Results

A fine tradition of academic success

Parrs Wood Sixth Form enjoys an outstanding reputation, both regionally and nationally, and has a fine tradition of academic success that continues to the present day. Parrs Wood is one of the highest performing Sixth Forms in the Greater Manchester Area.


Year on year improvements

We are committed and passionate in improving standards and achievement for all our students and our results reflect the year on year improvements that are being made at Parrs Wood.


A Level results 2016

“We are again extremely proud of the A-level performance of Parrs Wood students. Our truly diverse cohort has again produced excellent outcomes, with significant increases at all grade thresholds, ensuring that our students have achieved what they need to access a wide variety of university courses and apprenticeships at prestigious institutions.
Considering we have a traditionally academic curriculum at Parrs Wood to achieve almost 30% of grades at A*/A and over half of at A*/B is a fantastic achievement.
The success of our students has been the result of their commitment to their studies, excellent teaching, the opportunity to develop their leadership and outstanding future pathways guidance. We wish all of them health, happiness and every success on their onward learning journey.” - Ex Headteacher, Mr Shakos

A Level outcomes

2014 2015 2016 2016 MAG* Spring Teacher Assessment
A* - A 26% 21% 28% (+7%) 27 28%
A* - B 47% 42% 51% (+9%) 68 55%
A* - C 71% 71% 77% (+6%) 95 75%
A* - E 97% 97% 97% 100 97%

Please note: The MAG (Minimum Acceptable Grade) is the target we set the students based on a projection of the Median threshold nationally. Despite not achieving these targets in 2015, and being ‘further away’ from them in 2015 than in 2016, we still achieved positive Value Added outcomes. We therefore expect to achieve an increase in the level 3 Value Added results this year.

The outcomes at A-level are extremely pleasing and again reflect the year on year improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) provision.

Despite the ongoing external pressure and challenges, due to changes to subject specifications, assessments and grade thresholds, we have been very effective in establishing robust systems of monitoring, challenging and improving the quality of provision for our students. We have also been successful in establishing a collective responsibility throughout the school to improve outcomes and our combined effort has yielded the best A-level outcomes for a considerable period of time.

With the exception of the A*-E grade threshold, all other performance indicators have increased significantly compared to 2015 outcomes and, as highlighted above, we look forward to seeing the impact of these increases on our level 3 Value-Added score which was positively significant in 2015.


A Level individual performance

16 students achieved at 3 A*/A grades compared to 20 in 2015 and 12 in 2016.

4 A*/A
  1. Sharin Singh 3 A* and 1A – Mathematics A*, Biology A*, Chemistry A* and Extended Project A. Now studying Neuroscience at Nottingham University.
  2. Chloe Young 1 A* and 3 A – Mathematics A*, Biology A, Chemistry A and Extended Project A. Now studying Maths at Manchester University.
  3. Claire Young 4 A – Mathematics A, Biology A, Chemistry A and Extended Project. Now studying Biotechnology at York University.
3 A*/A
  1. Anna Shahid 3 A* - Mathematics A*, Biology A* and Chemistry A*. Now studying Medicine at Manchester University.
  2. Henry Pickersgill 3 A* - Mathematics A*, Physics A* and Chemistry A*. Now studying Oxbridge Application 2017.
  3. Chris Shortt 2 A* and 1A – Mathematics A*, Psychology A* and Ancient History A. Now studying Mathematics at Edinburgh.
  4. Mahin Chowdhury 2 A* and 1A – Biology A*, Chemistry A* and Mathematics A. Now studying Medicine at Liverpool University.
  5. Michaela Leeming 2A* and 1A – Sociology A*, Psychology A* and English Language A.
  6. Vicky Smyth 2A* and 1A – Biology A*, Geography A* and Chemistry A. Now studying Geography at Cambridge University.
  7. Dora Marks 1A* and 2A – Spanish A*, English Literature A and Art A. Now studying Foundation Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  8. Chen Rajeswaran 1 A* and 2A – Mathematics A*, Biology A and Chemistry A. Now studying Medicine at Manchester University.
  9. Matthew Gorman 1A* and 2A – Mathematics A*, Physics A and Psychology A.
  10. Olivia Bates 1A* and 2A – Sociology A*, English Literature A and Psychology A. Now studying Criminology at Manchester University.
  11. Stephanie Burrell 1A* and 2A – Spanish A*, German A and History A.
  12. Hamza Saadeh 3A – Business D1 (2As) and ICT Distinction * (1A)
  13. Ozan Selvi 3A - Business D1 (2As) and ICT Distinction * (1A)

Three students accepted into Medicine (we are still awaiting whether two further students have been accepted) and one into Cambridge University. Again, the range of subjects, e.g. Criminology, Dance, Pharmacy, Maths, History & Politics, Mechanical Engineering, Global Health & Social medicine, Biotechnology and Medicine, at high profile universities such as Kings College London, Edinburgh, Nottingham, York and University of East Anglia reflects our ability to meet the extensive range of our students’ aspirations.


AS Level summary headlines

2014 2015 2016 2016 MAG* Spring Teacher Assessment
A 14% 20% 18% (-2%) 12 10%
A - B 31% 34% 31% (-3%) 33 22%
A - C 51% 54% 51% (-3%) 80 48%
A - E 81% 86% 83% (-3%) 100 93%

Please note: New, challenging A-level specifications were introduced for this year 12 cohort in Science, English, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Computing and History.

Whilst there is what appears to be a slight attainment deficit when compared to 2015 AS outcomes, comparison to MAG for the highest grade thresholds is positive. We are confident of shifting students within the A*-C threshold at A2 to close the gap with the A2 MAG expectations. Similar AS outcomes in 2015 produced positive level 3 Value Added outcomes.