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Year 13 pupils celebrate success after toughest A-Level year

13 August 2020

Year 13 pupils celebrate success after toughest A-Level year

Our Year 13 pupils are discovering the world is their oyster after receiving their grades following the most difficult conclusion in the history of A-Level studies. 

Headline figures show a total of 70% of results were graded A*-B; 40% of which were A*-A. 

Pupils have confirmed offers to a range of Russell Group universities including Imperial College, UCL, Glasgow, Exeter and Southampton as well as those further afield including one student attending New York University in Abu Dhabi. 

Year 13 pupil, Ross Sime who achieved his predicted grades and is off to his university of choice said “I’m really happy with my results and I’m looking forward to studying English at the University of Exeter in September as I’d hoped. I’d like to thank all the staff at Durham School for their support and guidance over the years.”

A number of students are bound for prestigious medical schools around the country. 

Kieran McLaughlin, Headmaster at Durham School, said: “This year has been like no other for these students. It has been an unbelievably turbulent year and they have ridden the waves of emotion admirably throughout lockdown. Words would not do justice to the pride I, and all the teaching staff at Durham School, have in their positivity. 

“Overall, our whole school results are excellent and are a testament to the hard work of the pupils. Durham School is the highest performing school in County Durham for pupil progress and this is reflected in these results.” 

However, Mr McLaughlin raised concerns that some individual pupils were detrimentally affected by the Government’s decision to use statistical modelling instead of the centre assessments submitted by schools. 

Mr McLaughlin said: “This has undoubtedly been a difficult task for the Government to manage but the 11th hour changes have created uncertainty. The impact at an individual level is disconcerting and unnecessary.” 

Durham School operates a rigorous mock exam process which mirrors the actual exam conditions and uses past official papers to properly assess a pupil’s progress in the Spring term. Where necessary, it will appeal to a small number of grades that are disproportionately out of kilter with expected outcomes. 

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