VIDEO: Pupils celebrate A-Level results in “challenging” year

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Teenagers in the Lancaster district are celebrating another year of success after collecting their A-level results.

Despite predictions of a dip in the number of high grades awarded, early indications are that most sixth formers have performed as well as, if not better, than the previous year.

Celebration! Pupils from Lancaster Girls Grammar School Anjali Kamath, Chloe Hayes, Elsa McDonald, Jessica Atkinson, Mrs Cahalin and Laura Cooney.

Celebration! Pupils from Lancaster Girls Grammar School Anjali Kamath, Chloe Hayes, Elsa McDonald, Jessica Atkinson, Mrs Cahalin and Laura Cooney.

John McNaughton, head at Morecambe Community High School, said: “It has been a very successful morning for all our students. Most have gained their first choice university places. They deserve their success.”

Liz Nicholls, principal at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, said that despite a challenging year, results had still improved.

She said: “This has been a challenging year for both schools and students particularly as this is the first year students have not been able to sit any modules in January.

“We are very pleased that results have improved on last year with the vast majority of our students achieving the necessary grades to confirm their university offers.

“It is always pleasing when students get the grades they deserve after two years of very hard work and commitment.

“Particular congratulations this year go to Rebecca Maddox who achieved four A* grades plus 1 A grade and Joss Farquhar who achieved four A* grades.

“We congratulate all our students on their achievements and wish them well as they leave Ripley and move on to new challenges.”

Jackie Cahalin, head at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, congratulated students for their work, and said that the year group of 182 students achieved an exceptional 77 per cent of their grades at the very highest level, A*- B, with 17 per cent of grades at A*.

She said: “Thirty-one students gained all their A levels at grades A* and A, with sixty one students achieving three A*-A grades.

“Whilst recognising the achievements of all our students, I would also like to highlight the exceptional performance of the very highest achievers.

“The following students gained at least four A levels at grade A* – Jessica Atkinson (4A*1A), Katy Bates (4A*), Clare Bristow (4A*), Imogen Granger (4A*1A), Chloe Hayes (4A*1A), Maxine Meju (4A*1A) and Shuhui Ren (4 A* 1A).

“We wish all our students the very best for the future. Thank you to the staff at LGGS for all their hard work, as well as the LGGS parents for their support.”

Dr Chris Pyle, head at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, congratulated Sixth Form students, who he said had achieved some of the school’s best ever results at A-level.

He said: “Well over half of all subject entries for the 162 Upper Sixth students were awarded A or A* grades, and more than 78 per cent of all exams received grade B or above – a result that has only been bettered once in any previous year.

“23.5 per cent of all subject entries received the top A* grade, which is the school’s best ever result on that measure.”

Dr Pyle added: “These superb results reflect our students’ hard work and determination. They are amongst the very best results ever achieved by LRGS students.

“It is particularly impressive that close to a quarter of all their exams were graded at A*.

“We are very proud of all of our students who have worked so hard to gain the grades that will take them onto the next stage of their futures.

“I am delighted that the great majority of our students have achieved places on their first choice of very competitive university courses and on some high-quality business apprenticeships.

“Many congratulations to each one of our leavers. They richly deserve their successes.

“The results are also a great tribute to the work of LRGS staff and the quality of teaching which characterises the school.”

Amongst exceptional individual performances at LRGS, 23 students gained three or more A* grades (or the equivalent in the Cambridge Pre-U), including five students who gained four A* grades: Chris Ellison, Thomas Grunshaw, Edward Hall, George Rettig and Adam Richardson.

Geoffrey Boult, head at Giggleswick School, said: “With results down overall nationally, Giggleswick students have once again shown they can obtain places on some of the best courses at leading universities.

“Their results come from hard work and inspirational and dedicated teaching; I salute them all.”

Brendan Conboy, head at Our Lady’s Catholic College, said: “We are delighted that our A-level results have once again been excellent with a 98 per cent overall pass rate.

“Our top grades A*/A remained the same as last year, whilst A*-C grades grew by more than 10 per cent from last year with 76 per cent of all A-level grades at C or higher.

“Last year we were delighted to be the highest non-selective facilitating subject provider in Lancashire at the top grades AAB – our performance in 2014 in the established subjects of English, maths and the sciences is once again outstanding.

“With a 100 per cent pass rate for our vocational students and a record 77 per cent Distinction*/Distinction success rate, there is so much good news to celebrate and we congratulate our students and our staff.”

Central Lancaster High School is celebrating achieving top grades of A*/A in A-level and Distinction*/Distinction in BTEC Level 3 across the

curriculum in biology, business, chemistry, dance, health and social care, ICT, maths, photography, physics and public services.

100 per cent of Year 13 students applying to university have been successful.

Rebecca Haworth, with two A* and two A grades, said: “It’s been hard work, but I’ve been supported every step of the way to my dream of studying chemistry at York.”

Bethany Halfpenny, studying journalism at Salford, said: “Sixth Form has given me memories I will carry with me forever.”

Gareth Johnstone, head of Sixth Form, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our students. The reason we opened a sixth form was to provide better opportunities for our students.

“Our record of 100 per cent of university applicants achieving places over the last two years is proof of this.

“Some students are the first in their families to go to university. I am so proud of their success; they are setting standards for years to come.”

Dallam students enjoyed a very good set of A-level results as they prepare to head off to university and employment.

With an overall pass rate of 98 per cent A2 students have achieved above national averages.

The A* and A pass rate was 29 per cent.

Head William Bancroft said: “We are very pleased with the performance of all our students. Despite the national reduction in the number top grades awarded more than a quarter of our entries have achieved those top grades.

“All the students are to be congratulated for their hard work and determination and particularly strong performances were put in by George Beale, Michael Bell, Matthew Edge, Chase Davies, Florence Fletcher, Juliette Garrett, Vicky Hill, Sam Hogarth, Dominic Reardon, John Salter, Amane Sobue, Harvey Thompson and Liam Watson.

“Boys have put in a very strong performance this year which is encouraging at a time when we hear a great deal about boys’ under-achievement nationally.”