Contextual Information for Universities

Holyhead is a highly successful Inner Ring 11-18 Academy. The neighbourhood is in the top 10% of deprived areas nationally and 45% of students are entitled to free school meals. There are over 1,300 students on roll including 248 in the Sixth Form, with the vast majority of year 13 students seeking university places. In September 2021 all Year 13 students intending to go to university took up places at their chosen university. The last exam based set of A-level results in the summer of 2019 saw 52% achieving A*-B, 84% A*-C and 98% A* – E, and in the summer of 2021 with the Centre Assessed Grades 59% achieved A*-B, 91% A*-C and 100% were A*-E, both being sets of results the academy and community are rightly proud.

Since the release of new specifications and the de-coupling of AS/A Level qualifications until June 2019 we had chosen to offer the decoupled AS examinations in all reformed A Level subjects apart from Geography and Film Studies. In light of the national trends to move away from offering the AS qualification to all at the end of Year 12, we chose to do so from September 2019 with the use of internal examinations in Year 12 to replace the AS exams.