Ratcliffe College students are delighted to be celebrating their A Level results after an anxious wait. Despite the heartache of the cancelled examinations due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s U-turn on the eve of their results being published, the overwhelming majority of students have successfully achieved places on coveted courses at top-ranking universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Headmaster, Jonathan Reddin, commented: “Given the extremely challenging circumstances created by the pandemic and the massive disappointment of not being able to sit their examinations after working so diligently, I am both pleased and relieved that so many of our wonderful Year 13 students have been able to accept places at their first choice university. This is testament to their resilience, hard work and dedication prior to lockdown and the professionalism of their teachers in the awarding of Centre Assessed Grades. For those students who are disappointed with their grades, the School will continue to work with them, where appropriate, towards a successful appeal, so that they are not disadvantaged in the future by circumstances beyond their control.
Many students achieved exclusively A and A* grades, and we congratulate them for achieving such outstanding grades and success on gaining places on the most competitive courses. Hebe Jackson, the first Sir Thomas White Scholar to gain a place at Oxbridge, will read Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College, Cambridge. Jacob Dawe proceeds to The Queen’s College, Oxford to read Physics. Mia Baker, Ben Cook, Tom Neuberg, Kapil Soni and Jade England have places to study Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Samuel Offer achieved 3 A*s and is taking a gap year ahead of applying to study Medicine next year. Linguist, Eduardo Robinson, achieved 3 A*s to study Law and German at Bristol University, whilst Music Scholar, Richard Pullan, also achieved the very highest grades in all subjects and takes up his place at Edinburgh University to study Mathematics and Music. Head Girl, Eve Millward, achieved the same grades and will be studying English Literature at King’s College London.
I wish to pay tribute to this cohort, who have distinguished themselves throughout their time at Ratcliffe, giving generously of themselves to support the ethos and Mission of the School. They have excelled across a wide range of co-curricular activities and initiated some invaluable charitable activities. Their desire to make a positive difference to other people’s lives in the local community continued during lockdown; in volunteering to deliver food parcels, producing large quantities of PPE for hospitals and care homes, supporting the Coronavirus testing process, as well as supporting others’ emotional well-being by keeping in touch with the elderly and those housebound. It is our hope that the class of 2020 will not be defined by the impact of Coronavirus but, instead, by the values they have embraced at Ratcliffe College. We wish them the very best as they move forward, with confidence, to higher education and successful careers in the future. Thank you, Year 13, for being such superb role models for Ratcliffe College students, and please continue to make a difference in all that you do in the future.”
A*/C : 95.5%
Pass rate: 100%