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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

A co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18

A Level and BTEC successes at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Students at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, near Dover, are celebrating success at A Level and BTEC with an increase in A* and A grades which has been achieved through a new approach to teaching and learning.

England’s only state full-boarding school is particularly pleased 80% of students will be going to university to continue their education, 10% into the military and 10% employment. Of particular note, 88% of BTEC Engineering results achieved Distinction or higher.

Outstanding success includes: Ruben Bentley with A*A*A*A* in Chemistry, Further Maths, Physics and Maths; Sophie O’Smotherly with A* English Literature, A* EPQ, A* Religious Studies, A Business; and Jordanna Ramsey with A* in Religious Education, A History, A Physics.

Ruben will read Theoretical Physics at Durham; for Sophie it is English Literature at Cambridge; and Jordanna will read Law at Nottingham.
Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “This has been an unusual year to say the least; however, students have performed exceedingly well and continued to raise the bar of our Sixth Form academic excellence. I’d like to congratulate all our students and wish them well for the future. While the exam regulator Ofqual’s results system has not entirely reflected our true success largely due to the perceived ‘disadvantaged’ factor and our rapid improvement in the last few years, significant progress continues to be made. Over the last three years under new leadership, this has included a more challenging curriculum with accurate tracking and assessment. There has been a complete shift in the culture of teaching and learning focused on ambition, positivity and optimism, along with a holistic approach to student wellbeing with support and mentoring. Students are also encouraged to achieve their best in everything they do, not just in the classroom.”