Queen Ethelburga’s School A-level success

Principal of Queen Ethelburga's School, near Boroughbridge, Steven Jandrell congratulating students Roisin Potter, left, and Anna Cornforth on their A-level results.
Principal of Queen Ethelburga's School, near Boroughbridge, Steven Jandrell congratulating students Roisin Potter, left, and Anna Cornforth on their A-level results.

A North Yorkshire school is celebrating record-breaking results at A-Level.

Queen Ethelburga’s College near Boroughbridge has repeated its 100% overall pass rate for its Year 13 pupils but has seen its average UCAS points score per student increase so considerably it could become one of the top 50 schools in the country.

In the College, Year 13 students averaged at 490 UCAS points – the equivalent to 4 A Grades at A-Level, with the percentage of students gaining Grades A* to B at 93%.

The school’s Faculty, which caters for a wider range of aspirations, with A levels and BTECs in academic, vocational and creative subjects, saw a similarly impressive 100% pass rate and students there achieved average UCAS points of 459. 90% of BTEC courses taken were awarded a distinction grade (the equivalent to an A Grade at A-Level in UCAS points).

Principal of Queen Ethelburga’s,Steven Jandrell, welcomed today’s excellent results and thanked the students and staff for their dedication and hard work: “Without a doubt our success has been down to the fact that we offer a wide range of courses so that all students can find something at which they excel. Our teaching staff work extremely closely with our students to support them in their subjects and their aspirations.”

“This year’s results are our best ever,” he added, “and they are good cause for us to celebrate. We will be waiting eagerly for the league tables to be published in the media shortly, as we anticipate an even higher rating for our school, not just across the North of England, but across the entire country!”

Out of the 143 Year 13 students at the two schools at Queen Ethelburga’s, 102 have received offers from some of the country’s most prestigious universities, belonging to the Russell/1994 Groups and City Universities. The school’s top student achieved 780 UCAS points and will go on to Imperial College to study Mathematics.

Local students have fared extremely well in this year’s results at the school.

Wetherby girl, Anna Cornforth, achieved an A* and 2 As and will go on to Bristol to study Veterinary Medicine; while Jodie Edwards of Harrogate also achieved an A* and 2 As and will study Criminology at Durham. Kelsey Mills of Market Weighton achieved three As and goes on to study Neuroscience/Psychology at Aberdeen.

Among the Faculty students, Roisin Potter of Harrogate is heading to Loughborough University to study English and Drama having gained a triple BTEC distinction* and BTEC distinction alongside an A level, while Adam Dent from York achieved a double distinction*, a distinction * and a distinction at BTEC and goes on to Leeds Met to study Accounting and Finance.

Among the international students in the Faculty, Vincent Huo gained a place at Imperial College to study mechanical engineering with 3A* grade A levels and Anastasia Vasilyeva is moving on to King’s College, London to study Business Management with an A grade A level and a triple distinction in Business BTEC.

Queen Ethelburga’s splits its students into two groups - Queen Ethelburga’s College and The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s. The results are recorded separately. Below are details of how the results are broken down.

Queen Ethelburga’s College:

Overall pass rate: 100%

Average number of passes per student 4

Average UCAS points per student at 490 (last year 434), equivalent to more than 4 A Grades each

Percentage of A-level Grades A* / A 71% (last year 50%)

Percentage of A-level Grades A* - B 93% (last year 85%)

The top student gained 780 points

The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s:

Overall Pass Rate 100%

Average UCAS points per student 459 (last year 357), equivalent to almost 4 A grades each

A*/A Pass Rate 53% (last year 40%)

A* - B Pass Rate 78% (last year 62%)

BTEC - 90% of grades are Distinction (equivalent in UCAS points to an A grade A level)