2020 Percentage of A Level Results
- At least 63% of SCHS girls have secured a place at their first-choice university.
- SCHS girls obtained A* marks at a rate 56% better than the national average. This year, 14% of SCHS grades awarded were A* compared to a national (and record) rate of 9%.
- SCHS saw 41.8% of results awarded at A* or A, bettering the UK national average by a rate 50% (27.9% of marks were A and A* nationally)
- The percentage of A* or A grades awarded to SCHS girls increased by 23% year-on-year.
- A*, A and B marks combined increased by 7% year-on-year and accounted for 72.3% of all SCHS A Level marks.
Thursday 13 August 2020
Today the SCHS Sixth Form team are hard at work securing the best places for our girls but, so far, at least 63% of Streatham & Clapham High School’s applicants this year have won a place at their first-choice university. This is an outstanding percentage by any account.
We salute all our girls. They have shown tremendous resilience in the face of the most disrupted academic year this nation has known in at least a century. Focusing on the next exciting and hard-won chapter of their lives, we already know that at least 37 SCHS girls will be attending the university they selected prior to the global pandemic and the national cancellation of public examinations. A gifted and diverse class, the SCHS outgoing Upper Sixth girls have won prestigious places including at St George’s Medical School, Manchester University and King’s College London just to name a few.
Of course, this year is like no other. Instead of arriving en masse for the ‘big reveal’ that has been a ritual since A Levels were introduced in 1951, our girls have had to weather the suspense of waiting for their results until the same mid-August Thursday, like all other cohorts. However, the class of 2020 was denied the historic sense of emotional ‘closure’ that is associated with a graded examination result (irrespective if that ‘closure’ is sometimes one of disappointment and sometimes one of elation). It is therefore natural, in the face of so much turbulence plus changing messages in the media about the process, to feel unsettled. It is therefore a tribute to the SCHS teaching and pastoral staff and, in particular, the girls themselves, who embody our school’s values, that the class of 2020 has shown such strength, courage, determination and creativity in the face of a pandemic that has challenged them to demonstrate a level of self-awareness and personal leadership seldom asked of girls their age. In addition to this cohort performing 56% better than the national average in their A level grades, all SCHS girls have faced a rigorous test of strength of character and passed admirably.
Why 2020 Was Different
Without exams, A Level grades have been calculated very differently this year.
In April and May, our teachers estimated the grade they expected a student would achieve under normal circumstances. They also ranked students in each subject. The estimated grades and rank orders were signed off by the Head Master, Dr Millan Sachania, and then submitted to the exam boards.
However, for many students and subjects, this school-assessed grade will be disregarded. The exam boards are applying their own grading, based on statistical modelling of data they hold about the school and the pupils.
It was announced late on Tuesday night that, where a student’s mock exam result is higher than the grade awarded by the exam board, the student can appeal to have the mock result accepted as their final grade.
Whatever the results, our staff will be supporting our girls every step of the way.