The year 2020 has been anything but normal. Virtual teaching; phone calls instead of assemblies; cancelled exams and graduation celebrations: our year 13s have had to face challenges no group before them has faced and they have done so brilliantly. Results Day is always one of the most important days of the year for our nation’s sixth form students as they eagerly receive the results they have been working tirelessly towards. Finally, our class of 2020 at Woolwich Polytechnic Sixth Form finally got to mark their achievements collecting their A Level results (with social distancing) like the year 13s before them.
Our results surpass expectations with an astounding 63% of grades awarded at A* - B and an impressive 36% of students achieving A*-A grades. These results, more so than any other year, demonstrate the dedication and determination of students and staff to succeed, even in unprecedented times. Headteacher, Tim Plumb said:
“Excitement, pride and optimism permeates the school as the students realise they have got into the universities of their choice, with at least 25% of students securing places at Russell Group universities.”
This year The Poly are saying goodbye to students who will be studying Medicine at King’s College London; Law at Warwick University, Aeronautics & Astronautics/Spacecraft Engineering at Southampton University and Artificial Intelligence with a year in Industry at University at Nottingham. Also, some students have secured apprenticeships at prestigious companies such as Instinet (a global financial trading and investment firm) and Medhurst Communications (leading IT consultancy in HP and Microsoft technologies). Our students who have secured apprenticeships have done so at a time when apprenticeship places are at an all-time low.
Head Girl Kamile Satrovaite, who achieved A* A B and has accepted her place at Loughborough University, reflected upon the last two years:
“I was quite nervous to start my journey at the Poly, but from day one, I was treated as if I had been here since year 7. The staff go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and who push us to achieve. It is an environment of highly motivated students, supportive and encouraging teachers and challenging learning opportunities that ensure that we are ready for whatever we choose next. You do not have to take my word for it, the results speak for themselves, year after year.”
Future doctor, Chethaka Hewarathne who was awarded A A A B was thrilled to realise his dream by studying Medicine at East Anglia University. He expressed his gratitude when he said:
“Day in and day out, the staff go above and beyond their jobs as teachers to help us reach our maximum potential. They are there when times are tough and support you, whatever the situation. The lockdown period is a perfect example: the staff did everything they could to keep our spirits up while still pushing us to keep learning and not give up. The teachers at the Poly not only excel at teaching their subjects but also at inspiring us to think. Throughout my two years in the sixth form, I have created lifelong friendships and have grown a lot as a person. I could have never reached my goal of going to university for Medicine without the staff and students at the Poly. Thank you to the staff for a memorable experience for which I will forever be grateful.”
Head of Sixth Form, Miss Bassi said:
“Our students never cease to amaze me. Once again, they can hold their heads up high as they graduate onto the next step in their educational journey. This accomplishment is no small feat in the current climate of cancelled exams and postponed celebrations. The Class of 2020 truly are 'Tomorrow's Leaders'. We could not be prouder of their achievements.”
Woolwich Polytechnic Sixth form is an oversubscribed Sixth Form that has been rated by OFSTED as “outstanding”.