Success for hundreds of A-level students in Peterborough

Students atThe Peterborough School happy with their A-level results.
Students atThe Peterborough School happy with their A-level results.
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Teenagers across Peterborough are celebrating top A-level scores as results are released today (Thursday).

Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Orton Gate, Peterborough again achieved their best ever A-level results, with a pass rate of 94 per cent, with 41 per cent of grades achieved being A* to B grades.

The academy’s specialist subjects have seen particularly high results with performing arts receiving 88 per cent A* to B grades, and maths receiving 83 per cent A* to B grades.

French also did exceptionally well, receiving 100 per cent A* to B grades.

Dennis Kirwan, Operational Principal of the academy from September congratulated students for their efforts, and said: “We are absolutely delighted with our students’ achievements this year. It is a testament to their character and willingness to learn, and to the quality of our teaching staff here. I am very proud of their success.”

Among the top performing students was Owen Spencer, who achieved four A grades in biology, physics, chemistry and maths, as well as an A at AS-level in further maths. Owen has secured a place at the prestigious Warwick University to study electronic engineering.

The academy has also continued success in students securing employment straight out of school. Holly Carter, who achieved two As, a B and a C, has already starting working at one of the world’s leading media agencies, MediaCom, in London, while Sam McColl and Beth Rawlinson will both take up positions with local employer BGL.

There were record breaking pass levels at Voyager Academy and at Nene Park Academy, with 99 per cent of students passing the exams.

Voyager Academy, in Walton, Peterborough, saw 65 per cent of their results return with A*-C grades.

The overall pass rate of 99 per cent is the highest for The Voyager Academy since it began working with the Comberton Academy Trust in 2011. Last year, the national average pass rate for A-Levels stood at 98.1 per cent.

Daniel Taylor, Director of Sixth Form at The Voyager Academy said, “We have consistently achieved over 97 per cent pass rates for our A-levels but this is the first time it has reached 99 per cent. To also have 65 per cent of grades at A* to C reinforces this year’s success.

“We are delighted students have achieved well across a range of subjects and have been able to obtain places at a broadening range of universities, reading an increasing variety of degree courses.

“The results reaffirm the findings from the most recent Ofsted report that the Sixth Form at The Voyager Academy is good with students making good progress.

There were particularly notable achievements for Selvi Vickramathithan in receiving an A, 2 Bs, and an A grade Extended Project Qualification, and now hopes to go to study biomedical science at the University of Warwick; and Mantas Beivydas with 2 As and 2 Bs and is going on to read finance and accounting at City University London.

At Nene Park Academy forty per cent of the results were the highest A* or A grades placing them significantly above last year’s national average (26.1 per cent).

Principal Steve Howard was delighted for his students. He said: “Our students have surpassed our expectations and achieved the best results we have ever seen.

“We are delighted to see more and more of our students achieving the highest results, and being accepted into a university of their choice. It demonstrates that we are providing them with a great foundation to build their careers.

“We are all very proud of the students’ achievements and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”

There were particularly notable achievements for Paulina Bodzac in achieving an A*, 2 As, a Dist* and B grades and is going onto study accountancy at Durham University and Dylan Allport in achieving an A*, a Dist*, an A and a B grades and is going on to study maths at the University of Birmingham.

At St John Fisher Catholic High School there was another increase in good grades, with 97 per cent of pupils getting pass results.

In five subjects at the school RE, art, classics, ICT and music – every student achieved a grade C or above; in ICT and music every student achieved a grade B or above.

Headteacher Sean Hayes said: “We are delighted with these excellent results, which reflect the hard work of the students and their teachers. “This was a smaller group of students than usual for us and we worked hard to ensure that they achieved the grades they deserved. My congratulations to them all and best wishes for whatever they have chosen to do next.”

Hampton College also celebrated its best ever set of A-level results.

Pupils at the college achieved an overall 99 per cent A-E pass rate, with a third of all passes graded A*- B and 65% graded A*-C. 100 per cent of students achieved the equivalent of two or more A levels. Year 13 BTEC students were also incredibly successful, with all passing their courses and 77 per cent achieving the top distinction and distinction* grades.

Headteacher, Helen Price, said: “We are delighted to report our best ever A level results. Our Year 13 students have been a pleasure to teach and work with and we are thrilled to see them achieving the outstanding results they deserve and progressing to the next stage of their education or to the workplace. I would also like to thank the Hampton College staff, who have worked so hard to support this success.”

Students who have performed particularly well at Hampton include: Lucy Yong (A*A*A), Amy Reid (A*A*A), Nicholas Lau (A*AA), Niamh Kingsley (A*AA) and Steve Po (AAAA). Nicholas will be the first student from Hampton College to gain a place at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE).

Other destinations for Hampton College students this year include: Kings College London and the Universities of Leeds and York.

At Stanground Academy 96 per cent of pupils achieved two or more A-level passes, while 87 per cent achieved three more passes. There was an overall pass rate of 99.4 per cent

The school saw 23 per cent of grades at A* and A, and 45 per cent of scores at B or above.

Ged Rae, Principal, said: “We are delighted with this excellent set of results which rewards the hard work and commitment of our ambitious students and staff. The Academy continues to make rapid progress and these results demonstrate significant year on year improvements in both academic and vocational performance.

“In the coming year we are determined to further improve our outcomes as we strive to become the outstanding Academy our community deserves. I would like to congratulate our students on their successes, thank them for their contribution to Stanground Academy and wish them well in their future careers.”

Many students achieved top scores, with Nikki Francis achieving an A* in physics and A grades in biology, chemistry, mathematics and further mathematics. She is going to study medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Aileen Crosbie who has achieved an A* in general studies, A grades in history, philosophy and a B in geography.

Jacob Tompsett who has scored A grades in further mathematics and general studies and B grades in biology mathematics and physics.

Harriett Smith who has achieved A grades in history and psychology and B grades in biology and general studies. Whilst studying she has also raised a significant sum of money for charity by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and was nominated for ‘Cambridgeshire Young Person of the Year’.

Emily Mescall who has achieved A grades in philosophy and the extended project and B grades in English and performing arts and Chloe Pavey who has achieved A grades in philosophy and PE, a B in history and a C in general studies.

The Peterborough School posted a 98 per cent overall pass rate, with almost three quarters of all grades being at A*-C.

Headmaster, Adrian Meadows, was delighted with the students’ performance, and he said: “Things have changed this year with the removal of re-sit opportunities in January and we have also noticed an increase in the demand at A-level in the traditional academic subjects which are studied by our students, for example English, mathematics and the sciences. We welcome the moves to restore confidence in the value of A-levels and I am extremely pleased that the hard work our students put in has been reflected and rewarded.”

There were plenty of smiling faces at Thomas Deacon Academy, with an overall pass rate of 97 per cent - with 35 per cent of grades between A* and B. There was also an increase in pass grades at AS-level.

Principal Julie Taylor said: “We have had a lot of very happy students this morning, with a majority of pupils getting into either their first choice or insurance choice university.”

Students at Ken Stimpson Community School in Werrington, Peterborough achieved a pass rate of 96 per cent, with 37 per cent of grades achieved being A* to B grades and 61 per cent A* to C grades.

Among the highest performing students were Maija Stempkovska - 2A* grades, 2 A’s and 1 C grade, Carl Salmon - 1 A* grade, 1 A and 1 B grade, Holly Smith - 1 A* and 2 A grades and Monika Liberadzka – 2 A grades and 1 C grade.

Principal Richard Lord said: “As ever, it is very heart-warming to see delight on the faces of students who have worked tirelessly and overcome challenges throughout their courses. These results confirm what we have known for many years – Post 16 provision is one of the true strengths of our school.

“I would like to place on record my personal thanks to Carolyn Bill, our Post 16 Manager, who leaves Ken Stimpson this month after 17 years of valued service. These results are a testament to her hard work and efforts.”

At The Kings School there was a 99 per cent overall pass rate, with a record 43.8 per cent of all grades being A* or A. And two thirds A-level grades were at B or higher at the school.

There will be 11 students from Kings School going to either Oxford or Cambridge University.

There was a 96 per cent overall pass rate at Jack Hunt School, with 42 per cent of students achieving A*- B grades, and 67 per cent achieving A*- C grades. The number of students achieving A* grade rose to nine per cent. Among the top performing students were Lydia Jack with two A*s in history and psychology and one A grade in religious studies; Sam Taylor with three A*s in physics, mathematics and economics and one B in physics; Zeb Ali Khan with one A* in mathematics, and two As in physics and chemistry; Matt Hart with one A*, one A and one B; and Marshall Wang with one A* in mathematics, two As biology and chemistry and one B in physics.

Pamela Kilbey, headteacher, said “We are very proud of the hard work and achievement of our students and the support they have received from staff here. We wish all our students the very best of luck for their future and thank them for the positive contribution they have made to the school and the community.”

There were record breaking results at Arthur Mellows Village College, with a 99.5 per cent pass score. A total of 54 per cent of students achieved A* to B grades, and 83 per cent achieved A* to C grades.

There were several notable individual achievements, including Chris Formby who gained three A* grades, Matthew Hawkins, Hebe Walton and Joe Roberts who achieved two A* and an A grade and more than ten other students who achieved three A* or A grades.

Head Mike Sandeman said: “These excellent results demonstrate real commitment and character from the students and are a tribute to the college staff who have steered our students to such resounding success. The high standard of grades achieved means that our students have once again been successful in gaining university places.”

There was a 100 per cent pass rate at Wisbech Grammar School with 13 per cent of the grades being at A* and 39 per cent at A* and A. Over two thirds of the passes were at the top three grades – A*, A and B.

Headteacher Chris Staley said: “I am very, very pleased with the 100 per cent pass rate and the majority of students have got their first or second-choice universities.”

Oundle School pupils have produced another record-breaking performance in their Sixth Form exams, achieving 25 per cent of the results at A* grade.

Pupils have achieved 59.4 per cent of grades at either A* or A.

80 pupils were awarded three A grades or better and 35 pupils achieved four A grades or better. both of these figures represent improvement from 2013.

Twelve pupils scored at least four A* grades and Ellie Cook, Chris Gilmartin, Viren Pandya, Rosie Vince, Abby Wong and Brian Wong each scored five A* grades. There will be 13 students going to either Oxford or Cambridge University.

Headteacher Charles Bush said: “The results represent tremendous efforts by both pupils and teachers. We are grateful for the academic leadership shown by this group of pupils during their time at the school and are proud of all their achievements. They deserve real congratulations on their success and have set up some wonderful opportunities for their futures.”

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Help and advice

Students from across the city who need help and advice for their options can go to the Youth Access Hub at City College Peterborough on Brook Street in the city centre.

The hub is open Monday to Friday throughout August from 9am to 4pm and will be staffed by careers advisers from the city council and the college. Young people can drop in or call 01733 293897.

Advice is available on searching for jobs, interview techniques and City College Peterborough courses.

University Centre Peterborough will also be open longer this week for the clearing process. Students can visit the centre in Park Crescent, or call 0845 196 5776 or 01223 69 5776. The campus and phone lines will be open from 8am until 8pm today, tomorrow and Monday, and 9am until 4pm on Saturday.

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