Wisbech Grammar School pupils 'continue to astound' as A-level results are announced
Pupils at Wisbech Grammar School continue to excel in a remarkable display of resilience as A-Level results surpass expectations.
Continued disruption to WGS pupils’ school life in the form of further lockdowns, remote learning
and a stifling of the enrichment programmes were all overcome as demonstrated by a superb set
Headmaster Chris Staley said: “Once again, WGS pupils continue to astound me. The A-Level results this year have improved even further from 12 months ago. This particular year group were always predicted to achieve well based on their GCSE results in 2019.
"The top grades (A*-A) accounted for well over half of the results with 80 per cent of grades A*-B, and 92 per cent of grades A* to C, again an improvement upon last year. What is also pleasing is that in excess of 90 per cent of WGS pupils gained their first choice places at university, with other pupils
successfully achieving their goal to move straight into employment or degree apprenticeships.
"I have been impressed with the continued dedication of pupils to their studies and their overall resilience in the face of adversity.
"The teaching staff have worked tirelessly to minimise disruptions and deliver new ways of teaching that embrace technology, harnessing new innovations and revolutionising teaching; changes that we will continue to develop in the future. It is these intrinsic behaviours that form the cornerstone of my vision for the school, to teach the skills today that the world needs tomorrow.
"There is no doubt in my mind that a by-product of the pandemic, and the challenges faced by these pupils, will result in this wave of young people being better prepared than ever before for the next stage of their journeys .
"The process this year has been more defined, with quality assurance on teacher assessments
being carried out both internally and externally by JCQ and all the exam boards. These results are a testament to the professionalism of the teachers and pupils, working together to ensure that the assessment system is both accurate and robust. For this, I am immensely proud of everyone’s contributions in the ever changing landscape of assessment.
"My final comment is one that goes to the U6th personally: Whilst we strive for academic excellence, our philosophy at WGS is to enrich your education with key skills and behaviours that allow you to step with positivity and confidence into the outside world.
"With all the difficulties faced and dealt with, these skills have truly come to the fore. Remember my clear message to you after the end of term in July - You only get one chance to make a first impression, remember everything is important, so be excellent. People notice excellence. Stand out and become unforgettable."