16 August 2018
Every single one of the students at Ipswich High School have been offered places at their first-choice university.
The all-female year group received a 100% pass rate, with 70% of grades marked A* to C and 50% are going onto study STEM related subjects.
Oona Carlin, Head at Ipswich High School commented: “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of our pupils that are receiving their A Level results today.
“A wonderful 40% of our students have been made unconditional offers this year. This shows great determination from universities to secure our students, not only for their academic ability, but also for their character and commitment to extra-curricular activities. I personally welcome unconditional offers from universities as they enable pupils them to enter examinations more confidently, helping reach their full potential.
“Universities are also currently facing a new era and trying to determine how the move to linear A level will affect grades. What is most important for universities, as well as for schools like us, is that the students are not affected by this change and that they are chosen because of the fantastic well-rounded students that they have become.
“All of our students have worked extremely hard and this has well and truly paid off. I wish them all the best for the future and look forward to hearing about their next steps.
“This is a landmark year for Ipswich High, as from September, we are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of boys as we become Suffolk’s only Diamond Model school, a very exciting development.”
Ipswich High School proactively encourage their students to only focus on three A-Levels rather than four. Instead, students undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which allows them to focus on a topic related to their studies, gaining research and analytical skills which they can later use at university.
All students who completed an EPQ this year have received between an A* and C, 67% of which have achieved either an A* or A.
The school supported and developed a diverse range of subjects which reflected the varied interests and passions of the students. The university courses that students have chosen to study include everything from history and international tourism to music but a majority (50% of Year 13s) will be undertaking STEM-related courses.
Among the successful students was Grace Smith, who is currently with Team GBR for the European Youth Carriage Driving Championships in Hungary.
She received an unconditional from Canterbury Christchurch to study Criminology and Forensic Investigation.
Grace said: “My unconditional offer has provided me with reassurance that I will be going to university and that I didn’t have to worry in the time between taking my exams and getting my results. The championships have gotten off to a good start with the entire team being deemed fit to compete. I will start competing tomorrow which is very exciting.”
Another was Josie Raw, who decided to study ‘Falling oxygen posing a threat to human extinction’ for her A* graded EPQ.
She achieved three As plus an A* in her EPQ to gain a place at the prestigious University College, London, to read Biotechnology.