Students at St Aidan’s and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form are celebrating today after picking up their A level results.
Early indications show that well over 90 per cent of the school’s 500 students have obtained places at either their first or second choice university and those applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or Oxbridge colleges have achieved the necessary grades.
John Wood, headteacher at St Aidan’s, and Rob Pritchard, headteacher at St John Fisher, said the students have made even better progress than in previous years at a time when exam boundaries are being raised.
They said: “Hard work from students coupled with wonderful support from teaching staff and families has led to a fantastic A level results day for students at St Aidan’s and St John Fisher and we wish them well as they take up places nationally and internationally in their chosen courses.”
Student Alessandra Martorama, 18, from Leeds, got three A* in biology, English literature, and geography. She said: “I’m going to Oxford to study geography. It’s more than I ever expected. I will be celebrating later. My friends and I are all going out.”
Robert Nicholas, 18, from Ripon, achieved two A* an A and an E in biology, chemistry, maths and general studies. He said: “I got into where I wanted.”
Mia MacDermott, 18, from Whixley, got three A* in psychology, English literature and fine art. She said: “These are the results I wanted. I revised a lot and I have been really ill this year so I’m over the moon. I would hopefully like to go to university in Bath.”
Rachael Sanderson, 18, from Wetherby, was awarded an A* and two As in maths, further maths and geography. She said: “These are definitely the grades I wanted. I started revising about March time. I have got into Durham University, which is my first choice.”
Samuel Smith, 18, from Starbeck, got three As in history, Spanish and maths. He said: “They are better than I expected. I worked really hard in Year 13 and it paid off. I have got my three As so I’m going to Oxford to study politics, philosophy and economics. I am definitely celebrating in town tonight along with 1,300 other students.”