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A-Levels 2011: Students across Macclesfield celebrate their success

Our round-up of all the A-level success stories and results from across the town ...

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As in previous years many Tytherington High School students achieved the very highest grades, with several students managing not to drop a single mark in a number of their A Level unit examinations (Lloyd Hilton, Fernley De Ruiter and Eleanor Sutton).

Callum Jackson will read French and German at Pembroke College, Oxford. and many others have achieved the grades required to take up places at top universities. Eleanor Sutton is going to leading theatre school, Mountview.

Students studying as part of Tytherington’s Finance Academy also gained outstanding results. The first group studying for a Btec National Diploma in Sport all gained at least Merit grades (equivalent of 3 C grades at A Level) and 50 per cent achieved a Distinction grade (equivalent of 3 A grades at A Level).

Students at Tytherington achieved 5 percentage points above the national average in A* and A grades - a 6 percentage point improvement on last year.

Acting head Malcolm Kelly said: "These are an outstanding set of examination results that reflect a huge amount of hard work. As a specialist science college we are particularly pleased by the increased number of students achieving top grades in biology, chemistry and physics.

"We are extremely proud of our students with so many of them securing places at the very best universities and large numbers achieving above and beyond their expectations in a wide range of courses".

Students at Poynton High School were celebrating another round of excellent results this year.

Twenty-two achieved all A* or A grades across the board. There was an overall pass rate of 99.4pc.

High flyer Jack Prescott, 18, from Prestbury, will read English Literature at University College, Oxford after getting and A* in English Literature, A in Religious Education and an A in History.

He said it had been an anxious wait to see if he had made it into his first choice university: "I knew how I'd done in English already because the way the course is structured you have a good idea of what you're going to get at the end. But I was unsure about the other two subjects. It all came down to the exams. I'm so pleased I got the grades and can go to Oxford."

Sue Adamson, headteacher, said she and the other staff were 'absolutely delighted' with the results.

She said: "I’m very proud of the students and staff who have worked so hard to gain these excellent results. It has been a particularly pressurised year for our students who have been acutely aware of the limited number of Higher Education places available and the need to achieve the exact grades requested by universities this year."

Fallibroome High School saw 67 per cent of students achieve grade A*-B and 87 per cent grade A*-C.

An impressive number of students achieved standout results with a total of 34 students achieving 3 or more A*/A grades (22 last year) and 11% of students overall achieving the new A* grade (10% last year). The A* benchmark requires students to achieve marks of over 90% in all their A2 modules and grade A in their AS modules.

Peter Rubery, headteacher, said: "This has been an amazing year with almost 100% of students achieving A Level passes and a significant number achieving the very demanding award of the A* grade.

"We have continued to improve our results with several measures beating last year’s records.

"Such results pay testament to the hard work of a terrific group of students and the dedication of their teachers. We wish all our students every success as they progress to the next phase of their lives and thank them for their contribution to the cultural and social life of the school during this brilliant first year of the Fallibroome Academy."

See video of Fallibroome's A-level successes below ...

Thrilled  King's School  students smashed their results record with an amazing 47pc of all grades achieved at A* or A.

121 students received their results, with 36 students achieving at least three A*/As or better. Seventy four pc of grades were gained at A*/ B level, with the A-C pass rate an impressive 94pc.

Dr Simon Hyde, the new head of the King's Foundation, said: "I am utterly delighted that a new record has once again been set. Over the last few years the school has celebrated steadily improving results and this year is no exception. Clearly everyone has worked hard for this success and both students and staff can feel justifiably proud of their achievements. I look forward to working with such committed staff and so many talented young people."

All Hallows students celebrated a year of outstanding A Level results with a pass rate of almost 100pc (99.6pc), with 63pc passes of A*-B.

A third of the upper sixth formers at the Brookland's Avenue Catholic College gained at least two As and B and nearly all students are expected to gain places at their first choice universities, despite the pressure on university places this year.

Headteacher, Tony Billings said: "We are delighted that our students have done so well, and we wish them well in their future studies or future training. It's been an outstanding year following on from Outstanding Ofsted, we're delighted.

"These results were especially important to this year group, with the competition for places before rises in university fees."

David Hodgson, 18, was over the moon with two A* and two A grades in Maths, History, French and Further Maths, and will be heading to Downing College at Cambridge University in September to study law.

David who lives in Bollington, said: "I was expecting to come in and find out I missed out on one grade and lost my place, but I'm really really pleased.

"It's a big relief."

Katie Powell, 18, notched up three A* grades in maths, further maths and biology, and will study Zoology at Sheffield University. She said: "I was so relieved I was cried. The first thing I did was hug my maths teacher Mrs Wise because she was in tears too.

"I was really nervous but now I know I'm definitely going to Uni I can relax."

Excellent results were also achieved in BTEC courses with many distinctions, which are the equivalent to A grades at A Level.

Jack Hanson is off to study Sports Coaching at the University of Bath and Mike Teagle to study Business Management at Liverpool John Moores.

A nervous start soon turned to ecstasy when teenagers at LZ6 discovered they had attained the grades for their chosen future.

Altogether students attained a 97pc pass rate, with 31pc getting A* to Bs, and 65pc achieving or exceeding expectations.

Jonathan Disley, student performance and experience manager, said: "I would like to congratulate all of our students and staff on their hard work and commitment during the course of the last academic year. They have worked incredibly hard to produce some outstanding performance at A Level and we are now able to celebrate another excellent year of results."

Eighteen-year-old Theo Noble, from Macclesfield, was thrilled with a perfect set of four A*s.

He said: "I was a bit nervous this morning but now I am really happy. I still think I could have done a bit more revision but I did enough to get where I wanted which is definitely the main thing."

Jake Taylor, 18, from the Moss, is heading to the University of Central Lancashire in September to study history.

He said: "I feel really good, I got to where I wanted to go which is great."

Olivia Cork, 18, brought her six month old son Harry to collect her results and was thrilled to pass all three of her exams.

She said: "I'm really happy. It's wasn't easy, I was still in college four days before I had Harry and then I did my exams when he was a new born so it was hard."

Mark Gould, 18, was thrilled to get a B, two Cs and a D and will study history at Chester University.

He said: "I'm really happy. My mum passed away last year. She always wanted me to go to university so she will be very proud of me."

And it was second time lucky for 21-year-old Charlie Hadfield, of Ryles Park Road, who will go to Plymouth University to study music.

He said: "I'm really lucky to have been given a second chance, I have a few qualifications under my belt now but this is the one I am really proud of."

 
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