PHOTO GALLERY: A-Level results round-up: find out how Peterborough’s schools have fared

Mutazz Hassenbek, Francesca Saberton, Charlotte Hayes and Kathryn Smyth at The Peterborough School show off their A-Level results
Mutazz Hassenbek, Francesca Saberton, Charlotte Hayes and Kathryn Smyth at The Peterborough School show off their A-Level results

A-Level results are out and Nene Park Academy are celebrating an early success with their first ever Oxbridge student.

Connor Hughes achieved a hugely impressive four A* grades in maths, further maths, biology and chemistry, and an A grade in physics. He will now go on to study economics and management at Oxford University.

Students at the academy achieved eight per cent higher than their national predictions at both grades A* to B and A* to A.

Further successes at Nene Park included Mitchell Pears who achieved three A grades in maths, chemistry and business studies and has been accepted at the top London firm Ernst and Young to start an apprenticeship for a career in accountancy.

Agata Stryzenyte, who joined Nene Park in Year 11, achieved an A* in Polish, A in Russian, B in business studies and a C in maths. She will be moving on to study accountancy and finance at University in Kent.

Kyle Seaton achieved grades A, B and C in biology, chemistry and art and is going on to study veterinary nursing at Bristol University.

Principal Steve Howard was delighted for his students, saying: “Students and staff have worked very hard and I am thrilled with the students’ successes.

“We are all pleased with the overall set of results achieved by this year’s students, but we are particularly proud to have our first student going to Oxford University and that our students are now well prepared to progress to their chosen route to higher education or career.

“We had more representatives from the UK’s top universities visiting us this year to talk to the students about further education. However, as the success of Mitchell Pears demonstrates, university is not the only option for our students, as a direct route to a career, such as an apprenticeship can be just as rewarding.”

King’s School enjoyed its highest ever peerformance on average point score among its 180 pupils.

The headteacher at the school, Darren Ayling, said that he was absolutely thrilled with the success of his students this year.

He said: “Thirty two students in the year group recorded straight A* and A grades, but the real success story has been across the entire ability range and is a result of the hard work, support, and close collaboration between staff, parents and students at The King’s School. Well done to one and all!”

Ormiston Bushfield Academy’s sixth form students are celebrating their A-Level results with a pass rate of 94 per cent and 57 per cent of students gaining A* to C grades.

The academy’s specialist subjects saw 80 percent of performing arts students receiving A* to C grades, and 75 per cent of students achieving the same grades in maths.

Students studying economics also performed well, with 60 per cent receiving A* to C grades, and 60 per cent of geography students also achieved grades between A* to C.

Dennis Kirwan, principal, said: “Once again we are celebrating the fantastic achievements of our students. All our students work exceptionally hard, and these results are a great reward for their efforts.

“Our top students can now look forward to studying at some of the best universities in the UK, including Russell Group universities.”

Performance in academic qualifications at Stanground Academy saw a 100 per cent pass rate with 78 per cent of students achieving a C grade or above in their A-Levels.

This year, the percentage of students achieving two or more vocational equivalents of A-levels has risen six percentage points to 77 per cent which is well above the national Post-16 results for 2014

Also, the percentage of students achieving three or more vocational equivalents of A-Levels has risen 10 percentage points and now stands at 42 per cent.

There has been a marked improvement in the number of students achieving higher grades across both academic and vocational courses with 54 per cent of students having at least one A* or A grade or Distinction* or Distinction in their qualification profile. Notable successes included Omie Dale, head student, who achieved two A* grades, two A grades and a B grade.

Danielle Kean achieved three A* grades and an A grade.

Christian Russo, deputy head student, achieved an A* grade, two A grades and a B grade.

Paris Butt achieved an A* grade, an A grade, a B grade and a D grade.

Hannah Steele achieved two A grades and a B grade.

Jack Whaley achieved two A grades, a B grade and a C grade.

Ged Rae, principal, said: “These excellent results demonstrate the talent, hard work and commitment of our students and staff.

“I am delighted with these fantastic outcomes and wish our students well in their future endeavours.”

At Arthur Mellows Village College students achieved a pass rate of 100 per cent for A*-E grades.

In addition, 51.3 per cent achieved A*-B grades, and 83.6 per cent achieved A*-C grades.

Notable achievements included Amber Vella, Connor Vintiner and Beth Masters who achieved A grades in all their subjects and Robyn Joyce who achieved two A grades and a B.

The Peterborough School has now achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for seven of the last eight years.

The number of top grades rose by five per cent from last year, with 28 per cent being at A* or A.

In addition, the A*-C percentage of 82 per cent is up 10 per cent on last year.

Three students - Niamh Khosla, Abigail Slater and Charlotte Hayes - gained places to study medicine at Nottingham and Sheffield.

Rachel Senior gained straight As and will be reading English at St Andrews.

Rachel’s A-Level grades were further enhanced by an A* in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Headmaster Adrian Meadows said: “Top grades in the academically rigorous subjects which students here study are very difficult to achieve and I am so pleased that the students’ hard work has been rewarded.

“To achieve a 100 per cent pass rate over so many years is outstanding and I offer huge congratulations to them all.”

The Voyager Academy saw 71 per cent of their results return with A*-C grades – their highest-ever results.

The overall A*-E pass rate was 98 per cent.

There were notable achievements for Courteney Campbell who scooped the highest grade in Performing Arts, as well as an A and B in media and English Language.

Another high performer was Georgia Heard, who achieved three As and two Bs in history, art, media, photography and an Extended Project.

Mykolas Grublys, who arrived at Voyager mid-way through Year 10, achieved the highest grade in IT, alongside A grades in AS maths and further maths.

Many of the academy’s students have gained places at universities this year, including Olga Kazanova who has gained a place to read International Business with Language at the University of Birmingham, and Paulina Gluch who will study Law with a Modern Language at the University of Leicester.

Daniel Taylor, director of sixth form, said: “We are delighted that our students continue to achieve consistently high A Level results and we have a huge sense of pride for them all.

“An A*-C pass rate of 71 per cent is a fantastic achievement.

“Our sixth form has been through a period of growth and to continue to improve standards in that time is excellent. Next year we will be welcoming even more students to our popular sixth form and we look set to continue these levels of success.”

Executive Principal Stephen Munday added: “These results are a testament to our students’ hard work and diligence. I’m also immensely proud of our teaching staff who have demonstrated real dedication and commitment to their students.

“We have been working hard to improve outcomes for our students across the school and are pleased to see our sixth form students rewarded with some of our highest-ever results.”

Ken Stimpson Community School students received A*-C grades in 70.2 per cent of exams, A*-B in 37.4 per cent and an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.

High achieving students included Sibqa Shabir with three A* grades and one C grade.

Mohammed Abbas Dhanji achieved one A* grade, two A grades and one-and-a-half B grades.

Vytas Voinovas achieved one A* grade, two A grades and one C grade.

James Stiehl achieved one A* grade, one-and-a-half A grades and one C grade.

Nafisah Hussain achieved one A* grade, one A grade, half a B grade and one C grade.

Benjamin Hale achieved one A* grade, two A grades and two B grades.

Richard Lord, principal, said: “Everyone of these results reflects the hard work and talent of the students and staff at Ken Stimpson Community School.

“In addition, the very supportive roles of the students’ parents should be recognised.

“I would like to congratulate everybody involved on their achievements and efforts. These results mean that the vast majority of students will be able to progress on to some excellent universities.”

For the second year in a row, 100 per cent of Year 13 students at Hampton College achieved the equivalent of two or more A-Levels.

The overall A-E pass rate was 98 per cent and new school records were set for the achievement of higher grades: 37 per cent of all passes were graded A*-B and 72 per cent were awarded A*-C.

Headteacher Helen Price said: “We are delighted to be posting our highest ever A*-B and A*-C pass rates at A-Level and are celebrating another year when every student in Year 13 achieved the equivalent of two or more A levels.

“Vocational pathways were also very successful at Hampton, with our range of BTEC courses maintaining their 100 per cent pass rates.

“It is always a privilege to see students pick up their hard earned results and then progress to the next stage of their lives, be that university, college, an apprenticeship or starting in the work place.”

Antony Coombe achieved three A*s and takes up his place at Loughborough University to study Sport Science.

Students achieving at least two A*s or A grades include: Tabitha Lillywhite, Lara Merry, George Dove and Nathan Tran.

Other top university destinations for Hampton students this year include the universities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds.

Of the students completing BTEC courses, Taniyah Mahmood scored three Distinction* grades and the following achieved two Distinction* or Distinction grades each: Courtney Goldsmith, Maria Morley, Jason Foster, Nathan Long and Jordan Dixon-Walker.

Staff at Jack Hunt School said they were delighted with the A Level results this year.

Overall pupils at the school achieved a 98 per cent A*-E pass rate, 43 per cent of the students have achieved A*- B grades and 65 per cent have

achieved A*-C grades. Among the top performing students are Megan Reddy with 2 A* and 2 A grades who is taking advantage of the school’s China programme and is spending the next year studying at Nanjing University; Rachel Jeffries-Harris with 2 A*s, 1 A and 1 B grade; Sanam Shahid with 1 A* and 2 A grades; Aisha Saddiqa with 1 A* and 2 A grades; Emma Cawston with 2 A*s and 2 Bs; and Shama Hanif with 2 Distinctions.

Pamela Kilbey, Headteacher, said: “We are very proud of the dedication and hard work of our students and thrilled by their results, especially at a time of increasing examination rigour. We wish them very best of luck for their future and want to thank them for the positive contribution they have made to the school and the local community.”

Staff at John Fisher Academy were thrilled with their results.The school had a pass rate of 97 per cent.

Deputy headteacher Tom Reilly said: “We are delighted with our excellent A level results and thrilled that every student has gained a University place or Apprenticeship. The vast majority of Students exceeded their target grade , which resulted in an significant number of them achieving the higher grades at A level. Congratulations to the all the Students on their tremendous success and thank you to their teachers and parents for all their support throughout the Sixth Form.”

And there was improvement at Thomas Deacon Academy, with a 99 per cent pass rate, and 37 per cent of results being A* to B.

Principal Julie Taylor congratulated the pupils and staff and said: “Everyone has worked exceptionally hard. We wanted to raise standards here, and this is a reward for that work.”