A-level results day: The view from our schools

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

Thursday, 18th August 2016, 10:20 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:41 pm
Morecambe Community High School A Levels. From left, Ellie Cozens, Thomas Barnes, Gina Meikle and Molly Wilson

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*.

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.

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

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.

“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.”

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.

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

“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.

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

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*.

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

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.”

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.