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Students at The Woodroffe School have achieved an outstanding set of results at A Level this year with a 100% pass rate.

26% of entries were graded A*/A, and a superb 55% A*/A or B.

There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances, with two students, Alice Jenkin (A*, A, A) and Tom Gater (A*, A*, A*) securing places to study at Oxford University

Christopher De Bank achieved two A* grades in Maths and Physics plus an A in Further Maths; Hannah Pullinger gained A*s in English and Geography plus an A in Art and Design Graphics; Rachael Clarke achieved A*s in Drama and History plus a B in English Literature; Alexandra McStea an A* in Maths and As in Biology and Physics; Jess Morgan an A* in Art and Design Critical Studies and As in English Literature and History; Polly Rodin an A* in History and As in Biology and English Literature; Bethany Staples an A* in Physics and As in Maths and Chemistry; Ciaran Badman and Oscar Bailey both achieved A*s in Maths, As in Physics and Bs in Further Maths; Sami Fendal gained three A grades in Art and Design, Photography and Textiles; Tom Kiernan gained an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and a B in Physics; Cleo Nester an A* in Drama, an A in History and a B in English Literature; Ellie Pring As in Biology and History and a B in Chemistry; Rebecca Riddle three As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths; Fiona Sinclair an A* in Biology, an A in History and a B in Chemistry.

Results at AS Level were also impressive, with 38% of students gaining As or Bs, and 62% achieving C or above. Again, there were some excellent individual results including an outstanding set of six A grades from Frances Penrose. Shannon Allen and Ele Saltmarsh both achieved 3As and 2 Bs, while Celine Davies, Jamie Jeffery and Emma Lewis all gained three As. Ele Saltmarsh and Emma Lewis also achieved A*s in the Extended Project Qualification.

Dr. Steward, Headteacher said, ‘Students have done superbly this year, helping the school to achieve some its best A-level results ever. I am delighted to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades, and particularly pleased not to see a single U grade in any subject. It is also pleasing to note the consistency in results across all subject areas: for a medium sized comprehensive school in a rural area, Woodroffe offers an excellent range of subject choices at A-level and it is good to see students performing well in all of them. It is particularly encouraging to see top class performance in both the arts and sciences.

Students have a fantastic time in the sixth form at Woodroffe but they also manage to achieve well academically. Alice Jenkin and Tom Gater have done exceptionally well to gain places to study at Oxford but there are students leaving Woodroffe to take up places at many of the best universities in the country. I am pleased to say that the vast majority of students met their target grades and secured their first choices of university places. We all wish them well and are confident that they are on course to succeed at degree level.

With constant changes to examination specifications and accountability measures, this has been a difficult year for sixth forms and sixth formers, and it is a tribute to the professionalism and expertise of staff at Woodroffe that students have been guided so successfully through very turbulent waters.


With the exciting advent of an especially dedicated Library for the Sixth Form this year, I would now like to launch this summer term:

As a parent, carer, or student, this would be a way of leaving a permanent keepsake of your child’s/your years at Woodroffe. Now they/you are moving on, this could be your chance to leave a gift in the form of a monetary donation to the Sixth Form Library for a library resource. This could take the form of a book, sponsorship of a magazine subscription, a subject specific DVD, e-book, etc.

Perhaps you would like to opt for the type of resource your gift would buy, or maybe you would prefer to specify the subject area in the Library you feel would benefit from your gift. However, this would have to be discussed with the Sixth Form Librarian, as to whether the resource would be suitable, or relevant, for the Library. Every resource bought with a donation will be kept in the Sixth Form Library with an acknowledgement to its benefactor/s. A record of benefactor/s will be displayed in the Sixth Form Library, providing an everlasting record of every resource and its benefactor/s donated in 2014 and subsequent years.

As a guide the average price of a young adult fiction book is £8.99 and for non-fiction the average price of 6th Form resources is about £25, with magazine subscriptions ranging from £25 to £149 for something like the New Scientist. Donations can be made via WisePay.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (library@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk) if you have any questions or wish to discuss your choice with me. Thank you for your continual support, for which the school is always grateful.

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