Remarkable outcomes for bright boys who learn differently

10th August 2021

Sixth form students with dyslexia, developmental language difficulties and associated special educational needs have overcome adversity to celebrate exceptional outcomes in their A level and equivalent BTEC qualifications.

Upper Sixth leavers at the nationally celebrated More House School, Frensham, have again overcome their personal learning challenges to achieve fantastic results. Success comes following unparalleled challenges to teaching and learning caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, placing much greater focus on students’ evidence of their knowledge and skills. 

Achieving what many thought impossible when they first joined More House, More House leavers are now preparing to take up university degree places and commence aspirational future pathways, despite the majority having been the subject of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), which evidence significant learning challenges. All applicants from the school holding university offers have secured their first-choice placements. 

With a 100% pass rate for A level and equivalent Level 3 BTEC certificates, More House School’s leavers achieved 97% A*-C grades at A level, and 32% of A level and equivalent Level 3 BTEC certificates have been awarded at the highest grades of A* to A, or Distinction* to Distinction; impressive for a cohort of students who all have faced diagnosed special educational needs.

More House School’s Headmaster, Jonathan Hetherington, commented, “We could not be prouder of our Upper Sixth leavers. They have faced adversity throughout their lives and, for many, success in academia seemed impossible when they were younger. But in a specialist, aspirational and encouraging environment, they have learned to recognise their intelligence and to persevere, and have achieved incredible outcomes which empower them for their futures.”

Mr Hetherington also paid tribute to the “selfless and expert” contributions of the school’s staff, and recognised that the pressures on teachers and therapists in teaching through a pandemic have revealed true commitment and dedication.

It is impressive that, at the largest school in the country for literacy and language needs, a majority of its leavers will progress to university degree study, reading subjects as varied as Business Management, Computer Science, Film, Games Design, Marketing, Military History and Music – including at the Trinity Laburn Conservatoire. 

Other More House leavers are entering apprenticeships or internships. Some, influenced by the Covid-19 situation, have chosen to defer their progression, to take advantage of a gap year.