Congratulations to all our students on an excellent set of GCSE and A Level results. In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, our students have demonstrated incredible resilience and determination that enabled them to work with teachers online during lockdown, catch-up at school and complete all their assessments in order to succeed and achieve the results they deserve.

At GCSE, the results for the most able students were exceptional with over 100 students achieving the top grades (9-7) in English and maths. There were over 100 grades at 9-7 in the sciences – biology, chemistry and physics. In total, ACS students achieved 491 grades at 9-7.

With 87 GCSE Grade 9 results, the progress students have made from their primary school is excellent. In the last few years, the school has achieved a considerable increase in the percentage of students achieving grade 5 and above equivalent in English and maths. This year, almost 80% of students made better than expected progress in English and maths.

We are also pleased to say that the vast majority of our A Level and Level 3 students secured their first choice of university or apprenticeship and will be continuing their studies at Russell Group and other leading institutions both in the UK and abroad, reading a wide range of subjects including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, economics, engineering, finance, law, computing, psychology and fashion. We wish them all the very best for the future.

We are proud that we are able to offer a wide choice at A level and Level 3 and the success of our students in all subjects is testament to our belief that students should be given choice and opportunity.

Our Headteacher Gerard McKenna commented:

“Our students have shown amazing fortitude and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have endured lockdowns, remote learning, regular COVID testing as well as unparalleled changes to assessment procedures. Given that our community has suffered particularly high infection rates, we are especially proud of your achievements and wish you every success in your future endeavours. I would also like to thank all of our teachers and support staff who have worked tirelessly to support our students in extremely challenging and unprecedented circumstances.”