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KESW pupils demonstrate they mean business with impressive clutch of A-levels 

17th August 2023

Against the national backdrop subdued by reports of lower grades and pupils missing out on university places, pupils in the Sixth Form at King Edward’s Witley are celebrating their results. They have been rewarded for their industrious approach to their academic studies with results that stand out. All our pupils should be commended for the way in which they have applied themselves to their studies; as the first cohort in our dedicated Sixth Form Boarding house, they set a high bar for future cohorts to emulate with just under a third of grades awarded at A* and A. Nonetheless, some pupils, in particular, deserve special recognition for their distinguished achievements. Top of the class was James S, from Haslemere, who achieved the tremendous feat of A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and an A in Chemistry; he is now hoping to read Maths at Durham University. Similarly, Owen R, from Guildford, achieved the hugely impressive tally of A*A*AA in Maths, Economics, Further Maths and Physics respectively and will go on to read Economics at LSE before seeking to pursue research in America. Out-going Head Girl, Annella R, is also celebrating her results taking a gap year returning to South Africa before returning to take up her place at the University of Nottingham to read Biology.

The School’s partnerships, rich heritage and connections to The City of London enable it to support a number of pupils through its charitable Foundation. We are particularly proud of their achievements. William B, from West Sussex, achieved A*AB in Geography, Classics and Philosophy and is going on to read Japanese Studies at Durham University. Similarly, Chelsea KS excelled in Art and Computer Science achieving A* and A respectively.

Deputy Head (Academic) Richard Davies, explains that: “This latest set of results demonstrates how the combination of small class sizes, passionate subject teachers who are relentless in their determination to support pupils realise their potential, and outstanding pastoral care empowers pupils in the Sixth Form at King Edward’s Witley to succeed. The school is continuing to invest in the Sixth Form with an expanded curriculum that now includes Psychology, Politics, Classics and the new KES Baccalaureate which sees pupils augmenting their formal A-level studies with the Extended Project Qualification, university style seminars in Critical Thinking and a community action project. Together with the new library, dedicated new Upper Sixth Form House and new design workshops, pupils have a fantastic learning environment in which to embark on their A-level studies. Their progress is overseen by our dynamic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Ian Peel, who, having joined us in January, is relishing the opportunity to lead this section of the school and ensure this is the capstone of pupils’ learning journey at KESW.”

Commenting on the School’s A-level results, Mrs Joanna Wright, Head, said: “Many congratulations to all our A-level pupils and their teachers. We are delighted that so many of them are celebrating their achievement and looking forward to their next step, whether this year at university, or next year, having worked and travelled.  We are delighted that so many of them are celebrating their excellent achievement and are now able to look forward to their next step. We are proud of our pupils who have great strength and valued each other’s company.”

Mr Ian Peel, Head of Sixth Form commented “I believe the true strength of King Edward’s Witley is that we provide an emotionally and intellectually supportive environment with pastoral care at the heart of all we do.  We are not a one-dimensional hothouse, but a multi-dimensional school interested in the education of the whole child where our pupils feel secure and valued. Very bright A* pupils and less academic pupils thrive and succeed equally, all getting the best grades they are capable of.”

To learn more about studying A-levels at King Edward’s School Witley, please join us at our dedicated Sixth Form Open evening on Thursday 28th September; you can find out more from our Admissions Team

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