A-level students awarded more top marks

A-levels Ashville College

3:37pm 17th August 2017

A-level students across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are celebrating after getting a record number of top grades.

More than half of students have scored an A or A* in their results, following reforms to the system.

In Harrogate, Rossett School's pass rate was over 99%, with more than 25% of students awarded grades A* or A, and over three quarters of all grades awarded being A* to C.

Headteacher Helen Woodcock said: "It has been another fantastic day here at Rossett, with lots of celebrations and well-deserved results.

"All of our students have all worked exceptionally hard to earn their grades and put themselves on the right track for the next stage of their lives. They have been a wonderful year group to have in school and we look forward to hearing about their achievements in future."

Many of Rossett's students are going to university to study Sciences, Law and Languages, with three of them taking up places at Oxford or Cambridge this September.

A-levels Rossett School - Kate Lewis, Rob Torrance and Katie Lofthouse

Rossett School students Kate Lewis (A* A* A*), Rob Torrance (A* A* A) and Katie Lofthouse (A* A* A) all achieved the grades they needed to meet their Oxbridge offers

Phil Kilford, Chair of Governors at Rossett School, said: "Our heartfelt congratulations go to all the students for their achievements, along with our best wishes for the future.

"Today's results are a reflection of the hard work they have all put in to achieve their potential, as well as the outstanding support from teachers and other staff at Rossett.

"Our philosophy of 'Success for All' has once again proved to be a winning formula and set these students on the path to rewarding careers."

Students from St Aidan's and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form are also reaping the rewards of their hard work.

More than 350 students are planning to enter higher education this year, including several who have secured places at Oxford or Cambridge.

Two students will be heading to the United States for their studies.

Rob Pritchard, Head of St John Fisher, said: "It is really gratifying that the work students put into their applications, with the support of the careers advisors and senior tutors in the Association, has spurred them on to such great results and impressive opportunities going forward."

A-levels St Aidan's - Richard Anslow

Richard Anslow picked up four A* grades in Harrogate

At Ashville College, students are celebrating a 100% pass rate and 61% of all grades being A* to B.

Headmaster Mark Lauder said: "Following the significant changes to the A-level system, we are delighted that Ashville students have continued to achieve at the highest level and to achieve a 100% pass rate at a time of exam upheaval is particularly pleasing.

"These results reinforce our position as a school that is committed to excellence in academic performance, and impressive individual results demonstrate the hard work and dedication put in by our students over the past two years.

"With these results, our students are able to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead of them, and I wish each of them all the best with their future endeavours.

"My congratulations go to all students - well done!"

Among those celebrating at Harrogate Ladies' College is Nicole Brocksom, who has secured a place at Cambridge to study Law with a clean sweep of A* and A grades.

Nicole, who is the Head of Chapel Choir at the school, has also been awarded a prestigious choral scholarship from Girton College Cambridge.

She said: "I'm so happy that I'm going to Cambridge, it's always been my dream and the choral scholarship is the icing on the cake!

"The teachers at Harrogate Ladies' College have been brilliant, they've helped me believe that I could do it and they've supported me all of the way."

A-levels Harrogate Ladies' College

Harrogate Ladies' College Principal Sylvia Brett celebrating with students

In Otley, there were plenty of smiles at Prince Henry's Grammar School, which achieved another impressive pass rate.

Principal Janet Sheriff said: "It is looking a really positive year for our students, particularly given the fact that the standard has been raised in so many of the A-levels this year. We were really quite nervous about it, but we're feeling really pleased.

"The teachers have worked really, really hard to prepare our students and ensure that they get the grades that they deserve, and they absolutely need a proper 'thank you' for all of the extra hard work that they put in here at Prince Henry's."

A-levels Prince Henry's Grammar School

Students celebrating at Prince Henry's Grammar School

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