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Key Stage 5 results to celebrate 2023

We are incredibly proud of the A Level results achieved this year by our Key Stage 5 students, who have shown exceptional resilience and dedication over the course of their studies. They absolutely rose to the challenge of their exams – marked to those of the same standard as those of 2019, but in the context of pandemic disrupted A Level and GCSE study and without the opportunity to sit examinations two years ago.

For students based at William Ellis, 57% of A Level grades were A*-C and 13% A*-A. Of Level 3 vocational students on Applied Science and Business Studies courses, a third received a Double Distinction grade and 77% a Double Merit grade or higher.


We are particularly pleased with results in some subjects, including Physics where 50% of students secured an A*-A grade and Film Studies and German this was also over a third. In seven subjects, over two thirds of grades awarded were A*-C.


For students, the grades provide a currency and stepping stone for future study and success. Over 80% students secured their chosen university places automatically because of their awarded grades and others have secured places through the clearing process as the day has progressed.


We have some particular achievements that we would like to celebrate and share:



  • Jack B, at WES since Y7 – AABB going to read Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey.


  • Nathan C – 3 As, reading Law at Bristol University


  • Kitty G – A* A* A reading Sociology and Criminology at University of York


  • Tess M – Distinction Merit in Applied Science


  • Hannah L – A*A*B reading Psychology at Warwick University


  • June E – has a place to read Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University


Three of these students overcame significant and exceptional personal challenges during their time with us.


Some of our students who have excelled in the creative arts are going to specialist, high quality destinations:


  • Martha T – Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, having achieved A*, B, C


  • Ollie T – Music at Leeds Conservatoire, with 3 Bs


  • Stanley M and Chun Yin C – Music at Leeds University


  • Elya G arrived in London in March 2019 as a refugee, speaking very little English. He achieved BBCD in 2 A Levels, an AS Level and an EPQ. He will be studying Recording, Mixing and Music Production at the University of West London, having had no experience or background in Music production before arriving in the UK.