Students make the grade in A-Levels success

STUDENTS have done the business by pulling off the best A-Level results in the area.

Clarendon Sixth Form College recorded a 100 per cent pass rate in 2019 and 84 per cent high grades.

That made it the highest performing college in Greater Manchester for school leavers and apprentices.

Now students are ready to take the next step by heading to university.

Wiktoria Rybak stood out when students opened the dreaded envelopes on Thursday, August 15.

The former St Damian’s RC High School pupil from Ashton achieved Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* – the equivalent of A* grades – in sitting a combined extended diploma in Applied Sciences instead of the three distinct A-levels.

Now she is going to the University of Liverpool to study biology after being shocked by how well she had done.

Wiktoria said: “I really wasn’t expecting these results, they are amazing.

“I am glad I put the hard work in, it has really paid off.

Other success stories included Robert Banks, of Salford, who achieved A, A, B in Government and Politics, English Language and Law.

He now heads to the University of Manchester to study law as he aims for a career in the legal profession.

Robert said: “My results are great, I am really pleased with them.

“They have helped me secure a place at university which will help me progress to my dream career as a solicitor or barrister.”

Clarendon’s results have been received with delights by principal Jackie Moores, who said: “We’re proud of what our students have achieved. We’re delighted for them.

“Our students have sustained extremely high levels of performance during the transition of A-levels to a two-year programme and are flying the flag for Tameside as they go on to prestigious universities across the country.

“I’m proud that Clarendon Sixth Form College consistently delivers first class results for our students.

“These results, coupled with Ofsted recognition, of ‘Good’, and increasing applications reflect our position as a leading provider of A-levels and a top performing college.”

Ashton Sixth Form College also had success stories as former West Hill school pupil in Stalybridge, Jack Greaves, achieved A*A*A*A in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The EPQ sees students pick any topic while showing it is academically useful, either related to their current course of study, or their future career.

They can either write a dissertation or complete their work in a number of other forms – a musical or dramatical composition, report or artefact, backed up with paperwork.

Jack is going to the University of York to study Biomedical Sciences.

More than 750 A*/A grades were awarded to students at the Darnton Road facility this year, with 70 per cent achieving high grades and 38 courses having 100 per cent pass rates.

Out of the 1,672 entries, the college achieved a 98 per cent pass rate at A Level with more A* grades achieved by students than ever before.

Five students secured places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities, one of the highest numbers in the college’s history.

College Principal Anton McGrath said: “We’re proud of the achievements of our students and congratulate them on their fantastic results.

“What’s more impressive is that these outstanding results have been achieved during a time of significant change in A level assessment.

“For the first time, students have completed truly linear qualifications with all assessment at the end of two years’ of study.

“For these students, the stakes were higher – they had to perform on the day to achieve their grades. Our students have shown real resilience and have flourished in this new regime.”

 

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