Our Best Ever A Level Results!

Best Ever ‘Value Added’ Score Demonstrates Outstanding Achievement at Ferndown Upper School


Congratulations to the students of Ferndown Upper School for gaining the school’s best ever set of A level results.


It is therefore of no surprise with around of third of all grades being A* or A grades, that we have some students who have done extremely well.


  • Michaela Sibsey : A* – Eng Lit, A* – Maths & A* – Psychology

Michaela will be going to Bath to study Psychology. She said, “Thanks to all of my teachers, I’ve loved every minute at FUS”.

  • Katy Dunn: A – History, A – Ethics & A – Eng Lit

Katy is going to Southampton to read History and Philosophy. She commented, “The teachers are always in your corner, I couldn’t have done it without their support”.

  • Jake Ford: A – Maths, A – Further Maths & A – Physics

Jake is going to Southampton to study Aerospace Engineering.

  • Mara Tomei: A – Biology, A – Chemistry & A – German

Mara is going to The University of Groningen (Netherlands) to study Medicine. She said, “I would just like to thank all of my teachers, they have made this possible”.


However all of our students achieved highly, and we were pleased to see so many of our students gaining their expected places at Russell group and other Universities, with the good news being that every student in Year 13 gained a place at University or is in full time employment.


In fact 100% of our students gained an A level.


These results mean that Ferndown’s government Value Added score is a superb +0.28, the best result in Dorset. This means that every 3rd student gained a higher grade than predicted by the government.


Headteacher Philip Jones stated “I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the students and their teachers for all of their hard work and dedication. These results demonstrate that Ferndown Upper’s students are definitely leading the way, making FUS the highest performing school in the area. We were also very pleased with the results for our STEM subjects, with the results for Maths, Physics, Engineering and Biology being extremely high. We also gained our usual superb results for Creative Arts with the highlight being 100% A*-C for Art (including two A*s). Other standout subjects were our MFL provision, where every student gained an A grade in French and German and also in Sociology, where all of the students excelled.


Our vocational subjects also performed very highly (Sport, Media, IT, Child Care and Engineering), scoring a Value Added score of +0.83, (which means every student performed almost a grade better than predicted by the government). With every student in Sport and Childcare attaining the highest possible grade. We also have three students who have gained engineering apprenticeships with prestigious local companies Superior Seals and Curtiss-Wright, having achieved the highest possible grades in Engineering and IT.