Strong Results and High Grades

LIVE UPDATE: 18th August 2020

Strode’s and Windsor Colleges are celebrating the strength, resilience and achievement of the class of 2020 as the A Level and BTEC results are unveiled. Our Sixth Form students have once again delivered an impressive performance with a third year of successive improvements. With a 99.7% overall pass rate (A*- E) for the combined Sixth Form - the 2020 results have demonstrated the high academic standards at both Strode's and Windsor Colleges. High grades (A*-B) have also increased by an impressive 16% to 52% and A*-C is now above 80% representing an increase of 18% on 2019. 

BTEC Level 3 results (the equivalent of three A levels) were also consistently high, matching the trend of 100% pass rates across both colleges for yet another year.

CEO and Group Principal Kate Webb commented: “These results are a huge recognition of the incredible achievement of our A Level and BTEC students who have shown such grit and determination during the lockdown imposed on them by the pandemic. They have triumphed in the most extreme of circumstances, having found the resilience to remain focussed on their studies and committed to their final goal. They are the class of 2020 and I hope they wear that badge with pride and honour.”

She continued: “We have seen an incredibly strong performance across the Sixth Form, with an increase in overall pass rates at both colleges representing a 2% improvement for Strode's and an impressive 5% improvement at Windsor. Our quality improvement agenda is shining through with a marked increase in high grades and a stronger profile of A* and A grades than ever before. We have been scrupulous in our grading and the cross moderation of grades that underpins these outstanding results.”

Thomas Darcy

Thomas Darcy is heading to the University of Oxford with his A*A*AA in Classical Civilisation, English Literature, Geography and the Extended Project Qualification Commenting on his results and his time at Strode’s, he said: “I’m really pleased with my results. It’s been a strange time so it’s a huge relief to finally get my results so I can progress and take my place at Oxford.”

Nathan Gage

After receiving an offer from the University of Oxford, grade A student Nathan Gage had a change of plan and is now heading to the Ivy League, Princeton University in the United States. He achieved an incredible A*A*A*A for Maths, Physics, Economics and the EPQ. Nathan is heading stateside to study Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Commenting on his time at Strode’s he said: “Because of the A*spire Programme I was inspired by the tutors to explore all of my options and now I am excited to heading to the states and Princeton University!”

David Jackman

David Jackman swept the board with  A*A*AA in  Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Physics is heading to the  University of Warwick to study Discrete Mathematics, said: “I am very happy with my results and looking forward to going to the University of Warwick. Strode’s has been a very good college and I have really enjoyed my time here.”

Emma Lambert

Windsor College has noticed a marked shift in its high grades. Top performer Emma Lambert was over the moon with her grades in Maths, Further Maths, Photography and Physics which has secured her place at University of Bath to study Maths. Commenting on her time at Windsor she said: "I am so thankful for the support provided by Windsor College. There is no doubt that if it wasn't for Steve, my Maths tutor, I would not be going to the University of Bath to study Maths."

Mia Harris

Humanities stood out this year with Mia Harris achieving AAA in Business, Sociology and English Language which sees her off to University College London to study Linguistics: “I’m really pleased with my results and looking forward to going to the University College London to study Linguistics,” she said.

Rubika Latif

Rubika Latif joined her with an impressive A*A* in Politics and History plus a top performance in English Literature commenting: “I am delighted with my results and excited to be going to the University of Birmingham to study Law. All my teachers at Windsor College have invested a lot of time into helping me reach my full potential throughout my A Levels.”

Ms Webb acknowledged the great support provided to students by the dedicated team of staff who adapted quickly to lockdown and used great innovation and creativity in their teaching methods. She said: “I need to applaud my colleagues whose commitment to keeping students on track and motivated has been inspiring. They have harnessed the latest in technology and been incredibly creative in their delivery of lessons and learning materials.”

She continued: “It has been a momentous year in many ways, starting with our resounding endorsement by Ofsted in November, which rated all three colleges in the group as GOOD. We have then moved on to deliver all of our programmes remotely and secure an impressive suite of results as evidenced today. Alongside this we have been preparing for a safe return to college – ensuring we protect the future of our young people, so they are not disadvantaged in their future endeavours. I am proud of each and every one of our students and the tenacity they have shown to succeed.”  

For those getting their GCSE results on 20 August, the college staff will be online manning a live chat line to help answer any queries and take late applications.


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