils spend a year learning English in preparation for A Levels and undertake the significant trial of studying for GCSEs in just one year, in a second language. More than half exceeded the five A*-C threshold despite this challenge. Among best performers were Janet Huang from China who achieved five A*s, two Bs, Ana Herrlein of Germany with three A/A*s and three Bs and Russian Eve Litvinia Evgeniya Litvina who secured five A*s, an A and two Bs.
With GCSE predictions being exceeded again, value-added scores are expected to be very good indeed once full analysis is complete. Wycliffe’s Head, Nick Gregory said “What is especially pleasing about this excellent set of results is that this particular group of boys and girls are such contributors in all aspects of school life, not purely the academic side of education. Many of those named above are also outstanding musicians, singers, actors, sportsmen/women too and have in many cases also taken a lead in raising money for various charitable causes.