Rossall School’s reputation a a centre of academic excellence received yet another boost with the publication of A Level results this morning.
Earlier in the Summer, students sitting the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme achieved record-breaking results (an average diploma score of 35 points) which served to buck global trends.
This time round it was the turn of those students who have spent the last two years studying for A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. Despite the unique challenges of the last couple of years, there is an enormous amount to celebrate.
In terms of UCAS points, just under 40% of the Upper Sixth Form cohort at Rossall School walked away from their examinations with the equivalent of 3 ‘A’s (at A level) or above.
An impressive number of students achieved a clean sweep of ‘A*’s and ‘A’s this summer and whilst there is much to celebrate as a School, it is the individual success stories that mean so much to staff, parents and pupils. German and English Literature achieved 100% ‘A*’s and ‘A’*s and other departments such as Design Technology, Graphics and Psychology also achieved outstanding results.
Reflecting upon this year’s results, Headmaster Jeremy Quartermain remarked:
“Obviously the headline statistics are pleasing, but it is the individual stories that inspire and delight us.
“We are incredibly proud of all our students; especially those who have overcome personal challenges to achieve fantastic outcomes.
“I would like to pay tribute to our Director of Sixth Form, Nick Crombie, for leading such an intellectually vibrant and culturally exciting community.
“It is no secret that, in this part of the world, Rossall Sixth Form is now the place to be for aspirant young people who wish to excel across an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects and co-curricular activities.
“We are much more than a school, and our teachers make a real investment in the lives of all those whom they teach, mentor and support. There is a profound happiness in helping young people to achieve their dreams and that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Nick Crombie, Director of Sixth Form added:
“I am very proud of this Upper Sixth group who have pulled out all of the stops to achieve results that they can be truly proud of despite the unprecedented challenges that their cohort has faced.
“They have, individually and collectively, left such a hugely positive mark on the Rossall community. We will miss them greatly and wish them all the very best for their very bright futures.”
Every year Rossall students progress to some of the most prestigious university courses both here within the UK and overseas.
This year is no exception and Rossall students will be heading to Oxford, Manchester, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Leeds, the London School of Economics, UCL, King’s College London, Loughborough, Sheffield and countless other Top20/Russell Group universities.
They are going on to study an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects including Architecture, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Music, Physics, Psychology, Economics and Management.
Oscar Wood, Emily Yang, Carmen Simal Garcia and Hannah Jones all walked away with an impressive 3 ‘A*s’. Oscar and Hannah have both been accepted by Imperial College where they will join fellow Sixth Former Elias Fink, who achieved 42 points within the IB Diploma – aged just 16.
Hannah said “I feel really happy with my results. I did a lot better than I was expecting to and I am delighted to have been accepted by Imperial College London to study Biochemistry.”
Thumbel Sit, who chose Rossall because of its exceptional visual arts provision, achieved A*A*A and is off to study Graphic and Communication Design at Leeds University, one of the most prestigious courses in this field.
Thumbel said “I feel really happy to have received such good A Level results – I really was not expecting it.
“I am going to the University of Leeds to study Graphic and Communication Design. I am very passionate about Art and hope to have a career in that field.
“The teachers at Rossall are really caring and dedicate a lot of time and effort with each student.
“I would really like to thank my Graphics teacher, Miss Latham who made sure I worked hard to achieve my potential.”
Internationally, a number of Rossall students have won places at world class universities. Seb Cave, Cait Knight, Stepan Maltsev, Lucy Moss, Eugenio Valle and Connor Owen are all crossing the Atlantic with Seb, Lucy and Connor all having secured 100% golfing scholarships at top universities (Birmingham, Alabama, Missouri Southern State and Lynn University Florida respectively).
Closer to home, students are heading to Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam and other European cultural hotspots.
Rossall students fulfilling their dreams
A number of students have won places on very competitive apprenticeship programs – John Cooper will be joining BAE Systems and Millie Ellis is joining Deloitte.
Eighteen-year-old John has been at Rossall for 16 years and said, “The teaching I received at Rossall was amazing and the additional help I was given was great.
“I could not ask for anything more. My time at Rossall has been fantastic. I have made lifelong friends, acquired skills and made memories that will last a lifetime.
“I have been given the opportunity to work at BAE Systems where I hope to have a long and successful career as an engineer.”
Isabella Wright who has been at Rossall since she was 2 years old will be taking up a place at Durham University to study Sports Science after gaining 2 distinction stars (the equivalent of 2 A*s) and a B in her A Levels.
She said, “I am so relieved and super proud of myself. I cannot wait to go out and celebrate with my friends and family.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Rossall. Over the past 14 years, I have had a really good experience, making friends for life and having amazing teachers who have been incredibly supportive – especially, Mr Crombie who has been there through the good times and the bad.
“My BTEC teachers have also been so supportive and helpful, and my Business Studies teachers Mr Cushley and Mrs Wright have been amazing with helping me in my A Level.”
Luke Black, who achieved A*s in Maths and Further Maths at A-level said, “I am really happy that I have received the results that I wanted and have secured my place at Manchester University to study Maths. I then hope to have a career in finance.
“Looking back, I am very happy with my time at Rossall. It’s gone really well – not just my A Levels but the overall experience.”
Harry Platt who has been at Rossall since he was 7 years old and an excellent ambassador for the performing arts is going on to study Music and Song Writing.
He said, “I am very relieved to have finally received my results and I am delighted to be going on to study at Leeds Conservatoire.
“Rossall has given me many opportunities to do lots of things I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I would like to thank all my teachers who have helped me over the years.”
Triplets Israa, Afaf and Fajar, who joined Rossall from Highfield Academy in Blackpool, are all delighted to be able to pursue their dreams of studying for a Nursing degree at King’s College London.
The Headmaster, Jeremy Quartermain concluded:
“This is an amazing cohort of young people and we wish them all the best for the future.”