Students’ hard work pays off …
STUDENTS at schools across Eden received their A-level results on Thursday and for many it was a cause for celebration.
Staff and students at Ullswater Community College described their results as excellent, against the backdrop of almost a complete set of reformed A-level and Level 3 courses with less coursework, fewer practical assessments and a greater emphasis on examinations at the end of two years.
UCC students matched last year’s record breaking average points scores per entry, with 16 students achieving A*/A grades in two or more subjects or their equivalent at Level 3 study: Maeve Austin (AAB), Erin Docherty (A*AB), Rebecca Frost (A*AB), Stephanie Graham (A*B Distinction), Emily Ivinson (AAA), Henry Jennings (AAB), Megan Kendal (A*A*AB),Fabienne Longin(AAA), Jessica Louis (AAA), Callum MacDonald (AAC), Laura Manson (Distinction*, Distinction, C), Jack Mavin(Distinction, Distinction, C), Katy Snaith (AAC), Amber Stockdale (AAA), Ellena Tallentire (Distinction*, Distinction, C) and Ellen Young (A*A*A*).
Admissions for university places have been strong and the majority of students have been offered a place at their first-choice university, said the school.
Headteacher Nick Ellery said: “This year’s GCE and Level 3 results once again have held up very well for students at UCC.
“This is the culmination of the tremendous commitment and hard work from the students and teachers over the last two years during a period of course and examination reform.
“We are so proud of our students, who have achieved such fantastic results. We’re also very proud of the fact that the country’s top universities feature in the destinations of our students and we wish all the very best of luck in their futures beyond UCC.”
Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School headteacher Paul Buckland said: “The tremendous results are testament to the incredible hard work of our students and that of the inspirational and dedicated staff, who are always willing to put in the extra hours to help our young people realise their full potential.
“The results underline their seven-year commitment to study and come in spite of significant changes to A-level courses affecting all schools.
“For now we should focus on the achievements of the individual students, such as both our head boy, Toby Collard and head girl, Sophie Thomas, who both achieved a string of A grades. Other notable achievers are Praharsh Babu, Thomas Ford, Harry Gray, Camilla McKnespiey, Thomas Ford and Sophie Bauer, all of whom produced strings of A* and A grades. We are delighted that so many of our students achieved the highest grades and have secured places, including five at Oxbridge, for the next stage of their lives.”
Reflecting on this year’s results, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School headteacher Gary Hartley said: “The continued hard work of the students and the inspirational teaching of our colleagues has been rewarded with the performance of our students. “
A number of students have achieved outstanding results which will enable them to gain places on their chosen university courses or apprenticeships.
Megan Allen achieved two A*s and an A which exceeds the offer of three As that she has been given to study veterinary science at Bristol University. Sophie Steadman has significantly exceeded her target grades in achieving one A* and two Bs. Sophie intends to study film production at either Salford or Edge Hill Universities, which her grades will allow her to choose from. Noah Killip also exceeded his targets in achieving one A and two Bs. He has been offered a place at Loughborough University to study transport business management.
Numerous students have unconditional offers at universities including head girl Georgia Walls, who is set to study astrophysics at Nottingham Trent University; Jamie Carter, who has been offered a place at Leicester to study law; Charlotte Marsh — history at Hull; Cerys Moore, fashion marketing at Leeds Beckett; and Adele Graham, law with criminology at UCLAN.
Although the majority of students have opted to apply for university places, there are also students who have gained apprenticeships, such as Rebecca Alderson, who achieved a distinction and two Bs and intends to train as a special constable before entering the police force, and Daniel Holmes, who achieved a distinction and an apprenticeship with Out of Eden.
Appleby Grammar School headteacher Andrew Lund commented: “A-level results day is the emotional conclusion to seven years of secondary education and I’m delighted to report many individual successes at AGS this year adding up to an excellent overall set of results.
“Our students have worked very hard to achieve these results and been given strong support by their teachers; all against a backdrop of more challenging exams and increased pressure.
“All our students who applied for university have achieved the grades they needed to gain their place and AGS will be represented at the start of the new term at many universities including Durham, Nottingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Edinburgh.
“We now wish all our students well as they embark on the next stage of their lives. They all deserve our heartfelt congratulations for their achievements.
At Keswick School, students of all abilities achieved some great results. This success was said to be down to a school culture which is supportive, friendly and competitive. The result is highly motivated and engaged students guided by dedicated specialist staff and supported by encouraging parents.”
Student Arran Horne, from Penrith, said: “I am very happy with my results which were made possible by the amazing teaching and support staff at the school. I am now going on to study biology at Leeds University”.
Headteacher, Simon Jackson, said: “The continued hard work of the students and the inspirational teaching of our colleagues has been rewarded with the performance of our students.