A-level results day: The view from our schools

Morecambe Community High School
A Levels.
From left, Ellie Cozens, Thomas Barnes, Gina Meikle and Molly Wilson

Morecambe Community High School A Levels. From left, Ellie Cozens, Thomas Barnes, Gina Meikle and Molly Wilson

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It’s A-level results day and all across the district students have been collecting their grades.

At Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, the group of 156 students gained 71.5 per cent of their grades at A*-B, with 17 per cent of grades at A*.

LRGS students celebrate their A-level results.

LRGS students celebrate their A-level results.

Outstanding achievers include twins Hannah and Rachel Boscott. Both students gained four A* grades.

A special mention also to Nicole Cullen who gained 4 A* grades.

Headteacher Jackie Cahalin said: “We are very pleased for all our students whose excellent results reflect their hard work and commitment.

“I would also like to thank the LGGS staff for all their help and commitment and of course, the students’ families for the support of their daughters and the school.

Sophie and Laura Shepherd celebrate their AS results at Carnforth High.

Sophie and Laura Shepherd celebrate their AS results at Carnforth High.

“This year group saw a number of students who faced very difficult personal challenges in their time in the sixth form. It is especially pleasing to see how successful they have been in their A-levels. We wish all our students the very best for the future.”

Lancaster Royal Grammar School Sixth Form students are celebrating the school’s best ever A-level results.

Students achieved A*, A or B grades in more than 81 per cent of all exams which they sat – the highest total ever achieved by the school.

Well over half of all subject entries for the 151 Upper Sixth students were awarded A or A* grades (56 per cent), and almost a quarter of all subject entries received the top A* grade (23 per cent).

Dallam pupils Bradley Kennon, Tillie Davies, Lily Abel, Ellie Taylor and Sam Barfoot celebrate their A-level results.

Dallam pupils Bradley Kennon, Tillie Davies, Lily Abel, Ellie Taylor and Sam Barfoot celebrate their A-level results.

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said: “I am delighted to be able to congratulate our students and teachers on these excellent results. They are just rewards for our students’ hard work and determination, and reflect the outstanding teaching which is the hallmark of the school.

“It is excellent to see student success across the whole range of the curriculum: arts, technology, humanities, languages, sciences and mathematics.

“I am delighted that the great majority of our students have achieved places on their first choice of very competitive university courses and high quality business apprenticeships. Very many congratulations to every single one of our Sixth Form students on their achievements.”

Central Lancaster High School is once again celebrating achieving top grades in A-level and BTEC Level 3 across the curriculum.

LRGS students celebrate their A-level results.

LRGS students celebrate their A-level results.

The school has increased the percentage of students achieving the highest grades in both academic and vocational qualifications.

Students have also been successful in gaining a variety of employment, including apprenticeships and other local firms.

The results show how the school has extended provision to cater for all students at all levels of ability in keeping with its ethos through to age 19.

Students who would have never considered further study at university level have now secured their places with all students who wished to move onto university being successful in their applications.

These results reflect a high level of ‘value added’ to students, meaning every student has a successful platform for higher education or their chosen employment routes.

Joanne Lilley, Head of Sixth Form, said: “I am immensely proud of all the hard work which our students have put into these amazing results. Yet again I feel that CLHS is preparing students for the next stage of their life, whether in education, training or employment.

Ella Griffiths opens her straight A results at Carnforth High.

Ella Griffiths opens her straight A results at Carnforth High.

“It is rewarding that all students leave our Sixth Form with a bright future ahead of them.”

Heysham High students gained a 100 per cent pass rate for vocational courses, 61 per cent of which were distinction and above, and an overall qualification pass rate of 99 per cent.

Students choosing university for their next stage will be studying courses including Law, Computing Science, Maths, Nutrition, Project Management and Sport at universities including Newcastle, Edge Hill, Leeds, Northumbria, Chester, Cumbria and Salford.

Georgia Hannam, who gained five excellent level three qualifications, is taking up an offer at Bath University, where she will have access to the GB national team facilities as she continues her journey to excellence in the Modern Pentathlon.

Head of Sixth Form, Helen Fitzwilliam, said she was delighted with the results, adding: “Once again our students have excelled themselves. All those wishing to go to university have secured their choices and others have been successful in gaining apprenticeships and employment in a range of industries.”

Helen Seddon, head at Our Lady’s Catholic College, said: “We are once again delighted with our outstanding A-level results with a record 100 per cent pass rate together with an increase in the top A* grades despite a reported dip nationally.

“The vast majority of students have gained their first choice at university.

“Among the many students celebrating particular success was Trisha Valencia who gained 3 A* in Biology, Chemistry and Maths where she secured the maximum possible mark together with an A in physics.

“Our students following vocational courses have also done brilliantly with 64% awarded Distinction*.

“We are also delighted with our Year 12 students who have scored a record pass rate at AS boding very well for their success at A-level next year.”

Liz Nicholls, principal at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy, said: “We are delighted that our students have been so well rewarded for their hard work over the two years and pleased that the overwhelming majority have already confirmed their university places.

“Particular congratulations go to Anna Marshall with 4A* grades, Richard Dyer with 3A* and 1A, Esme Rurlander with 2A*,1A and 1B and Nathan Coombs with 2A* and 1A.”

Heysham High headteacher John Shannon said: “This year has seen the school not only consolidate the raft of changes implemented over the last two years, but also continue to develop and evolve school systems to accelerate the pace of improvement, and this can be seen clearly in this set of excellent results.

“Successes like these do not just happen; they are the result of hard work by students and staff, and they are to be congratulated for their determination and can-do attitude.

“We wish all our outgoing students every success in their next endeavours.”

Morecambe High head Matt Auger said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the wonderful success that our students have had this year in their A-level examinations.

“It is a wonderful testament to both their hard work and the hard work of their teachers over the past two years.

“Many of them will now be making arrangements for starting university in September and we wish them all the very best.

“As ever, we encourage them to keep in touch so that both our staff and current students can see how they are thriving in life away from Morecambe Community High School.”

The post 16 results at Carnforth High School this year are an excellent testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and students.

Of particular note is the schools’ first cohort of the prestigious NHS Cadet programme where students work with front line NHS staff to pursue

academic and vocational qualifications, opening a pathway to study nursing at university.

This unique blend of study and real experience enabled every student on this course to attain a triple Distinction*.

In fact, all the vocational students have performed extremely well, giving an average grade across the Sixth Form of the top vocational mark - Distinction*.

The students have also performed well at AS and A-level with the strongest performance overall by Ella Griffiths who achieved all A Grades in chemistry, mathematics and biology.

As the Sixth Form continues to grow, students have also studied courses new to Carnforth High School, and we have published our first set of results for Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies, Computer Science, Polish and Religious Education.

Headteacher Victoria Michael said: “It has been an absolute joy to see the students receive their results, discuss their UCAS offers and feel their excitement about taking the next stage in their careers. They have worked extremely hard and deserve to enjoy this success!”

A-level and International Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate Career Programme students at Dallam School have once again celebrated success following their exams this summer.

The A-level outcomes were the best for a number of years with a pass rate of 99.4 per cent, where more than 50 per cent of the results were at grades A* to B.

In July Dallam’s Year 13 students received their International Baccalaureate results. Dallam students scored very highly indeed with a pass rate of 93 per cent against a world pass rate of 81 per cent.

This means the school continues to rank amongst the top 10 per cent of schools worldwide.

Headteacher William Bancroft said: “We are delighted with these results which reflect a great deal of ability, time and hard work from the students. They are richly deserved.”

Giggleswick School is celebrating another record year of A-level results with more than 67 per cent A* to B grades this year, 10 per cent of candidates achieving at least one A*and 32 per cent A*/A grades.

Average UCAS points have also risen to 331, opening up plenty of fantastic opportunities at leading universities for these students.

The School’s A* to B results have increased by 18.3 per cent over the last two years and many of the Upper Sixth have also achieved exceptional results in their EPQs (Extended Project Qualifications) with 75 per cent at A*/A grades.

Headmaster Mark Turnbull, who joined Giggleswick in 2014, said: “We are absolutely delighted for our students and it is great to see such excellence across so many different subjects.

“Our community encourages young people to throw energy into everything they do and today’s results are testimony not only to their hard work but the strong pupil-teacher partnership and our belief in every individual’s potential for success.

“Giggleswick is renowned for nurturing a wide range of talents and this year is no exception with everyone from musicians, mathematicians and scientists to designers, linguists and drama students securing their places at leading universities, specialist schools and colleges across the UK.”

At Cardinal Newman College in Preston, Temiloluwa Onilogbo, formerly of Lancaster Royal Grammar School, secured a place to go to the University of Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering. Temi, who studied A-levels in Chemistry, French, Maths, Physics and an AS in Further Maths, achieved A*A*A*AA.

Nationally it has been reported that record numbers of students have been awarded UK university places.

The Ucas admissions services says that 424,000 places have been offered, an increase of three per cent on last year.

There have been predictions of many more places being available through clearing, including in leading universities.

Universities say this could be a “buyer’s market” for applications – with a decline in the number of 18 year olds and the removal of the cap on the number of places universities can offer.

Prof Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, has forecast that overall results will be similar to last year.

In 2015, there was a slight fall in A* and A grades awarded, down to 25.9 per cent of entries.

But the proportion of passes rose by 0.1 percentage points to 98.1 per cent.

“Students and their teachers are bracing themselves for greater volatility in this year’s results,” said Ms Keates, leader of the NASUWT teachers’ union.

She said that schools had to contend with new content in AS and A-levels.

Head teachers’ leader Russell Hobby forecast “significant variation” and unexpected results, behind the picture given by the national statistics.

“For individual students, teachers and schools this is a real concern,” said Mr Hobby.

* Keep checking back for further comments from headteachers about our schools’ results. The full list of results will also be available online later today.

Dallam pupils Hannah Lawson and Eleanor Phillipson celebrate their IB results.

Dallam pupils Hannah Lawson and Eleanor Phillipson celebrate their IB results.