Sixth form students were busy collecting their A-level results today and schools across the district were celebrating their achievements.
Ripley St Thomas CE Academy pincipal Liz Nicholls said: “We are delighted that the very hard work put in by our students has paid off handsomely this year with a 99.9 per cent pass rate at A-level.
“The vast majority of students have had their university places confirmed already and all those holding offers for medicine have secured their places.
“Particular congratulations go to Francis Stewart on achieving a superb four A*s and one A and to both Robert Findlay and Robert Krug achieving two A*s and two As.
“We wish all our young people well in the next stage of their lives.”
Our Lady’s Catholic College was celebrating a record year with a 99 per cent pass rate at A-level and 100 per cent in vocational courses.
Head Brendan Conboy said: “These are record results so we are absolutely thrilled.
“It’s a great testament to the students and teachers.
“It’s wonderful to see so many of our students go off to the university or workplace of their choice.
“It makes it all worthwhile seeing them all smiling and so excited about moving on to the next stage of their life.”
Mr Conboy highlighted a few students who had done particularly well – Charlotte Bird with three A*s, Rebecca Lowe with two A*s and two As, Mohammed Khoda with four As, Josh Smullen with three As and Stephen Calvert with one A* and two As.
Central Lancaster High School received its first set of A-level results and its first students moving directly on to university from the school’s two-year-old sixth form.
This first cohort of students achieved success in a range of 12 different subjects, which include law and photography, courses not offered elsewhere in this local area for this year group.
Students achieved top grades of A*/A in A-level and Distinction*/Distinction in Level 3 BTEC in business, law, English, art and sport.
Gareth Johnstone, head of sixth form, said: “This is a fantastic achievement, a landmark for our students and our school.
“I am so proud of their success, which sets a standard for the years to come.”
Sixth form students from Lancaster Royal Grammar School celebrated outstanding A-level results once again.
Half of all subject entries for the 158 upper sixth students were awarded A or A* grades, and 76 per cent of all exams received grade B or above.
An outstanding 18 per cent of all subject entries received the top A* grade.
Head Chris Pyle said: “I am delighted that this year group who performed so well at AS level last summer have done so well at this final stage of their school career.
“The number of A* grades is particularly impressive.
“At the time of writing we still await final news but we know that the vast majority of our students have accepted firm offers of places on their first choice university courses – many of them highly competitive courses, including 17 offers from Oxford and Cambridge, and other demanding offers for subjects as diverse as medicine, economics and art.
“Many congratulations to all of our leavers. They richly deserve their successes. The results are also a great tribute to the work of LRGS staff and the exceptional teaching which is the hallmark of the school.”
Among exceptional individual performances, 13 students gained three or more A* grades, including six who gained four A* grades and one student who achieved an exceptional five A* grades.
At Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, the year group of 154 students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 75 per cent of grades at A* to B.
Especially pleasing was the high percentage of A* grades – 19.5 per cent – which was the school’s best ever.
Pupils Kira Browne and Emma Fox gained an amazing five A* grades each.
“We are very pleased for our A-level students, who have worked so hard to achieve such an outstanding set of results,” said head Jackie Cahalin.
“We wish all our students well as they embark on their next stage of learning with eight students progressing on to Oxbridge and many to Russell Group universities as well as a range of other exciting opportunities.
“I am very grateful to the staff at LGGS for all their hard work, as well as the LGGS parents for their support and commitment.”
Carnforth High’s first ever Year 13 students received excellent A-level and equivalent results.
“The hard work and commitment of students has paid dividends,” said head of sixth form Chris Holland.
“The support of parents and the dedication and passion of staff has been fantastic.
“We wish all of our leavers the very best for their future, whether they be moving on to university, an apprenticeship or employment.”
Heysham High student Michael Frill will be studying veterinary medicine at Clare College, Cambridge, in September, after gaining an A* and three A grades in his A-levels.
In another excellent year for Heysham, students have been offered places at universities across the country, from Lancaster to Plymouth, to study such diverse subjects as IT, journalism, law, nursing, maths and cconomics, English, social work and town planning.
Deputy head Noops Kirby said: “We are proud of all our year 13 students, whether they are entering the world of work or off to the next, exciting stage of their education.
“We are obviously all delighted for Michael. He has worked very hard for his place at Cambridge and we wish him, and all our students, every success in their degree courses.”
Giggleswick School head Geoffrey Boult said: “We are proud of the achievements of all our U6 pupils, many of whom have achieved results that have won them places at some of Britain’s leading and most selective universities.
“Giggleswick caters for a range of academic ability but it is to the credit of pupils and staff that those in the ALIS ‘A’ band in terms of raw ability have achieved an A*-B pass rate of 90 per cent, matching or exceeding the most selective of schools.”
Settle College students have enjoyed another very successful year at A-level.
The pass rate of 99 per cent continues the success of previous year and 17 per cent of students gained A* grades which puts the college on a par with other high achieving schools in the area and is a 6 per cent increase on 2012.
Outgoing college principal, William Bancroft, congratulated all the students on their achievements.
“The results reflect a great deal of hard work and again show that our students perform very well against national figures.
“The students have experienced considerable upheaval as the school system in North Craven changed at the beginning of their final year.
“The staff and students have managed this transition extremely well and we are delighted with these results.”
Meanwhile, retiring Dallam headteacher, Steve Holdup, said: “I am absolutely delighted with this year’s A Level results. Everybody passed and there was a large number of students who got straight As and A*s in all of their subjects.
“Alongside our IB sixth formers whose record-breaking results were announced in July, students will be off to their chosen university courses in a few weeks’ time.
“I was especially pleased, though, with Year 11 students Lana Purcell and Ellen Sandford who gained A and A* grades in their A and AS Level exams in maths and physics two years early.
“They have been fully committed to the school’s highly effectively gifted and talented programme.
“All of these brilliant A Level results, of course, are down to the hard work of our exceptionally talented students and staff.”
* Keep checking the Lancaster Guardian website for updates on our district’s A-level successes.