Students and staff at John Taylor High School have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have exceeded the success shown in previous years by increasing the percentage of grades achieved at A*-B to an impressive 63%. Additionally, 36% of all grades were achieved at A or A* compared with the national figure of 26.4%.
A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. They include Lucy Barlow (A*A*A, Georgia Bishop (A*AAA), Freya Cowie (AAA), Nathan Di Giorgi (A*A*AB), Jason Dierker (A*A*AA), Daniel Garforth (A*A*A*A), Rebecca Hand (A*AA), Lauren Harrington (A*A*A*B), James Haslam (A*AAB), Jacqueline Hollyhead (AAA), Alex Holmes (AAAB), Darcy Horler (AAA), Kingsley James (AAAB), Ryan Knight (A*A*AA), Ewan McMullen (A*AA), Jessica Robb (A*AAA), Harriet Smeeton(AAAB), Luke Tinning (A*AAB) and Harry Triptree (AAAB).
These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications where 76% of students achieved al least a Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone this year, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include: Jarred Evitts (D*D* and A*A in his two A-Levels), Abbie Marshall (D*D*D), Megan Gaunt (D*D*D*), Paige Haynes (D*DD), Tom Lacey (D*D*D* and an A at A-Level), Paras Panesar (DDDD), Poppy Talbot (D*D*D), Lydia Thacker (D*DD), Zoe Rippon (DDD and B in an A-Level), Rachael Sprason (DDD) and Rosie Warren (D*D*D).
A special mention goes to Tom Lacey who received a national commendation for his creativity in BTEC Art and Design.
Intended destinations for the Class of 2018 includes Oxford, Imperial College, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cardiff, Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham, Loughborough and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Biochemistry, Sports Management, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Business Management, Computer Science, Law, Theology and many more.
Several of our students have secured places on highly competitive degree and higher apprenticeship pathways on the back of their results. Catherine Jones, for example, has confirmed her apprenticeship within the Home Office whilst Ben Hodson-Walker will be pursuing Engineering with WSP Engineering.
Alison Spencer, Director of Post 16 said “We are very proud of this level of exceptional performance and the tenacity and resilience of all of our students; some of which have overcome very challenging personal circumstances this year. These results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. The combination of strong pastoral support, excellent teaching and opportunities to experience some ‘fun’ along the way has resulted in John Taylor students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”
“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said interim Head of School, James Twynham. “The school continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational Post 16 courses. Providing a broad curriculum to a diverse and large student body is central to our core beliefs and it is very satisfying to see them being successful.
“It is also very clear from these results that our focus on quality teaching by expert subject specialists, together with a culture of hard work and high expectations provide an environment where students can thrive and realise their full potential. With these qualifications, they have opened many and varied doors to life beyond John Taylor High School. This success is also down to the fantastic support the students receive from their parents and the wider community connected with the school. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their hard academic work, thank them for their contributions to the wider school community and wish them every success for their collective futures.”
A Level 2018 photo

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