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The Leys School has achieved 100 per cent pass rate for the third year in a row.
The Leys School has achieved 100 per cent pass rate for the third year in a row.

Pupils at The Leys School have achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year in succession.

Almost exactly half of the entire year group achieved grades of AAB or better, an increase on the strong A-level results of 2019, and the A* rate was more than 20 per cent, which is up on 2019.

The Leys headmaster, Martin Priestley, said: “I would like to congratulate all our Upper Sixth pupils on their results.

“Waiting for A level results is always a tense and stressful time, and it has been made all the more so this year given the uncertainty and media speculation surrounding how these exam grades were to be calculated and moderated.

“Indeed, results are likely to rise further following the government’s announcement earlier this week that A Level candidates may use their higher mock grades instead of the moderated grade issued today. A small number of our pupils stand to benefit from this.

"Even as things stand, our top academic candidates did particularly well this year, with the A* percentage being our best since 2013. We feel that the process of moderation has perhaps not fully rewarded all of our candidates and, in line with many A Level students around the country, there will inevitably be those who feel that the Covid-19 pandemic robbed them of the opportunity to “show us what they can do” through hard work and effective revision in the approach to summer examinations.

“Nevertheless, 52 out of 105 – so almost exactly half – of our Upper Sixth pupils achieved AAB or better at A Level (up on last year’s results) and they also worked really hard online in their final term, completing a bespoke Leavers’ Diploma which we created from scratch at the start of last term. So, in many ways we have even more cause this year to celebrate the achievements of our cohort of leavers and they absolutely deserve these plaudits.

“I am immensely proud of their commitment and engagement as a group, and I think they are very well prepared as they move on to the next chapters of their lives.

“I wish them every success and, all being well, I look forward to seeing many of them again in December when we welcome them back for a Leavers’ Dinner just after our end of term.”

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