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North Yorkshire Students Collect A-Level Results


12:33pm 15th August 2013
(Updated 5:22pm 15th August 2013)

North Yorkshire’s A level students have achieved high levels of success in their results this year, maintaining the very high standards of previous years across the county.

Early figures show schools recording outstanding A-level scores.  Results in so far reveal improvements for schools across the county and an improvement in the average point score per entry for the third successive year.

North Yorkshire has consistently been in the top ten per cent of authorities nationally for A-level success in past years and early indications suggest we have maintained that performance.

While the full county-wide picture will not be known immediately, it is clear already that North Yorkshire has a good deal to celebrate with many students gaining places at their first choice university.

Minster FM has been down at York College today - here's our video report:

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said: “There is a great deal in these achievements to be proud of and once again we are looking at the highest standards across the board with another outstanding set of results.  This is a tribute to the application and hard work of students and to the dedication of school staff and the quality of teaching in North Yorkshire.  Staff members give their all to ensure our young people have the very best start for the next phase of their lives.

“These very high standards mean that the nation’s most prestigious universities are open to the county’s students across a wide range of subjects.  They also provide increased opportunities for those young people entering vocational courses, training and employment.  We congratulate them and wish them all well in their future lives.”

For the small number of students who have missed the mark, the county’s schools have put in place robust systems of support to help such students gain alternative places through the university clearing system, or to help them look for alternative paths into work or training.

Children’s Services leaders in the City of York today also congratulated learners and schools across the city on achieving another excellent set of results in this year’s A Level examinations.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People said: "I would like to congratulate all the students on their A Level results. Their grades are testament not only to the hard work and dedication of the young people themselves, but also their teachers, parents and carers.

“A Levels mark a real transition for many students with the start of new adventures, whether they be university, the work place, or further training. I would like to wish them every success in the next phase of their lives."

York College

York College’s A Level Faculty is proud to announce an A Level pass rate of 99.4% and a fantastic 20% increase in A* grades.  This means York College’s A Level results remain significantly above the national average for the nineteenth consecutive year. 

An impressive 39 students gained at least three A* or A grades and nearly half of the total A Level entries recorded the very top grades of either A* A or B. The College is also delighted to report a 100% pass rate in 35 A Level subjects.

There were 1405 A Level exam entries in total this summer at York College and several students have successfully secured places at Oxford and Cambridge universities including:

  • Dan Kozelko (formerly of Barlby High School) will study Law at Downing College, Cambridge
  • Josh Meikle (formerly of Manor CE School) will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford
  • Peter Bock (formerly of Huntington School) will study Human, Social and Political Sciences at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
  • Emily Freeman (formerly of St Peter’s School) will study Fine Art at Ruskin and Balliol College, Oxford

Four students achieved 3 A* grades and share the accolade of being the top performing students at York College

  • Daniel Kozelko,formerly of Barlby High School; English Literature (A*) History (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A), Extended Project Qualification (A*).  He will study Law at Downing College, Cambridge
  • Josh Meikle, formerly of Manor CE School; Maths (A*), Government and Politics (A*), Further Maths (A*) Economics (A), Extended Project Qualification (A*).  He will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford
  • Elliott Reid (formerly of Manor C of E School); Physics (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Extended Project Qualification (A*). He will study Natural Sciences at the University of Durham
  • Alexander Cargill, formerly of Our Lady & St John Catholic Arts College; Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A*), Chemistry (A) and Extended Project Qualification (A). He will study Mathematical Physics at Imperial College London

Other top performing students include Oscar Powell (formerly of All Saints RC School)who achieved 2 A*s and 3 A grades, and Jade Cuttle (formerly of Barlby High School) who achieved 1 A*, 2 As, 1B grade and an A* grade in the Extended Project Qualification.

Many more high flying York College students will progress to some of the UK’s top universities to study prestigious subjects, including:

Bethany Gibson (AAAA), formerly of Sherburn High School, destination University of York to study English Language and Linguistics.

Tom Whaley (A*A*A plus A for AS Level Further Maths Additional and A* in the Extended Project Qualification), formerly of Barlby High School, destination Edinburgh University to study Mathematics.

Katy Sharp (AAA and A* Extended Project), formerly of York High School, destination University of Sheffield to study Medicine.

Shaun Stevenson (A*A*A), formerly of Market Weighton School, destination Aston University Birmingham to study Optometry.

The College is also delighted to report that its vocational results have already exceeded those of previous years, and with results still coming in our students have so far achieved an outstanding 279 Triple Distinctions, of which 140 are Triple Distinction* grades (equivalent to 3 A*s at A Level).

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: “I am overjoyed that once again our students have excelled and that for the nineteenth year York College’s A Level results are well above the national average.  The exceptional number of high grades and the success of all our students are testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of everyone at York College. These outstanding results will give them a real advantage when they move on to higher education and employment and I would like to wish them all every success in their future careers, they really deserve it.”

For those looking to progress to studying a Higher Education qualification,

York College offers a range of full and part-time degrees at a lower cost than going to other higher education establishments.  Places are still available to those wishing to start in September this year.  Bob Saynor, Assistant Principal for Higher Education at York College, says: “Students could save a significant amount of money if they choose to study a degree course with us. Having the opportunity to live locally and study a degree course validated by some of the country’s top universities, could prove to be the best option for many students, particularly in the current climate.”

Anyone interested in finding out about Higher Education courses at York College should contact York College on 01904 770397.

Selby College

Selby College is delighted to announce its students have achieved a huge 100% pass rate in 22 subjects this year – that’s a first in the college’s history.

We're expecting more detail later today.

All Saints Roman Catholic School, York

All Saints RC School sixth form students are euphoric after collectively attaining the school’s best ever A level results. Their 69% A*-B and 90% A*- C pass rate positions the school as one of the highest achieving Sixth Forms in York and should see them again placed in the top 10% of schools nationally, which Head Teacher Bill Scriven attributes to exceptional planning and hard work by staff and students.

The students are now set to take up a variety of courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Law and History at Universities across the country and abroad, including Oxbridge and the Russell Group Universities. All Oxbridge applicants secured their places whilst the overall A* - C pass rate, at 90%, reflected the tremendous achievements of all students.

 “Our ethos is that everyone can achieve their academic potential with a blend of personal determination and outstanding teaching,” says Mr Scriven. “These A level results prove that challenge, quality relationships between students and teaching staff, and relentless faith in potential really does pay off! We are absolutely thrilled for all our students, who will be fully prepared to embark confidently on new adventures in September.”

Residents of the City of York may have noticed All Saints’ celebrations at around 11am, after the release of 150 bright yellow and blue balloons stating students’ onward destinations, and the adornment of a large vinyl banner on the Upper School’s Mill Mount entrance railings.

Vic Klays, Deputy Head, added: "Not only have these students been an incredibly talented year group, they are a delightful set of people with the highest set of standards, principles and commitment. It’s been a pleasure to have them at the school and we wish them all the very best in the future."

St Peter's School, York

A-Level results for St Peter’s School, York Pupils at St Peter’s School in York are celebrating their A-Level results, after a remarkable 43 pupils – 37% of the year group - achieved three or more A or A* grades.

A number of pupils achieved straight A*passes in their exams, with four at the top grade for Calum Brown, Alex Wan and Joseph Williams, and three for Calum Geddes, Lucy Mahon and Summer Taylor.

Leo Winkley, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “Our pupils can be really pleased with all they have achieved throughout their time at St Peter’s, and today’s excellent results are just reward for their hard work.  Exam success is just part of what our pupils can take with them as they move to the next phase of their lives.  Teachers and parents have much to celebrate too as we wish our 2013 leavers well for the future.   We’re all very proud of the young adults they have become.”

Despite the decline in the study of modern languages, today’s results will see eleven St Peter’s pupils progress to read languages at university.  Among the combinations they have chosen to study are French and Spanish, Modern Languages and Business, Law with German and French and Politics, at universities including Oxford, Bristol and Manchester.

St Peter’s School, founded in 627AD, is one of the oldest schools in the world, and one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding schools.



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