They have endured two prolonged periods of school closures, cancellation of their GCSEs and are the first students to have sat exams since 2019.

However, sixth formers at Rivers Academy West London and Space Studio West London have defied the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to produce the best A-level results yet for both schools.

At Rivers Academy 33.3% of students at the school achieved 3 or more A-levels graded A*-B this year compared to 25% in 2018 and 5.5% in 2019.

At Space Studio West London (SSWL) – a STEM-focussed school – a third of Mathematics students achieved an A* and half of all Physics students achieved a grade A* to B. 

Sarah Johnson-Scott, Vice-Principal of the Feltham School, said the results are a reflection of the hard work of the students and the measures put in place by the school to help them succeed. 

She told the Hounslow Herald: “I think if we reflect on this year’s cohort, they had a disruptive Year 11 and didn’t sit any exams as their GCSE grades were teacher-assessed. When they came back in Year 12 they still endured disruption following a second lockdown and Year 13 is the only year that they haven’t been interrupted and this is the first set of exams they have had to sit.

“I’m incredibly proud of our sixth formers. They have performed brilliantly and the results are testament to their hard work and resilience.

“I would also like to thank our teaching staff for their commitment in rolling out the measures we introduced to support our students and boost their wellbeing.”

Andy Morgan, Principal at SSWL, added: “Despite huge disruption to their education, students achieved the best A-level examination results in the school’s history. We are particularly pleased that as a STEM-focussed school, a third of our students in mathematics achieved an A* to B. Well done to all our students for their hard work and success.”

This year’s A-level results for Rivers Academy have also revealed 28% of all entries were graded A*-A, 54% of all entries were graded A*-B and 78% of all entries were graded at A*-C.

Andria Singlehurst, Principal at Rivers, added: “Rivers Academy students have yet again achieved the most exceptional results this summer across both A Levels and BTEC. “Their incredible results, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, represent phenomenal success and pay tremendous testament to the incredible hard work and commitment of a whole team of staff and a whole body of students.”

Student Successes

Rivers Academy: Holly Jarvis

Rivers Academy student Holly Jarvis is delighted with her A-level results

Holly Jarvis, 18. Sat A-levels and has achieved an A* (History), A (English Literature) & A (Politics). She will study English at UCL.

Holly said: “The last two years have obviously been a challenge but I persevered and getting back to normal lessons in Year 13 was great and it has all ended up being ok. We’ve had great support from our teachers at Rivers – they made sure we were doing well with the online learning and had lots of contact with us. When we returned to school they had put lots of support in place for us too and were always available to help in any way they could. Extra lessons/sessions were available for anyone who wanted them and they also gave us great guidance for revision and also filling in the UCAS forms.”

Space Studio West London: Eddie Scheer (Left) & Vytenis Grigaliunas (Right)

SSWL students Eddie & Vytenis are delighted with their A-level results

Eddie Scheer achieved: A* Maths, A Physics, B Chemistry & Merit BTEC Level 3 Engineering. Eddie said SSWL has helped him achieve the results he needed to progress onto Oxford Brookes University to study Motor Sport Engineering. He aims to pursue a career in AeroDynamics within F1. He said: “I’m delighted with my results and am very appreciative of the support I’ve had from our teachers. I’m passionate about STEM and SSWL has been the perfect school for me.”

Vytenis Grigaliunas achieved: B Physics, B Maths, C Computer Science & Distinction BTEC Level 3 Engineering. Vytenis has enjoyed studying at SSWL for the past four years. He said: ‘’One of the highlights was, despite the year 12 Space Camp residential being cancelled due to the pandemic, the school arranged for a two week National Citizen Service program within the school grounds. I will now be studying Aerospace Engineering at The University of Reading.”