Woodroffe students impress with A-level grades despite COVID disruption

Students were treated to ice cream as they collected their results today

A-LEVEL students from the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis have still managed to achieve some outstanding results despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

After their school year came to an abrupt end in March and exams were cancelled, students nervously returned to Woodroffe today to collect their much-anticipated A-level grades, which were set by exam boards with input from teachers.

Across England, 36% of entries had a lower grade than teachers predicted and 3% were down two grades. But Woodroffe still saw some outstanding performances from students.

Jamie Waplington achieved four A* grades in chemistry, maths, further maths and physics securing him a place to study physics at the University of Bath, while Theo Heath-Coleman achieved two A* grades in biology and chemistry and two A grades in religious studies and maths securing him a place to study Medicine at Oxford University.

Kitty Ford achieved two A* grades in history and politics and an A grade in religious studies securing her a place to study history and politics at Cambridge University, and Jasmine Aldridge achieved two A* in religious studies and English literature and an A in classical civilisation.

Chet Gillespie achieved two A* grades in maths and further maths and a B grade in physics; Katy Henderson achieved an A* grade in chemistry and two A grades in biology and maths; James Turner achieved an A* in religious studies and three A grades in classical civilisation, English literature and English language; Grace Bellorini achieved an A * grade in English literature and two A grades in classical civilisation and chemistry; Katy Betts, Felix Thompson, Sean Harvey and Oscar Bowskill all achieved three A grades.

Headteacher Dan Watts said it was pleasing to see so many top grades across all subject areas, including humanities, sciences and the arts.

He commented: “At The Woodroffe School, we are immensely proud of our students and wish them the very best for the future. We will continue to offer our full support and assistance to all those who need it during the coming days and weeks following the release of the A-level and level 3 results. These are unprecedented times and together we succeed.

“This has been a very challenging year for all students and the significant disruption to education has been felt most keenly by those who should have taken their final exams this summer.

“Our school has a long track record of academic excellence and this year, despite the difficulties faced, is no different. Our students have achieved incredibly well across the full range of A-level and Level 3 qualifications and will continue to do so within their chosen new destinations.

“We are disappointed that the school year ended so abruptly and prevented students from experiencing some of the key moments in their education. However, we are continually amazed by the resilience and perseverance shown by our students in very challenging circumstances.

“We also recognise the anxiety caused by the events of the past few months and thank our parents and carers for their continued support.

“Our staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that students have been cared for and have continued to receive the best education possible. We have strived to ensure that students have been given every chance to pursue their chosen next steps and staff will remain available to offer support and guidance where needed.

“Students will be leaving Woodroffe to take places at many of the top universities in the country and I am pleased to say that the majority of students secured excellent university places. We wish them well and are confident that they are on course to succeed at degree level and beyond.

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