The Lancing Sixth Form is an increasingly popular choice for parents and pupils after their GCSEs. Every year the vast majority of pupils who have been at the school since the age of 13 choose to stay. At the same time, Lancing also attracts new pupils who are looking for a different Sixth Form experience. Sixth Form pupils receive extensive support in understanding their options for higher education and in preparing them for a life after Lancing. This tailored support for pupils in finding the right courses to suit their individual interest is evident in the variety and quality of pupil destinations.
A Level Results 2020
The 2020 pandemic brought significant challenges in the education environment around the world. For Lancing pupils, like all pupils across the country, the final term of learning was spent exclusively online. The impact of this was felt by every year group but most especially by those hoping to go to university after successfully sitting their A Level exams. As we know, in the end public exams never took place and the Government ultimately decided to base results on Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).
In a year and results season like no other we have felt incredibly sorry for all the young people across the UK facing such a fraught and anxious time. All their hard work and focus have been subjected to forces beyond their control. At Lancing, however, the results properly reflect the hard work of our leaving Upper Sixth students and they are, rightly, among the best achieved in recent memory – they are a highly capable group.
Dominic Oliver, Head Master, commented: 'In the face of all the pressure Lancing’s Upper Sixth year group has been remarkable: community-minded, supportive of one another and focused on the future. I am proud of each of them and congratulate them on having negotiated such a difficult period so positively. All of us at Lancing wish them well as they take their next steps at some of the country’s top universities.'
Highlights of this year's A Levels at Lancing include:
- Almost 25% of all awarded grades were A* and half of all grades were A* - A. An amazing 43 pupils achieved a full sweep of A* and As.
- 85% of all grades were awarded A*- B.
- Mathematics and Further Mathematics contribute to over one fifth of all A Level entries in 2020. The Mathematics Department produced over 30 A* grades across these two subjects.
- Further Mathematics, Art, Design & Technology, German, Latin, Music, RS, Spanish: 100% A* - B.
- Drama, English Literature, French, History, Psychology: over 90% A* - B.
- Languages: German, Spanish, French, Latin: all above 90% A* - B.
- Almost one fifth of A Level entries were in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In line with national trends there were almost as many girls as boys taking these three subjects in 2020.
Achievement of university places
- All nine students who gained offers to Oxford and Cambridge Universities have met the conditions of those offers and will be taking up their places this year.
- Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter, Imperial College, Leeds and UCL and are among our most popular university destinations.
- The College's specialist Medics Group has excelled again in the fields of science and medicine with four pupils progressing to study Medicine and another pupil to Veterinary School. The Medics Group's aim is to support and develop pupils’ interests in this exciting field from the Fifth Form/Year 11.
- A further three pupils have achieved places to study medical science/biomedical sciences, and five more will move on to varied fields such as pharmacy, neuroscience and chiropractic therapy.
- In Music, another area of strength for Lancing, seven pupils will attend specialist music conservatoires and be recognised with additional music scholarships.
60% of our students have already secured their places at Russell Group universities, with some admissions currently still being finalised. Many others students have selected specialist institutions for their chosen disciplines such as Music.
In addition to those pupils going straight to university, a number choose to defer their place for a year, usually planning to carry out work experience and also to travel.
Leavers' Destinations 2019/2020