AET Bucks National Trend With Impressive Key Stage 5 Results Following New Post 16 Strategy

A-level Average Point Score leaps by over 3 points

61% of entries secured A* - C at A Level

79% of AET academies celebrate improved results

Sixth formers from across AET academies in England were celebrating Key Stage 5 results this week, which showed an improved performance across the Trust across a range of measures and in the vast majority of our academies. The improvement at AET bucks the national trend, which has seen a decline in entries gaining the top A* and A grades, and A*-C grades.

The provisional average point score for A Level qualifications across AET’s academies has increased once again this year by over 3 points compared to the DfE published data from last year, meaning that the average A-level grade for an AET student has now increased to a C grade (D+ in 2018). In addition, 61% of the provisional A level grades awarded to AET students this year were A*-C, with 1 in 3 at the top A*-B grades.

The improved results come following a review of Post-16 provision and a new strategy implemented by AET to ensure that the trust’s offer at Key Stage 5 is fit for purpose and paves the way for students to go on and lead remarkable lives. As a result, 11 of our 14 Academies that have sixth forms have improved their average attainment at A-level.

Amongst these are some truly stand-out performances. At Greensward Academy in Hockley, 14 students got a full sweep of As and A* with 55.8% securing A* - B. David Weston and Sam Usher have secured their places at Cambridge, to read maths and astro physics respectively. Sam Parker is going on to study medicine at Lancaster University whilst George Albon will be studying to become a vet at Nottingham University.

Aside from A levels, our sixth form students studying Applied General qualifications also posted some impressive results. Nearly half of all entries were provisionally graded as a Distinction* or Distinction with 98% resulting in a pass, the majority securing a Merit or higher. Again, the majority of our academies maintained strong previous performance or secured higher scores than in 2018.

Julian Drinkall, CEO of AET said:

“These are a very encouraging set of results, showing an improvement on 2018, and I want to congratulate all of our students and staff for their hard work and focus over the last two years.

“At AET, we are wholly focused on ensuring that the education our academies provide helps young people go on to lead remarkable lives. Today’s results put our students firmly on the path to that future, and whether they are moving on to take their studies further, or going into employment, we wish them all the very best for their next exciting step.”

David Hatchett, AET's National Director of Secondary Schools, said:

“High quality 16-19 programmes are fundamental to future success at university, in the world of work or for further education and training, and represent a key part of our overall secondary improvement strategy. I am delighted that so many of our sixth-form students and academies across AET have achieved such superb, and much improved, academic and vocational outcomes today, and have laid the foundations to go on to lead remarkable lives in the future”.