Essex A Level results 2021: students grades up

A Level results joy at Gosfield School, Cut Hedge Park, Halstead, Essex: student hugging a woman, watched by a man

A Level results joy at Gosfield School - Credit: Gosfield School

School A Level results are out! Students across Essex have reacted with joy, as grades overall are up.

This year exams were cancelled again because of the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic. Teachers assessed student work against a national standard.

Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence and Skills, said: “The past school year has seen further disruption for students due to the Covid-19 pandemic and both they and education colleagues have shown an incredible amount of resilience as they have adapted to ever-changing circumstances.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all those receiving their results during what I know has been an extremely challenging time and wish them the very best of luck for the future.

"I’d also like to pass on my thanks to all our teaching and school colleagues for their ongoing hard work and dedication throughout the last year.”



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Saffron Walden County High School A Level Results 2021

Jumping for joy: A Level students get their results at Saffron Walden County High School, Saffron Walden, Essex

Jumping for joy: A Level students get their results at Saffron Walden County High School. Pictured: Sarah Weersing, Lizzie Robson, Thomas Swiecichowski, Nathaniel Burke, Mason Sherman - Credit: SWCHS

At Saffron Walden County High School, 27 students achieved at least 3 A*s at A-level and seven students achieved 4 A*s, of whom four also gained an A* in their EPQ qualification: Nathaniel Burke, Isabella Foote, Ursula Gerhard and Thomas Swiecichowski.

Lizzie Robson, who is studying History and Economics at Oxford University said: “Thank you to everyone at the school for being so supportive.”

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Twelve students gained places at Oxford or Cambridge with a further four students heading to study medicine.

Overall, 152 A* grades were awarded.

A Level student Mason Sherman of Saffron Walden County High School, Saffron Walden, Essex

Thumbs up: Mason Sherman of Saffron Walden County High School after getting his A Level results - Credit: SWCHS

Mason Sherman, who has recently recovered from meningitis, re-sat his Biology A-level this year and has now achieved AAA in Biology, Geography and English Literature.

Mason is training at a GB Taekwondo talent club in Southampton next year before studying Law at the University of Manchester. Upon receiving his results this morning, Mason said: “It's been a very challenging year, however the support from SWCHS has helped me to reach where I am today.”

In vocational qualifications, 12 double Distinction*s were awarded along with a further 16 starred Distinctions. Overall, 74 results included a Distinction grade.

Melisa Syuleyman, who was awarded double Distinction* in Health & Social Care and an A* in Criminology will go onto study Law at Exeter University.

Lucy Bedding-Reece also received the double Distinction* in Health & Social Care along with an A* in Sociology.

Elena Jennings was awarded a double Distinction* in Health & Social Care along with an A* in French.

Wilfred Lee received a double Distinction* in Business as well as an A in Media Studies.

Four students at Saffron Walden County High School, smiling after A Level results, Essex

A Level success at Saffron Walden County High School. Pictured are Nathaniel Burke, Sarah Weersing, Lizzie Robson and Thomas Swiecichowski - Credit: SWCHS

Headteacher Polly Lankester said: “Our students should be so proud of these results.

"They have worked so hard across the last two years in the face of great uncertainty and significant periods of disruption.

"I have been so impressed by their resilience and how they have risen to every challenge given to them.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank SWCHS teachers who taught their students and then also marked and moderated all of the assessments to ensure each young person has been awarded results that truly reflected the standard they had achieved.

"We are delighted that so many students have done so well, and we wish them every success in the next stage of their careers."


Joyce Frankland Academy A Level Results 2021
Staff at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport said it had been an exceptionally challenging two years, and they are very proud of graduating students' academic achievements and their admirable fortitude and resilience.

They want to congratulate all of their students, including Grace B who achieved two A*s and two Bs; Alfred R, who achieved 3 A's; Emma C who achieved 2 A*s and 1 A ; Abbie H who achieved 2 A's and 1 A*, and Maria S who achieved 3 A's and 2 A*s.

Students are going on to study at a variety of universities, including UEA, Nottingham and Liverpool.

Principal Mr Roberts said: "Few year groups have faced the remarkable challenges that these young people have tackled with such good humour, optimism and dedication.

"As they take the next steps in their lives whether that is university, apprenticeships or employment, they leave the Academy in the knowledge that they can take pride in their successes so far and have confidence to flourish in the future."

Grace B, a student from Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, Essex who has had her A Level results

Grace B at Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport will go on to study Drama at UEA - Credit: Joyce Frankland Academy

Student Grace B said: “I am delighted with the grades I achieved following what has been a rollercoaster year.

"It’s been a challenging time for everyone, a combination of hard work and support from everyone at Jfan has encouraged me to continue my journey to higher education.

"I’ll be studying Drama at UEA, I can’t wait. I’d like to thank all my teachers at Jfan both on the academic side and the pastoral team.”


Gosfield School A Level Results 2021

Students with Gosfield School Principal Guy Martyn, celebrating A Level results, Cut Hedge Park, Halstead, Essex

Celebrating A Level results at Gosfield School are (from left) Alexander Allen, Evie Spenceley, Abbie Jackson, Principal Guy Martyn, Claudia Watts, Bertie Thomas and James Jones - Credit: Gosfield School

Gosfield School has been celebrating outstanding A Level results and individual stories of personal achievement.

Almost three quarters of all A Level grades at Gosfield School were between A*-B, with 40 percent being either A* or A.

This is the third year in a row for Gosfield students achieving these results at A Level, including when exams were held back in 2019!

Two students from Gosfield School celebrating A Level results, Cut Hedge Park, Halstead, Essex

Gosfield School A Level joy: Head Girl Evie Spenceley and Head Boy Bertie Thomas - Credit: Gosfield School

Head boy Bertie, 18, gained all A grades in Biology, Economics and Chemistry. His grades landed him a place at The Royal Veterinary College to study to become a Vet.

He said: “I am in shock and so over the moon.

“What I have enjoyed most have been the relationships I have formed with everybody. I have been at Gosfield since I was four years old.

"A special thanks to my teachers, Mrs Stewart, Mr Freeman, Mrs Taylor, Mr Gibbons and my parents.”

Head girl Evie, 18, is going to the University of Brighton to study Primary Education.

She secured an A* grade in Art and Design, A in Sociology and a B in English Literature after overcoming the difficulties of each lockdown but benefitted from the full home learning programme provided by the school.

She said, “I was so scared, anxious and now very excited.

“I have enjoyed making life-long friends here at Gosfield and would like to give a special thanks to my Art teacher Mrs Gwynne.”

James achieved A* in English Literature, A* Geography and A in History and will now be going to study History at Exeter.

Abbie achieved an A grade in Psychology, B in PE Studies and C in Biology. Abbie will be taking up a place at Performers College, Corringham.

Abbie has enjoyed helping run Performing Arts and Dance clubs at Gosfield, and is looking forward to returning to see the school's new Performing Arts Centre when the building is completed next year.

Principal Guy Martyn said: “I am incredibly proud of everything our students, teachers and staff have done to make this possible, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year.

"Everyone has done more, worked harder and shown astonishing resilience to make this success achievable and realistic.

"To have the vast majority of grades being at the highest levels, and so many wonderful stories of individual courage and progress is a tremendous achievement for a non-selective school such as ours.”


The Helena Romanes School And Sixth Form Centre A Level Results 2021

Smiling students Grace Barry and Maddy Haines with A Level paperwork, Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow, Essex

A Level joy at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow, for Grace Barry and Maddy Haines - Credit: HRS

Following a turbulent 18 months, Helena Romanes School in Great Dunmow said that students are now able to celebrate, as their A Level and BTEC grades will allow them to pursue the education, apprenticeship or employment routes of their choice.

Head of Sixth Form, Donna Wright said: “The results are a reflection of the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our students.

"This, combined with the support of staff and parents, has produced some excellent outcomes.

"I am extremely proud of our students and wish them all the best for the future.”

Headteacher Daniel Gee added: “I am delighted that the hard work of our students has been rewarded.

"It has been an incredibly challenging and uncertain time for this cohort of students and I am pleased that they can now focus on moving forward, either in higher education or employment. On behalf of all staff at HRS, we wish them well for the future.”

Noteworthy individual successes included:

Harry Briffa with his A Level results at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow, Essex

Harry Briffa with his A Level results at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow - Credit: HRS

· Harry Briffa: AAAB, Mathematics, Drama, Media Studies and English Language / Literature

Elllie Mourton with her A Level results from Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow, Essex

Elllie Mourton with her A Level results from Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow - Credit: HRS

· Ellie Mourton: A*A*AA, Mathematics, Biology, Psychology and French

George Cook with his A Level results from Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow, Essex

George Cook with his A Level results from Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow - Credit: HRS

· George Cook: AABB, Economics, Sociology, Computer Science and Business Studies

Maddy Haines with her A Level results, Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow, Essex

Maddy Haines with her A Level results, Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow - Credit: HRS

· Maddy Haines: A*AA, Dance, Psychology and Business Studies

Grace Barry with her A Level results at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow, Essex

Grace Barry with her A Level results at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow - Credit: HRS

· Grace Barry: D*AC, BTEC Travel & Tourism, Dance and Business Studies

Student Jack Thwaites with his A Level results at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow

Student Jack Thwaites with his A Level results at Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre, Great Dunmow - Credit: HRS

· Jack Thwaites: DD*B, BTEC Sport and Geography



Felsted School A Level Results 2021

A group of Felsted School's A Level students standing on the grass, Felsted, Essex

A number of Felsted School's A Level students - Credit: Tom Soper / Felsted School

Felsted School said they are celebrating some fantastic results from a high achieving year group.

Alongside IB Diploma students, whose results were received in July, two Felsted pupils secured their offers for Oxford and Cambridge while many others are off to begin their next stage of study at top universities, both in the UK and overseas.

Headmaster Chris Townsend said: “Once more, this year has been disrupted by factors beyond their control, but all of our students can be incredibly proud of the hard work that they have put in over the last two years, as can their teachers, who have worked tirelessly to support them.

"From an A Level cohort of 94 pupils, a 100 percent pass rate was achieved, with 57 percent of results gaining A*/A grades.

"We wish them every success as they move on from Felsted and hope that they will continue to demonstrate the same work ethic and desire to make a positive difference."

Felsted’s top A Level performers were Henry Barker, Tom Conlon, Elliott Gander, Matthew Hipkin and Edward Platt, closely followed by Andy Vong, Yuchen (Michelle) Guo, Fiora Moscuzza, Isabella Owen, Albert Smith, Yahui (Irvette) Xu and Alexandra Crossey.

Many other students overachieved or met their offers.

Head Boy Henry Barker of Felsted School

Head Boy Henry Barker of Felsted School - Credit: Felsted School

Head Boy Henry Barker, a weekly boarder from Little Bardfield, achieved four A*s in Economics, Maths, Further Maths and Psychology, plus an A* in his Extended Project Qualification.

He has secured a place to read Computer Science at Durham University. Henry was member of the Senior Funk Band, was a keen tennis and rugby player at school and joined the student charity team on an overseas charity mission to support the Magic Bus charity in Mumbai. A key highlight of his time was also joining the school rugby team on their tour to South Africa.

Student Tom Conlon of Felsted School, Felsted, Essex

Felsted School's Tom Conlon - Credit: Felsted School

Tom Conlon, a boarder from Barnston, will now pursue a career goal in Anthropology, having secured his place at Durham University. He achieved four A*s in English, Government & Politics, History and TEP (Theology, Ethics & Politics).

Tom was a member of the Academic Andrew Society and particularly enjoyed representing the school in the Model United Nations at The Hague.

Student Elliott Gander of Felsted School, Felsted, Essex

Felsted School's Elliott Gander - Credit: Felsted School

Elliott Gander, a boarder from Braintree, is off to Durham University to read Mathematics, after securing four A*s in German, Maths, Further Maths and Physics, with the aim to pursue a career in finance.

Elliott fully involved himself in school life, playing the electric guitar in the Senior Jazz and Funk Band and Cricket for the Crombies team. A particular highlight was reaching the final of the Investor Student Challenge in 2019.

Student Matthew Hipkin of Felsted School, Felsted, Essex

Felsted School's Matthew Hipkin - Credit: Felsted School

Matthew Hipkin, a weekly boarder from Felsted village, secured his place to read History at Cambridge, with four A*s in English, History, Government & Politics and TEP (Theology, Ethics & Politics).

Matthew balanced his studies with being a member of the School’s Running Club. He achieved a commendation for his entry to Oxford University’s prestigious Julia Wood Prize and represented the school in the Model United Nations at The Hague.

Student Fiora Moscuzza of Felsted School, Felsted, Essex

Fiora Moscuzza of Felsted School - Credit: Felsted School

Fiora Moscuzza overachieved her offer to read Modern Languages at Durham University, securing three A*s in French, Physical Education and Spanish plus an A* in her EPQ.  

A day student from Braintree, Fiora played oboe in the Senior Orchestra and completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh. Fiora also played first team hockey, netball and cricket and enjoyed touring with her teams to South Africa and Barbados.

A highlight of Fiora’s time at Felsted was her Round Square Exchange to Colombia where she was able to meet new people and improve her Spanish, which in turn inspired her to pursue languages at a higher level.

Albert Smith of Felsted School, Felsted, Essex

Albert Smith of Felsted School - Credit: Felsted School

Albert Smith, a day student from Felsted village, secured three A*s in Business, Economics and and Geography and is keen to go straight to work in the City after gaining some relevant work experience. 

Albert particularly enjoyed playing in the 2nd row for the School’s 1st XV rugby team and going on the school’s overseas rugby tour to South Africa. Also a keen boxer, Albert hopes to continue at a high level in this sport.


Bishop's Stortford College A Level Results 2021

Jumping for joy: group of A Level students at Bishop's Stortford College standing on a field, Essex

Jumping for joy: A Level students at Bishop's Stortford College - Credit: Paul Harding/ Bishop's Stortford College

Following an extraordinary two years of Covid-19 disruptions, Bishop’s Stortford College staff have said they are pleased to announce that Upper Sixth students achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the 2021 A Level results.

Over half of the college’s Upper Sixth were awarded A* and A grades exclusively, 19 students achieved three straight A*s and four students (Harry C, John C, Izzy G and Caspar S) achieved 4 A* grades.

The college’s six Oxbridge candidates have all had their places confirmed and 84 percent of students obtained a place at their first-choice university.

College head Kathy Crewe-Read said: “I am extremely proud of our talented students. We are acutely aware of the way in which education has been disrupted by the pandemic for a generation of young people and the dedication and tenacity shown by our Upper Sixth has been outstanding.

"Our results (87% A*-B and 67% A*-A) have been achieved in the most extraordinary of times – with teaching, learning, pastoral care and the day-to-day running of the college adapting to the digital world - with no less than 27,319 Zoom meetings taking place in the 20/21 academic year! 

"We believe in giving every child the best possible opportunity to reach their potential – and the pride I feel in the way in which students and staff have adapted to rise above the challenges placed in front of them is immense.”


New Hall School A Level Results 2021

A Level students jump for joy at New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex

A Level students jump for joy at New Hall School - Credit: New Hall School

Students and parents gathered at the Walkfares Canopy to receive this year’s A Level results at New Hall School.

Staff said it was a pleasure for all at New Hall to celebrate students’ fantastic achievements, as well as reminisce about their time in and out of the classroom. Students were eager to thank their teachers and share with them their plans for the future.

Principal, Mrs Katherine Jeffrey, said: “We were delighted to welcome students back for a joyful results day.

"They faced great challenges during their time in the Sixth Form; to celebrate their hard work and to see their excitement for the future was the perfect culmination of their time at New Hall.

"Their outstanding results are a testament to the vigour and tenacity of our students and staff.”

Head Girl Daisy and Head Boy Ben celebrate A Levels at New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex

New Hall School A Level joy for Head Girl Daisy and Head Boy Ben, who celebrated seven A*s between them. - Credit: New Hall School

James Alderson, Head of Sixth Form, commended the students on their achievements, noting the variety of choices the year group has made for subjects and career options, including top universities and apprenticeship programmes.

He said: “As a team, we are very proud of our students, 87 percent of whom will be progressing to their first-choice universities.

"This is where most of our students’ academic careers take off, and we are so pleased to have been a part of their journey."

Top achieving students with three or more A* grades will now go on to study Physics, Law, Medicine, History, Theology & Religion, Mathematics, Modern Languages, and Mechanical Engineering at some of the most prestigious universities in the UK, including: University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, University of Exeter, University of Edinburgh, UCL, King’s College London, Loughborough University and Durham University.

It has been a particularly successful year for STEM applicants.

Student Daisy with her A Level results standing with New Hall School, Chelmsford Principal Katherine Jeffrey

New Hall student Daisy with her A Level results with Principal, Mrs Katherine Jeffrey. Daisy is excited to read Medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge in September - Credit: New Hall School

Daisy Theakston achieved four A* grades, securing her place to read Medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge.

In addition, two further students have places to read Medicine and two to read Veterinary Medicine.

Eight students have gained places to read Engineering, including Head Boy Ben Hutton-Penman, who achieved four A* grades in addition to being crowned Youth National Champion twice this year as a member of the British Youth Sailing Team.

Other STEM achievements include Charlotte Fang, who will be reading Mathematics at the University of Warwick and Eric Shang who will be studying Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh.

The school is especially proud of those students who were awarded academic, merit-based and sports scholarships.

These include Katarina Sotic whose four A* grades secured her place as a Lester B. Pearson scholar for Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

These also include Josh Devoti, who received an Ealing Trailfinders Rugby scholarship in partnership with Brunel University where he will be studying Business & Management.

Josh Sims will be starting an apprenticeship in AON, and Alice Sweeney has gained a place on the highly competitive Production Arts course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

A Level results joy for students at New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex

A Level results joy for students at New Hall School - Credit: New Hall School

Dr Paul Tiffen, Vice Principal (Curriculum, Growth & Innovation) said: “This particular year group has truly demonstrated perseverance and flexibility, consistently maintaining an excellent academic and co-curricular performance from their GSCEs onwards.

"We celebrated not only their A Level results, but their success in all aspects of the school.

"We wish them all the best as they progress to the next chapter in their life."


Stoke College A Level Results 2021

High Five! Delight at A Level results at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk

High Five! Delight at A Level results at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare - Credit: Stoke College

At Stoke College, A Level students achieved 90 percent A*-A, performing well above the national average.

Stoke College students gained an average of 166 UCAS points, in only the third set of A Level results since opening its Sixth Form in 2017.

Mrs Charis Hunn-Smith, Head of Sixth Form said: “Our students have achieved an average of 2 A* and an A – a truly outstanding result.

"What makes these even more special is knowing how much value our teaching has added for each student.

"These students have faced remarkable challenges which they have each risen to with aplomb.”

Student smiling, opening A Level results 2021 at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk

A Level results 2021 joy at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare - Credit: Stoke College

Student opening A Level results 2021, at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk

A Level delight as the results are opened at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare - Credit: Stoke College

Lawrence Tyler, of Hartest, Suffolk, achieved 3 A* in English Literature, Economics and Politics, alongside a B in AS Mathematics and an A in his Extended Project Qualification, which researched the impact of
British Colonial rule on Hong Kong.  Lawrence will be taking up his place at Exeter University to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics this Autumn.

Charlotte Hewitt, of Radwinter, Saffron Walden, is also a record-breaking student, having attended Stoke College from Reception through to Year 13 – a feat that can no longer be repeated since the school closed its junior school in August 2020 making space for a larger Sixth Form.

Charlotte will now take up a place at Leeds Beckett University to study Sport and Exercise Science. She said: “I owe everything to Stoke College and my teachers. Thank you so much!”

Two students and a teacher celebrating A Level results at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk

A Level results joy at Stoke College, Stoke-by-Clare - Credit: Stoke College

Principal, Dr Gareth Lloyd said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these exceptional results.

"They are a testimony to the students’ diligence and commitment to intellectual endeavour, and of course reflect excellence in teaching.

"We wish all our Upper Sixth students every success as they now embark upon degrees at excellent universities across the country.”



2021 exam results explained

A-level results came out on August 10 and GCSEs will be revealed on August 12, earlier than usual to give students more time to appeal.

GCSEs, AS and A-levels grades have been assessed by teachers using evidence like mock exams, in-class tests, essays and coursework.

Most schools have given greater weighting to “exam-style papers” compared to other forms of assessments.

Students will be able to appeal via their school or college if they believe grades are not a fair reflection of their work.

The appeals deadline is September 17, or August 23 for students who’ve not had their first-choice university place confirmed.

Exam boards will be offering re-sit-style exams in October for AS and A levels, and GCSEs in November and December.

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