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Blog: A-level results in East Lancashire
Updated 5:46pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
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MORE PHOTOS ADDED TO OUR GALLERY
Students celebrate at Burnley College.
James Sunter-Storey of Thomas Whitham Sixth Form.
View more photos on our A-Level results gallery.
We've added more photos to our A-level results day gallery. Here's Accrington Academy high achiever Hardeep Sidhu.
RECORD RESULTS AT ST CHRISTOPHER'S IN ACCRINGTON
Students from St Christopher’s High School in Accrington are today celebrating record results for their sixth form as the pass-rate climbed to a highly impressive 99.4 per cent.
82.5 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades while 57% achieved grades A* to B - which marks a rise of 8 per cent on last year. Perhaps the most eye-catching of all the statistics is that nearly a quarter of all students achieved either an A* or A grade.
On collecting their results, students began the exciting task of preparing themselves for a diverse range of university degrees which include medicine, law, physics and psychology.
Rebecca Sharples was overjoyed to learn that she had been accepted by Cambridge University to study linguistics. Rebecca is the first student in a generation to be educated wholly in Hyndburn and gain an Oxbridge place.
Other success stories involve Charlotte Maden and Dominic Newman who have both been accepted to study medicine. Jonathon Kirkaldy is celebrating achieving two A*s.
Incoming headteacher Richard Jones said: “These results provide a fitting testimony to the hard work and academic enthusiasm of our students and staff.”
Retiring headteacher Alasdair Coatessaid: “I am impressed by the achievements of our students and am confident that as they progress through university they will continue to profess the values expounded in our mission statement."
A-LEVEL PHOTO GALLERY
Here's a photo of Westholme students celebrating their A-level results. See more in our A-level photo gallery.
VIDEO FROM BLACKBURN COLLEGE
Here's our video of students at Blackburn College getting their results.
STUDENTS AT ST WILDRID'S IN BLACKBURN CELEBRATE SUCCESS
ABOVE: High-flyers Jonathan Stott, Hannah Marsh, Amy Stevens, Helena Leathley, Beth Dean
St Wilfrid's students are again celebrating an excellent set of exam results.
As in previous years the vast majority of subjects boast a 100 per cent pass rate.
Helena Leathley gained A*, A*, A, A and is looking forward to reading biochemistry at Imperial College London and Jad Abouzeid will study veterinary science at Nottingham after his summer spent travelling in the Far East.
Andrew Robinson has won a prestigious award to take a geological survey in New Zealand during his gap year before reading geography at University.
Acting principal Cath Huddleston said: "We set high standards at St Wilfrid's and these results and the success of our students reflect their hard work, the dedication of staff, and the support of their parents.
"Results day is always a stressful time for students but it has been lovely to see so many happy faces. I, the governors and staff wish all our students the very best of luck in the future.
"It will be lovely to see them all again later in the year at their celebration evening on 18 December to catch up on all of their news."
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RECORD TOP GRADES AT BURNLEY'S THOMAS WHITHAM SIXTH FORM
This year has seen the Thomas Whitham students achieve a record number of the top A* and A grades with an unmatched local number of students making it to the Oxbridge universities.
27 per cent of all grades were either A* or A whilst there were 14 A* grades in Mathematics alone.
Headteacher Stuart Smith said: “We are thrilled that once again we are proving to be the place for students to study who are aiming for the very best Russell Group universities.
"Our superb support for Oxbridge entry has paid dividends this year but we are also equally proud of our outstanding inclusive ethos, highlighted by OFSTED in 2011, which will place us high in the value added rankings.
A high overall pass rate of over 98 per cent, coupled with 47 per cent A*-B grades and 71 per cent A*-C grades, making these the best results the school has ever had. The personal student mentoring our staff provide here enables our students to respond positively and realise their potential, whether their ambition is university or work-placed training or indeed employment.”
There have been some first-class individual performances at the school.
Muthassir Hussain, a former Sir John Thursby student, achieved three A*s and one A and is now heading to Oxford University to read Engineering whilst Sarah Thorne, a former Blessed Trinity student, also with three A*s and one A is going to Girton College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.
Another former Blessed Trinity student, James Sunter-Storey also achieved three A*s and one A and is taking up a prestigious sponsorship opportunity with Rolls Royce. Rosie Durkin, a former Hameldon student, will be following her elder brother Sean to Oxford University. Sean left the Sixth Form in 2008 to read Physics at Christ Church College, Oxford whilst Rosie is heading to Magdalen College to read English after achieving two A*s and one A this summer.
Another family success sees former Unity College student Andrew Wilkinson heading for Warwick University to read Law with three A grades a year after his brother, Mark, left Thomas Whitham to read Mathematics at the same top university.
Two former Park High School students have also done exceptionally well with Jenny Cannon achieving two A*s, one A and two Bs and David Swinton one A*, one A and one B. Jenny is heading for Durham University to read Physics and David is to read Mathematics at Manchester University.
Other outstanding performances from former Blessed Trinity students include Abigail Pounder who is Loughborough University-bound to read Sports Science after achieving one A*, two As and one B; Bethany Lord who achieved one A*, two As and one B and will be reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Manchester University; Patrick Mortimer who is heading for Edinburgh to read Chemical Engineering after achieving three A grades and Grace Donovan who intends to read Politics and History at Manchester with three As and a B. Ex-Sir John Thursby students who hit the heights included Amara Mussawer with one A* and two As and is now heading to Warwick to read Mathematics; Ammarah Tahir who achieved one A* and three As and intends to take a Gap year before applying for Medicine in 2014 whilst Abdul Basith is going to Lancaster University to read Law after achieving three A grades.
Mr Smith said: “We would like to congratulate all our students on their successes and we recognise their considerable efforts over the last two years.
"They have not only benefitted from our committed and highly talented team of staff but have also developed the right type of work ethic which will go a long way in guaranteeing them success in life.
"I have no doubt that our blend of high quality professional staff, smaller group sizes and personalized support coupled with greater opportunity for individual private study afforded by our facilities have enabled these high levels of success.”
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ACCRINGTON ACADEMY CELEBRATES BEST EVER A-LEVEL RESULTS
Accrington Academy is celebrating today with a four-fold increase in students achieving A* and A grades at A-Level.
This year the academy enjoyed a 100 per cent success rate, with over a quarter of students achieving outstanding A-A* A Level grades – the best ever results for Accrington Academy. When all qualifications are included, 57 per cent of students achieved at least one A* or A grade in the exams.
Hardeep Sidhu exceeded his targets of AABB and achieved an outstanding A*A*A*A, including physics and mathematics. He has performed consistently since he started at Accrington Academy and will be studying physics and philosophy at the University of Manchester.
Andy O’Brien, principal at Accrington Academy, said “We’re absolutely delighted with our best-ever increase in the top grades. This is a fantastic achievement for our academy – all our students really have exceeded expectations, achieving excellent grades whether at A Level or BTEC.
"I’m also pleased to see outstanding achievement at AS Level by our Year 12 students, who are a credit to our new vice principal leading the way for our sixth form.
“Our staff and students have worked really hard all year and we wish them all the best for the future.”
DELIGHT AT WESTHOLME SCHOOL'S RESULTS
Westholme principal Lillian Croston and all the staff team are delighted with the performance of this year’s A level cohort.
The pass rate was 100% in 23 subjects and 9 per cent of grades were at the very top A* level, equalling last year’s performance. To gain this grade, candidates have to score 95 per cent or more in all their examination papers.
89 per cent of all grades were A* - C, the top grades which ensure university admission.
Two students have gained places at Oxford and Cambridge.
Mrs Croston said, “This is what we do so well at Westholme; we really make sure our pupils maximise their potential. I am sure this group of leavers will go on to challenging courses and first class careers. Well done everyone!”
99 PER CENT PASS RATE AT ST MARY'S COLLEGE, BLACKBURN
Students at St Mary’s College have been celebrating an A-Level pass rate 99%, with 73% of students achieving high grades.
The college is one of the largest providers of A-Levels in East Lancashire with 1,144 entries.
28 A-Level subjects gained a perfect 100 per cent pass rate with 20 of those subjects achieving extraordinary high grades ranging from 70 per cent to 100 per cent. Once again, the Vocational Diploma pass rate has remained at 100 per cent with a very high number of those students gaining a distinction.
Principal Frank Dixon said: “We are delighted to see the students achieve such exceptional results. Our students’ dedication to their education has allowed them to excel in all areas.
"It is a very proud moment for our staff to see so many of their students receive the results they need to progress to their first choice of university.”
Joseph Nathaniel Scott, Heather Martin and Emily-Jane Gallimore have achieved outstanding results which will enable them to take their places at top universities.
Joseph Nathaniel Scott aged 18 from Blackburn gained an A* in Chemistry, A* in History and A* in Mathematics alongside grade A in Religious Studies. He will be going to Jesus College, Cambridge University to read Psychology and Behavioural Sciences.
Heather Martin, 18, from Rishton achieved an A* in Chemistry and A* in Geology alongside grade A in English Literature and grade A in Geography. She will be going to Durham University to study Geoscience.
Emily-Jane Gallimore aged 19 from Clitheroe attained an A* in Biology and A* in Chemistry alongside grade A in Mathematics and grade A in Psychology. She will be going to Bristol University to study Biology.
HIGHER PASS RATE AT BACUP AND RAWTENSTALL GRAMMAR SCHOOL
BRGS has improved on last year’s figures in all categories.
- The overall pass rate at A*-E, excluding General Studies, was 99%, up from 98% last year.
- The overall achievement at A* to B was 64%, up from 60% last year.
- The overall achievement at A*/A was 35% up from 29% last year.
The results mean that six students will take up their offer of a place at either Oxford or Cambridge University; this equals the highest number in the recent history of BRGS.
The students gaining a place at Oxford are Paigan Aspinall (BioChemistry ), Ben Atueyi (Law), Rees Davison (Engineering), and Daniel Payne (Chemistry). Joseph Holdsworth-Miller and Nathan Mattock will progress to Cambridge to read Maths and Chemistry respectively. A further five students gained places in the top medical schools.
Headteacher Alan Porteous said: “We are very pleased that the results this year continue our sustained record of high academic attainment, with improvements on last year’s achievements at all levels.
"Clearly these excellent results have not been achieved without a huge amount of hard work and commitment from both our students and staff, and we congratulate them on their achievements.
"There are many outstanding individual successes and we wish all our students well as they move on to the next stage in their lives.”
EXCELLENT RESULTS AT STONYHURST COLLEGE
Stonyhurst College is celebrating excellent A level results this year, with 68 per cent of all exams graded at A* to B.
Thirteen candidates (15 per cent of entrants) achieved straight A*/A grades, including Julian Au Yeung from Hong Kong who has 6 A levels (2 A*s and 4 As). He has a place to read Maths at Imperial College, London.
The head girl, Charly Redmond, has 1 A* and 3 A grades and will read Biomedical Sciences at Oxford. Natalya Filvarova, from Ukraine, achieved 3 A*s and 1 A grade, and will be reading Psychology at Oxford, Owen McDermott, captain of Stonyhurst’s 1st XV rugby team, has 2 A*s and 1 A and will be studying Economics and Geography at the London School of Economics while Lotte Morris has 3 A* grades and 1 A grade, and will be studying Medicine at Birmingham.
Overall, almost half of the A level exams taken were graded A* or A, and five of this year’s final year students have places at Oxford.
Headteacher Andrew Johnson said: “This year’s students have done really well, with the majority securing places at excellent universities. They should be proud of their achievements, which are the tangible result of their hard work and determination”.
Here's a photo of Westholme pupils Emily Richardson and Sophie Ward, who have secured Oxbridge places after receiving their A-Level results today.
More Westholme pupils celebrate their results.
BLACKBURN COLLEGE IN TV SPOTLIGHT
BLACKBURN College will be in the national spotlight today when Sky cameras broadcast live on A-level results day.
Millions of viewers will watch as students open their envelopes from 7am.
The college gained a 99.2 per cent pass rate last year and principal Ian Clinton said he hoped that would be surpassed this year.
He said: “It’s a huge coup for Sky to come and film live at Blackburn College and it’s a chance for our students to shine live on national television.
“We want to show our college off to the millions watching and highlight what exceptional students we have here and the hard work the students and tutors have put in over the last two years.”
STUDENTS WAKE UP TO A-LEVEL RESULTS
Teenagers across the country are waking up to the A-level results which will allow them to make the big decisions that will shape their future.
Around 300,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be nervously heading to school this morning to pick up their grades.
For many, success in the exams will mean a prized place at university, an apprenticeship or other training scheme, while those who achieved less than expected are likely to be considering their options.
Last summer, the proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade fell for the first time in more than 20 years. Official figures for 2012 showed that 26.6% of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27% in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4%.
Around one in 12 (7.9%) exams were given an A* grade, down from 8.2% in 2011, while 76.6% of entries got at least a C grade, up from 76.2% the year before.
One education expert has predicted that there could be a slight rise in results this year. Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said it was difficult to say what the pass rates would be this year, but that it was possible the A* - C results could go up by tenths of a per cent.
''The more practically-minded in the past may have been encouraged to take A-levels, and haven't done well," he said. "Now they're transferring to practical qualifications and that could affect the overall pass rate."
It has been suggested by others that an increased focus on traditional subjects, such as maths and science, could fuel a slight drop, as youngsters who may not have considered taking these subjects in the past, and may not be as strong in them, are now opting for the courses to help their chances of securing a university place.
Tens of thousands of would-be undergraduates without a university place are likely enter the clearing process - which matches them with courses that have vacancies.
Last year, a record 55,700 people accepted places through clearing, up 8.9% on the year before. And 1,300 applications were accepted through the ''adjustment'' system - more than double the previous year.
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