Jubilant students at St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form are today celebrating a “superb” set of A level results.
There were crowds of students waiting outside the school hall as doors opened at 9am, anxiously waiting to find out their results after months of hard work.
And there were whoops and cheers of celebration as those precious enveloped were finally handed out, from students who’s dreams and ambitions of a place at university have finally been realised.
“Yet again the students have done themselves proud,” said St Aidan’s headteacher John Wood and St John Fisher headteacher Paul Jackson.
“In a large comprehensive year group of over 500 students 59 per cent of the grades achieved were at A* - B, 33 per cent were at A* to A.”
A total of 10 students secured a spot at Oxbridge universities, they said, adding there was a record number of successful applications this year for competitive courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.
“We are particularly delighted that once again the vast majority if students obtained grades which have enabled them to progress to a university of their choice,” they said.
“All students and staff should be congratulated on their efforts and we wish the students well as they embark upon the next stage of their lives.”
Georgia Staniforth and Nuala Doyle were among those who were celebrating this morning, saying they were delighted with their results.
Naomi Bond, Hannah Bushell and Kirsty Spalding are all off to universities in York, Northumbria and Newcastle, while Amalie Thompson, who is going to Newcastle, said: “I’m come away with way better grades than I thought I would. I got an A* and an AA.”
Student Hannah Roberts, pictured with friend Megan Davenport, got two A*s for double business and is off to Manchester University to study management. “I’m shocked and amazed,” she said.
“We really knuckled down from the start. It was hard, but the work has paid off.
“I’m going for a celebratory lunch with my mum now and then we’re off into Harrogate tonight - definitely.”
Her friend, Megan Davenport, 19, is off to Liverpool University to study Business Studies.
“I did an extra year, changing my subjects to double business, and now I’m really happy. It was lots of work!”
Abi Roberts got three Bs for English, media and geography and is going to Oxford Brookes to study English and business management.
Fellow student Charlotte I’anson got two Bs for geography and economics and an A for art. She is going on to study geography at the University of Manchester.
“I’m super-duper happy, I’ve got into my first choice university,” she said. “We were texting each other all through the night and constantly checking the UCAS website.”
Others celebrating in the school hall this morning included Ruth Brooks, who is to stay on at school for another year, Jessica Rogers, who will go to the University of Warwick, Sean Fleetwood, who plans to go to the University of Sheffield, and Elliot Barrie, who will go to the University of Manchester. Tom Moulson is signed up to the University of Greenwich, his friend Nagar Al Samarai is taking a gap year, and Conor McKenzie is to read history and politics at Leicester.
Hannah Percy, who is now to study early years teaching at York St John’s University after getting an A and two Bs, said she was delighted with her results.
“I’m really happy, I think I’ve done really well,” she said. “I did a lot of coursework based subjects so that helps! I wasn’t too worried about the results until this morning.
“But they don’t really mean that much - we all felt that GCSE’s were all important until a year ago. It’s just for that next step.”
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