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All smiles at Durham High School For Girls as students celebrate after picking up their A-level results. Pictures: Chris Booth
IT has been a record year for results at St Bede’s Catholic Sixth Form College, Lanchester, with 57% of students gaining two or more A*-B grades, a staggering 5% increase on last year, and an overall pass rate of 100%.
We are delighted that Andrew Ruxton who joined us to study in Sixth Form from another school achieved four A* grades in his final examinations securing his place to study Physics at Oxford University. In addition Andrew achieved an A* for his Extended Project Qualification which supported his application to university.
Another student who has certainly achieved her very best and followed her dreams is Anna Bartle, who on completing her A2 examinations is off to study Performing Arts. Anna has supported St Bede’s through her countless performances at events such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and will return in 2015 as a guest judge.
Jack Campbell got an A* in design technology and is off to study product design engineering at Northumbria.
Excellent A Level results at a richmond School today. Well done to everyone😊 http://t.co/XjGc2ienXE— @richmondschool 14 August 2014
A trio of scientists lead the A level results at a The King’s Academy this morning as it celebrates a marked improvement in performance.
Students at the Coulby Newham academy, have set a new record with 66 per cent of grades being at B or better, a jump of five per cent on last year.
Among the top performers are three boys who have excelled in gruelling subjects.
Matthew Elcoate gained four A*s in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics, and has been offered a place at Durham University to read physics. Matthew, who plays rugby for Middlesbrough U18s, said: “I’m happy, I didn’t think I’d done that well.”
Joseph McCrae achieved an A* in chemistry, As in maths and further maths, and a B in physics and is hoping to study maths at either Durham or Leeds University;
Jeremy Hunt gained an A* in maths, an A chemistry and an B in physics and has a place to read chemistry at Durham University.
New College Durham is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate in 14 subjects including A-level maths, English language, English literature, physics, chemistry, biology, history and geography. With an overall pass rate of 98 per cent the majority of students now look forward to studying at university.
New College Durham Sixth Form students Jennifer Dover and Jabez Sherrington are looking forward to starting their university courses having performed well at A Level. Jennifer Dover, age 19 from Crook, who achieved A B B, will study fashion design and marketing at Northumbria University and Jabez Sherrington age 19 from Spennymoor who achieved A A B B, will study English literature at Exeter University.
Jon Ridley, Head of Sixth Form, said: “This year’s excellent pass rate reflects the hard work and commitment of the students over the past two years and the dedication of our expert teaching staff. We wish our students every success in their future studies at university or as they embark upon their chosen career path."
MORE than three-quarters of all A level results at Ripon Grammar School were a B or better, with some exceptional individual performances.
The top performer was Twm Stone with five A*s in chemistry, maths, physics, further maths and the EPQ (extended project qualification), in which he explored the unsolved Riemann hypothesis. Twm, 18, from Oswaldkirk, near Helmsley, joined the school as a sixth form boarder, is to read maths at Cambridge University.
Top performing girl, Kate Bernard, of Whashton, near Richmond, is to read medicine at Sheffield University after achieving three A*s in French, chemistry and biology. The daughter of two psychiatrists, Kate wants to be a GP.
“I was very nervous. My knees were shaking as I read my results but I’m so happy with them,” said Kate, who also joined Ripon Grammar School in the sixth form.
Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman had a challenging time keeping the secret of his son Joe’s results – an A* in chemistry and As in French and biology.
Joe Pearman, who’s going to Durham University to read biomedical sciences, said: “It was probably harder for him knowing my results and not trying to give anything away.”
Mr Pearman said: “I didn’t look too miserable, which was quite encouraging, but it is a difficult secret to keep.”
Grade A students from Barnard Castle School. Pictures: Ian Lamming
A Level Results 2014 are in! We have been celebrating the excellent results this year. http://t.co/Ade3vTQUwu http://t.co/S2DOX2xUpg— @dhsfg 14 August 2014
Jubilant! @YarmSchool student celebrate first class A-Level results #resultsday #Alevels: http://t.co/XA0ETxQJvp http://t.co/iHPVCHUfc6— @yarmschool 14 August 2014
#echoalevels Success for SSFC Science students - securing places for medicine & vet.science at uni! #resultsday http://t.co/v1q2flELHd— @StocktonSFC 14 August 2014
Middlesbrough College celebrates 100% pass rate in 17 A Level subjects. http://t.co/GFlMnGjuzn #echoalevels http://t.co/PWY1cwOVHn— @MCnewsflash 14 August 2014
TEESSIDE High School staff will proudly be sharing the successes of students’ most recent A-Level results at their Sixth Form open morning on Friday August 22. The School’s Sixth Form results showed that a wide range of subjects (art, business studies, economics, English literature, French, history, mathematics) all achieved an 100 per cent A* - C pass rate this year. This is reinforced by 87.5 per cent of all students achieving 3 A – Levels (A* - E).
Students from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington, who picked up four A*s in their A-levels
Pictures from Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough, as students celebrate after picking up their A-level results. Pictures: Tom Yeoman
NEWCASTLE Sixth Form College is celebrating an exceptional year after 30 percent of its students received offers to attend leading Russell Group universities.
A record percentage of its students are going to the UK’s most prestigious universities after gaining excellent grades in both their A-Levels and International Baccalaureate programmes this week.
Students at Teesdale School Science College and Sixth Form Centre share their results and whether their hard work has paid off
DURHAM Johnston students are once again celebrating outstanding successes in today’s A-level and AS level results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at school.
Michael Wardle, headteacher, said, "We are absolutely thrilled with the success of our students. We are pleased to see so many of our students achieving their expected places at Oxbridge and a wide range of other universities. 15 students will be taking up their offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge or will begin a course in medicine. Students also secured top university places such as Durham, Manchester, Sheffield and Edinburgh, among others.
At A2 level 49% of grades awarded were either A* or A – an exceptional achievement. Nearly three quarters of grades awarded were A*, A or B. A staggering 22 per cent of students achieved three or more A* or A grades. This underlines the hard work and determination of our students, the commitment of their families, and the support of our staff.
The Johnston community is rightly proud of all of its sixth formers, with students from all backgrounds performing very well indeed. Durham Johnston seeks to ensure that all of our students have high aspirations, attain well and are able to compete with the very best. Once again, our students have risen to the challenges set before them, and we wish them all the best as they begin the next stage of their education, training or employment.”
Students at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, collect their A-level results.
EAST Durham College principal Suzanne Duncan and head of ED6 Jacky Owen were both delighted at the first set of A Level results by students from the College’s new sixth form.
East Durham Sixth Form, known as ED6, was set up two years ago by East Durham College to offer local students an alternative to having to travel out of the area to study A Levels; making this our first ever group of A level students and results.
And the college was delighted with the students’ performance who achieved a highly impressive 98 per cent pass rate, ahead of the national average.
Mrs Duncan said: “On behalf of myself and the board, I would like to congratulate all the students and I’m sure they will make a great success of themselves as they move on to the next exciting chapters in their lives.”
Many of the ED6 students are now off to their chosen university to study on a range of degrees including biology, engineering, psychology, business and finance, sociology, journalism and ICT.
Kieran Turnbull, 19, from Horden, won his place at Newcastle University to study business management.
Kieran who got A, B, C in sociology, business and psychology respectively was over the moon with his results and to get into his first choice university.
Kieran said: “I’m absolutely over the moon with my results and to get to Newcastle. It has a great reputation, especially the business school, and I can’t wait to start there.”
STUDENTS at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool are celebrating some excellent A level results.
Twins, Matthew and Collette Larkin, are sharing six grade As between them. Collette got three straight A grades while Matthew managed to achieve an A* in addition to his other two A grades.
Other high achievers included Bartek Wawrykow who got two A*s, one A and a C. Chris Terry also got two A*s and a grade A.
Laura Fisher was the top performing girl with one A* and two As, while Katie Cumming gained three grade As.
These impressive grades enable students to move on to some of the most competitive university courses. Louise Connor, for example, is off to study medicine at Newcastle University.
Headteacher, Michael Lee said, “Well done to all students who have worked hard for these results. The fact that 45 per cent of all grades are at A*, A or B is a testament to the efforts of our staff and students”.
Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College would like to congratulate all its students on their A-Level results, amongst which there were some excellent performances.
The Spennymoor Sixth Form College has once again exceeded many of its predictions, achieving some outstanding results at A*-A and A*-B.
Headteacher, Paul Gillis, said: “The hard work and dedication of the students has once again been rewarded with some fantastic results."
In particular, we would like to offer our congratulations to Megan Griffths who achieved 3 A*s at A2 and Bethany Littlefair who achieved 1050 points which is 370 points above National Average. At AS, Georgia Hirst, Lucy Vincent and Declan McKimm all achieved 4 As. Declan also achieved a B grade in Further mathematics to compliment his already outstanding academic performance.
#echoalevels Celebrating our best ever AS results; highest ever pass rate and best ever high grades! http://t.co/7fahXoj0U6— @StocktonSFC 14 August 2014
Polam Hall A-level students are celebrating after another successful year.
In all, 47.2 per cent of results at the Darlington school were graded A* to B, with 25 per cent of papers graded A* or A, while 28 per cent pupils achieved at least three A* to B grades each. The overall pass rate was 94.4 per cent.
Among the pupils celebrating was Polam Hall’s first head boy, Fred Bowron who achieved A*AB in English literature, history, and government and politics. He will now go on to read history at York University in September.
Outstanding results were just what the doctor ordered for head student, Aishu Avula and deputy head student Beth Robinson who are both going on to study medicine at Liverpool and Bristol Universities respectively.
A student worth a particular mention is Cathy So. A Chinese national, Cathy suffers from dyslexia and managed to attain AAA in her main subjects, ironically achieving a B in her additional subject Chinese.
Speaking about this year’s results, headmaster John Moreland said: “As ever the results are a fantastic testimony to all the hard work put in by the students and their teachers. They are all to be congratulated on their examination successes.”
Iain Veitch, headteacher at Park View School in Chester-le-Street, is delighted to report that A-level students have once more performed exceptionally well, achieving an average points score of 827, which is equivalent to AAA in grade terms.
Of particular note are the achievements of Ross Gillespie, who achieved 4 A* grades and will now study medicine at Leeds University; Stephen Kettley, who achieved 3 A* grades and will now study mathematics at Nottingham University; Callan Meynell, who achieved 2 A* and 2 A grades and will study ancient and modern history at Oxford University; Beth Elliott, Sophie Forster, Alex Mulroy, Lydia Pegman, Chris Peverley, Jordan Sutherland and Olivia Scott who all achieved A*/A grades in all of their subjects; Hannah Cassidy, Grace Cornell, Rebecca Gallagher, Kate Mawson, Beth Middleton, Natasha Phelps, Anna Rogers and Molly Walsham all achieved at least 2 Distinction* grades in Applied subjects.
Mr Veitch said, “Our heartfelt congratulations go to the students who worked so hard, the parents and carers who were so supportive and the staff who were so committed to ensuring that our wonderful students achieved their potential.”
STUDENTS at Durham Sixth Form Centre are celebrating success following the publication of excellent A-level results.
This includes a 100 per cent A-level pass rate, higher than previous national averages with around 1 in 5 students gaining 3 or more A*-B grades. Vocational results were also well above national figures with students gaining on average a Distinction grade.
Ellen Beveridge, Headteacher, said “Every year I continue to be inspired by the hard work and dedication of our students. I am pleased that this hard work has been rewarded with such fantastic academic success.”
Jake Mossom, a year 13 student who is going to study medicine at Imperial College London said, “I am really pleased with my results. I got A grades in A-level biology, chemistry and mathematics and an A* in the extended professional qualification.
SRC Bede Sixth Form students celebrating. Pictured (L-to-R) Rachel Highfield, Grace Stobbs, Holly Jenkins and Lewis Arnett
Celebrations are underway at SRC Bede Sixth Form today as the college achieved a 98.4 per cent A level pass rate.
Results saw the Billingham college achieve 100 per cent pass rates in 18 out of 25 subjects.
Pass rates at AS level reached 88.3 per cent while BTEC results were outstanding with 53 per cent of students reaching distinction and higher.
Rick Wells, director of SRC Bede Sixth Form, said: “I am extremely pleased with the very strong performance of our students again this year.”
@TheNorthernEcho Aishu, Beth and Fred celebrating their exam results #EchoALevels http://t.co/jlstvX92w0— @PolamHallSchool 14 August 2014
FOUR A*s: Ben Donaldson, Joseph Green, Helen Murray and Cameron Grove
A-level results at Darlington’s Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College are extremely high this year.
With more than 2,000 individual subject entries this summer, the pass rate of 99.3 per cent is impressive especially as half of the results are at the high grades of A*, A and B.
Furthermore, a total of 185 A* grades were awarded to 122 students, 4 students attained 4 A*s with a further 12 gaining 3A*s. The 4 students with 4 A*s are Ben Donaldson, Cameron Grove, Helen Murray and Joseph Green.
Ben and Cameron’s A*s are in chemistry, maths, further maths and physics and they will both continue their studies at Cambridge in the autumn, Ben reading Maths whilst Cameron’s degree will be in natural sciences. Helen attained her A*s in chemistry, economics, maths and PE and is going on to Durham to study medicine, whilst Joseph’s A*s in chemistry, maths, geology and extended project will take him to Leicester for a degree in geology.
Principal, Tim Fisher, said: “I am delighted with the success of all of our students and am confident that that they have bright futures ahead of them. Ben, Cameron, Helen and Joseph are amongst the highest achieving students in the country.”
Music technology success for Adam
Adam Gilburt is pursuing his dream career in the Music Industry thanks to a top-class result today.
The 18 year old from Billingham achieved a Distinction* in Music Technology, B in Computing and C in Politics at SRC Bede Sixth Form.
Adam’s dream is to work within the recording industry and this result means he is well on the way to achieving this. He has secured his first choice place at Leeds Metropolitan University where he will study BSc (Hons) Music Technology.
Adam described his time at SRC Bede Sixth Form as “great”. He continued: “I’m so pleased with my result.”
Tutor Patrick Jordan said: “I’m really happy with Adam’s result today. He has worked so hard all year and shows promise of becoming an excellent sound engineer or producer.”
Egglescliffe School sixth former Samantha Thomas, who passed three levels at A* to secure a place to study medicine Jesus College
Egglescliffe School Sixth Form achieved a 99 per cent pass rate A*-E.
More than 25 per cent of all grades are A*-A over 50 per cent of all grades are A*-B.
Significant individual achievements included: Alan Du four A* grades-studying computing at Imperial College London; Samantha Thomas three A* grades -studying medicine at Jesus College, Cambridge; Chung Poon three A* and one A grade - studying electrical and electronic engineering at Imperial College London; Harrison Kerr two A* and two A grades-studying economics at Durham and Ben Palmer One A* grade and three A grades-studying law at Leeds.
A-level students at Guisborough's Prior Pursglove College have picked up their results this morning after it achieved its best ever results. Principal Judy Burton is delighted with the students' performance with a pass rate of 99%.
Girls from Newcastle High School in Jesmond, Newcastle, celebrate their A-level results
Kate Nissan, 18, who got 2 A* and one A from Newcastle High School in Jesmond with friend Bethany Painter, 18, who got 2 A* and a B
Girls from Newcastle High School in Jesmond, Newcastle, celebrate their A-level results
A LEVEL students at Middlesbrough College celebrated a 100pc pass rate in 17 subjects including maths, further maths, English literature and English language.
Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive, said: “It’s an amazing achievement, made all the greater as three of the 17 subjects - French, geography and music - were only introduced at the college last year.
“We’re so very proud of all our staff and students, including our 16-18 year olds who have achieved an overall A Level pass rate of 98pc.
“We are also celebrating 480 students achieving high grades at BTEC, including 70 who have achieved triple distinction stars - the best grades possible.”
Straight A’s for Holly
“Thrilled is the only word to describe how I am feeling,” said Holly Jenkins after opening her A level results today.
The 17-year-old got an A* in biology, an A in Psychology, and an A in Chemistry at SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham.
The results have secured her place to study Psychology at Newcastle University.
“I don’t think I was expecting it,” said Holly. “I was really nervous last night and this morning, but it is a huge relief now.”
A career in genetics research is on the cards for Amy
Amy Mcmann is one step closer to achieving her dream career as a Biomedical Researcher thanks to her fantastic A level results this morning.
The SRC Bede Sixth Form student achieved A*, A* and B in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and has got into her first choice university, Newcastle, to study Biomedical Sciences.
Amy said: “I am feeling really happy this morning”
The 18 year old who studied at the sixth form in Billingham continued, “I’m particularly happy about my Maths result as I didn’t think I had done that well, I’m so relieved.”
Higher results than Matthew expected
Matthew Robinson is feeling happy this morning as he has received grades higher than he expected.
Achieving A*, A, B in Maths, Chemistry and Physics means that he has secured a place at Newcastle University to study BEng Chemical Engineering.
The 18 year old from Norton in Stockton on Tees studied at SRC Bede Sixth Form in Billingham.
He said: “I’m really happy with my results today as I didn’t expect to do this well. I am going to the university I wanted to go to and I am on the course I applied for. It’s a great feeling.”
Chemistry teacher, John Eastwood said: “Matthew is an outstanding student. He is thorough and an extremely intelligent student. His major strength is that he always ensures that he understands a topic before leaving the classroom and this has no doubt helped him achieve what he has done today. He deserves this.”
Matthew is one step closer to achieving his career goal of becoming a Chemical Engineer.
Describing his time at SRC Bede Sixth Form, he said “The lessons were always really enjoyable which helped a lot.”
Elspeth Frazer, 18, with 3 A's and Lucy Milner, 18, with 4 A's, who are both studying engineering, from Newcastle High School in Jesmond, Newcastle
Girls from Newcastle High School in Jesmond celebrate their A-level results
NUNTHORPE Academy is celebrating excellent A-Level results with a number of students achieving multiple A grades and its sixth form having a 100 percent pass rate.
Nunthorpe’s sixth form students did extremely well, achieving an A*- E pass rate of 100 percent, an A*- A pass rate of 23 percent and an A*- B pass rate of 51%.
The average point score per A-Level subject entry is a very strong 206 points, which is an improvement on last year.
Students’ performance at Level 3 BTEC was also exceptional, with a 100 percent pass rate and 73 percent of students achieving a distinction or distinction*
The following students: Joe Gallagher, Matthew Jeal, Peter Redshaw, Emily Robinson, Smarika Tuladhar, Michael Urwin, Oliver Wheeler and Aiden Woodward all achieved three or more A*-As.
#echoalevels we're really proud of our students - 100% A-level pass rate! Well done everyone http://t.co/wTduV2slFt— @NunthorpeA 14 August 2014
For those getting their results today. Yours truly failed all his A Levels, but retook, went to Uni and eventually gained an MA. Chin up.— @ancientblogger 14 August 2014
Molly Bean and Francesca Rombi look at their results
YARM School students are celebrating after 22.5 per cent of all entries received an A* grade.
Eight of the 109 Upper Sixth students will be attending Oxford and Cambridge universities. Students have also been accepted to study at other leading universities, including the London School of Economics, Durham and Edinburgh.
Students Rachel Brennan, Robin Croft, Thomas Dorrington, Christopher Masterman and Matthew Wales will all be attending Cambridge, while Hannah McCullagh, Dominic Abbott and Sagar Vaze have been accepted to study at Oxford.
Twins Andrew and Rachel Brennan are celebrating after being accepted to study at top universities. Andrew Brennan achieved one A* and two A grades to gain entry into Durham to study biological sciences. Rachel Brennan will be going to Cambridge to study history after achieving two A* and three A grades.
Molly Bean was accepted onto the highly competitive veterinary medicine course at Edinburgh.
Two pupils, Matthew Measor and Jacob Hodgson-Stokes will be studying mathematics and economics, and politics and philosophy respectively at the London School of Economics.
England rugby international Dylan Hartley with a message for those who haven't done so well today:
RT @DylanHartley: A Levels results today, GOOD LUCK! For those who worry, DON'T!! I didn't get mine and I turned out just fine 😂 http://t.…— @willpowelll 14 August 2014
Darlington Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College principal, Tim Fisher, said about this year's results:
"In the great tradition of QE success, our students have excelled this year. The 99.3% pass rate is even more impressive in the context of over 2000 A Level subject entries from the College this summer. In addition, half of the results are at the highest grades of A*, A and B. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard to achieve this and another generation of QE students can now confidently progress to an even brighter future."
STAFF and students at Prior Pursglove College are celebrating the best results ever achieved in the Guisborough college’s 450-year history.
Of the college’s 1,145 A-level entries more than half achieved grades of A* to B, while 22 students achieved straight As and A*s in their chosen subjects, and the college’s total overall A-level pass rate rose from 97% to 99%.
Following outstanding results the following Prior students will be studying at Oxbridge universities next year: Lucy Allison will study biomedical sciences at Oxford; Andrew Tweddle will study mathematics at Oxford and Thomas Preston will study medicine at Cambridge.
Results for Stockton Sixth Form College were:
98 per cent A-level pass rate
99 per cent BTEC Level 3 pass rate
Best ever number of A* grades at A-level
Best ever AS-level pass rate
Best ever high grades (A*-B) at AS-level
Joanna Bailey, principal, said: “We have had a bumper year of success this year,
#echoalevels our students are starting to open their A-level results! Lots of happy students! http://t.co/sAgqoprJ2m— @NunthorpeA 14 August 2014
Year 13 success: (L-to-R) Toby Chapman (AAA), James Grant (A*A*AA) and Alex Russell (AAA)
At Conyers School, in Yarm, 10 students (more than 10 per cent of those sitting A-levels this summer) achieved three or more A grades at A level.
In Year 13 every student sitting A-levels gained two or more As, and almost all achieved three. The A-B pass-rate continues to rise and stood at 53 per cent this year. The success continues at AS level, with 8 students achieving 8 or more ‘A’ grades.
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, is celebrating a 99.5 per cent pass rate at A level.
Principal, Tim Fisher, said:
‘In the great tradition of QE success, our students have excelled this year. The 99.5% pass rate is even more impressive in the context of over 2000 A Level subject entries from the College this summer. In addition, half of the results are at the highest grades of A*, A and B.”
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