Destinations and Results


We are proud of all of our students and their excellent outcomes from 2020.

Or students went on to study over 70 different degree courses – from accounting to sports science, with courses in between made up of the familiar (history, chemistry, geography) and the more exotic (Outdoor Adventure Leadership; spacecraft engineering). Clearly, the class of 2020 are destined to go on and do amazing things in all major fields, from medicine and STEM to the creative arts and humanities.

And they will be doing them all over the world, at almost 50 different institutions in places as far-flung as Bulgaria and Pakistan, as local and familiar as Huddersfield and Leeds, and everything else in between. As ever, the students of 2020 are overrepresented compared with their peers nationally at the most prestigious universities. Five of the class of 2020 are now studying at Oxford or Cambridge universities, representing almost 3% of our total university destinations, and 30% of university destinations are at research-led Russell Group universities; both these figures are over twice the estimated English state-sector average, further reflecting the outstanding achievements of this year group. In addition, 15 students progressed to highly-competitive degrees in medicine and dentistry.

The class of 2020 also continued a long-term trend of students looking for alternatives to university. Although over 75% of the year group did start university in September 2019, or have secured deferred places for 2021 entry, others were successful in securing long-term higher apprenticeship placements at some of the most prestigious employers in the UK and even on a global scale. Some of our students are now embarking on professional training in fields such as engineering, law, finance and digital media in multi-national firms such as Nestle and KPMG. Still others are contributing to the community through work in the voluntary sector, or enjoying exciting and fulfilling gap years.

We are proud of every single member of the class of 2020, both of their contributions and achievements while part of our community, and what they will contribute and achieve in the wider world beyond Heckmondwike.

The link below is a detailed list of all our students’ destinations in the last 12 months.

Key Stage 5 Results 2020

Congratulations to all our students on achieving outstanding A level results again this year.

As always the profile of our grades shows a very strong bias towards the upper range of grades. 78% of the A Level results were at grade C or better and 72% of these grades were either A*, A or B.

There were 212 A* and A grades altogether, including 43 students that achieved 3 or more grade A* or A passes. Extra special mentions go to Emma Buddle, Christopher Denham, Eleanor Falshaw, Jennifer Hoang and Lorcan Nicholls who achieved 4 A* grades in their A Levels. Further congratulations go to Louis Gent-Larroche, Thomas Green, Hashim Khan, Isabella Mencattelli, Cassim Patel and Prabhjot Singh, who achieved an incredible A* grade in all of their A Levels.

These superb results reflect the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, and will enable the students to take their next steps with confidence. The outcomes in terms of students being placed at universities and high calibre apprenticeships of their choice are exceptionally good this year.

Headline HGS 2020
A*-B 56.2%
A*-C 77.9%
A*-E 99.5%
Average Grade (A-Level) B
 Progress 0.12
Attainment 37.1
English and Maths Progress N/A
Retention 92.4%

Further information can be found on the Department for Education’s ‘Compare School Performance’ website.*Based on latest data including remarks – excludes General Studies and EPQ*Based on A Level results, excluding General Studies and EPQ