Pupils at leading independent school, Glenalmond College, are today (August 13th, 2020) celebrating getting into their chosen course at university.
After a very nervous wait for results given the exceptional circumstances this year, pupils at the Perthshire school are delighted and relieved to have their first choice places confirmed after receiving their results.
Glenalmond pupils are now bound for universities including Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Oxford, Bristol, Newcastle, Queen’s Belfast and University of the Arts, London.
The courses they will be embarking on range from Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine to Forensic Anthropology, Acting and Performance, Law, Psychology, Business Management and Economics.
“In the coming days, we will have confirmation but it looks likely that our leavers who were aiming for university will have places in their first choice university which is an outstanding result,” said Dr Alderson, Head of Glenalmond.
Dr Alderson said the pupils’ A-Level results reflected their hard work and the commitment and dedication of the staff at Glenalmond.
He also thanked teachers for rising to the challenge of online learning exceptionally well and this meant that Sixth Form pupils were still able to benefit from the usual range of courses and talks offered to them during their final term to ensure they are well prepared for life after school.
The A-Level results also underpin the school’s track record for academic achievement. Today’s results saw more than a third of A-Level grades (36%) achieve A*-A - a six year high for the school,with eight pupils achieving all A*s and As.
One of Glenalmond’s huge strengths, observed Dr Alderson, is the wide range of subjects it offers, and a 100% pass rate was achieved by pupils in 24 subjects. In total 85% of results were A* - C grades, with 67% A* - B grades.
Particularly strong results were achieved in French, English, Maths and Biology. Dr Alderson said the school’s absolute priority was to ensure pupils’ met their aspirations for study and careers after leaving Glenalmond.
“It is hugely rewarding for our staff to see our pupils leaving us to study such a wide range of courses and to be going on to study for the careers they hope to embark on. We wish them every success in the years ahead and the exciting career choices they are going on to pursue,” he added.
Gareth O’Neill, Glenalmond Sub-Warden (Academic), said a large number of final year pupils have also left Glenalmond with the benefit of a Language Higher under their belt. This, he said, will be particularly attractive for employers in the post-Brexit era.
“A large percentage of our Sixth Form have also left us with the benefit of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ provides our pupils with the experience of researching and writing up what is effectively a mini dissertation. This gives them an additional qualification which is attractive to universities and employers.”