Despite a second highly unusual academic year, students at Farlington School are this week celebrating yet another set of outstanding GCSE and A-Level results.
In the second year of cancelled examinations, the hard work and commitment of Farlington’s Year 11 and Upper Sixth students has been recognised through the submission of Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). On Tuesday, we were delighted to announce a 100% success rate in this year’s A-Levels, with an incredible 71% of Farlington’s Year 13 students achieving grades A* to A and 93% achieving grades A* to B.
“The A-Level grades achieved by the Class of 2021 are testament to the students’ dedication, resilience and strength of character as they negotiated the challenges of the past two years,” says Farlington Headmistress Louise Higson. “Whilst they have not sat formal national examinations, they have proved their merit through a rigorous process of tests and assessments and we are delighted with the grades awarded by the exam boards.”
Farlington’s Upper Sixth students will be taking up places at universities including Bristol, Edinburgh, Exeter, Kings and UCL, studying a range of courses including Animation, Chemical Engineering, Psychology and Cognitive NeuroScience, Film and Television, and Criminology.
Further excitement followed upon the announcement of GCSE results, with 67% of Farlington’s Year 11 students achieving grades 9 to 7 and 100% achieving grades 9 to 4.
“These are brilliant results that are no less than our Year 11 students deserve,” says Ms Higson. “The commitment of these students over the past two years has been outstanding – their perseverance through Farlington’s Virtual School, and their determination to succeed, have certainly paid off, and they should be extremely proud of all that they have achieved.”
Indeed, as no doubt any school would agree, Results Day is not ‘just’ about the headline percentages. Behind all of these results lie the stories of individual students who have, with the support and encouragement of their teachers, both this year and throughout their school lives, achieved beyond their expectations.
“My appreciation and thanks go to all of our wonderful teachers, whose passion and commitment are key in providing the excellent teaching and support that enables our students to achieve such outstanding results across a broad range of subjects,” says Ms Higson. “We are, as ever, equally proud of each and every student and wish them all much success and happiness for the future.”
We would like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to Ms Higson, who is herself moving on after 16 years at Farlington. Ms Higson, who during her time as Headmistress successfully steered the school through its move to co-education, will be greatly missed by the whole Farlington community, and we wish her every success as she takes up a new Headship in her home county of Cheshire. We look forward to welcoming new Headmaster Mr James Passam, who joins Farlington from Seaford College in September.