It will be celebrations all round for the students of St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form tonight as they look forward to their future now they have the A level results they wanted and hoped for.
Of the 531 students, 60.4 per cent of the grades achieved were A* to B and seven students are going on to study medicine and dentistry at universities across the UK.
Impressively, 16 students obtained places at Oxford and Cambridge and the number of A* grades are up on last year’s results.
Perhaps the most important result, however, particularly for the students, is that well over 90 per cent obtained places at their first or second choice of university.
St Aidan’s headteacher John Wood said: “We are absolutely delighted to say that the vast majority of students have got the grades that will enable them to move on to higher education.
“Our estimation is that well over 90 per cent of the students will have got their first or second choice of university and that really is a reflection of the immense amount of work they have put it to produce these results, as well as the staff who have supported them over the course of two years.
“We are particularly proud, because we are an open sixth form, of those students that don’t always get the top grades but who have really pushed themsleves to achieve results above their potential in many cases.
“We are just as proud of them as we are of the students who have got places at the Oxford or Cambridge colleges.”
With students from the associated sixth form going on to study subjects as diverse as physics, maths, natural science, petroleum geology, and rural enterprise and land management, many dedicated their success and variety of choice to the excellent teaching and community atmosphere on offer.
This was well expressed by several students who, though pleased with their success, seemed reluctant to leave all the same.
Eleonore Cochrane, 18, got three As. She said: “I am going to the Royal Northern College of Music, but getting good results was still really important to me in all my subjects.
“I have been here since year 7 and it has been fab, especially for music and the community as well.”
Her friend Melanie Dodds, 18, got two A*s and one A and will be going to the University of Durham to study maths.
She said: “I am feeling really happy about it. I moved here for sixth form but I have absolutely loved it.”
Matthew Berrill, 18, who got three A*s, also gave thanks to the associated sixth form.
He said: “I would certainly say for this school that everyone does higher than average.
“There are some anomalies but it is such a good school and the teaching is at such a high level.”
Matthew has a deferred place at the University of Manchester and is applying for Canadian universities for a gap year.
St John Fisher head of sixth form Jo Langstaff said: “The majority of our students have got into the universities they wanted and the few that were disappointed are upstairs getting into places through clearing or ringing their insurance offers.
“Generally the mood is really positive and really excited with the parents and the students, so we are really proud of how well they have done.”
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