The Commonweal School would like to congratulate our largest ever cohort of Post 16 students on their outstanding achievements and exam results in the face of an extremely difficult two years. Most recently this group of students has demonstrated great courage and resilience in the face of their first public examinations, and after a period of great instability during this crucial phase of their education. Commonweal staff are very proud of this cohort and would like to thank the students, and the wider Commonweal community, for the support and encouragement they have given each other throughout this time.
Despite a considerable amount of their previous learning taking place during lockdown, our students have achieved excellent results today. They have impressed us greatly in their mature and systematic approach to their final examinations, and their collaboration with teachers and fellow students in order to revise and consolidate knowledge during the final weeks of study. We believe these results are a superb achievement under any circumstances and are exceptionally proud of them. With a 97% A*-E pass rate and 49% of all grades achieved at A*-B, these figures demonstrate that C6 continues to help students gain an excellent standard of academic success, and to progress onwards to a fantastic range of Higher Education pathways. Furthermore, we are proud that our expert teaching at this key stage and first-rate student support has given our latest cohort the foundation on which to take one step closer to their future goals.
Commonweal would like to highlight some of the notable individual performances among today’s results, not just for pure attainment but for progress across the phase. These include: Matthew Barrat with A*, A*, A*, A (going to Bristol University to study Aerospace Engineering), Charlotte Dale with A*, A*, A*, A (leaving to study Experimental Psychology at Oxford University), Maddie Ford with A*, A*, A (going to University of Southampton to study Psychology, Noah Lawlor with A, A, A (moving on to University of Southampton to study Film and Philosophy), Georgia Manning with A*, A*, A (who will study Accounting & Finance at Bristol), Trinnity McClymont with A*, A, A (going to take up one of only 5 places as a Bloomberg Applied Finance Apprentice from a field of 5000 applicants), Lexie Moore with A*, A*, A (who will go to Cardiff University to study Psychology) and Ewan Sweeney A, A, A (going to UWE to study Digital Media). Also of note, Lucy Offord has achieved an A in her Film Studies A Level and will be going off to London Metropolitan University to begin a BA in Fashion.
There were very strong subject performances, with students making excellent progress against their targets, in Art, Biology, Business Studies, Computer Science, English Language and Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, Law, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology and Sport. In the current climate surrounding University places, we note that a very large proportion of our students have been successful in gaining their chosen courses. Those who have chosen a vocational pathway or are taking a break from studies are also now in a position of strength.
Charles Drew, Head Teacher, said, “After an extended period of uncertainty for these students, I am immensely proud to see these results and extremely excited to see how the next chapter of their lives unfolds. As in any year, there are a small number of students who have been disappointed today and we will work with them to support them in their response to these outcomes. However, the big picture for the Commonweal School shows that we continue to provide a first-rate education to Post 16 students from a broad range of backgrounds, and with their extended hard work and commitment they continue to achieve above and beyond their own expectations. A huge thanks goes to all the staff working with Key Stage 5 and to the parents and carers who have supported the school, as well as their young people, throughout these challenging times.