Girls now make up a third of Y12 students, which is a fantastic achievement for the first year of Co-education and a ringing endorsement for Marling School’s commitment to continue providing a Co-educational setting for post-16 education.
Students opting for the school have been attracted by its Outstanding academic performance, exciting extra-curricular opportunities, welcoming environment and its mix of students.
Phoebe Loydell, who joined Marling Sixth Form from Kingshill, said:
‘I chose Marling Sixth Form because of the facilities it offers and because it felt so welcoming. I felt like I was part of the school the very first time I came here.’
Imogen Grover, who joined from Stroud High School, agreed. She said:
‘I chose Marling Sixth Form because it was really important for me to be part of a co-educational sixth form. I am really pleased with my choice. Marling also offers Music Technology at A Level, which most other places don’t.’
The bumper recruitment comes as the school announces its best ever A Level results, with a whopping 43% of exams at the highest A*- A grades including 16% at A* which is well above national figures. The percentage of grades at A*-B was 69% and the pass rate was 99%.
As well as outstanding attainment, Marling is particularly proud of its year-on-year positive Value Added score. The most recent level 3 Value Added data ranks Marling Sixth Form as the 14th highest grammar school out of 164 in the country and in the top 15% of all A Level providers nationally. The Value Added measure compares students’ final A Level grades with their predicted grades and awards a positive value if students achieve higher than their predictions. Overall this means that sixth formers studying at Marling have an excellent chance of achieving their full potential.
Steve Farr, Head of Sixth Form, welcomed the new co-educational sixth form’s success. He said:
‘We are delighted that so many students, both girls and boys, have chosen to join us this year. We firmly believe that a co-educational sixth form offers the right learning environment for all our A Level students and are glad that young people agree with us.
Our current students benefit from Outstanding teaching and they achieve positive Value Added results at A Level year-on-year. We can now extend this opportunity to more young people across the area.’
Recruitment is now beginning for September 2020. The Sixth Form Open Evening on 14 November, 5-8pm, offers a good opportunity to find out about sixth form life, meet current students and teachers and learn more about choosing A Level subjects. www.marlingsixthform.org.