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Student stories - Academic

Outstanding marks in Cambridge Physics lead bumper set of results

More than 60 per cent of our students taking Cambridge Physics at AS-level this year have achieved an A grade, according to preliminary marks released today.

It’s a remarkable result for what is widely known as a difficult subject, said ACG Director of Schools Clarence van der Wel. The world percentage for A grades in Physics is usually around 25 per cent.

“Even more satisfying is that every single student taking the subject passed this year,” he said. “It’s testament to the amazing effort the students have put in preparing for their exams as well as the calibre of Physics teachers we have at the school.”

AS levels are usually completed at the end of Year 12 under the Cambridge International Examinations system offered at ACG schools.

Physics is one of our school’s growth subjects, according to our Acting Principal Ed Coup. “Given the shortage of STEM teachers it’s one of the hardest subjects in the country to staff so we’re incredibly lucky to have two outstanding Physics teachers,” he said. “Results like this just serve to strengthen the subject’s momentum.”

Physics is just one standout subject from a raft of successes in this year’s exams, which has seen 100% of students pass their A-level exams, which are usually completed at the end of Year 13.

At AS level, around 95% of students passed.

Overall, these results appear to be one of the best years on record for ACG Parnell College, Mr van der Wel said. “Results have only just been released but based on the preliminary analysis, I can’t remember another set of results like this,” he said. “They’re astounding.