Chigwell School sixth form students and their teachers have been celebrating excellent A level results. In a year where the number of students obtaining the top grades nationally have dropped, at Chigwell almost half of all grades achieved were either A* or A, approximately double the national average. 27% of all students achieved at least three A grades and the most common grade achieved across all students and subjects was a grade A. In addition to their three or four A level subjects, a quarter of the year group took the Extended Project Qualification which involves a significant piece of independent research and counts for half an A level, and of these two thirds achieved an A* or A grade.
Although a small number of students will now progress to employment or take a gap year, the vast majority leave Chigwell to begin university courses. Some two thirds will be moving on to Russell Group universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Nottingham, UCL and Durham; a small number will be studying abroad. This year three students will be taking up places in the United States at New York University, The University of Michigan and the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Speaking as they collected their results, a number of students reflected on their time at Chigwell:
- Small classes have meant lots of one-to-one time
- The Sixth Form helps you prepare for university and the real world, people are always there to give you advice, and Chigwell gives you as much support as you want
- I am very happy with my results and I got into my first choice university
- I think the teaching has been really helpful, especially the hours outside of the timetable
- My advice would be to get involved and to make the very most of teachers and opportunities
We are very proud of our students who have worked hard to fulfil their potential, and it was great to see so many, so pleased with their results and the places that they have secured for the next phase of their lives. The results marked the end of the students’ time at Chigwell and they have been valuable members of our community contributing a great deal to the wider life of the School. We will miss them as individuals and as a very cohesive year group. We wish them every future success and will follow their ongoing progress with interest.