Achieving through adversity

Huge congratulations to our 2022 exam candidates who came through the pandemic to achieve outstanding results.

Remarkably, discounting the non-exam years of 2020 and 2021, across all qualifications 2022 was another record year for Ardingly candidates fulfilling their potential and more in academic exams.

An Ardingly education enables students to play to their strengths and interests from a wide range of subjects, and in the Sixth Form from a choice of A Level, IB Diploma or BTEC qualifications.  In this way every student can engage confidently with their subjects, and both contribute to and benefit from a strong learning culture in the school.

GCSE highlights:

  • 79% of entries were graded 9-7 (the equivalent of A* or A grade).
  • 34 scored a full set of 9s and 8s (A* equivalent) and 12 achieved all 9s.
  • 100% of the GCSE cohort qualified for continuation into the Sixth Form.

A-Level and IB Diploma highlights:

  • Over a third of entries (37%) achieved the top grade of A* or the IB equivalent 7 (23% in 2019).
  • Over 2/3rds (71%) achieved either and A*/A or 7/6 (64% in 2019).
  • Upper Sixth cohort of 133 students between them achieved 377 of the top two grades A*/A or 7/6.
  • IB Diploma average of 40.1 points, with three candidates gaining the perfect score of 45.

BTEC highlights:

  • 18 Level 3 entries in Psychology, Business and Sport.
  • 8 starred-distinctions and 6 distinctions.

Head of College Ben Figgis commented

“Exams should be challenging, as well as providing opportunities for success, satisfaction and celebration.  The 2022 candidates experienced more challenges than any previous exam cohort, and we are so delighted that they came through the trials of the last few years so well.  Behind the statistics are 133 Upper Sixth and 126 GCSE students, all of whom worked through considerable disruption and uncertainty, and many of whom overcame real personal or academic challenges to achieve these grades.”

“We are particularly pleased that all of our GCSE students who chose to continue studying at Ardingly for their Sixth Form are able to do so, and that all of our Upper Sixth leavers have now successfully confirmed the next stage in their education, either starting university in a course of their choice or in a few cases re-applying with a good set of grades and taking a gap year.”