Sixth Form News
Exam Results 2015
We had a very, very good year last year. A headline figure of 84% is the best results Oxfordshire has ever seen for GCSE. Results for our most able students are brilliant too, but with respect to their efforts we are perhaps most proud of those who came to Wallingford struggling a little but left with good results. We hope to be in the top 1% for value added in England, which would mean you would have to drive past 99 schools before you'd come across one to match us, whatever profile you enter Wallingford with.
In an average school, one that is working hard and doing a good job for its students, a typical student might leave with 4 grade B passes. At Wallingford, that same child would get 1 grade B and 3 As.
We are struggling with the balance between celebrating this incredible success and boasting. We are also terrified at having to keep this standard going, which is probably healthy.
At A Level 36% of all exams sat were A or A*, with some of our departments producing incredible value added scores and an overall performance that puts us comfortably in the top 25% nationally.
There is a lot more to a good school than results and there are a lot of good schools near Wallingford, so we are wary of saying this means we are the best. Another school will always suit some people better. We have huge respect for the work done in our neighbouring schools. That said, clearly there is something very special going on here.
Thank you to the staff who worked so hard to achieve this and not just the teachers. Thanks also to the students. We hope you go on to make the difference these results suggest you might.
For those to whom statistics really matter here are a few of the headlines.
• At AS: Physics, History and German students made progress in the top 10% of the country.
• At AS: Product Design, Mathematics and Geography students made progress in the top 25% of the country.
• At A2: Drama & Theatre Studies, Sociology, PE, Mathematics, Geography and Further Maths students made progress in the top 10% of the country.
• At A2: Applied Science, Media Studies, History, English Literature and Physics students made progress in the top 25% of the country.
• Students studying the BTEC IT, Art and Design and Business Diplomas made progress in the top 25% of the country.
• One third of the students studying A Level Mathematics achieved the highest grade, an A*.
• At both AS and A2, the overall progress made by sixth form students at Wallingford School was in the top 25% of the country.
• 84% of students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades – our best result ever!
• 88% of students achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Maths.
• 91% of students achieved at least a C grade in GCSE English and 43% achieved either an A or an A*.
• In triple sciences, 69%, 75% and 78% achieved at least an A grade in Physics, Chemistry and Biology respectively.
• 69% of music students achieved either an A or an A*.
• 91% of PE students secured at least a C grade.
• On the whole, 90% of subjects delivered 'Outstanding' results.
• On average, students achieved ¾ of a grade higher, per subject, than the national average.
• In Design Technology: Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles all recorded over 89% of their students achieving at least a C grade.