10th August 2021 — ~ Future Ready curriculum prepares students for a rapidly changing world ~
~ Individual approach demonstrated by diversity of courses ~
~ A Level results continue at the high standard of previous years ~
Today (10 August), The Royal School celebrates the hard work and commitment of its students who have ensured outcomes are a real credit to them and the school wish them every success as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives.
Mrs Pippa Smithson, Head at The Royal School commented: “This group of students have excelled not only academically but also in developing those skills every employer will look for in the future. They have shown initiative, flexibility and incredible tenacity as they embraced remote learning. Pupils kept their cameras on and their engagement high throughout. We pride ourselves on the tight rapport between teacher and student at The Royal; this was particularly critical this year and played a major role in enabling such success.”
As a proudly mixed ability school, The Royal is academically ambitious for all its students and this year is consistent with its excellent academic record. In 2021, there was success right across the curriculum with many students receiving top marks in an impressive range of subjects.
An individual approach
Catering for the individual is at the heart of the school. This is clear in the array of courses students are going on to. On the day, 83% of students achieved their first choice of university, with some still waiting to hear and two thirds are off to Russell Group Universities. The courses range from traditional degrees such as Law and Architecture to highly specialist degrees like Statistics and Computer Science to vocational degrees including Song writing, Illustration and Nursing.
Among the highest performers is Argy S who will be reading Physics at Bath University. Having experienced the benefits of boarding through flexi boarding (all Sixth Formers have the opportunity to board for two weeknights), Argy chose to become a full boarder in order to focus on his studies and he is delighted he did so.
The challenges of the year, including a period of remote learning and the change to TAGs (Teacher Assessed Grades), have been met with tenacity, creativity and flexibility by staff and students. The focus of The Royal Sixth Form is on supporting students in whichever direction their passions and interests may take them. The school's Future Ready ethos provides opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum to develop future skills. This ensures students are: practically, emotionally and intellectually ready as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
Feedback from students and parents over the year has been overwhelmingly positive.
“I would like to say on behalf of the year group that the remote learning has been amazing. We are really lucky.” Ottilie, Head Girl and Year 13 student
“The management under United Learning during the last year has been so impressive. Through such unprecedented challenges they have consistently been entirely committed to providing pupils with the absolute best education and support.” Senior School Parent
Well done to all Year 13 students in what have been extraordinary times.