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A-Level results are out


12:00am 18th August 2011
(Updated 3:28pm 18th August 2011)





Millions of students across the UK have collected their A-Level results..

Minster FM have been out speaking to students at York College:


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Following controversy this year that mistakes were made on some exam papers, with equasions impossible to solve and multiple-choice questions with no right answers, many students were unsure what their grades will be.

Both the AQA and OCR education boards have apologised for the mistakes.

Ofqual is investigating saying "it'll be seeking explanations as to why these errors occurred".

Statement from York College

York College’s A Level Faculty is very proud to announce its best ever A Level results.  There were 1,325 A2 Level exam entries this summer at York College.  The overall pass rate is 99.3%. This means that York College’s A Level results are well above the national average for the seventeenth consecutive year. 

An outstanding 73 A* grades have been achieved by York College students, with 249 A or A* grades and nearly half of the total A Level entries achieving the very top grades (A*, A or B).  The College is also delighted to report that 34 A Level subjects had a 100% pass rate.

Sam Poulten is the College’s top student this year.  He has achieved an amazing

4 A* grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Additional Further Maths, plus an     A grade in Spanish. 

Three students achieved an incredible three A* grades:

Rebecca Cook – (destination Lancaster University to study Media and Cultural Studies)                

Emily Atkinson -  (destination Nottingham University to study Law)

Alexandra Garthwaite  - (destination undecided)

Many more high flying students will now progress to some of the top universities to study prestigious subjects, including:

Poppy Duke – (A*AAA - destination Magdalen College, Oxford, to study Computer Science)

Amy Proudfoot – (A*A*AA - destination Nottingham University to study Medicine)

Yuchen Liu – (A*AAB - destination London School of Economics to study Philosophy & Economics)

Jack Taylor – (AAAB - destination Bristol University to study Accountancy and Finance)

Victoria Wright – (A*A*AA - destination University of York to study Maths)

Meriel O’Conor – (A*A*AA - destination Edinburgh University to study Biology)

Simon Thunder – (A*A*AB - destination Nottingham University to study German & Philosophy)

Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: 

“I am absolutely delighted that once again we have surpassed our previous year’s A Level pass rate.  The 99.3% pass rate, the exceptional number of high grades and the success of our students are all testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of everyone at York College.  These results will give our students 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.”


Twins, Sophie and Xavier Edmonds-Allen, from Bootham School were amongst the top performers of this year’s A-level crop, each gaining 4 A/A* grades. 

Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, said:

“Sophie and Xavier have been a credit to Bootham throughout their seven years at the School. 

"Not only are they gifted and hardworking academically, but each has entered into the full life of the School – keen athletes, they were captains of the swimming teams, as musicians, they were members of the various orchestra, choir and music groups.

"Xavier was deputy head boy and Sophie was a leading light in the technology and design department.  These latest results are the final endorsement and richly deserved.”

Sophie now plans to study Industrial Design and Technology at Brunel University, while Xavier will be going to Warwick University to study PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics).

Other top students at the leading independent Quaker school who each gained between 4 and 6 A/A* grades include Nina Anderson, Dominic Brooke, Elliot Bussell, Georgina Coupe, Christopher Hall, Sam Hawkesford-White, Joey Howard, Kevin Liu, Kevin Luk, Lindsay Rose, Amy Sun, Adam Thompson, Kevin Wang, Yolanda Wang and Yveline Zhang.

Summing up, Jonathan Taylor said:

“Today is about celebrating individual achievement; at Bootham we hope that the academic success achieved by our students is always part of a bigger educational picture.”


St Peter’s York, has once again delivered impressive A Level results with 87% A*/B the best results ever.

The overall results are up on last year and demonstrated the all-round strength of the school with notable results in Modern Languages, Mathematics and all the science subjects, all of which are increasingly becoming the domain of the independent sector.


A* 21.4%

A*/A 62.5%

A*/B 87.3%

A*/C 96.9%

9 pupils achieved straight A*s in 3 or more A levels, with 69 pupils gaining at least one A*. 

“Our pupils have worked very hard for these excellent results and we are all delighted that so many have achieved the necessary grades to pursue their first choice university courses in this difficult year for university places.’" said Head Master Leo Winkley.  "At St Peter’s, what goes on outside the classroom is as much a part of the education we offer as what goes on during academic lessons.  These excellent exam results show that it’s possible to succeed academically, without losing out on opportunities in sport, music, drama and the arts.  Our pupils have worked hard independently and done themselves proud."

But if Modern Languages are in national decline, that is not the case at St Peter’s with 15 pupils going on to study languages, including Arabic and Chinese at university. 76% of pupils taking MFLs achieved A*/A in 2011.

In the much needed STEM subjects, Maths and Science results were impressive with 43 A* star grades awarded with A*/ A grades as follows – Maths 80%, Further Maths 75%, Physics 67%, Biology and Chemistry both with 65%. 9 pupils will also go on to study Medicine and Dentistry.


City of York Council’s education leaders are congratulating learners across the city today on achieving another excellent set of results in this year’s A level examinations.

Provisional results for York school sixth forms show that 29 per cent of entries were awarded an A*/A grades, which is an increase on last year and significantly higher than the national figure. Over 79 per cent of entries were given a top grade of A*, A, B or C; again significantly better than national figures.

Cllr Ruth Potter, cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People’s service, at City of York Council, said:

“We would like to congratulate all the young people, their schools, colleges and families on achieving such excellent results. Our thanks go to all those who have supported them in their endeavours.

“We also recognise that whilst many students will have been successful with their university places, there will be others who face a tense time until their plans are finalised. We wish them all well.”


A-level students who do not make the grade face a scramble to secure a university place, with the added pressure of some institutions not entering clearing.

Clearing matches students that have not received any offers, or been turned down by their original choices due to lower than expected grades, to other available courses.

But a recent survey of almost 60 institutions found more than a quarter said they would not enter the clearing process, or were highly unlikely to do so.

Many of the UK's leading Russell Group institutions have no places left on undergraduate degree courses.

Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, the London School of Economics, Imperial College London, Warwick, University College London, Edinburgh and Birmingham are not entering clearing.

Demand for places this year is expected to be greater than ever before.

With students rushing to apply for university before next year's fee rise it is estimated more than 200,000 university applicants will fail to get places this year.

So, if you want to try gaining a place through clearing, what should you do?

1. Get advice - Ask a careers adviser for guidance on what course and subjects would suit you.

2. Look at vacancies - The Ucas website publishes official lists.

3. Contact universities and colleges - Once you have your exam results, get in touch to see if you can get a spot through clearing.

4. Clearing number - Get your number from the Ucas website. Institutions will ask for it.

5. Deciding on an offer - When you speak to universities and colleges, you may get informal offers.

6. Adding a clearing choice - If provisionally offered a spot, you need to add it on the Ucas website by the date given.

7. Your place is confirmed - Confirmation is sent once an institution learns you have added them on the Ucas site and accepted you.

:: Tracking facility on the Ucas website is available from 8am onwards.

Vacancies at Leeds University will be published at UCAS from Thursday 18th August 2011 (click here)

Clearing hotlines (open from 8am Thursday 18th August):

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