PHOTO GALLERY - A level results in Sleaford defy national dip

According to national reports there has been a slight dip in grades in today’s (Thursday) A level results, but there were no signs of that happening in schools around Sleaford.

Principal of St George’s Academy, Wayne Birks said his sixth formers have matched last year’s great scores.

St George's Academy students celebrate.From left - Beth Murray, Curtis Turner, Katie Vickery and Holly Lunan. EMN-150813-133609001

St George's Academy students celebrate.From left - Beth Murray, Curtis Turner, Katie Vickery and Holly Lunan. EMN-150813-133609001

Overall, students achieved a pass rate of over 97 per cent, while the percentage of top grades (A*, A and B) equalled last year’s record breaking 36 per cent. The percentage of distinction and distinction star grades in vocational courses also recahed an impressive 50 per cent.

Mr Birks said: “These are superb results and I would like to pass on my congratulations to Year 13 students and my colleagues in securing these excellent outcomes.

“St George’s will be well represented at the best universities in the country and illustrates the high levels of achievement in the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form. A Level outcomes at St George’s have improved significantly in recent years and this has been sustained in 2015. These improvements have widened the career opportunities available to our students and at the same time provided a great incentive to younger students as they prepare to enter the Sixth Form.”

St George’s student Curtis Turner from Sleaford gained two A grades and an A* to study maths at the University of East Anglia. He said: “I knew I knew I had got in because I checked this morning but the results were a confirmation of how I had done.”

His friend Kyle Callaghan of Sleaford got two B grades and an A* to also study maths at UEA. he had not expected to get such high grades and they would be celebrating tonight.

Abbey Morris from Walcott was celebrating her 18th birthday today as well as picking up her results. She said: “I’m pleased with them, but I’m a self-employed hairdresser and will be carrying on what I have always wanted to do - I just took my A levels too.

Likewise friend Casey Marshall of Sleaford was happy with her grades and will be taking charge of running the Impact Fight Academy kick boxing gym as the top grade of fighter after boss Greg Darmon retired from coaching. She said she may still go on to university at a later date.

Georgia Meadows of Sleaford got a fantastic A* and two A grades to train to be a primary school teacher at Liverpool Hope University. She said: “I’m suprised as I only needed B grades. I want to teach children with special educational needs.”

Friend Abby Cowan got two B grades and a C but opted not to apply for university, instead she will be taking up a child care job in a French ski resort. She said: “I have done a two year child care course and am hoping to learn to ski.”

Rebecca Healey of Sleaford three distinction stars and a B grade in her BTEC course to go to Harper Adams University to study to be a veterinary nurse, something she has always wanted to do.

Vlad Pepper got into his second choice placement to study engineering at Lincoln University, while Bradley Green will study chemistry at Loughborough. Friend Sam Miles said he was heading for the Access To Music course in Lincoln to study music performance, particularly learning to play the guitar.

Kesteven and Sleaford High School has seen every single student achieve A level passes in the subjects they took.

The academy saw 91 per cent of A level students achieve grades A* to C, securing places at mant prestigious universities.

At AS level year 12s impressed with 24 per cent of results at the highest A grade.

Two students have secured places at Cambridge. Lydia Allain Chapman will study classic at Clare College after gaining two A* grades and an A. Rebecca Gough (two A grades and an A*) will study Law at St Catharine’s. She said: “I’m just really happy and relieved to have got the grades I needed.”

Tam Russell-Webster and Bronia Zbrzezniak have both earned places to read medicine at Bristol and Leeds Universities. Bronia said: “I want to train to be a doctor. My dad is a doctor but that isn’t why. The results were more than I hoped for and I will definitely be celebrating.

Molly McNae amassed two A* and two A grades to study biological sciences at Leeds University. She said: “I didn’t think I did that well, so it was a nice surprise.”

Emily McRae also collected several A* grades and Bianca Erwee gained two A grades and an A* to train as an aerospace engineer at Bristol University. She said: “I really enjoyed the mechanics in my applied maths and found a real affinity for aerospace engineering.

“I really like my science fiction and ouwl love to change the future and do something really helpful for space travel or make a really fast plane.”

Sleaford twins Laura and Amy Vallely have spent their entire school lives together but will be parting as Laura (A*, A and two B grades) goes to study history in Newcastle University and Amy (A* and three B grades) does Law at Leeds University.

Laura said: “We have barely spent any time apart and have many of the same friends. We are kind of worried about not being at the same university and it will be a big change, but I’m sure it will be alright after the first few weeks. we will keep in touch via Skype.”

The High School’s Year 13 students did particularly well in the A level Extended Project Qualification with 68 per cent of students achieving A* or A grades. This course highlights students’ independent research skills and prepares them for university study. Natasha Adu of Ruskington was one of the star pupils after studying the effect of sweeteners on health and will go on to study nutrition and dietetics at the University of Surrey.

Headteacher Craig Booker said: “Students are to be commended on these excellent results. These achievements are the result of their hard work in conjunction with the excellent teaching, advice and guidance provided by hard working and committeed staff.”

He added: “These results come at a time of significant national change to the examination system. In the light of this, the maintenance of our school’s outstanding results and its record of academic excellence is all the more rewarding for students, parents and staff. We wish all our students well as they take up university places up and down the country, enjoy gap year plans or enter the world of work.”

Carre’s Grammar School was pleased with its students’ achievements too.

Headteacher Nick Law said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s A Level results as 58 per cent of our students achieved A* and B grades, with 13 achieving all A* and As. The results throughout are an improvement upon last year’s results, and demonstrate a very strong continual upward trend, which is a fantastic achievement for the students, who have worked hard over their time at the school. Staff who have worked with them also deserve much praise for the support, encouragement, quality of teaching and many extra hours they have put in with the students.

“This demonstrates the strength of the collaboration between the staff of the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form, in a growing sixth form where we have provided extra teaching time and work facilities for our students, as well developing teaching that supports students and encourages independent learning, a skill that is required in many walks of life. All of these things have clearly had a positive impact and we shall look to build on this next year.

High achievers were: Louis Kelk A* A* A*; Xavier Cunago A* A* A* A* A; Andrew Jones A* A* A; Rhiannah Kemish A* A* A; Tom Reid A* A* A A; Jamie Shelley A* A* A; Joe Tomlinson A* A* A A; Christian Mutti A* A A; Susannah Jackson A* A A; Joe Dennis A A A; Megan Frost A* A A, Jake Connolly A* A A; and Isaac Charlton A A A.

Christian Mutti said he will be heading to the University of York to study biochemistry after getting better grades than he expected, while friend James Colston got an A* and two Bs to study geography and Spanish at Leeds University.

Louis Kelk said he will be studying medicine at Leicester University, while Grace Ogden got two A grades and a B to train to be a midwife at Leeds University. Friend Victoria Lang got two As and a B to study Law at the same university.

Mr Law went on: “Challenging subjects continue to be taken by our students and they achieve highly in these areas, allowing them to access courses at some of the country’s top universities.

“The majority of students have secured places at their chosen universities, whilst others have been successful in being selected for prestigious apprenticeships.

“The AS results for our Year 12 students were very encouraging with students setting excellent foundations for the second year of their A Level studies, with a recognition that they have much to do to match or surpass the achievements of this year’s leaving students.

“This demonstrates that, once again, students at Carre’s are being prepared for the future in a well-rounded way and there is cause for celebration for all of our students.”