Outstanding Achievements for the Dean Close Class of 2021

Students at Dean Close School, Cheltenham are celebrating outstanding A Level results today, with 95% of Leavers having already secured places on their chosen university courses.

Headmaster Bradley Salisbury pays tribute to the students,

“I am delighted with the confirmation of our outstanding A Level results at Dean Close, reflecting the hard work of both students and staff over this globally-turbulent two years. It has been a joy to see the expressions on the faces of the students when uncertainty is replaced with certainty and they realise their hard work has paid off; humbling to be reminded that school days are really not the ‘be-all-and-end-all’, but the gateway to so many exciting new opportunities that lie ahead for these young people.

This year, with the best set of GCSEs the school has seen under their belts and a host of very capable new students joining the year group, the Upper Sixth completed four terms of onsite lessons, two terms of online lessons and a set of exams, tests and assessments to build evidence for teachers to submit grades to the exam boards. This year’s results are firmly based on the evidence of skills and knowledge that have been demonstrated in a range of settings from the traditional exam hall to in-class tests and extended coursework and our students have done brilliantly. With 83% of grades at A* to B, 64% at A* or A and 18 (out of 86) individual pupils with three A*s or better, this year group have done exceptionally well.

A significant amount of credit must go to our teachers who have had to dig very deep over the last 18 months, learn all sorts of new ways to communicate and cajole and then cap it all off with a data interrogation that resulted in a very fair set of outcomes for this year group.  

These results measure academic outcomes. What they do not capture are the distinctive characters that have now left Dean Close to have an impact beyond these shores. Many acts of kindness have taken place, deep friendships have developed and moments of great courage have been endured.  These and so many other qualities, combined with individual academic achievement, encapsulate how much the Class of 2021 have made of themselves in their time at Dean Close.