A Level Students Shine

Issue 539



Pupils at Heckmondwike Grammar School bucked the national trend by again achieving record ALevel results.



The school’s biggest ever upper sixth year group of 272 pupils secured 355 A and A* grades between them.



More than half achieved at least one, against a national picture where the top two grades awarded fell for the first time in two decades.



Notable successes include James Heseltine, who got five A*s, an A at ASLevel, an A for an extended and a distinction grade Baccalaureate.



James, one of seven with Oxbridge offers, is set to read natural sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge.



Dewsbury’s St John Fisher Catholic High School also beat the trend with results described as “the best in memory”. An overall pass rate of 99% saw most pupils either achieve or exceed their predicted grates. Thomas Allan, now off to study medicine at Manchester University, got two A*s and two As at ALevel.



Headteacher Kevin Higgins said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that the hard work and dedication of the students has paid off.   



“I’m particularly pleased that most students gained entry to their first choice university.  It’s is fantastic to see so many happy faces.”



Many pupils were logging on the university admissions website from 8am yesterday (Thursday) to confirm their degree course offers.



Those going to university this time will be the first to pay the increased tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year. 



Batley Grammar did well in its first year back in the state sector as a Governmentfunded free school.    



The overall pass rate at A and AS Level was 97%, the best for some time despite having an upper sixth this year of just 22 pupils.   



Headteacher Brigid Tullie said: “We are extremely delighted with the achievements of these students.



“The range of ability was extremely diverse, with students taking anything from one to five A levels.



“Such academic success has also been matched by equally outstanding performances out of the classroom. 



“They've done everything from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to community work, volunteering and fundraising projects.”



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