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A-level results coverage
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Selby College pupils celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level in 22 subjects and a record number of students securing places at top universities including, Cambridge, Newcastle and Lancaster.
William Froom from Snaith gained three A star grades in maths, further maths and physics, along with an A in chemistry to secure his place at Cambridge University to study engineering.
He said: "I'm really pleased to have got the grades I need to go on to university. I’ve always been interested in engineering and it was my dream to go to Cambridge, but I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of my family, friends and everyone at Selby College.”
This sentiment was echoed by the top-performing female student Rebecca Reed from Selby who, after gaining two A star grades in sociology and psychology and two A grades in biology and English literature, said: “The top female student? Wow. What an honour. I’m so happy and incredibly grateful for all the help and support I’ve had throughout my time at Selby College.”
Rebecca will now go on to study Accounting and Finance at the University of Leeds.
Other students gaining fantastic grades today included; Joseph Sumpner from Brayton who gained two A star grades in maths and further maths, an A grade in physics and a B in chemistry.
Joseph, who will now go on to study maths at the University of Nottingham, said: "It’s a real surprise to have done so well, you hope that you’ll get great grades, but there’s always an element of doubt so I’m relieved to have achieved the results I needed."
Emily Brooke, also a former Brayton High School pupil, gained an A star in psychology, and two A grades in biology and maths and will go on to study speech and language therapy at the University of Newcastle.
She said: “I’m so shocked to have achieved such great results. To have exceeded my own expectations is an amazing feeling and I’m pleased to see so many of my friends have also done well and that all of our hard work has been worthwhile.”
Selby College Principal, Allan Stewar, said: “I am delighted to once again report that it’s been another tremendous year for the college’s ‘A’ Level students with results that more than justify their hard work and dedication as well as the considerable support and encouragement of parents and carers.
“I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of our A-level students and also our Vocational Course students who have again achieved extremely high grades this year. I would like to give each and every one of them, our very best wishes for whatever path they choose to take in future.”
Vernon Wells, chairman of governors, said: “There is another group of key people who continue to ensure the success of our students and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hard-working teaching and support staff. Their help and guidance not only allows these young people to achieve their full potential, but in the process ensures they get into top universities.”
Ryedale reporter Karen Darley has been speaking to students at Malton School.
STUDENTS and staff at Malton School were celebrating another successful year of A-level results.
For the seventh consecutive year the school has exceeded the equivalent of an average three A grades per student.
Head teacher Rob Williams said the average total points score of 880 - 270 points is an A grade - was very high and likely to be one of the best in North Yorkshire again.
“Particularly pleasing is the percentage of all grades achieved at grades A*-B, which has increased to 52 per cent. The overall pass rate is 99 per cent.
“Once again a high proportion of students have secured places at Russell Group universities, including one at Oxford to read physics, one for medicine and one for veterinary medicine.”
Student Rachel Ingram had a double celebration to look forward to after achieving high grades in her exam results followed by her 18th birthday at the weekend.
She gained an A in chemistry along with a B in physics and C in biology and will now study optometry at Bradford University.
Rachel, who lives in Old Malton, said she was ‘over the moon’.
“I’ve worked really hard but was not expected to get such a good grade in chemistry.
“I tried to think that I wasn’t going to do so well then anything I did get was a bonus.”
Alex Thorn, from Helmsley, is going to Sheffield University to study mechanical engineering after achieving A-grades in physics, maths and chemistry.
The 18-year-old said he was ‘very, very happy’.
“It is difficult to express how I feel after preparing for so long everything rests on opening these results on the day but I am very pleases and now want to go and celebrate with my friends."
Rob Nicholls, who lives in Wass, has secured an apprenticeship with Unilever after securing three Bs and a C.
He will now spend four days a week working on research and development with the company in Leeds and one day at Hull University.
Chemistry teacher Jo Rumney said Rob was the third student from Malton School to be offered a place with Unilever.
“This is a massive opportunity for Rob,” he added.
“Unilever will pay his university fees while he works with them with the aim of him becoming a chartered engineer in six years.”
A relieved Alex Lancaster, from Malton, said she had secured a place at Newcastle University to study music.
“I got four B’s in music, French, German and General Studies but didn’t quite make the entry requirements,” she added.
“I was a bit worried I wouldn’t get in but when I checked with school I still had my place.”
Friends Kathy Johnson, Amie Grice and Stacey Ridley were planning their celebrations after opening their exam results.
Kathy, who has a place at York St John, was undecided whether to take up the place or take a year out, while Amie was going to UCA in Surrey to study magazine journalism and Stacey was planning to study history at York St John.
“We are all very pleased with our results and are going to celebrate later,” they said.
Reporter Karen Darley has been at Norton College in Ryedale.
NORTON College Sixth Form was celebrating another set of results that staff said reflected the hard work of students and their determination to succeed at the highest level.
Results across the board rose again for the third year running, with a significant increase in the top grades achieved in A-level subjects.
Teresa Huntley, Director of Sixth Form, said there were also continued outstanding results in BTEC Level 3 qualifications.
“We are thrilled that so many of our students have been rewarded for all their hard work and have been successful in taking up well-deserved places at a range of universities, in confirming offers of apprenticeships or securing employment."
Mrs Huntley said the range of options that students were taking up reflected the opportunities open to them through the varied curriculum offered at Norton College Sixth Form, where success at both A level and BTEC is highly valued.
She said: “From Politics, Marine Biology and Computing Science at Russell Group universities to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, from a Sports scholarship at Montana University, USA to Media Production at Northumbria University, Norton College Sixth form students will, from today, be able to go on to even greater success."
One of the highest achieving students was Keane Duncan, from Norton.
The 18-year-old gained three A grades in history, biology and chemistry as well as an A* in the Extended Project Qualification.
Keane said he would now be going to York University to study politics.
“I’m really pleased with the grades I’ve got,” he added.
“I wanted to do politics as it is something that interests me but I’m not sure what career I want to go into yet.”
Mark Muankeow, who is also 18, and lives in Malton, achieved top grades in Uniformed Public Services which covers a variety of subjects including government and law.
“I am taking a gap year to work and save some money to go travelling,” he said.
“After that I am going to the University of Central Lancashire to study Outdoor Pursuits and then I hop to join the Royal Marines.”
Setting her sights on a career in television is Danielle Carlisle, from Norton.
The 18-year-old is going to Northumbria University to study Media Production achieved top grades in BTEC Media and BTEC art and design.
“I am really pleased with my results - even though I knew the grades it was good to see them on paper,” she added.
“My course involves all aspects of media production behind the scenes and I eventually hope to work for Channel 4.”
Tamra Lewis, from Norton, was delighted with her double distinctions in Performing Arts and Media.
She said she was now going to Sunderland University to study magazine journalism.
“Working in teenage magazines is something I have wanted to do for a while,” she added.
“I am really excited to have got my place and really pleased with my results.”
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Mount School girl Sophie Hetherton discovered her A grade in A-level geography today just 17 days before she is due to set sail in the world’s longest ocean race.
Sophie, 18, from York will be the youngest female member of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race when it departs from London on Sunday September 1.
The 40,000 mile ocean marathon takes eleven months to complete and will take Sophie and the 670-strong international crew across six continents with exotic destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Sydney, Singapore, Qingdao, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica, New York, Derry Londonderry and the Netherlands before returning to London’s St Katharine Docks for Race Finish in July 2014.
She said: “Sailing round the world and learning about the oceans, geography, nature and different countries we visit will be the perfect way to cement what I have learnt and inspire me for my future endeavours.”
Clipper Race Chairman and Founder, legendary British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Congratulations Sophie! You will certainly get to put your geography knowledge to good practice over the next eleven months. On behalf of the Clipper Race, we wish you all the best.”
Designed to provide everyone - regardless of sailing history - the chance to experience the exhilaration of circumnavigation, the Clipper Race has turned over 3,500 novices into ocean racers since its inception in 1995.
This is where teachers, students, sports stars, bankers, lorry drivers, nurses, web designers and more team together to take on the world’s toughest sailing conditions. Skippered by professional yachtsman, each team will battle to complete eight different legs over eleven months, all vying for the overall top prize.
Sophie also got Bs in art and English and has been accepted at the University of Warwick where she will study History of Art when she returns from her gap year at sea.
Thirsk School and Sixth Form College A-levels:
Students from the college have successfully met offers to study a wide range of courses at institutions around the country, including prestigious universities such as Oxford, Durham and Warwick. The average point score per entry was 221 QCA points, which was notably higher than last year.
The overall pass rate was up to 98%, and the proportion of students attaining grades A*-C was also increased to 73%. 45% of all grades were at A*, A and B.
Many students secured a string of top grades giving them them the chance to take up their coveted place at competitive institutions, or to go into the clearing opportunities offered within the system this year to seek an even better course. Kate Dickinson secured her place at Oxford University to read Mathematics.
Sophie Maude earned 1 A*, and 3 A grades and will study Chemistry at Durham. Eryn Wilkinson earned 1A* and 2 A grades and intends to take up her offer to study Natural Sciences at Lancaster. Martha Tomlinson was awarded 2 A's and 1 B and will study Linguistics at Manchester.
Jonathan Bark earned 2 A*'s and 2 B grades and will Photography at Coventry. Harry Booth secured 2 A*'s and 1 A grade and will pursue maths at Warwick. Alice Moss was awarded 2 A*'s and 1 A and will take up a place at York to read English and History. Georgia Whitley secured an A*, A and B to earn her place at Northumbria to follow Nursing Studies. Emma Linthwaite gained A,A,B and will pursue Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough. Rosie Jamieson, who was awarded A*, A and B will study Geography at Leeds University. Molly Bowman and Jen Nelson also earned A,A,B whilst a further 3 students secured A,B,B (Katie Burgess, Gabriel Hopkinson and Beth Humphreys). Becky Marshall achieved Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction on her BTec Sport and Rebecca Longster achieved Distinction, Distinction, Merit on the same course.
Many students achieved super results across the grade range that enabled the to fulfil personal ambitions and progress to their course, or the employment opportunity of their choice.
Stuart Mason, head teacher, said: “These results reflect the commitment of our students and our staff. The vast majority have worked hard to earn qualifications that enable them to pursue their ambitions as they embark on the next stage of their lives. They are to be congratulated and we wish them well and look forward to hearing how they get on in the future."
Graham Cressey, chairman of governors, said: “The governing body constantly challenges the school to deliver high quality outcomes for our students. We are particularly pleased with the good progression onto Higher Education and into employment."
Update from Archbishop Holgate's CE School in York:
Head teacher, Andrew Daly, said: Archbishop Holgate's School is once again celebrating record breaking results. In September 2012 the school received external recognition for 'Outstanding' student performance across the Sixth Form, placing the Sixth Form in the top one percent of (ALPs affiliated) schools nationally. Andrew Daly the Headteacher said he was once again pleased to see the hard-work of students rewarded with excellent grades. "The commitment and hardwork of our students is evident in another set of outstanding results. I would like to thank our students and recognise the commitment of staff in delivering outstanding teaching and excellent pastoral care that have once again enabled our Sixth Form students to excel. I firmly believe results like this are only possible due to commitment of students and staff, who with the support of parents have created such a positive climate for learning."
The school has achieved an average point score per student of 955 (national average in 2012 was 714), average points per entry is 232 (national average in 2012 was 209) with 86.2% of students achieving A* to C or equivalent. 76% of students achieved a grade A* to B in their A2 or equivalent BTEC. Of the 91 students studying A Levels and Applied Courses 76 of 91 achieved at least one A or A* OR Distinction* or Distinction Grade with 39 of 91 achieving at least two A or A* Grades.
Special mention should be given to Katy Ferguson who achieved three A* grades as well as an A* grade at EPQ and will go on to study History at Durham University. Beth Offen who achieved A*, A*, A as well an A* in her EPQ and Phil Dawson who achieved A*, A, A, A as well as Jonathan Marshall who achieved A,A,A,A.
Freya Cooper achieved A*, A, A as well as A* in EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), Amy Freer A*, A, A as well as A* in her EPQ and Peter Clarke who achieved A,A,A,A as well as an A* in EPQ. These three students also achieved a Distinction in the AQA Baccalaureate.
Mr Daly said: "We are especially delighted that following results of A*, A, A, B Oliver Hedges will go on to Oxford University to study History. Nathan Toes achieved A,A,A and Distinction*, Olivia Fletcher A*, A and Distinction* with Faye Whitely, Shreya Vashist, Ibo Timur, Beaurish Tigere and Jonathan Kenyon all achieving 4 Distinction* Grades."
“This morning a quarter of our students achieved either A, or A* grades in all their A2 subjects or a Distinction or Distinction* in their BTEC results. To once again achieve record results following our national recognition for our results last year is simply phenomenal. With a clear track record of outstanding results, a broad curriculum and outstanding teaching, Archbishop Holgate’s CE Sixth Form is now firmly established as an outstanding provider of sixth form education both locally and nationally."
A-level results at Sherburn High School are the best ever.
Sherburn High pupils are celebrating the school’s best ever A-level results. 36% of grades awarded were at A*, A and B which is around a 15% improvement on last year’s results and surpassed the school’s own challenging target for these students.
Particularly impressive results were achieved by Robbie Bancroft (A*, A*, A, A and B) who is going to study Mathematics at Manchester University; Callum Miller (A*, A*, A) who will be studying Law at Durham University; Katie Lakin (A*, A*, B) who will be reading Biological Sciences at Lancaster University; Nathan Moore (A, A, B) who goes on to study English at York University; Wills Haigh (A, B, B and B) who will study Bio veterinary Science at Liverpool University and Bea Mills (A, A, B) who will taking a Counseling degree at York St John University. Other impressive results were achieved by Ashleigh Stephenson (B, B, and B); Declan Price (A, B, C), Lewis Cole (B, B, and B) and Rebecca Williamson(A, C, C).
Head teacher Martyn Sibley was absolutely delighted and thrilled with the achievement of all students. Virtually everyone was able to gain a place at their university of choice with only two students having to go through the UCAS clearing process this year. He went on to pay tribute to the hard work put in by students and teaching staff to ensure these excellent outcomes.
He said: "It has been a pleasure to work with such a committed group of young people. We will miss them very much and wish them all the best for the future."
Girls at The Mount School, York are again celebrating excellent A Level results which have secured places at top UK universities.
Just over 20 per cent of girls achieved at least 1 A* with around half of grades at A and above.
Serena Au gained 5 A* grades in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Biology and will be taking up a place at the competitive university of Hong Kong to study Pharmacy where her offer was 4 A* grades.
Sophie Hetherton will spend her gap year becoming the youngest ever female participant in the world’s largest race. She will crew on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race which embarks from London on 1 September 2013, completing all legs of the global race, and she is due to return in July 2014.
Sophie achieved an A and two B grades which means she can accept her offer to study History of Art at the University of York.
Deputy Head girl, Tori Ellis, is celebrating 2 A* and 2 A grades which means she will be taking up her place at Bath University to study Architecture.
Tori said: “The success of every Mount girl is the result of her teacher’s dedication and passion for their subject and The Mount’s ethos for every girl to succeed to the best of her ability.”
Also joining Tori at Bath, will be Alice Elliott whose 3 A*s and 1 A has secured her place to study International Relations. Her passion for study in this area has been fuelled by her involvement in the Amnesty and PeaceJam groups at the School.
This year, The Mount became the first school in England to introduce into the curriculum the International PeaceJam Foundation Ambassador’s Programme which is designed by Nobel Peace Laureates. The School made headlines again this year when it announced its involvement to help establish the Ibba Girls’ School in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country.
After achieving 2 A*s and 1 A, Flora Carr is also destined for the South West and will be studying English Literature at Exeter University. Alongside her A Levels, Flora also gained an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.
Principal, Julie Lodrick, said: “A Mount education prepares girls to succeed in the world, as well as preparing them to change that world for the better."
Reporter Victoria Prest has been at Lady Lumley's School, Pickering.
She reports: THERE were plenty of happy faces at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering when A-level results were given out this morning.
Deputy head Stuart Clearly said staff were delighted to see the vast majority of their students rewarded for their hard work with the university places they had hoped for.
Among the high achievers were this year’s head boy Cameron Spittall, who came away with one A*, two As and a B to get his place studying law at Sheffield, and head girl Ellen Dixon who was thrilled with two A*s and one A grade and will soon reading English at Newscastle University, where she will be joined by deputy head boy Thomas Mitchell who got one A*, two As and a B, and will study history.
Head teacher Richard Bramley also congratulated student Lauren Deighton on her A* and three A grades, meaning she can read biochemistry at Warwick University; Holly Duddell who got four A grades to take her to a geography degree at Birmingham University; and Callum Shannon whose two As and B have got him a place studying politics, philosophy and economics at York University.
Abigail Duffy and Oliver McNally both came away with three excellent A level grades - one A8, and A and a B; and one A* and two Bs respectively, and will go on to study geography and computer science.
Mr Bramley said: “Today has gone really well, and it feels like the students are all very pleased.
“Our AS results have been the best ever, and the A2 results have held. This year’s Y13 have been a really nice year group, and they deserve their successes.”
Results in the school’s Travel and Tourism classes have been “absolutely stonking”, Mr Bramley added, and students in Psychology, Food Technology and ICT courses all came out in the top 25 percent nationally.
Mr Clearly added: “Once again the staff have done the business and the students have worked hard, and got what the results they deserved.
“If you work hard, 99 percent of the time you get what you deserve.”
Student Maddison Barnes, from Pickering, is looking forward to heading off to Edge Hill University in Liverpool to study psychology after getting three C grades in English literature and language, psychology and sociology.
She said: “All of my friends have done fantastically. it’s been a nerve wracking morning. I was up at 6am and finally got on to the UCAS website at 7am, and found out I had got the place. My friends have all been texting each other saying they’ve got their university places.”
Maddison Barnes, from Lady Lumley’s in Pickering
Another success story from Rossett School in Harrogate:
There were double and triple celebrations at Rossett today as three sets of twins and one family of triplets collected their exam results.
The twins – Ben and Sam Longbottom-Smith, Emma and Sophie Helsby, and Alex and James Etherington – were all delighted with their A level results.
The similarity in the grades achieved in all sets of twins was startling and in the case of the Longbottom-Smith boys, their degree choice subjects are identical: they will both go on to study maths. Alex and James have both chosen sport science at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Alex said: “We like to stick together. Our older brother has done the same course at uni as well.”
For Emma and Sophie, however, the end of school is a chance to do different things: Sophie is planning to study marketing and Emma is applying to train as cabin crew for an airline.
Sophie said: “We couldn’t do the same course at the same place like Alex and James.”
Meanwhile, triplets Natasha, Ross and James Harrison – who hit the national headlines earlier this year when they all passed their driving tests on the same day – got their AS level results today.
While they share some of the same passions, all taking a business A level course, they study a diverse range of subjects and their success at AS will allow them to apply for a wide variety of degree choices over the coming months.
Emma and Sophie Helsby, Alex and James Etherington and Ben and Sam Longbottom-Smith.
At Ripon Grammar School, head teacher Martin Pearman said this year’s A-level results are the best in the history of the school.
he said the pass rate of 100 per cent was outstanding with 79.3 per cent of the grades being A*-B with over half the grades being A*/A.
He said there were many superb individual performances with nine students getting three A* grades or better. 37 students secured at least three A grades (or better) out of 122 students in the year group.
Mr Pearman said: "The vast majority of students have secured the grades they need for their first choice of university and these outstanding results reflect hard work and dedication over a sustained period of time.
"I am delighted for the staff and students who have worked so hard together to achieve such excellent results.
"My best wishes go to all the students as they embark on the next exciting stage of their lives."
From left to right: Francesca Baldwin, Molly Lightowler, Craig Lockyer, Alexander Worrall, Eleanor James, Robert Bowen, Christopher Brown.
North Yorkshire County Council say North Yorkshire’s A-level students have achieved high levels of success in their results this year across the county, maintaining the very high standards of previous years.
Early figures show schools recording outstanding A-level scores. Results in so far reveal improvements for schools across the county and an improvement in the average point score per entry for the third successive year.
North Yorkshire has consistently been in the top ten per cent of authorities nationally for A-level success in past years and early indications suggest we have maintained that performance.
While the full county-wide picture will not be known immediately, it is clear already that North Yorkshire has a good deal to celebrate with many students gaining places at their first choice university.
Coun Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools, said: “There is a great deal in these achievements to be proud of and once again we are looking at the highest standards across the board with another outstanding set of results. This is a tribute to the application and hard work of students and to the dedication of school staff and the quality of teaching in North Yorkshire. Staff members give their all to ensure our young people have the very best start for the next phase of their lives.
“These very high standards mean that the nation’s most prestigious universities are open to the county’s students across a wide range of subjects. They also provide increased opportunities for those young people entering vocational courses, training and employment. We congratulate them and wish them all well in their future lives.”
For the small number of students who have missed the mark, the county’s schools have put in place robust systems of support to help such students gain alternative places through the university clearing system, or to help them look for alternative paths into work or training.
At Rossett School in Harrogate a hardworking student has overcome serious illness to gain impressive marks in his A-level results.
Ben Freeman’s studies have been severely disrupted by a chronic bowel condition – something he has had to endure for many years.
Despite the added pressure, he achieved two Bs and a C and now plans to study for a sport and business degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
Staff at the school have been impressed by his fortitude and strength of character in maintaining his focus and motivation, despite the frequent breaks in his school life. His positive attitude and tremendous family support have helped him secure success.
Head teacher Pat Hunter said: “Completing A-levels is a big challenge for every student, but doing it while dealing with a serious illness and treatment is incredibly tough.
“We’re all so proud of Ben for the way he has handled it all, and to come out with such impressive grades is an indication of the kind of person he is – determined, hard working and very resilient.”
Ben said: “I’m over the moon. I didn’t think this was possible – I didn’t think I could do this well.
“It’s the best feeling in a long time. Now I can do what I want to do for the next few years.”
Mrs Hunter said: “Ben’s grades are very impressive on their own, but when you remember she has been so ill it is truly remarkable that he has done so well. However, I would expect no less, as he has always proved himself to be resourceful and dedicated.
“We wish him the very best for the future and have no doubt that he will go on to be even more successful in whatever he does.”
Fulford School Update:
Head teacher, Steve Smith said: “Once more VI Form students at Fulford have produced another excellent set of results. All our 3 Oxbridge candidates and 3 medics who were offered places have obtained the grades they required.”
A*/B 54.58% (without General Studies 61.52%)
A*-E 96.45% (without General Studies 98.77%)
Average total UCAS points score per student 397.2
Students who will be studying Medicine are:
Ben Smith UCL
Caitlin Maguire Leicester University
Lucia Gomez, Kings College, London
Students accepted by Oxford
Elliot Warriner Bacon
11 students obtained A*/A in 4 or more subjects while a further 22 students obtained A*/A in 3 subjects!
Mr Smith, who is leaving the school, said: "All this reflects very well on the hard work and ability of our students ably supported by dedicated, knowledgeable and supportive teaching and I am delighted to see so many students obtain results commensurate with their efforts and ability.
"I am especially pleased to see that in my final year as Head of Fulford we have once more maintained our tremendous track record of success ensuring that Fulford remains one of the highest performing comprehensive schools in the country and that our students fulfil their potential.
"In addition to this our AS results are up on last year and so augur very well for those students in 2014."
It was champagne all round for York students at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate near Thorpe Underwood this morning.
The teenagers raised glasses to toast their A-Level success with staff and fellow students.
And with those results, comes the chance to study at some of the country’s leading universities.
Charlotte Steward, 18, from Skelton, will be going to Imperial College, London to study Biochemistry with Management, having gained A-Levels in English Language(A), Biology(A*), Chemistry (A) and Mathematics (A) respectively.
Just down the road at the London School of Economics will be her Dunnington friend and fellow student Suzanna Nesom, who will be studying Geography with Economics. She gained A-Levels in Economics(A), Geography(A), Physics (A) and Mathematics (A). She also studied AS Further Mathematics in which she achieved an A grade.
Eighteen-year-old Emily Ashdown, from Bubwith, near Selby, is going to Bath University to study Psychology after gaining A-Levels in Psychology (A), French (A), Biology(A) and AS English Language (A).
The successes of the York students have helped Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate gain its best A-Level results to date.
Repeating its 100% overall pass rate for its Year 13 pupils, Queen Ethelburga’s College students gained an average university admissions (UCAS) points score of 495 – the equivalent to over 4 A grades at A-Level. The percentage of grades at A* and A was 80% and A* to B was 97%. 72% of A-Level students in the College achieved at least 3 A grades. Based on last year’s league tables this would put QE College as one of the top day and boarding schools in the country.
The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, which offers both A-Level and BTEC qualifications, saw a similarly impressive 100% pass rate and students gained an average UCAS points score of 469. The percentage of grades at A* and A was 68% and of A* to B was 96%. 91% of BTECs studied in the Faculty were awarded a Distinction* or Distinction grade – the equivalent to A* and A grades at A-Level.
The Principal of Queen Ethelburga’s, Steven Jandrell, welcomed today’s outstanding results and dedicated them to the rigorous efforts of students and staff alike: “When people ask me how we achieve such excellent results from our students I say it is because we treat each of them as individuals and as such we help them discover what it is they are good at and how they can best excel.
“Our teachers work very closely with the pupils to support them in their subject choices, university applications and their career aspirations and it really feels like a team effort in the Collegiate,” he added.
Charlotte Steward, Suzanna Nesom and Emily Ashdown
Jeff Bower, head teacher at Woldgate College in East Yorkshire, is "absolutely delighted" with his students’ A-level results.
He said: "The students have worked really hard and achieved the success they deserve - virtually every student has been accepted on the course they want to do at the university they want to go to. Huge credit should go to our excellent team of teaching staff and sixth form tutors and to Mrs Longstaff, our Head of Sixth Form, for her outstanding leadership.
"The college has improved by nearly 100 points on its average point score per student compared to 2012, from 744 to 837.
"There has been real strength and high achievement across a wide range of subjects with many outstanding individual performances to celebrate, including:
Huw Garland 5 x A*
Jess Abbott, Ed Brade, Dan Cain-Reed and Ross Etherington 2 x A*, 2 x A
Jonathan Taylor 1 x A*, 3 x A
Katie Jackson and Sarah Thomson 1 x A*, 2 x A
Both Huw and Sarah have met their offers for Cambridge University.
Staff and students at Ashville College are celebrating a record breaking set of A-level results, with 36 per cent of results being A* or A.
Whilst 63 per cent of all exam results were graded A* - B, the overall pass rate - which saw ten pupils achieve a clean sweep of A*s and As – was 98 per cent, the best A-level results the school has ever achieved and an improvement for the fourth year running.
Ashville College’s headline figures for 2013’s A-level results are:
• 36 per cent of all results were A*- A
• 15 per cent of students passing with straight A*s and/or A’s
• Overall pass rate of 98 per cent
• Significant value added score
Head teacher Mark Lauder, said: “We’re delighted that Ashville College has achieved our best ever A-level results. These results reinforce our position as a school committed to excellence in academic performance.
“For the fourth year running there has been an improvement in the A-Level results, this is a testament to the hard work and dedication of not only the students, but to the college teaching staff who have helped – and in many cases inspired –them to attain these superb results.”
At Easingwold School the new head teacher Phil Benaiges paid tribute to sixth formers' success and their teachers as they celebrated the first set of A-level results to be published since he took up the post nearly a year ago.
Overall the results showed an improvement on the previous three years, and many students will take up places at some of the country’s top universities next month. Ten students (13% of the A level cohort) achieved straight A* or A grades. One of them, Freddy Brewer, gained 2 A* and 2 A grades, and will read mathematics at either Cambridge or Durham University. Another talented mathematician, Oliver Beagley, will study the subject at Nottingham University after achieving 3 A* grades.
In addition to the success of the school’s A level students, seven students have achieved the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Other notable achievements include:
• Harry Abnett who gained three A grades, winning a place to study medicine at Manchester University;
• Olivia Attwooll who also intends to study medicine after gaining one A* and two A grades, as well as a further A grade at AS level;
• Alice Child, who achieved two A* grades and an A grade and will read biochemistry at York University;
• Michael Whitehead who will study operational research statistics and economics at Warwick University after gaining one A* and three A grades;
• Ellen Hughes who has won a place to read economics at Durham University after gaining two A* grades and an A at A level and an A at AS level;
• Andrew Knott who is also heading to Durham University to read geoscience after achieving three A grades at A level and a further A at AS level;
• Jonathan Sigsworth who achieved three A* grades and will study combined honours at Newcastle University;
• Daniel Smith who has also won a place at Newcastle University to study financial and business economics after achieving three A grades and a B;
• Evie Jeffrey who will read French and Spanish at Edinburgh University after gaining two A and two B grades;
• Ben Tranter who will take up an apprenticeship with AVIVA after achieving three A grades;
• Laura Soper who gained three A grades and a B.
Mr Benaiges said: “I am delighted that all of the hard work and dedication of both staff and students has been reflected in yet another improvement in our A level results. In autumn 2012 Ofsted charged us with increasing stretch and challenge for our most able and the percentage of students achieving A*-A grades has increased by 6% since 2011.
"Of course I am particularly pleased that, together, we have secured places at good universities for so many of our students: we wish them all the best for the future and thank them for all that they have given to both Easingwold School and our wider community."
Tadcaster Grammar School results.
Head teacher Geoff Mitchell, said: "Having just spoken to a large number of A Level students, nearly all have secured their first choice of University application. This year the school has bucked the national trend in all of its results at A-level.
"Having considered the overall results, 31% of grades are at A* and A, whilst 51% of grades are at A* to B level.
"This impressive performance is a reflection of the manner through which the students have conducted their studies, supported by a hugely talented staff team. The ambitious environment that the school provides for its students has enabled the wide range of opportunities to remain open to them and we hope they will continue with a very successful future.
"I am hugely proud of their well deserved personal achievements."
A-Level results for St Peter’s School, York
Pupils at St Peter’s School in York are celebrating their A-Level results, after a remarkable 43 pupils – 37 per cent of the year group - achieved three or more A or A* grades.
A number of pupils achieved straight A*passes in their exams, with four at the top grade for Calum Brown, Alex Wan and Joseph Williams, and three for Calum Geddes, Lucy Mahon and Summer Taylor.
Head teacher, Leo Winkley, said: “Our pupils can be really pleased with all they have achieved throughout their time at St Peter’s, and today’s excellent results are just reward for their hard work.
"Exam success is just part of what our pupils can take with them as they move to the next phase of their lives. Teachers and parents have much to celebrate too as we wish our 2013 leavers well for the future. We’re all very proud of the young adults they have become.”
Despite the decline in the study of modern languages, today’s results will see eleven St Peter’s pupils progress to read languages at university.
Among the combinations they have chosen to study are French and Spanish, Modern Languages and Business, Law with German and French and Politics, at universities including Oxford, Bristol and Manchester.
A Level results from Joseph Rowntree School in York:
Once again more than half of pupils were at grades A*-B with almost 30 per cent of our entries at grades A*/A, the highest number of the last five years, and we achieved a 100 per cent pass rate across all main subjects. This achievement is testament to the hard work of the whole school community and we are so proud to be able to celebrate student success at every level. We have also maintained our excellent record of almost all students securing their first choice university place.
Head teacher, Maggi Wright, thanked Sarah Billinge, director of sixth form , sixth form students and teachers for all their continuous hard work which has resulted in these excellent results.
Mrs Wright said: "Congratulations to all of our proud families and best wishes for the future."
Pocklington School Results:
100 per cent pass rate for Pocklington pupils plus a 5.9 per cent rise in A* to B grades
Head teacher Mark Ronan said: “This year 87.7 per cent of Pocklington School A level students achieved A* to C grades of which 68.5 per cent were A* to B grades. The overall pass rate was 100 per cent.
“We congratulate our students on their success and wish them all the best for the future. We are proud of their achievements. Their hard work and commitment has clearly paid off. Pocklington pupils continue to achieve excellent grades which can be attributed to first class teaching and the positive learning environment fostered by staff throughout the school. Well done everyone”
The highest achievers were:
Thomas Hartle 4 A* in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics
Lo See Chai (Anson) 2A* for Further Maths and Music, and A grades in Chinese, Politics and psychology.
Elizabeth Hallam 2A* for Biology and Maths, and A grades in Chemistry and Physics
Oliver Norman 2 A* for Maths and Further Maths, and A grades in Chemistry and Physics
Robert Sullivan 2 A* for Chemistry and Physical Education, and A grades in Maths and Latin
Magdalena Bean 2 A* for Physical Education and Spanish, and an A grade in Maths
Together their interests encompass a wide range of subjects as do their chosen higher education courses of study at top institutions. Thomas is planning to study Natural Sciences at Girton, Cambridge.
Anson who was a boarder, is aiming to study Aerospace Engineering at either Bath in the UK or in Hong Kong. Elizabeth has her sights set on Medicine at Newcastle and Oliver wants to study Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. Magadalena is also London bound to study Physiotherapy at Kings College and Robert will be going to Loughborough to study Sport and Exercise Science.
Other students who achieved straight A grades including A* grades were:
Lydia Clark A* 3A
Oliver Robinson A* 3A
Alexander Taylor A* 3A
Caitlin Bond A* 2A
Benjamin Banks A* 2A
Jack Brash A* 2A
Alexander French A* 2A
Francesca Paver A* 2A
Emily Wride A* 2A
These students have all chosen to go on to study a diverse range of courses: from Civil Engineering at Imperial College, Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Medicine and Chemistry at Durham. Lydia plans to study Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic at St John’s College Cambridge. Others in this group will be taking gap years before embarking on further study.
All Saints RC School in York: A-level results smash school record.
All Saints RC School sixth form students are euphoric after collectively attaining the school’s best ever A level results.
Their 69% A*-B and 90% A*- C pass rate positions the school as one of the highest achieving Sixth Forms in York and should see them again placed in the top ten per cent of schools nationally, which head teacher Bill Scriven attributes to exceptional planning and hard work by staff and students.
The students are now set to take up a variety of courses including medicine, dentistry, law and history at universities across the country and abroad, including Oxbridge and the Russell Group universities.
All Oxbridge applicants secured their places whilst the overall A* - C pass rate, at 90 per cent, reflected the tremendous achievements of all students.
Mr Scriven said: “Our ethos is that everyone can achieve their academic potential with a blend of personal determination and outstanding teaching.
“These A-level results prove that challenge, quality relationships between students and teaching staff, and relentless faith in potential really does pay off! We are absolutely thrilled for all our students, who will be fully prepared to embark confidently on new adventures in September.”
Vic Klays, deputy head, said: "Not only have these students been an incredibly talented year group, they are a delightful set of people with the highest set of standards, principles and commitment. It’s been a pleasure to have them at the school and we wish them all the very best in the future."
Pupils at Rossett School in Harrogate are celebrating another set of top results, with all previous records being broken.
Almost every A level pupil passed all of their exams with an overall pass rate for the school reaching 99.2 per cent, of which 40 per cent were A*-B and 16 per cent were A* and A grades.
Head teacher Pat Hunter said: “We couldn’t be more delighted for our pupils. They have all worked extremely hard and deserve their success.
“The results are also a reflection of our persistent focus on teaching and learning, the hard work and dedication of staff and students, and the incredible support of their families.”
As well as a strong overall result for the school, there were some impressive achievements for some individual students.
Head girl Beatrice Hill achieved one A*, two As and a B, while head boy James Noble scored three As, and a B at AS level. Other top results included:
Polly Ash: AAAA, and A and B at AS
Sam Longbottom-Smith: A*AA, and A at AS
Leanne Godfrey: AAA, and A at AS
Andrew Hastings: A*AA, and B at AS
Ben Longbottom Smith: A*AB, and A at AS
Abi Marshall: AAB, and B at AS
Jacob Packter: AAB, and B at AS
Andy Thong: AAB, and C at AS
Mrs Hunter added: “I’d like to wish them all the very best for the future, whether they’re going on to further education or to employment. I’m looking forward to hearing how they’re getting on in the next stage of their lives.”
Archbishop Holgate's CE School in York is once again celebrating record breaking results.
In September 2012 the school received external recognition for 'Outstanding' student performance across the Sixth Form, placing the Sixth Form in the top one percent of (ALPs affiliated) schools nationally.
Andrew Daly the head teacher said he was once again pleased to see the hard-work of students rewarded with excellent grades.
Mr Daly said: "The commitment and hardwork of our students is evident in another set of outstanding results. I would like to thank our students and recognise the commitment of staff in delivering outstanding teaching and excellent pastoral care that have once again enabled our Sixth Form students to excel. I firmly believe results like this are only possible due to commitment of students and staff, who with the support of parents have created such a positive climate for learning".
The school has achieved average points score per student of 955 (national average in 2012 was 714), average points per entry is 232 (national average in 2012 was 209) with 86.2% of students achieving A* to C or equivalent. Of the 91 students studying A Levels and Applied Courses 76 of 91 achieved at least one A or A* OR Distinction* or Distinction Grade with 39 of 91 achieving at least two A or A* Grades.
York College celebrates 99.4% pass rate and an increase of 20% in A* grades
The college this year has a pass rate of 99.4 per cent and a 20 per cent increase in A* grades. This means York College’s A Level results remain significantly above the national average for the nineteenth consecutive year.
An impressive 39 students gained at least three A* or A grades and nearly half of the total A Level entries recorded the very top grades of either A* A or B. The college is also reporting a 100 per cent pass rate in 35 A Level subjects.
There were 1,405 A Level exam entries in total this summer at York College and several students have successfully secured places at Oxford and Cambridge universities including:
• Dan Kozelko (formerly of Barlby High School) will study Law at Downing College, Cambridge
• Josh Meikle (formerly of Manor CE School) will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford
• Peter Bock (formerly of Huntington School) will study Human, Social and Political Sciences at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
• Emily Freeman (formerly of St Peter’s School) will study Fine Art at Ruskin and Balliol College, Oxford
• Oscar Powell (formerly of All Saints RC School) to study Natural Sciences at Peterhouse, Cambridge Other top performing students include Jade Cuttle (formerly of Barlby High School) who achieved 1 A*, 2 As, 1B grade and an A* grade in the Extended Project Qualification.
Many more high flying York College students will progress to some of the UK’s top universities to study prestigious subjects, including:
Bethany Gibson (AAAA), formerly of Sherburn High School, destination University of York to study English Language and Linguistics.
Tom Whaley (A*A*A plus A for AS Level Further Maths Additional and A* in the Extended Project Qualification), formerly of Barlby High School, destination Edinburgh University to study Mathematics.
Katy Sharp (AAA and A* Extended Project), formerly of York High School, destination University of Sheffield to study Medicine.
Shaun Stevenson (A*A*A), formerly of Market Weighton School, destination Aston University Birmingham to study Optometry.
The College is also delighted to report that its vocational results have already exceeded those of previous years, and with results still coming in our students have so far achieved an outstanding 279 Triple Distinctions, of which 140 are Triple Distinction* grades (equivalent to 3 A*s at A Level).
Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: “I am overjoyed that once again our students have excelled and that for the nineteenth year York College’s A Level results are well above the national average. The exceptional number of high grades and the success of all our students are testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of everyone at York College. These outstanding results will give them a real advantage when they move on to higher education and employment and I would like to wish them all every success in their future careers, they really deserve it.”
For those looking to progress to studying a Higher Education qualification,
York College offers a range of full and part-time degrees at a lower cost than going to other higher education establishments.
Places are still available to those wishing to start in September this year.
Bob Saynor, Assistant Principal for Higher Education at York College, says: “Students could save a significant amount of money if they choose to study a degree course with us. Having the opportunity to live locally and study a degree course validated by some of the country’s top universities, could prove to be the best option for many students, particularly in the current climate.”
Anyone interested in finding out about Higher Education courses at York College should contact York College on 01904 770397.
Huntington School, York.
• A-E pass rate: 99.2%
• A*, A &B pass rate: 52%
• Average total UCAS points score per student: 382 – new school record
HIGH - LEVEL ACHIEVERS IN DETAIL (All with at least three A*/A grades or above 34 International Baccalaureate Diploma points)
• 4 grade A*s, 2 grade As: Emma Alexander
• 3 grade A*s, 2 grade As: James Knighton
• 2 grade A*s, 3 grade As: Luke Charters-Reid,
• 2 grade A*s, 1 grade A, 1 grade C: Ben Rawlins
• 1 grade A*, 4 grade As: Lydia Kim
• 1 grade A*, 3 grade As, 1 grade B: Jennifer Anderson
• 1 grade A*, 2 grade As, 1 grade B: Catherine Lyth
• 1 grade A*, 2 grade As: Christopher Barrett
• 35 International Baccalaureate Diploma points: Sarah Graves
• 4 grade As: Noemie Powell
• 3 grade As: Sarah Ellis
• Luke Charters-Reid: studying Philosophy, Politics and Ethics at Oxford University
• Lydia Kim: studying Law at Oxford University
• Ben Atkinson: studying Chemistry at Oxford University
• Natalie Harney: studying English at Oxford University
• Ameena Khurshid to study Dentistry at King’s College, London
COMMENTS FROM JOHN TOMSETT, HEAD TEACHER
“Our students’ A-level results are the best we have ever had at Huntington in terms of average UCAS points scores. Our students have worked really hard to attain these results which are fully deserved.
“Our students and staff know that there is no substitute for hard work. We feel that honest toil is at the heart of our school’s success.
“I am delighted that, at a time when young people are facing a world full of uncertainty, our students are leaving Huntington feeling so confident, industrious and well qualified; they can shape their own futures.”
IAN PRICE, DIRECTOR OF SIXTH FORM SAID:
“Behind these outstanding results are countless stories of individual success. As a truly comprehensive Sixth Form we value the achievement of all our students. It was great to see so many smiling faces as they picked up their results.
“At a time when young people are under intense scrutiny, more of our students are achieving at a high level. We know that our students work harder, the quality of teaching is much higher and our students have access to better resources than ever before.
“Today we want to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements of our young people.”
Bootham School students are celebrating another set of excellent A-level results which saw well over one-third of the year group getting more than three top A grades.
Amid all the celebrations head teacher, Jonathan Taylor said rumblings continue about the validity of the whole system, from concerns over exam board mistakes to Michael Gove’s latest set of policy shake-ups.
Mr Taylor, is known to hold strong views on the way government interference is creating unhelpful instability within the whole education sector.
Commenting on the latest plans by Gove to abandon AS Levels in favour of a terminal exam at the end of the full two year course, he said: “It’s true that the current system of endless exams throughout a student’s A-level course means that exams and results seem to be the only thing worth talking about, but the alternative now proposed is just a step back into the past.
"The 2015 proposal would result in narrowing of choice with students unlikely to embark on a course which might result in failure. In fact, the old system was just that – narrowness and failure – with no stepping off points and no credit for a subject started but not completed to the bitter end.
"I am also concerned that the abandonment of the AS exam at the end of the first year in the sixth form will result in universities being forced to make offers based on GCSE grades; it’s acknowledged that GCSEs are not the best indicators of intellectual ability - let alone of future potential - especially for boys.
"What we need in this country is a proper respect for the professionalism of those in charge of education, and less political interference aimed at headline grabbing. It is a curious fact that the Bank of England is given respect and autonomy over setting interest rates, in spite of the country having suffered one of the worst financial crises, and yet the education sector, which has seen constant improvement, both in terms of individual performance and in terms of numbers accessing higher and further education, is not afforded even a modicum of the same autonomy. We need the equivalent – an ‘Education Bank of England’.”
Those pupils at Bootham who gained three or more to A-level grades include: Kitty Acton, Sam Altmann, Tom Andrew, James Ashbridge, Ellie Brierley, Kevin Cheung, Ellie Coupe, Laura Eimermann, Max Fend, Alex Gooddie, Marcus Hirst, Howard Hung, Michael Kwong, Grujica Mandic, Oliver Manners, Eleanor McKee, Henry Pang, James Paul, Chris Piercy, Toby Putnam, George Ramsey, Scarlett Robertson, Hannah Robinson, Georgia Tindale, Cyrus Yu, John Yu and Humphrey Yuan.
Fulford School results.
Head teacher Steve Smith said:
“Once more VI Form students at Fulford have produced another excellent set of results. All our three Oxbridge candidates and three medics who were offered [places have obtained the grades they required, In addition all our students who applied to Russell group universities also obtained the places they wanted.
"11 students obtained A*/A in 4 or more subjects while a further 33 students obtained A*/A in three subjects! In addition to this our AS results are up on last year and so augur very well for those students in 2014.
"All this reflects very well on the hard work and ability of our students ably supported by dedicated, knowledgeable and supportive teaching and I am delighted to see so many students obtain results commensurate with their efforts and ability. I am especially pleased to see that in my final year as Head of Fulford we have once more maintained our tremendous track record of success ensuring that Fulford remains one of the highest performing comprehensive schools in the country and that our students fulfil their potential.”
MORE than 3,500 pupils from across York, North and East Yorkshire are receiving their A-level results today.
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