Radley College in Abingdon is a UK boarding school. Radley College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England is an independent boarding school for boys. It was
founded in 1847 by the Reverend William Sewell, fellow of Exeter
College, Oxford, to provide a public school education on the principles
of the Church of England. Its agreeable and well-equipped buildings lie
in a beautiful 800-acre estate, close to Abingdon and Oxford.
Between the ages of 13 and 18 boys are at Radley for the majority of
their time, and it is our aim to see that they are happy, fulfilled and
that they develop their individual talents.
About the school
The educational course at Radley is designed to teach boys the
value of hard work and an intelligent management of time. We aim for
breadth in a boy’s academic programme, we try to ensure intellectual
stimulus both inside and outside the curriculum, and we seek to achieve
an easy command of, and familiarity with, Information Technology. We
also endeavour to train Sixth Formers in the ability to research and
synthesise for themselves, to learn independently. Beyond that we hope
to awaken in Radleians an appreciation of literature and the arts so
that they can gain real pleasure from pursuing these interests in their
adult lives. When a Radleian leaves the Sixth Form, it is expected that
he will have those attributes necessary both to command a worthwhile
place in Higher Education and – beyond that – to compete effectively in
the market place for jobs in the 21st century.
We have debated at length the merits of competing sixth form
programmes. Uppermost in our minds has been the question ‘what is best
for Radleians?’ We concluded that the International Baccalaureate had
many virtues, but would not suit at least a third of Radleians, the less
academically able and specialist scientists, and, in any case, we have
been deeply suspicious of the level of prescription involved. We have
been very interested in the bold new Cambridge Pre-U courses developed
by Cambridge International Examinations, but we feel that they are novel
and untried, and we want to assess their acceptability to universities
and indeed the way in which candidates are examined and assessed, before
we commit ourselves. A few departments have trialed Pre-U papers with
particular sets. Above all, our major concern with the Pre-U is that it
is primarily a 3 subject exam, and we have predicated our Sixth Form on
the breadth achievable in a 4 A level programme.
In 2000 these were restructured by the government:
- a new Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level (for 17 plus) was
developed, with 3 units of assessment (2 units from 2008), at a standard
students can be expected to achieve in one year of full time study
after GCSE. It is worth 50% of a full A level, and is recognised as a
discrete exam by UCAS. The modules are examined in ways more akin to
GCSE (fewer essays in the Arts subjects, for example) and there are
coursework units in some subjects.
- an A level consists of these AS modules, and 3 (soon to be
2) more modules, called A2. There is a synoptic module, at the end,
drawing all of the A level skills together.
- A* grades were introduced in 2010. These are difficult to achieve – a candidate has to attain 90% in his A2 papers to qualify. In the 2011 A levels 23% of papers sat by Radleians were graded A*.
Exam Results 2012
Exam Results 2012
Radley's results at both A Level and GCSE have been outstanding. The
achievement is all the greater in a year when, at a national level, the
much debated issue of 'grade inflation' was finally addressed.
At A Level, 92.41% of results were graded A* to B. A record number of
boys (76) collected 3 A/A*s or more. This means that the vast majority
of boys gained entry to their preferred university course.
Our GCSE/IGCSE results were similarly impressive, with 90.5% of grades
at A*/A. This was a rise of 4.55% compared with the previous year. Many
individual performances were quite exceptional, with 19 boys gaining 10
A*s or more. There was a good number of instances where boys far
surpassed their grade predictions.
Despite the increased rigour of IGCSEs, which are now sat in many
subjects, it seems that boys and their teachers have risen to the
stimulating challenge in a profoundly impressive way. It is also notable
that while the national share of A* grades fell by 0.5%, to 7.3%, we
saw Radley's total rise from an already impressive 43.13% in 2011, to
57% this year. This was an enormous leap and I am very proud of what the
boys have achieved.
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