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From Shirley to Cambridge

Shirley High School Sixth Form is celebrating unprecedented success as one of our students has achieved the grades to study at the University of Cambridge next year. Daanyaal Qureshi-Williams, who has been at the school since year 7, will be studying Humanities at the prestigious university, having secured the grades required in History, Sociology and Media Studies. Daanyaal said “I’m really proud of myself but I’m also really grateful for the support system around me that has enabled me to happen, especially my Mum… I’m forever grateful for the school - they are the reason I got this opportunity!”

Michael Cotton, the Assistant Principal in charge of KS5, stated that Daanyaal’s success paves the way for future success: “We are so proud of all of our students’ achievements, but especially Daanyaal’s. He has worked incredibly hard, embodying our sixth form values of being scholarly and professional. By getting into Cambridge, he shows that Shirley High Sixth Form can compete with the best KS5 establishments in the country. Regardless of background we are determined to ensure that all our students achieve their potential.”

A number of students have accepted offers from top universities including Brooke S (Global Medicine at King’s College, London) and Jacob W (University of Bristol, Geology). 

Principal Mr Myton said. “I am extremely proud of all our students.  The last few years have been very challenging, and this year group didn't get the previous external exam process and or benefit from the concessions afforded to the year before. They should be proud of what they have achieved, we are proud of them. It is truly inspiring to get a student accepted into Cambridge given the turbulence of the last few years. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of the student, staff and their support network. I am sure that this will provide motivation for other pupils to go on and fulfil their dreams and succeed in anything that they choose to do.”

Students across the sixth form are celebrating strong results with 50% of students achieving grades of  A*-B or equivalent across A Level and BTECs whilst 1 in 5 grades achieved was either an A*, A or equivalent. These results come off the back of a successful Ofsted inspection where the school received “Good” in all categories.

Press Release: GCSE

Shirley High is once again celebrating success in its GCSE results. A fantastic 60% of pupils achieving passes in both English and Maths.  Principal Tyrone Myton praised pupils' hard work and resilience.  “There is no doubt that pupils have had major disruption to their educational journey; to do so well is fantastic.  They have embodied the values of the school and achieved some excellent results.”  One such pupil to achieve outstanding grades was Ola O who achieved 7 Grade 9s. 

Assistant Principal for KS4, Simon Hurst, stated, “In the unprecedented times our year 11 pupils have faced throughout their GCSE journey, they have constantly adapted to the new and challenging demands that have been placed upon them and have worked extremely hard throughout this time.  For the first time since 2019, pupils have sat complete papers in all subjects and I am delighted that their hard work has been reflected in their results, bettering the 2019 performance. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented group of pupils and such a dedicated and hardworking team of teachers, who I know will join me in wishing all our year 11 pupils the success that they deserve in the next phase of their education.” 

Michael Cotton, Assistant Principal for KS5, is excited to welcome pupils to continue the success of the Sixth Form: “This year we have had students head off to study at Cambridge, Bristol and King’s College, amongst others. We are so excited to guide these new students on to the next stage of their education journey.”

GCSES Qualifications



Post 16 Qualifications



Progress 8






Attainment 8




A’ Level C-


A’ Level C

BTEC: Merit

5+ English and Maths



Attainment Data

A* - A


4+ English and Maths



A* - B


% Staying in Education



A*- C


Achieving Strong EBacc Pass



A* - E


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Details of our 2019 Ofsted Report can be found here.