Congratulations to Shenley Students!
Well the Class of 2020 will certainly always have an exclusive set of memories – what a year they have had! We could not be more proud of how they have responded to the change and uncertainty they have faced whilst looking through some short term anxiety towards a wide range of really positive pathways. Thank you to all of our amazing students, our dedicated staff and the supportive families, who in partnership together have made this possible! This year has seen the highest proportion of those students who have applied to university securing their first place which is a well deserved reward at this time!
It is great to share with you that nearly 50% of all A level exam entries were at grades A*-B, with 22% of these at A*/A. This means that we have many proud, surprised or relieved students today! As ever we have a wide array of wonderful stories to which we cannot do justice here but it is lovely to share a few for your interest on this special day.
Congratulations go to Robyn Bodimeade-Firth who is in the amazing position of choosing between a place at Cambridge or a scholarship in America to study Physics. Well done Robyn! Congratulations also go to Vicky Rider who has attained a place at Cambridge University to study medicine - Well done Vicky!
Great news also for our Head Girl Samantha Jasi, whose 2 A* grades have secured her desired place at Birmingham University to study Law. As a key member of the team that have secured a place in the final of the national Legal Apprentice competition this is a perfect next step!
Praise for a particularly special achievement must go to Alex Pembery. With a grade at A*, 2 grade As, and a B, he goes off to study Natural Sciences at York University. However, we must mention that his A* came in Music, which he completed in his ‘spare time’ in Y13! This is a special achievement for such a talented and committed grade 8 musician who has done so much for music across the school.
We have a number of students for whom their success at A*/A/A has opened a range of doors. Congratulations to Philippa Carew who will be studying Film and English at the University of Manchester, Rebecca Clarkson studying Television production at Bournemouth University and Ashley Frost who has secured a place at university of Sussex to study Economics. It is also great to highlight the achievements of others who have achieved straight A’s, such as Emma Bosson who has a place at University College London to study Social Sciences and Emily Abbott who goes to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. A big well done also to Katy Barnett who has long held the dream of studying Theology at St Andrew’s and whose hard work and great grades have made this possible!
There are many avenues to success and a few more I would like to celebrate are with our students Aldo Gordini and Samuel White. Aldo joined us two years ago from Italy with very little English. His Distinction for his BTEC Extended Certificate in ICT sees him off to Swansea University to study Computer Science. Samuel White attained A*/A/ B and has secured a place on one of the single most competitive degree based apprenticeships in Milton Keynes at Mercedes. As those of you who will have heard Graham Mitter from Mercedes speak at our Awards Evening last September will know, this course is an innovative and demanding one which is also a tremendous way to earn while you learn. I’m pleased to say that Sam is now the 4th Shenley student in as many years to achieve a place on this programme.
So once again, congratulations to all of our students and I hope you have been encouraged by the few stories I have shared. I’m similarly encouraged by the way in which those students who haven’t achieved as they would have liked have immediately used the school’s support to ensure they also have great options going forward – well done! We will all look back on this year as a unique one, and I will never forget the impromptu end of year Assembly in March at which our Head Boy Alex Taylor and Head Girl Samantha Jasi led an emotional version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. Alex and Sam’s professional double act may well continue as Alex’s grades have also secured him a place at Birmingham University to study English.
It feels appropriate to conclude with the words of these two great ambassadors for our school. To quote Samantha, ‘A piece of my heart will always remain in Shenley Brook End; it is full of people who have made me the person I am today and for that I will always be grateful.’ And to quote Alex, ‘I, like many, know that I can look back with pride at what the school has allowed me to achieve both socially and academically. Never has the Shenley motto of ‘Belong, Believe, Become’ resonated with me more.’
Best wishes to all!