Pride at SRWA A-Level success despite challenges

Posted on: 13th Aug 2020

More Oxford success for SRWA students. In a challenging year, A-level students at W6 Sixth Form at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy excelled.

Students and staff at W6 Sixth Form at SRWA, a member of the Woodard Academies Trust, are today celebrating yet another set of great results. Despite the announcement of the cancellation of exams earlier in the year, we are delighted that there were numerous examples of excellent individual performance from our students. 

These achievements are a source of pride for the Academy and they provide a strong foundation for further success for our students, with W6 students able to move on to excellent university placements all across the UK.

With news of students being downgraded across the country, it was pleasing to see so many of our students awarded the highest grades of A*, A and B.

More students than ever have undertaken A-level courses, however students on vocational courses also continued the trend of excellent results, with up to 50% of students in some qualifications awarded grades of Distinction and Distinction*.

Megan Porter was always on track to impress and she walked away with an A in French and an A in English Literature, sealing her place to study French at Oxford University. Megan has worked tirelessly since joining the academy in Year 7 and it is a product of her hard work, determination and talent that she has been able to follow in the footsteps of former SRWA students and study at one of the best universities in the world. 

When asked about her achievements, Megan admitted she was apprehensive in the days leading up to the Results Day. When asked what she thought when she saw the email from UCAS and Oxford in her inbox, she said “I couldn’t believe it and I cried tears of relief”.

All students studying French achieved an A grade. Lia Gillett scored an astounding A for her French A-level, and a B in English which secures her place to study Media Studies with a year abroad at the University of Kent. 

A key strength for the Academy is in the Performing Arts specialism.  A third of A-level Theatre Studies students achieved an A or A*. Not put off by Lockdown, SRWA Performing Arts students created countless online performances, including a full audio production of Star Wars Verily: A New Hope. Year 13 student, Oliver Chenery cut together audio recordings from fellow students for the Shakespearian version of Star Wars, and created animations to accompany the audio. With an A grade under his belt for the new Theatre and Drama A-level course, he is delighted to be moving on to study a BA in The Art of Visual Effects at Escape Studios in London.

With such strong results, many of our performing arts students are heading off to some of the best performing arts institutions in the country. Conor Howard has secured a rare place at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London to study Technical and Production Management. Heather Rycraft, an aspiring actress, scored an A* and is off to the Royal Holloway to study Drama and Theatre.

English Literature results were once again strong, with a third achieving an A* or A. Students worked tirelessly, working with challenging texts in the lead up to Lockdown. 

In Philosophy and Ethics over 60% of students achieved top grades of A*- B.

Our students’ achievements have once again opened the doors to many of the country’s best universities. The range of courses to which students have been accepted this year is impressive, including our first female Architecture student, Grace Kirpal. With an A in Art in her pocket, she is ready for the creative demands of a vibrant and dynamic industry. Other courses include Geophysics, Ocean Science and Marine Conservation, Medieval History, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and politics to name but a few. 

Academy Principle, Kieran Scanlon, commented: "On the whole, we’re pleased that most of our students have received their first choice offers. We are obviously delighted that Megan will be going on to study languages at Oxford. We’re very lucky to have some excellent students in our sixth form and we wish them all well for the future."

Individual highlights include:



Isabel Carter

A - English Literature

Biomedical Sciences - University of Manchester

Oliver Chenery

A - Theatre Studies

The Art of Visual Effects - Escape Studios London/University of Kent

Lia Gillett

A - French

Media Studies with a Year Abroad - The University of Kent

Alexander Greenway

A - History

Crystal Hollyoak

A - Philosophy and Ethics

Connor Howard

A - Theatre Studies

Technical and Production Management - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Leonie Hull

A - Biology

Marine Biology - University of Exeter

Grace Kirpal

A - Art

Architecture - Oxford Brookes University

Kelly Knight

A - Maths

Mathematics - University of Surrey

Megan Porter

A - French, A - English Literature

French - Oxford University

Modern Languages - University of Birmingham

Heather Rycraft

A*- Theatre Studies, A- English Literature

Drama and Theatre Studies - Royal Holloway, University of London

Rosie Samuel

A* - Philosophy and Ethics




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