We offer many congratulations to both our Year 11 and Upper Sixth boys on this year’s excellent GCSE and A-Level Examination results, which continue to uphold our excellent academic reputation. This year we had a tremendous 100% pass rate overall at A-Level and 96% at GCSE.
Eighteen boys achieved 7 or more A* Grades, a truly outstanding result and we offer them our wholehearted congratulations, they have all now made their A-Level choices and no doubt have set themselves high targets for the years ahead that I am confident will convert into some wonderful University Choices.
85% achieved 6 or more A*-B and the top 80 achieved 73% A*-A and 96% A*-B.
It has been a turbulent year for GCSEs with the national press reporting significant drops in grades across the board. Those achieving an A*-B grade nationally stands at 42%, John Lyon boys gloriously bucked this trend maintaining the 85% A*-B standard achieved in recent years.
English GCSE grades A*-C nationally have fallen by a significant 5.2% to 60.2%, whereas John Lyon boys have returned a clean sweep of 100% at A*-C. Just under three quarters of our boys achieved an A*-A in English in sharp contrast to the national average of just 14%. There is a similar story with Maths, the national average A*-B is 16% but 90% of John Lyon boys have achieved A*-B.
Our AS results have also been gratifying, they are clearly a sound foundation on which our new Upper Sixth can build for success in the coming year. 60% of boys achieved at least 2 A/B grades or more.
EPQ- The Extended Project Qualification
The EPQ is considered to be equivalent to half an A-Level, students select a topic to further research that is academically appropriate or related to either their current course of study or future career. Typically taking the form of a dissertation-style piece of research the EPQ is widely praised by Universities. The self-guided method of study prepares students well for higher education and Universities use them as a bellwether for a students’ ability to make the leap into higher learning. This is the third year in a row that the school has achieved 100% A*-A grades, 12 out of 17 students achieved A* grades and 100% achieved an A grade or an A*.
A similarly impressive story at A-Level with 45% achieving A*-A, a heartening increase on the figure of 37% who achieved those same grades in 2015. This has been a year of hard work and focus in the Sixth Form Centre under the new leadership of Mr Armstrong and the results reflect the dedication of his specialist team. 73% of all grades were at A*-B, paving the way for some fantastic University offers. The strong pastoral support available to all, combined with the well-rounded and well-grounded education for which we are rightly proud has led to a very happy 2016 cohort who are both well-prepared for the years ahead and ready for the challenges ahead.
There are some notable successes within the A-Level cohort of 71 students. Just under a quarter achieved A*/A grades across all their subjects, an increase on 14% who managed those same grades in 2015. Our History Department achieved 21% at A* grades, compared to just 4.7% nationally. The story with Maths and English at A-Level echoes the GCSE story with John Lyon students head and shoulders over the national averages, our Maths students achieved 24% at A* grades compared to 19% nationally and our English students achieved 21% at A* grades, compared to 5.5% nationally.
74% of John Lyon boys have achieved their first choice University with just over 50% going to Russell Group Universities. This outstanding achievement reflects the dedication and ambition of our boys fuelled by the commitment and excellence of our teachers. These are outstanding results, and the achievements of this year’s Upper Sixth reflect the dedication and ambition of our boys fuelled by the commitment and excellence of our teachers.
The John Lyon School continued its remarkable success at securing places at the most prestigious London Universities with all students who were offered places to LSE and King’s College London getting their places, while 9 students will be reading a variety of subjects, including History, Economic and Philosophy at UCL following their academic success at John Lyon this Summer.
All boys who applied to Durham and Leeds, got their first choice and four students will be going to Warwick, two to read History and the others will study English & Theatre Studies and Law.
All students who applied to read some branch of history were successful, with all but one achieving their first choice University. All future lawyers achieved their University choices and 4 out of our 5 potential engineers were successful, with just one electing to take a gap year. All 7 students applying to read pure economics were successful, all but one achieving their first choice destination. Our medics and bio-scientists are delighted to take up their places, well prepared for the long road ahead.
The range of degree courses that our boys will study demonstrates the ability of our teachers to identify and nurture the passions and interests of every single one, I am very proud that our boys will go on to study such a broad range of subjects including Medicine, Neuroscience, Aviation, Engineering, Architecture, Law, Economics and Astrophysics at a broad array of prestigious Universities. This range of courses perfectly encapsulates the depth and breadth of a John Lyon education, I wish all of our boys every success in their adventures ahead.
26th August 2016
Next steps for our Leavers
Our ethos is to treat every boy as an individual and nowhere is this clearer that in the Sixth Form Centre where every students’ strengths and interests are closely assessed and considered. The specialist Sixth form team include a full time careers adviser, an Oxbridge coordinator and a Head of Higher Education, all with an innate understanding of which courses are suitable for each and every boy.
The course and University choices made this year under this expert leadership is wide and varied. Some interesting highlights are detailed further below.
Tushar Mittal studied Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Achieved A*A*AA. He has chosen to study Management at LSE. Typically, only 14% of applicants achieve a place on this course, it is very well regarded and is often a stepping stone into management consultancy or investment banking.
“I’ve enjoyed being very active in the Model UN programme as well as playing Cricket for the School and editing the School’s Economics Magazine”
Q&A with Tushar
Which words sum up a John Lyon education to you? John Lon is a refreshing and creative environment that is also productive and fantastic
What advice would you give your younger self: Make the most of the opportunities that the School presents you with, keep asking questions, go beyond the syllabus and manage your time smartly
Where will you be in ten years? Well settled in a job with a multinational company, (if luck is on my side!). I hope to start up my own business and pursue my interests with full enthusiasm, I want to keep learning and take my interest for learning further 10 years down the line.
John Mathias studied Maths, Economics, History and Geography achieving A*A*AA. He has chosen to read Economic History at the LSE.
John played on our First XI Football, was an active member of the Model UN and Economics Society as well as a keen Mountaineer, visiting Greenland on a School Scientific Expedition. The Economics and Economic History BSc this course typically takes fewer than 39 students from over 300 applicants.
Q&A with John
Which words sum up a John Lyon education to you? A John Lyon education to me is well-rounded, unique, personal and amazing.
What advice would you give your younger self? Do the things you find the hardest
Where will you be in ten years? Hopefully managing my own company in the City or working in the developing world