Results on the radio
A live interview with BBC Radio London on GCSE Results Day 2021 ensured Westminster City School’s excellent GCSE results were broadcast across London.
GCSE Results Day 2021 began with our Headteacher and three Year 11 pupils – Akash, Adebayo and James – being interviewed live on BBC Radio London by Eddie Nestor, standing in for Vanessa Feltz. The early start meant Adebayo told the whole of London his fantastic GCSE results (9 and 8 grades in all subjects, plus one 7 and one 6 grade) before he told his family!
During the radio interview, Akash (awarded ten 9 grades and one 8 grade) talked about how support from Westminster City School teachers during lockdown helped his studies, while James (awarded seven 9 grades, three 8 grades and one 7 grade) admitted that he had been nervous about his GCSE results but was very happy with the outcome. (Akash and James are pictured, above, with our Headteacher. You can listen to the BBC Radio London interview at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09pt7bj, starting a 2:12).
Westminster City School’s GCSE pass rate stands at 85% across all qualifications, following a challenging period of study for our young people with the global pandemic disrupting learning. In addition, 35% of all Westminster City School GCSEs were graded at 9 to 7 (or BTEC equivalent) which corresponds to the old-style top grades of A* and A.
This year, following the cancellation of exams, GCSE grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard, and approved and awarded by exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year, due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
Headteacher, Mr Broughton, said: “Congratulations to Year 11 on such a brilliant set of results. I am delighted with this outcome, which reflects the hard work of our young people and our staff, and the support from parents/carers, over the last five years. While it has been a challenging time for all, our Year 11 cohort have shown determination and drive and it is their response to the pandemic, not the pandemic itself, that defines them. All should feel justifiably proud of the grades achieved.
“I would also like to thank all Westminster City School staff for their integrity and hard work in ensuring a fair process for awarding grades.”
Mr Potten, Head of Year 11, said: “Most of our Year 11 have been at Westminster City School since Year 7 and it has been wonderful to see them develop, grow and learn over the last five years. I’m so proud of the hard work and resilience they have demonstrated, particularly with the challenges caused by the pandemic.”
David, who was awarded a string of 8 and 9 grades, said: “I’m really happy with my results today. It was initially hard, during the lockdown, to work remotely but Westminster City School teachers really supported everyone and helped all of us with our studies. I’m now looking forward to joining the Sixth Form for my A Levels in Economics, Maths and Further Maths.”
Along with David, a record-breaking number of our outgoing Year 11 will start their A Levels within Westminster City School’s Sixth Form this September. These students, plus external applicants joining our Sixth Form from across London, are set to benefit from a fantastic new suite of support, thanks to an investment company based near our Palace Street site.
Funding from Polar Capital means all joining our Year 12 will receive a free laptop, while those planning to start university in 2023 can apply for one of our Sixth Form’s two Polar Capital Aspire Scheme (PCAS) bursaries, worth over £20,000 a year, for each year of future university study. Each bursary covers tuition and up to £1,000 a month for living expenses. Other benefits include travel costs for a university open day, mentoring, and an internship or a traineeship at Polar Capital. (Although Polar Capital is based in the financial industry, applications will be welcomed from our students who may not be thinking of working in finance, as well as from students who are).
Ms Dennis, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, said: “I’m delighted that so many of our Year 11 will now join our Sixth Form and benefit from Polar Capital’s generosity. Earlier this week, A Level Results Day saw a suite of amazing grades for our current Year 13, with over 90% starting university this autumn and almost 40% at top Russell Group institutions. All in our Sixth Form team look forward to supporting our new Year 12 in fulfilling their goals and aspirations during their time in Westminster City School’s Sixth Form.”
Ms Lockyer, Deputy Headteacher, added: “This has been an exceptional week for Westminster City School, with our amazing A Level results on Tuesday and these excellent GCSE results today. With record-breaking numbers now joining our Sixth Form this autumn, I look forward to seeing many of our outgoing Year 11 complete their seven-year journey at Westminster City School.”