Headmaster Pays Tribute to Students as A Level Results Announced
Caterham School paid tribute to the Class of 2020 as A Level results once again place the school amongst the top UK performers. 70 per cent of all results were at A* to A grade, and despite a challenging and uncertain year, 2020’s results once again secured Caterham’s place in the premier league of UK independent schools. 98 per cent of Caterham pupils secured places across Oxbridge, Russell Group and top ten universities, including for medicine and veterinary courses. 11 students will now join the 60+ Caterhamians at Oxford or Cambridge University.
The Headmaster, Ceri Jones, said: “I want to acknowledge an exceptional group of young people who have responded admirably to the challenges and uncertainties of the last six months. They have shown themselves to be true Caterhamians – resilient young people who work hard and do their very best to support those around them at all times. It is a privilege to have been by their side, from welcoming them all into the Sixth Form post GCSE, through ‘normal’ school time and throughout lockdown. They know they remain part of our school community and that they will be supported by us as they embark on their exciting individual journeys to life at university and beyond.
“Thanks are also due to our hardworking and inspiring team of teachers here who showed great ingenuity, innovation and determination as they continued to teach and prepare our Sixth form students for university study throughout the summer. From day one of lockdown, teaching continued through our multi award-winning digital approach.
“Preparation for University courses in all subjects provided through the summer means Caterham pupils are ready to thrive as they take their next steps. The continuity of provision teachers provided supported our students academically, but also ensured a vital sense of community and normality throughout lockdown.”
Reflecting on the cancellation of public examinations due to Covid-19, Mr Jones added: “Clearly decisions made nationally have had an impact on pupils in all schools, including us, and we will continue to support our students to gain the grades we know that they have worked so hard to achieve and which they deserve. It is clear that is some cases the talents and abilities of pupils have not been recognised by a statistical model.
“Grades open doors, but importantly we know that our young people are leaving us not only with their academic grades but with a skillset for life – they are problem solvers, digitally confident and creative, resilient young people ready to thrive as they move forward into the wider world.”Back to all news