24th August 2023
Whilst GCSE grade boundaries across England have returned to their pre-pandemic levels, the percentage of pupils at King Edward’s Witley who achieved grades 9-7 (equivalent to A*/A) has increased significantly from pre-pandemic levels to 40.2% of all grades, with particular success in STEM subjects. Some pupils deserve special recognition; Danny R, from Woking achieved Grade 9’s across Maths, Triple Science, English Language, Latin, French as well as grade A for the Additional Maths Qualification which will stand him in good stead as he embarks on A-levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry to prepare for a career in Engineering. Similarly, Michael S, from Elstead, was awarded straight 9’s in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography and French, amongst his results, and now builds on this by studying Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Geography in the Sixth Form. Carol Y, from Guildford, also achieved a combination of 8’s and 9’s in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Music and an A in Additional Maths and goes on to pursue Maths, Physics and Music Tech. Elena K, from Chiddingfold also excelled in her results, achieving Grade 8’s and 9’s across Maths, Science, English, Geography and Food Science, and has opted to build on her passion for the Humanities focusing on History, Politics, Geography and Economics in the Sixth Form at King Edward’s Witley.
Commenting on the School’s GCSE results, Mrs Joanna Wright, Head, said: “For every grade achieved, there are hours of hard work shared between pupil and teacher. We are very proud of the committed teaching and learning relationship which has resulted in such good marks. We want each pupil to attain their very best in whatever they do, so it is good to see academic success alongside pursuit of excellence in so many areas of school life.”
Deputy Head (Academic) Mr Richard Davies explains that: “This latest set of results demonstrates how passionate and inspiring teachers, and outstanding pastoral support, provide pupils at KESW with a fantastic opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to progress on to the next stage of their learning journey. The school’s rich heritage, connections with the City of London, and Charity partners, help build a learning community that is truly united by diversity and able to support a number of pupils through its charitable Foundation. Roman H, from Ukraine, is one such pupil who joined the School’s international programme and after a year, achieved 9s in GCSE Economics and Spanish and 7 in GCSE Physics and English; this serves to illustrate the transformative impact of education at the heart of the School’s mission.”
Having celebrated their achievements, pupils will return to a Sixth Form that is going from strength to strength. The school continues to invest in this area of the School as a key part of its strategic plan with an expanded A-Level 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 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. He says, “ 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* students 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 at email@example.com.