Examination Results

Thornton College students consistently achieve outstanding academic results, regularly featuring among the top non-selective schools in the UK.

A Level’s Results 2020

Thornton College students have achieved outstanding results in their A Level and Vocational Qualifications, with 100% securing their first choice university.

  • 75% of students achieved one or more A*/A grade
  • 75% of all grades were A* – B
  • 92% of all grades were A* – C 
  • In seven of our A Level subjects, 100% of students achieved A*- B
  • 100% of Vocational Awards graded at Distinction and Distinction*.  
  • 53% of all grades A*/A or equivalent

Students all secured their first choice place, pursuing courses including Mathematics, Biomedical Sciences, English Literature, Policing, Nursing and Education at a range of institutions including King’s College London, Warwick, Loughborough, Birmingham and Manchester.

GCSE Results 2020

Thornton College students achieved excellent results in their GCSEs: 

  • 98% of all results were grades 9 – 4  (Pass)
  • 88% of all results were grades 9 – 5 (legacy A* – C)
  • 45% of all results were grades 9 – 7 ( legacy A* – A)
  • 27% of all results were at the highest possible grades 9 / 8 (legacy A**)
  • 100% of students achieve A* -C for their HPQ (Higher Project Qualification)

Val Holmes, Head Teacher said,

‘All our students in Year 11 continued to access work, attend live lessons and complete their learning during lockdown.  They have all worked incredibly hard during a difficult time to achieve their well-deserved results. As a non-selective school, which values the talents of each individual, we recognise that success comes in all shapes and sizes and that excellence is achievable in all sorts of different ways. I am incredibly proud of each of the girls, of their results, their support of one another and of the grit and resilience, which they have developed in the past months, in particular. It will serve them well in the next stage of their journey in education and as they face an increasingly competitive world’. 

Please note: In 2017 the grading scale changed from the A*-G scale to a numerical scale with a grade 9 being the highest. The new scale was introduced for the reformed GCSEs which were first examined in 2017. The transition to the new GCSEs was phased in over two years, so that in 2016-17 and 2017-18, students received a mix of grades depending on the subjects taken.

From 2019, all GCSE results are graded using the numerical scale.

“In 2020 100% of our Sixth Form Leavers secured their first choice University”.

“Thornton is a school, which has at its heart the value of each individual, the recognition that each can succeed and a belief in the importance of hard work and commitment. These superb results are once again proof that, at Thornton, success at the highest level is achievable across the range of educational opportunities and that Thornton offers this range. I am, of course, tremendously proud of all the girls, their pursuit of excellence and their determination, especially through the past few very trying months, and I wish them all the happiness they deserve in the next stage of their education” Mrs Val Holmes, Head Teacher, 2020 Results Day.