Academic Results

A Level Results Summary 2021

Students at Birkdale School have, once again, achieved highly in their A levels – despite the unprecedented circumstances and challenges they have faced completing their courses.

The school has exceeded last year’s overall performance with 76% of results at grades A* and A.

Among the other headlines:

  • 92% of Birkdale’s results were at grades A*- B
  • 17 students achieved 3 A* grades or more
  • Five students received 4 A* grades or more

This collective success means that the vast majority of our students have achieved their first choice of university, with a diverse range of degrees at some of the most prestigious institutions:

  • Five students have gained places to study at Oxford or Cambridge University.
  • 11 students will be studying Medicine or Dentistry next year, reflecting the continued popularity and success of the school’s Science teaching and thriving medical society.

Birkdale continues to offer a wide range of A level subjects to students – with results in Art, Computing, Design & Technology (Systems and Control), Design & Technology (Electronics), French, Latin and Spanish all being at grades A* or A.

Departments achieving 70% or more A*- A grades include Business Studies, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Psychology and Theatre Studies.

We are proud of the diverse range of university courses chosen by Birkdale students which include the following:

  • Music and performing arts continue to thrive at Birkdale with Molly going on to study at Oxford School of Dance, Bella at Leeds Conservatoire and Hugo at Leeds Conservatoire.
  • Three students are taking up places on sports related courses, with Sephora choosing to study at Rutgers University, USA, Alex will study Yacht Design and Production and Chloe will be travelling to Banff in Canada for ski instructor training before taking up her Chiropractic degree.
  • Two students, Tom and Alex will pursue their Art studies with an Art Foundation at Chesterfield College.
  • Josh will take up a place at Birmingham University to study Palaeontology, following a gap year to China. Josh gained a Bulkeley-Evans Scholarship which funds gap year projects between school and university for boys and girls in H.M.C. (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) schools

Peter Harris, Head Master, said:

“These outstanding results are a reflection of the hard work, determination and resilience of our students in these exceptional times. There has never been an academic year like this – students have experienced disruption to their studies beyond our control; but have risen to the challenge and reaped the rewards for their hard work today.”

“Our staff have worked tirelessly to support students in completing their courses and preparing for assessments. During the periods of lockdown we moved seamlessly to our excellent remote learning provision. Despite today’s outstanding grades, success at Birkdale is never solely measured by academic results – we pride ourselves that our students are well prepared for future study at university and life beyond Birkdale.”

“Congratulations to every single Birkdale student receiving their results. Thank you to staff, parents and everyone who has supported them throughout their time at Birkdale, and I wish them all well for the future.”

A Level Results past and present

Grades 2021 2020 2019
A* 40% 26% 13%
A*/A 76% 57% 41%
A*-B 92% 82% 64%
A*-C 98% 96% 92%
A*-E 100% 100% 99%

A level by Subject 2021


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