DATA sets are made up of numbers, often percentages, with a logical limit of 100. It is natural that yearly improvements will decrease or stop altogether - records cannot be broken forever. The laws of nature, physics and human limitation prevent this – most of the time.
In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic compelled schools and colleges all over the world to predict grades for students in the absence of exams and KYUEM students’ predicted grades surpassed all previous years’ examination grades – a data set that in all probability may never have been repeated.
In 2021 its students achieved KYUEM’s best ever A Level grades, it had surely reached a limit. This year 210 graduating students collectively sat for 749 A Levels and the data shown in Figures 1a and 1b below show elite student performances and imply grade requirements for top international universities.
Every year, the same seven critical data sets are compared and published. In August, KYUEM learnt that its graduating students’ full A-Level examination grades exceeded 2021 in all seven categories identified. In some instances, the differences were very large – 49% A* in 2021 increased to 59% A* grades in 2022; 32% of 2021 graduating students achieved at least 3A* grades, while this year that number increased to 48%.
Six out of seven of its 2022 headline data even surpass the predicted grade data of 2020, previously thought to be an unachievable target.
Its record achievements by examination in 2022 are essentially due to six of 11 A-Level subject departments gaining their highest average scores over the past five years, with five of these six subject departments recording over 80% A* or A grades for their students (see Figure 2).
Among 210 of KYUEM’s graduating senior students the following data are of interest -
three students achieved 5A* or A, 42 achieved 4A*, 89 achieved 4A or better, 57 achieved 3A* and 154 achieved 3A or better.
It is important to realise that KYUEM’s university placement data are of equal significance in its annual data publication. In 2022 91.67% of graduating senior students met the requirements of their firm or insurance university conditional offers. To set this in context, the students usually apply to the top UK universities of the Russell Group. About 51% will enrol in top London universities (LSE, King’s College London, Imperial College London and University College London) and Oxbridge. The final destinations of all graduating students will not be known until late October.
This year saw the greatest success in American university placements with 16 graduating students selecting the United States as their first-choice destination for higher education, including six students studying at Ivy League universities such as Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Another eight students will be joining University of California Berkeley or Los Angeles or San Diego while the two remaining students will enrol in Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Seven KYUEM students will enrol at Oxbridge this year - five at the University of Oxford and two at the University of Cambridge.
KYUEM extends sincere congratulations to KYUEM’s graduating class of 2022.