- 90% A*-B at A-Level/ 7-5 at IB
- 63% A*-A at A Level/7-6 at IB
- Top I0 IB School in the UK
- Top 50 A Level Ranking among UK Independent Schools
- 30% Grade 9 at GCSE
- 48% Grade 9 or 8 at GCSE
Last year’s A Level and BTEC Ardingly leavers are celebrating a fabulous set of results and the prospect of moving successfully on to their chosen universities.
As the first cohort to have taken back-to-normal exams without pandemic concessions since 2019, they can be really pleased with the fruits of their academic labours. A third of the A Level cohort achieved a full set of A*s and A grades and 2/3rds got at least two A*s or As. This has enabled all but a small handful to secure places at their top university choices, among the most popular this year being the Bristol, Exeter and Bath in the South-West and LSE, UCL and King’s in London.
A range of subjects featured among the top grades, including Further Maths, Philosophy, Politics, Business Studies, Drama and Music in which all entries were graded A*-B; Maths, Chemistry, History, Geography and Art (over 90% A*-B) and Biology, Physics, Economics and Psychology (over 80% A*-B).
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) proved particularly useful both for students’ intellectual development and university admission, with 87% graded A* or A. Completing an extended project is evidently valued by universities and is recognised as a valuable additional qualification in securing good university places.
These results show a continuation of academic achievement at Ardingly, with a higher proportion of top grades than in 2019 or any previous year in which normal exam and assessment conditions applied. Remarkably, the 2023 cohort out-performed even last year’s leavers in the proportion of A*-B grades. Congratulations and best wishes as you prepare for the next step.
-Ben Figgis, Head of College
Huge congratulations to our Year 11 cohort at Ardingly on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results today. On every metric, their GCSE results exceeded those from 2019, which was the last ‘normal’ year of public exams before the pandemic. With 30% of their exams awarded the top grade 9 and 48% awarded either a grade 9 or 8, there were many smiles and celebrations as students and their families came into the College to collect the results this morning. Thirteen students even managed a clean sweep of straight 9s, which is an exceptional achievement.
Special congratulations are due to Solomiia Hulchii, a refugee from Ukraine, who joined Ardingly on a full bursary after the outbreak of the war in 2022. Despite all the challenges she has faced in the past year and a half, Solomiia achieved an outstanding set of GCSE results, with all grades at either 9s or 8s. Solomiia commented: “I managed to get excellent results in one year thanks to hard work, the support of my parents, the faith in me from my sponsors, as well as the wonderful teachers from Ardingly College who helped and motivated me throughout the entire educational process… I am very satisfied with my results and very proud of myself. My results not only give me confidence, but also the ability to stay at Ardingly College and get an IB Diploma in the future.”
Well done to all our Year 11 students on their GCSE results and we look forward to seeing great things from this year group as they embark on their sixth form studies next term.