As students across the country receive their A level results, we'll be updating this page to celebrate free school success.
Last year, King's Maths School was ranked number two in The Times league table – the only state school in the top 10 – with an incredible 88% of students achieving AAB with 2 facilitating subjects and an average point score of 53.35.
This year, another cohort of students has achieved exceptional results:
100% of grades in A Level Mathematics are A or A* grades, with 90% A* grades
91% of all grades are A or A*, with 59% of all grades an A* and 96% A*-B
26% of students have secured places at Oxford or Cambridge
Exeter Mathematics School, the only other open specialist maths free school in the country, celebrated its best ever results today. A total of 91% of pupils got A*-B in maths, further maths, physics and computer science A-level this year, with 70% of all grades A*-A. Almost all – 93% – of pupils got an A*-A in their maths A-level.
The school opened five years ago but has already been named as Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year, and been twice judged Outstanding by Ofsted which praised “inspirational” staff for helping pupils make “life-changing” progress.
Headteacher Kerry Burnham said: “We are all absolutely delighted for our students. They’ve really achieved fantastic results. This year is the first year of linear maths A levels, with exams only taken at the end, and they rose to the challenge. Our curriculum has always been based on problem-solving, and our students have embraced this and worked positively with the new curriculum, this together with the fact that they all also took A-levels in further maths has enabled them to do so well.
Exeter Mathematics School has a “value added” score for maths A-level of 1.23 – meaning students have achieved over a grade higher than what would be expected compared to their GCSE performance.
The London Academy of Excellence celebrate record results this year: An astonishing 93% of all grades achieved by students were A*-B, 65% were A*-A and the average grade was an A+. This will see the cohort - which is 90% BAME and 70% EAL - go on to study at a range of prestigious establishments including an unprecedented 22 students to Oxford or Cambridge and more than 25 students will be taking up places to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine.
Headmaster Scott Baker said “I am absolutely delighted for the students and pleased that their hard work, effort and determination have been rewarded. I would like to congratulate and commend each and every student on this terrific achievement and also thank our exceptionalstaff for all of the support and encouragement that they have provided over the past two years.”
London Academy of Excellence Tottenham celebrate its first ever A level results today. 70% of grades are A*-B with over 30% A*-A.
More than half of the first cohort of students have won places at Russell Group universities, compared to just 1% of Tottenham school leavers in 2016-17.
Jan Balon, Headteacher said “We are thrilled by the success of our pioneering cohort. They put their trust in our vision of an outstanding 6th form and their achievements are testament to the impact of their hard work as well as the support of our sponsors and partners.”
Adam Pettitt, Head of Highgate School, the principal education sponsor said “Highgate School couldn’t be more proud of its sibling school and of the opportunity to help talented young people in Tottenham achieve these brilliant results. Highgate’s eight seconded teachers have been part of a trail-blazing team who joined forces to create new educational excellence in Tottenham. I congratulate them, and all of LAET’s staff, for their commitment, focus and unstoppable ambition: well done, LAET!”
Harris Westminster Sixth Form celebrate another year of fantastic results, with 48% of all grades A*-A and 75% A*-B.
27% of students achieved A*AA or better and 45% AAB or better. Eight students achieved an incredible four A* grades (special congratulations to Beth, Jason, Alan, Tamanna, Kirsten, Molly, Sehal and Rebeka!).
West London Free School celebrate another year of fantastic results. 30% of grades are A*-A and 58% are A*-B. Students have secured places to study further at a range of destinations, including three to Oxford and Cambridge and several to Russell Group universities including Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester.
The school also celebrate as a number of girls achieved top grades and places on some very competitive STEM courses, such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, as well as a number of art students that secured places on Art Foundation courses at Kensington & Chelsea, Camberwell, Kingston and Epsom.
Headteacher Clare Wagner said "I am extremely proud of these successes, which are undoubtedly due to the hard work of the students, the expertise and dedication of the staff here and the strong academic Classical Liberal ethos that is at the heart of the school. Several of our students are the first in their family to go to university; a fact of which we are particularly proud. We also have students who are pursuing careers in Fashion, Midwifery and Nursing, as well as one who is going to train as a commercial pilot."
Jane Austen College in Norwich celebrated 82% A*-C grades at A Level today, making it the top-performing state sixth form in Norwich for the third year in a row.
LIPA Sixth Form College celebrate as 83% of students passed their UAL Extended Diploma with a merit or distinction. Of the 173 students over 80% have been offered a place in higher education, with almost 40% offered the opportunity to study at a conservatoire or a Federation of Drama Schools/Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre accredited school. Twenty-nine students are planning to take up places at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), making LSFC the biggest single supplier of students to LIPA.
Charles Bartholomew, Director of LSFC, said “We’re so proud of the students, they’ve shown real dedication and focus not only to develop their practical skills, but also the more academic side of their work."
Ark Bolingbroke Academy celebrated its first ever A level results today, outstripping the national average in every subject and a number of students gaining places at prestigious Russell Group universities including Cambridge, LSE and Kings College.
The University of Birmingham School celebrated its highest pass rate to date today at 98.2%, with over 50% of all grades A*-B.
Principal Colin Townsend said "Our Sixth Form has seen an increase in the standards of results achieved by its students across a range of subjects. We are very proud to see the outcomes of our students’ hard work, focus and dedication to their education. The high expectations from our staff has helped students’ secure fantastic individual successes enabling them to grow and enter higher education and employment.”