A-level students celebrate their results across the Lancaster and Morecambe district

Ella Scallan, Lauren Parry, Charlotte Hudson, Caitlin Johnstone, Emma Cutting and Abi Plowman from LGGS celebrate their A-level results.
Ella Scallan, Lauren Parry, Charlotte Hudson, Caitlin Johnstone, Emma Cutting and Abi Plowman from LGGS celebrate their A-level results.

Sixth formers across the district have been collecting their A-level results this morning – and we will bring you them all as we get them.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School students achieved A*, A or B grades in more than 70% of all exams which they sat and 18% of all exams received the top A* grade.

Heysham High pupils celebrate their A-level results.

Heysham High pupils celebrate their A-level results.

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said: “Well done to every single one of our sixth formers on an excellent set of results. These results are the product of high expectations, outstanding teaching and a great deal of hard work.”

“It is particularly impressive that LRGS students achieve such outstanding academic results alongside their enthusiasm for sport, music, drama, outdoor pursuits, charity volunteering and much more besides.

“I am delighted to be able to congratulate them as they go on to further study on a wide range of highly competitive courses or to high-quality apprenticeships across the UK and beyond.”

Sarah Haigh, head of sixth form said: “The sixth form team is absolutely delighted to note that the boys’ hard work and determination have been rewarded with these excellent results.

Bess Shooter, Caitlin Johnstone, Emma Cutting and Abi Plowman from LGGS celebrate their A-level results.

Bess Shooter, Caitlin Johnstone, Emma Cutting and Abi Plowman from LGGS celebrate their A-level results.

“We wish them every success and happiness on the next step of their journey, whether that be at university, on an apprenticeship or on a gap year.”

A spokesman for Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School said: “Many congratulations to our Year 13 students for their excellent A level results.

“It is very pleasing to see their hard work being rewarded at this time of change in the A-level exam system. The A-level reforms have meant that in the majority of subjects students sat all their exams at the end of the two year course, which has been more demanding than previously.

“However the students have risen to the challenge and the number of A* to B grades at LGGS has increased on last year to 72.5%.

Carnforth High pupils celebrate their A-level results.

Carnforth High pupils celebrate their A-level results.

“Whilst celebrating the achievements of all our students, there were a number of exceptional results this year; Florence Goodrich and Stephi Stacey both gained A* grades in four A-levels whilst Jasmine Baines, Emma Cutting, Ellie Kerr, Jess Lane, Gemma Mitchell and Megan Thornley gained at least 3 A* grades, an incredible achievement.

“We wish all our students well as they prepare for their next stage, whether that be university, apprenticeships or employment.”

Our Lady’s Catholic College headteacher Helen Seddon said: “We are delighted that our students have once again done themselves proud with another exceptional set of exam results. Top grades are up again at A* or A and three quarters of all grades are at A*-C. We have seen a 100% pass rate in the new linear A-levels with an impressive 40% A*-A across the Science subjects of biology, chemistry and physics.

“We have once again performed outstandingly in the facilitating subjects with 33% of A-level students gaining at least 2 grades AAB in some of the most demanding A-level subjects. Last year the same result placed us in the top 3 schools in Lancashire. This once again shows that our most able students have performed brilliantly despite the introduction of new tougher A-level exams.

Carnforth High pupils celebrate their A-level results.

Carnforth High pupils celebrate their A-level results.

“Particular congratulations must go to Lydia Kitchen who achieved 3 A* with many modules at maximum marks. Lydia has gained a place at Durham University studying natural sciences. It has been a particular day to remember for Lydia, who is also celebrating her 18th birthday today!

“Also congratulations go to Ruby O’Loughlin and Charlie Seddon who each gained 3 A*-A. Ruby has secured a place studying medicine at Leeds University and Charlie is taking a year out before applying for medicine next year.

“The following students all achieved at least 3 A-levels with at least 2 grades at A or A*; Martyna Kwiatkowska who will be studying chemistry and molecular physics at Nottingham University, Joleen Wu who will be studying nutrition at Leeds University, Alex Rejszel who will be studying Biology at Lancaster University and Libby Dixon who will be studying environmental science at Leeds University.

“Our results in vocational subjects are once again exceptional with a record 75% of all grades being at Distinction*. We had 12 students who gained at least 3 straight Distinction* with particular praise going to Patryk Prus who gained 4 grades all at Distinction*.

“We are also delighted that Trisha Valencia has also gained a place studying medicine at Imperial College London after a year out gaining work experience, having secured 3 A* and an A last year.

“Almost all our students have secured their first choice of university place with students also successful in assuring places on high quality apprenticeship schemes such as EDF. We are delighted that our students can now embark on the next stage of their careers and we wish them all the very best for the future.”

LRGS headteacher Dr Chris Pyle, centre, with students celebrating their A-level results.

LRGS headteacher Dr Chris Pyle, centre, with students celebrating their A-level results.

Ripley principal Liz Nicholls said: “We are particularly pleased with our A-level results this year, given the movement to more linear examinations.

“Results have improved on last year and our young people are to be congratulated on their hard work and determination to meet these rising standards.

“The majority of our students are moving on to higher education but a growing number are choosing apprenticeships as the way forward. We wish them all well.

“Particular congratulations go to Callum Bateson, Anya Briggs, Eve Park and Chris Cook on achieving 2 A*s and 1 A grade.”

Nicola Hall, headteacher at Central Lancaster High School, said: “We are very proud of our sixth form students who have worked hard this year to deliver a great set of A-level and L3 BTEC results much improved on previous years in terms of overall passes, top grades and average points needed to access university.

“A number of our subjects are enjoying the best results they have ever achieved, with notable successes in business, IT, sport and history.

“100% of our students taking vocational courses achieved passes with the number of our students seeing the highest level Distinction* grades growing. Every student who studied a vocational course at Central secured their first choice of university offer.

“Progression of students to the next steps of their lives is very important to us at Central and this year has seen a great increase in students successfully applying to university and an increased number of Russell Group offers.

“Our students have applied to and been able to accept a great range of courses as a consequence of their excellent results. We are that delighted that 100% of our students secured their 1st or insurance offers at the university of their choice.

“A number of our students have chosen to access local universities, with two students progressing to Lancaster University. We are proud they are choosing local excellence and expertise as their preference for their future studies.

“We wish our leaving sixth form students all the very best for their futures and thank all the students for their hard work and lasting contributions to our school community.

“They have been highly inspiring role models to younger members of our school, showing by example what can be achieved. In addition thanks to their parents for their ongoing support to our school.”

There were smiles all round at Heysham High School as Year 13 students returned some excellent results and received their university and apprenticeship offers.

Headteacher John Shannon said: “I am delighted that once again so many of our students will be taking up their places in September at universities across the country, including Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool and Northumbria, and studying, amongst other subjects, microbiology, business management, philosophy, criminology and computer science. We wish them all well in the next stage of their education.”

Morecambe High head Matt Auger said: “It has again been a pleasure to be able to celebrate the achievement of our sixth form students at Morecambe Community High School.

“Many of them are now beginning the exciting journey into Higher Education, while others engage in gap years and others go into employment.

“We appreciate the hard work and efforts of our staff who have tirelessly supported our students.

“However, the day ultimately belongs to our students. Their success reflects the energy and effort they have put into their Sixth Form studies over the past two years. We wish them all the best as they leave Morecambe Community High School.”

The post 16 results at Carnforth High School this year are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and students.

Year 13 has built on the success of last year to achieve impressive results in a wide range of subjects, as a whole, achieving higher results than in previous years.

Academically, the school is especially proud of their religious education, chemistry and biology results, which all performed well above their challenging gold targets.

In addition, all the vocational students have performed extremely well, giving an average grade across the sixth form of the top vocational mark – Distinction*

The strongest performance overall was by Ella Griffiths who achieved A* biology, A in vhemistry and B in mathematics, and plans to read biochemistry at university.

Headteacher Victoria Michael said: “It has been an absolute joy to see the students receive their results today, discuss their UCAS offers and feel their excitement about taking the next stage in their careers. They have worked extremely hard and deserve to enjoy this success!”

A-level students at Giggleswick School are celebrating the highest number of A* grades ever this year, together with a 100% pass rate and more Oxbridge success.

64% of candidates achieved A*-B grades and these impressive results have secured first choice places for its students at top universities including Oxford, St Andrews, Durham, Warwick and Nottingham, as well as specialist music, art and drama schools across the UK.

Headmaster Mark Turnbull said: “We are absolutely delighted for our pupils and what has impressed me most is the diversity of these top grades across all subject areas. Giggleswick embraces and encourage talents of all kinds; in science, maths, humanities, languages and the arts, and these results support this completely.”

With ongoing Oxbridge achievement, this year has seen particular success in the creative arts, performing arts and languages too.

In Drama, 100% of candidates achieved A*-B grades and in Music, students now have places confirmed at leading music schools including the Royal Welsh College of Music, Nottingham and Sheffield universities.

Two talented artists have also been accepted for Art Foundation courses in Manchester and Harrogate.

In Languages, 100% of candidates achieved A*-B in Spanish and are now looking to continue their linguistic studies at leading Russell Group universities including Nottingham and York.

Mr Turnbull added: “This year, all eyes will be on the impact of the new reformed A-levels. We are all very interested to see how the new specifications have worked through into results. We are continuing to analyse the outcome of fewer coursework marks and any evidence of a gender gap in achievement.”

Dallam A-level and International Baccalaureate students have received another set of very good results this year with students moving on to employment, apprenticeships, college and universities across the UK and the world.

A record 38 Dallam students were awarded the full International Baccalaureate Diploma with a further three gaining awards in IB certificates. Headteacher William Bancroft said: “IB is now rivalling A’ level in popularity amongst our domestic students as well as the international ones.

“At A-level, outcomes were also very strong. Despite our fears that the introduction of new linear A-levels (with no modular exams and resits) in many subjects could see a dip in results, this was not the case. We are delighted and proud that the students’ hard work has led to such a good set of results.”

Exceptional results were achieved by Lucy Abbit who is taking a gap year, Fraser Barclay, who will study chemistry at St Andrews, Harry Jackson who is taking a gap year, Billy McEwan, who will read computer science at Newcastle, Martin Missihoun, who will study aeronautical engineering at Loughborough, James Stebbings, who will read management at the London School of Economics, Head Girl Lauren Walton, who will study history at Leeds, Adam Wolstanholme who is taking a gap year and Hugo Wong, who will study aerospace engineering at Sheffield.

Matthew Jones will go on to read geography at Oxford. Adam Dewhurst has a place to study land science at Cambridge and Lizzie Goodfellow will take up a place to study veterinary medicine at Liverpool University. Lizzie will be joined at Liverpool by one of last year’s students, Tom Ashworth, who will also study veterinary medicine.

Meanwhile, students from the access course at Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) have been given their results.

The Access Diploma at LMC is specifically designed for people aged 19 years and over who want to progress onto university.

Some people may have taken a break from education due to other commitments but want to gain the qualifications missed at school. Others may need qualifications to pursue a new career.

Whatever the situation, the Access Diploma offers the opportunity to gain a qualification that could open the doors to university.

The students from LMC have had plenty of success, with many students progressing into some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including Lancaster University and Manchester Metropolitan University, to study a variety of subjects, including management, paramedics and linguistics.

Programme area manager Catherine Jamieson said: “I am bubbling with pride.We have had some really good results and progression from all of our students.

“I’m really proud of them, not just because of the results, but because of the dedication that they have shown to achieve their results.

“Some of these adults have had to overcome some huge obstacles during their studies but that just makes their success!”

Year 13 students from Settle College were all smiles when their A-level results were published.

Charlotte Green, who achieved A* grades in chemistry, maths, further maths and the Extended Project Qualification, with an A in biology, secured her place at Oxford University to study biochemistry.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Charlotte said. “Getting an offer from Oxford was such an achievement, but getting these results to confirm my place is just amazing.”

There were others who were equally proud of their results, with 49% of the cohort achieving the top grades of A*, A and B, and those achieving A* and A grades above the national average. Most importantly, the vast majority of students secured their first choice university places.

Lucy Toothill achieved an A* in English literature, an A in history and a B in psychology.

She was delighted with her results and said: “Settle College has been a fantastic experience and the teachers have been inspiring. The English teachers fuelled my passion for the subject and I am now going on to the University of Sheffield to study literature. I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

There was a 100% pass rate in almost all subjects, with many areas performing exceptionally well and the average grade for all subjects a C+, the same as 2016.

Executive headteacher, Andrew Taylor, said: “We are delighted with the achievement of our A-level students across the board. Given the significant changes to many A-level subjects this year, a very high standard has been maintained with some outstanding individual achievements. Some students have overcome significant personal circumstances to gain these grades and they should be especially proud. We wish them all well as they embark upon their university life or apprenticeships.”

Sophie Marshall, who exceeded her own expectations, gained her first choice place at the University of Leeds to study midwifery.

“I can’t explain how happy I am,” she said. “I found A-levels extremely difficult and I worked so hard leading up to my exams. Now I have these results it feels amazing!”

Simon Tarbox, who will be going to Newcastle University following a year of travelling, said: “I have really enjoyed Settle College. I have been able to fulfil my potential and get a place at my first choice of university.”

Students at Lancaster Royal Grammar School get their A-Level results.

Students at Lancaster Royal Grammar School get their A-Level results.

Callum Mitchell will study computer science at Newcastle University after getting his A-Level results at Morecambe Community High School.

Callum Mitchell will study computer science at Newcastle University after getting his A-Level results at Morecambe Community High School.

Sophie Garvey celebrates her A-level results at Morecambe High

Sophie Garvey celebrates her A-level results at Morecambe High

Our Lady's Catholic College students celebrating their A-level results.

Our Lady's Catholic College students celebrating their A-level results.

Our Lady's Catholic College students celebrating their A-level results.

Our Lady's Catholic College students celebrating their A-level results.