Students at Durham Johnston have achieved another year of outstanding A level results. This marks yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for the school’s 6th form students and underlines their hard work and determination. It also highlights the support of their families and the commitment of staff at the school. We are very proud of the fantastic results that students have achieved, particularly in the national context of exams becoming increasingly difficult.
We are very pleased to see so many of our students achieving their expected places at a wide range of universities. Students have secured university places across the breadth of the United Kingdom, from Edinburgh to Southampton. They will be starting courses in Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, London, Oxford and Warwick as well as locally. Others will continue their studies in the Netherlands and Switzerland. They are studying a huge range of subjects, from Art to Zoology. A number of students will be starting degree apprenticeships, continuing a recent pattern where students have started apprenticeships in Accountancy, Business, Construction and Law. To put their success in context, 17% of awarded grades were at A*. 46% of grades were either A* or A and, overall, three quarters of all grades were A*, A or B. A staggering 30% of students, over 50 individuals, achieved three or more A* or A grades. For each measure, the school either matched or improved upon last year’s exceptional results.
Our core values relate to academic excellence for all, the need for students to acquire knowledge, the need to contribute to society and preparation for future employment, wherever in the world that might be. We also strongly believe that all students should have those opportunities, regardless of background. Once again, our students have risen to the challenges set before them, and we wish them all the best as they begin the next stage of their education, training or employment. Their results are outstanding and we are very proud of their achievements.
Andrew O’Sullivan, Headteacher