13 August 2020

Mr Hewitt, Headteacher at Joseph Rowntree School commented on the excellent A level results achieved by students in the Sixth Form. “We are rightfully proud of the hard work, dedication and fantastic character of the Class of 2020. They have shown themselves to be absolutely committed to their studies since joining the Sixth Form, and their response to the challenges posed by this year has been admirable. Everyone at Joseph Rowntree School wishes the Class of 2020 all the very best for their next steps, and we look forward to hearing about their future successes in years to come.”

Students in the Class of 2020 have achieved well across A level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications, including some exceptional outcomes for the following students.  Daniel Berry, who has gained a place at Wadham College, Oxford to study Psychology after achieving an A* in politics to go with his A* outcomes in English Language and Psychology.Bella Glover, previously of Bootham School has achieved A*A*A* in English Literature, Psychology and Theatre Studies, who is returning to us to complete a Chemistry A level in the new academic year. Abigail Lavers with A*A*A in Biology, Sociology and History, who leaves us for Durham University to study Health and Human Sciences.  Eve Martin with A*A*A in French, Psychology and Sociology and goes on to study French and Linguistics at Edinburgh. Olivia Appleton with grades of AAA in English Literature, History and Psychology who goes on to study Law at Nottingham. Charlotte Aspin with grades of A*AA in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology who will study Medicine at Newcastle.   Aedan Evans has achieved A*A*A in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst simultaneously adding Mathematics A level to his subject mix, which he will complete next year along with an EPQ. Cate Mulholland, who has achieved A*A*A in English Literature, Sociology and Psychology and goes on to study Behavioural Science at Durham. Hamish McArthur has achieved A*AA in PE, Maths and Biology and is aiming to continue his outstanding performance in international rock climbing when he leaves us. Hamish has competed for Team GB on multiple occasions during his time studying for his A levels and showed great commitment to both his academics and the sport he loves so much. Olivia Forth achieved A*AB in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics and goes on to study Motorsports Engineering. Emily Gardner, previously of Vale of York School, with AAB in Biology, Psychology and Chemistry who goes on to Kings College, London to study Biomedical Science.  Jess Kilner achieved A*AB in Psychology, Sociology and Biology who goes on to study Psychology at university. Evie Wilman, formerly of Huntington School achieved AAB in Business Studies, English Language and Media Studies who will go on to study International Business, Evie was one of our Student Presidents and worked tirelessly towards her A levels as well as having a striking impact on student leadership within the Sixth Form.  The following students also saw A* grades or multiple A grades within their results: Ines Castanheira (A* Spanish); Georgia Clay (A* Mathematics); Scott Cooper (A* Mathematics). Multiple A grade performances for: Josh Kelly (A grades in Photography and Graphics); Faye Stainton (A grades in Theatre Studies and English Language); Katie Western (A grades in English Literature and Theatre Studies).

Mr Coleman, Director of Sixth Form added “I have been impressed with the Class of 2020 from the very start of their time with us, they threw themselves into the life of our Sixth Form like no incoming year 12 cohort that went before them, and focused on excelling academically from the very earliest stage in their courses. This outstanding group of young people went on to achieve the best ever AS results and were well placed to exceed all our previous bests at A level , had the exams taken place. It has been a pleasure to work with such a superb group of young people, and they have been a genuine highlight of my 14 years in teaching.  We have students heading off to a wide variety of destinations and amongst them are future teachers, lawyers, doctors, business people and leaders. It is important for me to mention our Sixth Form leadership from the Class of 2020, who were ably led by Evie Wilman and Robin Morgan as Sixth Form Presidents. The leadership potential amongst this group of people was evident from the start, with students setting up and leading peer groups focused on the environment, mental health and our student newspaper, amongst other things such as charity fundraisers and engagement with our local community. With young people like those in the class of 2020, the future looks very bright.  Well done to you all, your enthusiasm, good humour and dedication will be remembered for a long time to come.”