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Shropshire students collect their A-level results

Students at Concord College celebrate their results
Students at Concord College celebrate their results

Teenagers across Shropshire are finding out today if their hard work has paid off as they collect their A-level results.

Around 300,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be heading to their schools and colleges to receive their grades.

For some, the results will dictate whether they get into their university, apprenticeship or training scheme of choice, or whether they have to reconsider their options.

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Last year, A-level pass rates fell for the first time in 32 years, while the proportion of exams awarded the very highest grades rose. In total, 98% of exams scored at least an E grade, down by 0.1%.

In the Telford & Wrekin area early indicators suggest that a higher proportion of students have passed their ‘A’ Levels and other equivalent qualifications than in previous years.

This year’s results include an increase in the proportion of students achieving the higher grades of A* to B which will open doors to University places.

Blessed Robert Johnson Catholic College is finishing on a high, with a significant improvement in results. The school is closing this summer but the staff and students are relocating to the new Holy Trinity Academy in Priorslee.

Madeley Academy is also celebrating a big increase in their pass rates, with many more students gaining at least 2 passes than the previous year.

Adams Grammar has maintained the high level of higher passes with the average pass grade well above a grade B.

At Newport Girls High School, there is a high level of passes at the top grades allowing the girls to secure places at their chosen universities.

At New College, an increased proportion of the students have achieved at least two passes at ‘A’ Level and the average grade of pass has also gone up.

Councillor Paul Watling, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “I welcome this year’s A Level results and would like to congratulate all the students and staff for their achievements.”

Initial results point towards 2015 being another year of high achievement for A-level students across the Shropshire Council area.

Early indications are that the post-16 results for Shropshire’s schools, academies and colleges are, in the round, again good and that it promises to be another very successful year.

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We would like to congratulate all the students for their hard work, and appreciate how much they have had to do to achieve their results.

“We would also like to thank everyone who plays a part in our school and college communities across Shropshire. This includes our hugely skilled and committed teachers, head teachers and college principals, governors, support staff, people who contribute voluntarily and, of course, parents and carers who play such an important supportive role.

“We wish all the students receiving their results today every success in the future, including those going on to university or into the world of work. For those whose results are different to what they expected, students should consider seeking further advice and guidance from their school or college.”

Success for North Shropshire College A Level Students
North Shropshire College (NSC) is celebrating another excellent year for A Levels with a massive 7% increase in grades A to C and a 100% pass rate in several subjects including Maths, English Language/Literature, Geography, History, ICT, and many more.

NSC has also seen an increase of 5% in grades A to C for AS Levels.

Jackie Doodson, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted with our students results, particularly those in the Arts area, which includes Fine Art, Photography, Graphics and Textiles, who achieved a 100% pass rate for the second year running. The high standard of work in the Arts was exhibited in the College foyer at the Oswestry Campus throughout June and July. The results are a tribute to the hard work of our students, the professionalism of our staff and the dedicated support of parents and guardians.”

Outstanding achievement for first ever Marches Sixth Formers
The long summer wait is now over for the FIRST EVER Marches Sixth Formers, as they collected their A level results today. Students tore open their envelopes to discover their grades with the realisation that their hard-work had been rewarded. Students and staff celebrated a pass rate of over 99%, with 41% of entries at A*- B. This is the first cohort to complete their Sixth Form education at The Marches and Headteacher, Sarah Longville, offered her “warmest congratulations” to all students and was “over the moon” with the Sixth Form’s first ever set of A Level results.

Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Longville, commented, “I offer my warmest congratulations to the first ever Marches Sixth Formers as they celebrate their fantastic A level results. This is our first cohort to complete their Sixth Form education at the school and we are ‘thoroughly delighted’ with our first set of results”.

Mrs Longville continued, “These results reflect the high aspirations of both students and staff at The Marches and are testimony to why we pushed so hard for a Sixth Form at the school. I am immensely proud of our students, staff, governors and parents, who are truly committed to the school and work together in partnership to ensure our learning community in Oswestry continues to develop and flourish.”

Sixth Form President, Charlie Woolhouse, achieved A B B grades and is off to the University of York in September to study History. He commented, “I am so happy with my results, I can’t wait to start University now!”

Luke Mackenzie achieved A B C grades and commented, “I am so pleased with my grades, especially the A in Maths!” Luke is now off to Cardiff University to study Banking and Finance.

Another ‘over the moon’ student was Alice Gillham who achieved A B B grades and will be heading to Chester University next month to begin an Early Childhood Studies Degree.

Sir John Talbot Sixth Form results scale new heights
Students receiving A Level results today at Sir John Talbot’s Sixth Form were ‘on top of the world’, as the school revealed their BEST A Level results. These are the first set of A Level results since the school converted to an Academy and David O’Toole, the Headteacher, is “thrilled for all students”.

Students and staff celebrated as 68% achieved 1 or more A*- B grade. This is a 24% increase on last year, with both average point scores and grades rising substantially across the board. 100% of A Level students achieved 2 A Level grades or better.

Mr O’Toole said: “This cohort of students should be so proud of their outstanding achievements. They have worked tirelessly throughout the past two years to achieve these fantastic results, with many students also completing extra-curricular activities like the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, alongside their studies. All teachers at Sir John Talbot’s School strive to bring out the best in every student and it is wonderful when the partnership between the student, teacher and parents brings about such success. What a wonderful way to round off our first year as an Academy!”

A-level Exam Success at Adcote School

At A level there was almost a 100% pass rate, with 49% of all grades at A* or A grade, and nearly a quarter of all grades were straight A*s.

Adcote’s results show a continued strong improving trend over the last few years. These strong performances underpin the growing popularity of Adcote, which has trembled its pupil roll over the past few years, as well as recently building a host of new facilities.

Out of the many exceptional achievements by our girls, Aleksandra Swiatkowska achieved 3 A* and 2 A grades and Maria Derda obtained 2A* and an A grade. The average UCAS points per pupil was 498.

Headmaster Gary Wright commented “Although exam results are by no means our only measure of success, academic performance is nevertheless crucial in helping our students achieve their aspirations. Our pupils excel academically as well as being involved in many varied aspects of the broad and balanced education that we provide.

“I congratulate all of the girls for their hard work and commitment to their studies, which is demonstrated by these excellent results. I am confident that the skills and independence which Adcote develops will ensure that our girls go on to secure success at university and beyond.

“Much of this academic success has been in what are traditionally the very toughest subjects such as Maths, Further Maths and the Sciences. The girls should now feel confident and well prepared academically to embark on their University courses.

“Today is an opportunity for us all to celebrate their accomplishments and hard work. We are very proud of what all the pupils and staff have achieved at Adcote and I congratulate them all on their efforts.”

Concord College students achieve outstanding results
This year’s A level results for Acton Burnell-based Concord College show 95.1% of grades awarded were A*, A or B.

Other headline figures show that 103 students achieved three A grades or more out of a year group of 162. 79.1% of grades awarded were A* or A with 35.4% A*.

Ten Concord students achieved four A*s or more and 26 students achieved three A*s or more.

The college had a 100% pass rate.

Principal Neil Hawkins said: “These are another set of outstanding A level results.

“It is superb that Concord’s leavers of 2015 have achieved such strong results with over 100 students gaining three A grades or more.

“They are a talented group who deserve their success. Their grades place them amongst the best year groups in Concord’s history.

“It is extraordinary that the average Concord leaver of 2015 achieved more than three As.

“This is also a year group who enjoy life, embodying one of Concord’s key beliefs that it is ‘cool to be clever.’

“These wonderful young people are now ready to take the next step into their adult lives with confidence.

“I am extremely grateful to the teachers, pastoral staff and the staff team as a whole for their combined efforts which make Concord a place where students can learn and flourish.”

Shrewsbury School celebrates its best ever year for A Level results
Shrewsbury School is celebrating its best ever year for A Level results, with 86.1% of the exams awarded the top A*, A or B grades.

There are many individual success stories in this year’s results, not least the 19 pupils who gained at least 3 A* grades and the 55 pupils who gained an A* or A in all their subjects.

Both last year’s joint Heads of School, James Plaut and Esmé O’Keeffe, gained an A* in each of their subjects. James was studying English, Geography and History, whilst Esmé studied French, History, Latin and Spanish. Impressive too was the performance of Ronald Chen who gained 6 A* grades, in Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Chinese.

All 12 pupils at Shrewsbury School with offers from Oxford or Cambridge Universities achieved the required grades to meet their offers and will be taking up their places later this year.

The School’s AS results from the Lower Sixth pupils were also impressive, with 65% of grades achieved at A or B grades. 38 pupils gained A grades in all their subjects and 80 gained nothing less than a B.

The headmaster, Mark Turner, expressed his delight at his pupils’ success: “I am extremely proud of this year’s splendid collection of A Level results, which are a tribute to the hard work of our pupils and staff alike.”

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