Comment for UCAS
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys is a selective secondary school of around 1200 students with 350 in the co-educational Sixth Form. Our intake is determined by the Kent Test and unlike a number of super-selective secondary schools in the region we have a wide range of ability for a selective school from the 1st to around the 40th percentile. As one of the lowest-funded state secondary schools in the country we pride ourselves on the fact that despite limited financial means we help produce outstanding young people who achieve the highest levels of academic and personal success. All students in Year 12 take three subjects as standard and continue these into Year 13. An increasing number of the cohort also opt to study our highly successful EPQ programme. Students took an internal exam at the end of Year 12 that together with ongoing assessment throughout the year formed the basis for their UCAS predicted grade.
Our school went into Lockdown on 20th March 2020. We were able to offer distance learning for our Sixth Form via Teams meetings and recorded sessions set remotely. Staff offered feedback and some one-to-one online tutorials. Students returned for three subject days in July. We were unable to hold our usual summer mock examinations, however we set online assessments. Some students found this period very difficult in terms of their mental health, others had issues with technology, the situation certainly had an impact on their progress, despite the quality of blended learning provided. Since our return in September we have had to work hard to restore confidence and complete the syllabi.