A-level glee for local pupils

Pupils at Lancaster Royal Grammar School celebrate their results.
Pupils at Lancaster Royal Grammar School celebrate their results.
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STUDENTS from the Lancaster district, South Cumbria and North Yorkshire are celebrating their A-level results.

The overall pass rate has risen nationally for the 30th year running, although the proportion of A* and A grades was down slightly from 27 per cent to 26.6 per cent.

At Lancaster Royal Grammar School, 19 per cent of entries were awarded A* grades, a new school record.

Overall, 73 per cent of entries gained grade B or higher and the school secured its best ever points average.

Head Andrew Jarman, said: “This was another large cohort and we had high hopes for them after promising AS results last year, particularly at the top end.

“They did not disappoint. At the time of writing, we still await final news but we anticipate record numbers leaving us to take up places at Oxbridge colleges (there were 20 offers made), and confirmation that the vast majority will be accepted by their first choice university.

“My thanks and congratulations to all our leavers. They were an excellent upper sixth who contributed hugely to the school’s success last year, both in and out of the classroom, and they richly deserve their successes.

“The results are also a great tribute to a talented and dedicated staff team.”

Edward Mak achieved three A* and three A grades, while nine boys achieved four A* grades or better: John Armitage, Adam Bateson, Ben Cottam, Will Gray, Ben Jeffrey, Dongwook Lee, John Ockenden, Rohin Patel and Kyle Wong.

Brendan Conboy, headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic College said that he was delighted with its 97 per cent A-level pass rate at grades A to E and its 100 per cent pass rate for vocational courses on which 69 per cent of students earned a distinction or a distinction*.

Mr Conboy said that almost all students had successfully gained the university place of their choice.

He added: “These are obviously terrific results and to achieve pass rates like this is very satisfying especially when 72 per cent of grades were at grade C or above.”

At Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, 99 per cent of students gained grades A* to E and 82 per cent gained A* to C.

Harry Waring will be going on to study physics at Lancaster University after achieving three A*s and an A, while Anne-Marie Shorrocks will be setting off for Trinity Hall at Cambridge after gaining two A*s and two As.

Ripley head Liz Nicholls said: “We are very pleased. The results are in line with last year’s, which was our best ever year.

“We are particularly pleased that despite all the uncertainty, the vast majority have got into the universities of their choice.”

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School had one of its biggest year groups ever in the sixth form, with a pass rate of 99.6 per cent.

The percentage of A*- B grades was 74.6 per cent with 15 per cent of grades at A*.

110 students gained at least one of their A levels at grade A* or A, with 58 girls achieving at least 3 A levels at grade A or A*.

Head Jackie Cahalin said: “While recognising the achievements of all our students, I would like to mention a number of outstanding results.

“Two students gained an amazing six A levels at grade A or A*, Carrie Beadle (5 grade A*s) and Rachel Wilcock (3 A*).

“Congratulations also to Marion Bettsworth, Anna Branford, Trisha Ghosh, Evelyn Southwell and Daisy Whalley, who gained 5 A levels all at A* or A grade.

“Other notable achievers include Abigail Davies, Laura Gould and Isabel Robinson who gained all 4 A levels at grade A*.

“We are very proud of all our students who have worked so hard to achieve fantastic results.

“I would also like to thank all the staff at LGGS who have played a key role in ensuring such success, as well as the LGGS parents for their support and commitment.

“We would like to wish all our leavers the very best for the future.”

There was a pass rate of 99.2 per cent at Settle College, equalling its previous best performance, while 53 per cent of entries were graded at B or above, a new record.

One pupil, Ola Jastrzebska gained five A-levels in Polish, English Literature, History, Citizenship and Maths having begun her education in the UK five years ago speaking only Polish. She will now read law at Liverpool John Moores University.

College principal, William Bancroft, said the results were particularly impressive given the disruption on site while the college undergoes a £2.5m refurbishment to enable it to admit Year 7 and 8 pupils for the first time next month.

He added: “The results reflect a great deal of hard work from the students and again show that our students perform well against national figures. “It is also pleasing to note that despite clear evidence that examination marking has been much more rigorous this year the results have held up very well.”

All results at Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire were at A*-E and head Geoffrey Boult said he was particularly pleased that 80 per cent of pupils taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) had achieved an A*/A grade.

The EPQ was introduced this year to help give those aiming for top universities an opportunity to undertake independent research into a subject of their choice in addition to their A-level studies. 

“This is a remarkable achievement and a result of the pupils’ hard work and the help and advice they have received from their tutors,” said Mr Boult.

Once again Giggleswick School’s strong A-level results reflect the commitment and ability of all our leaving pupils and their teachers.

“We expect them to excel at university, if that is the right next step for them, and we are proud of all their achievements in their final year at Giggleswick.”

Success stories included Freya Robertson from Giggleswick, who achieved an A* and 2 As and Michael Portnell from Ingleton, who scooped one A*, two As and a B.

Cathy O’Neill, assistant head and head of sixth form at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale, said she was “absolutely delighted” with the school’s results.

“We’re very proud to have six students taking up Oxbridge places but we are also delighted with students with more modest results who have worked really hard and are going off to do a range of well though through university and performing arts courses and gap years.

“This is testament to the hard work of our students and we are over the moon.”

Casterton School head Maxine Lucas said: “I am absolutely thrilled yet again by our students’ A-level achievements.

“The girls have worked with tremendous focus, but importantly, have had fun too.

“I am delighted that so many of our girls have excelled again and are taking up their first choice university places.”

Steve Holdup, head of Dallam School in Milnthorpe, said: “I was very pleased with our 6th form exam results again this year, from Regina Ngai who got 6 As and A*s to those who were aiming for more modest results, all students and staff can be very proud of their achievements.

“Standards have risen again this year and the great majority of students have got into their first choice of university.”

Heysham High School said it did not comment on results.

* We are updating this story throughout the day as schools send in their results.