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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.

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