Exam Results & Student Destinations

Academic success at KAS

KAS stands out from most other educational environments by achieving academic success without excessive pressure.

Over the last few years, our public exam results have been excellent, and this was recognised in our ISI Inspection Report of March 2022. This is in terms of the grades students achieved, which are well above national averages and in line with averages for the independent sector (despite the prevalence of highly academically selective schools).

A key metric for us is not just how well students do in terms of the ‘raw’ exam grades, but the progress that they make while at KAS. This is captured by our ‘value-added’ scores which are generated by The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, owned by Cambridge University Press. This is the industry standard across independent and international sectors, and in recent years, KAS consistently scored in the top quartile compared to other independent schools.

Exam results 2023

Click below for summary and analysis of this year’s exam results:

You can read all about A level results day, including reaction from students, by clicking on our news story.

To hear from our GCSE cohort on results day you can click here.

Year 13 students were very successful in getting into their chosen courses and universities. Degrees ranged from neuroscience to comparative literature, artificial intelligence to politics, and theatre studies to law. In terms of locations, our KAS graduates travelled far and wide across the country and beyond – with two in the US and one in Holland. In addition, some embarked on work-based internships in the music, film and fashion industries.

2023 leavers destinations

Below are the destinations of students who applied through UCAS in 2023

Institution  Course
Central Saint Martins Art & Design Foundation
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Acting (Musical Theatre)
London Film Academy Filmmaking
Loughborough Sport and Exercise Science
Northeastern University, US Liberal Arts
Norwich University of the Arts Games Art & Design
Nottingham English (with Foundation)
Point Blank Music School Music Production & Sound Engineering
Music Production & Vocal Performance
Queen Mary University of London Computer Science
Ravensbourne Art & Design Foundation
Royal Holloway, University of London Psychology
Modern Languages
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Art History & Philosophy
University of Edinburgh Music
University of Aberdeen Engineering (Mechanical)
University of Birmingham International Business with Language
University of Brighton Fashion Communication with Business Studies
University of Bristol Sociology (with Study Abroad)
University of Leeds Sociology & History
Communication & Media
Social & Political Sciences
University of Liverpool Communication & Media
University of Manchester American Studies
History & Sociology
History of Art
University of Nottingham Cancer Sciences
University of Reading Psychology with Foundation
Archaeology & Anthropology
University of Sussex Sociology
International Business (with a professional placement year)
Art History
Economics & Management Studies
University of York English
Politics with International Relations
York St John University Criminology

Some students chose to go to City & Guilds to do Foundation courses in Art and Design before deciding on their next step.

There is a growing appetite from young people to look for opportunities outside of the university route and support is there for Year 13 students to look for placements in their preferred industries or to go straight into work. We are proud to see KAS students using all the skills they’ve learnt here to take on new challenges.

Where Next?