Following an exceptional year, Commonweal students and staff are delighted to be celebrating the academic success of its largest ever cohort of Post 16 students. Commonweal staff are very proud of this group of students who have demonstrated calmness and courage in the face of much uncertainty and additional challenge in the past 17 months of their education. In particular, we would like to thank the students themselves, and the wider Commonweal community, for the exceptional support they have offered to each other during this period.
The excellent results students have received today are a genuine reflection of the two years of conscientious academic study, much of it during lockdown, and strong performance during rigorous final academic assessment. As such, with the adversity that these students have faced, this cohort’s results are a stunning achievement. With a 100% A*-E pass rate and 57% of all grades achieved at A*-B, these very pleasing figures should ensure that the Sixth Form has performed very well against national and local performance figures. This demonstrates that Commonweal Sixth Form has once again been successful in achieving its goals of helping students to gain high levels of academic qualification and progress onwards to further academic studies. Students have responded to the high standards of teaching and excellent pastoral support with enormous commitment and hard work and this is reflected in these results.
Commonweal is proud of the achievement of all of its students. Among many, many, notable individual performances were: Anna Baker A*, A, A; Faye Batten A*, A*, B; Ben Brooks A*, A*, A (Computer Science, University of Southampton); Ella Gearon, A*, A*; Olivia Harrison A*, A*, A (Politics and Sociology, Bristol University); Louie Hughes A*, A, Dist ; William Hughes A*, A, Dist; Lucy Jackson A*, A*, A* (Medicine, University of Southampton); Denisa Jaksikova A*, A*, A*(Physics, Oxford University); Rebecca Nash A*, A*, B; Freya Ong A*, A, A (Mathematics, University of Bath); Jed Phillips A*, A, A (Architecture, Newcastle University); Thomas Stokes A*, A*, A (Computer Science, University of Southampton) and Felipe Tcach A*, A*, A*, A* (Physics with Theoretical Physics, University of Manchester).
There were very strong subject performances, with students making excellent progress against national targets, in Art, Biology, Business Studies, Computer Science, Core Maths, English Language and Literature, French, Further Maths, Geography, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Sport and Spanish. This strong performance across a broad range of subjects has meant that, once again, a very high proportion of students have been successful in gaining a place at their choice of university. This is especially pleasing given the uncertainty students have faced around the nature of their university study from September.
James Matcham, Head of Sixth Form, said, “It is a pleasure to see such a brilliant group of students achieve so well and take their next significant steps. As always there will be some students who will be disappointed with their results and these students will be our focus in the coming days to ensure that they are also able to achieve their goals.”
Robert Linnegar, in his final year as Headteacher of Commonweal, said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our brilliant staff at Commonweal who have provided such wonderful support to these students through such challenging times.”
Our Yr 13 students now leave us for the next exciting chapter in their lives and we wish them the very best. Our Yr 12 students have already laid very solid foundations to ensure that they achieve their goals this time next year. As always, our commitment remains to work with a very broad range of students to ensure that they are able to achieve above and beyond their own expectation. We would like to thank all parents and carers for their support during these two exceptional years of A Level and CTEC study.