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1. THURSDAY 22 AUGUST 2019: Science tops the grade as OLA celebrates another strong GCSE performance
2. THURSDAY 15 AUGUST 2019: OLA celebrates outstanding A Level success
1. THURSDAY 22 AUGUST 2019
Science tops the grade as OLA celebrates another strong GCSE performance
Students at Our Lady’s Abingdon Senior School are today celebrating another strong year of GCSE results.
The 2019 results show a 4.1 % increase in grades 9 - 4 from 2018. The sciences are the stand out performers this year with Physics (88%), Biology (81.3%) and Chemistry (75%) of pupils achieving grades 9 - 7. This compares very favourably even with last year’s excellent figures of 63%, 79% and 74% respectively for these subjects.
There were also excellent results in English Language where 79% of pupils achieved grades 9 – 7 and in Art where 72.7% celebrated the top grades.
Commenting on the GCSE results School Principal Stephen Oliver said:
“These are excellent results for our sciences in particular. I want to congratulate our budding scientists for all their hard work in achieving this magnificent performance building further on our science success in GCSE last year. I am also delighted by the increase in our grade 9 - 4 scores. This is testimony to the hard and dedicated work of our pupils and the excellent teaching and pastoral support they receive from our staff team. Well done to all concerned!”
2. THURSDAY 15 AUGUST 2019
OLA celebrates outstanding A Level success
Students at Our Lady’s Abingdon Senior School are today celebrating an excellent set of A Level results, building further on the reputation of the school for guiding its students to significant academic success.
The 2019 results show an impressive 16% increase in A and A* grades from 2018, with 53% of grades achieved above ALIS baseline predictions, the best on record.
Among our many smiling faces today are students who have achieved their requirements to continue their studies with prestigious universities across the UK and beyond. Subjects studied will include Business and Management, Politics and International Relations, Archaeology and History, Biochemistry, Theatre and English and Psychology.
OLA Head Boy Esmond Martin becomes the first OLA student to go on to study in the USA. Esmond has won a prestigious scholarship to Georgetown University in Washington DC. He will major in International Politics.
OLA students also returned another excellent set of results in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ requires students to pick a research topic and produce an independent piece of work. Our A* topics this year include:
• Do referendums enhance or diminish democracy by Will Allen
• Designing a netball dress by Katie Winnicott
• Modern Trends in Immersive Theatre by Bethan Corley
Commenting on the A Level and EPQ results School Principal Stephen Oliver said:
“We are thrilled. The results are a clear testimony to the hard and dedicated work of our students and the excellent teaching they receive from our staff team. Our small class sizes and highly praised pastoral support regularly help our students achieve beyond expectation but this year our value added has soared. This year’s results show 53.2% of grades achieved were above their ALIS prediction, a really remarkable achievement. Well done to all concerned.”
Head of Sixth Form Dr Elizabeth Lawson commented:
“I want to congratulate every student for what they have achieved. It’s a joy to see all of the hard work paying off in such a happy and excellent way. It’s emotional!”