The awarding of 2020 results was like nothing seen before but Strode College students continued to achieve above the national average, with 55% of A level students and a staggering 69% of vocational students achieving high grades.
With an overall pass rate of 99% and 24 A level subjects achieving 100%, Strode’s students followed in the footsteps of past leavers. This consistency of outstanding achievements was testament to the staff that had worked tirelessly to support students to achieve their very best. The college’s five-year average now stands at an average pass rate of 99%, high grades of nearly 60% and an A* – C achievement of 84%.
Katy Quinn, Principal and CEO, said: “Despite the challenges of lock-down and unprecedented changes to the awarding of grades and qualifications, our staff and students achieved beyond expectations. These results mean that our students can confidently progress to their University of choice, with nearly 30% of Strode students securing a place in one of the prestigious Russell Group Universities.
“Year on year Strode outperforms the national average with an outstanding five year track record of consistently high outcomes for its students. We provide a friendly, supportive and professional sixth form environment in which our students thrive and achieve beyond their potential. Congratulations to all our students and staff!”
The Government’s announcement on Wednesday detailing the ‘Triple Lock’ approach for the results, meant that students have the option to accept their calculated grades, appeal to receive their mock results instead or sit autumn exams as a third option. The college is in close communication with students that this impacts and is expecting further guidance to be issued.
“The Triple Lock means that we still haven’t got a final overall picture of results for our students and expect that grades will increase further,” Ms Quinn added.
Chris Harvey, Careers Advisor, said: “Most Strode UCAS applicants have been placed and we are working very closely with a small minority who we are supporting through clearing. So the vast majority of our students will meet their firm or conditional offer and with Clearing offers included it is likely that almost all students will be placed.
“We’ve seen a really interesting and diverse range of degrees this year including Korean and teaching English; natural history and media; immersive computing, chemical engineering, construction management, mental health nursing, neuroscience and architecture.”
Careers and IAG staff are available to provide support and advice where needed and students should contact 01458 844413 or firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to get advice about their results.
Among the top A Level students were: Amy Smith from Shepton Mallet (chemistry A*, biology A*, art & design (fine art) A*, extended project qualification A*); Isobel Persaud from Cheddar (dance A*, law A*, English literature A*, history A*); Sophie Frankpitt from Axbridge (English language A*, English literature A*, history A*, extended project qualification A*); Abigail Duncan from Yeovil (psychology A*, history A*, biology A*); Isabel Corp from Street (business A*, sociology A*, psychology A*) Benjamin Morris from Street (chemistry A*, Spanish A*, extended project qualification A*, further maths A).
Top achieving vocational students who achieved the top grade of triple distinction star in their extended diploma included: Maranella Raso from Wells (Level 3 extended diploma in business); Jasmine Heard from Frome (Level 3 extended diploma in children’s play, learning and development); Hayley Edwards from Castle Cary (Level 3 extended diploma in engineering); Edward Hodgson (Level 3 extended diploma in computing and IT).