Doncaster A level results day 2015

Trinity Academy students at Thorne celebrating their A level successes.'(l-r) Ellie Weatherald, Beth Fletcher, Rebecca Leng, Abbie Tomlinson and Maddie Peacock.
Trinity Academy students at Thorne celebrating their A level successes.'(l-r) Ellie Weatherald, Beth Fletcher, Rebecca Leng, Abbie Tomlinson and Maddie Peacock.

Thousands of students across Doncaster and the Dearne are this morning finding out if their hard work and effort has paid off as they wake up to record A-level results.

Throughout the day we will be bringing you all the latest news on how schools and colleges across the borough have done.

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Around 300,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be heading to their schools and colleges to receive their grades.

For some, the results will dictate whether they get into their university, apprenticeship or training scheme of choice, or whether they have to reconsider their options.

• The mood was celebratory at The Hayfield School, Auckley, as new headteacher Lisa Fox and staff shared students’ joy at what Mrs Fox termed a “very pleasing set of results”.

Lydia Jowitt, 18, of Edenthorpe was all smiles after gaining three A* grades to take her to Oxford to study physics. She said: “I’m delighted. My last exam was a bit of a car crash and I’ve been worried all summer...I’m so relieved.”

Also “surprised and pleased” was Thomas Godfrey, 18, of Intake, who will study pharmacology at Bath after notching up two A* and two A grades.

Two students, Mohini Panakar and Tanvi Khetan will study medicine at Birmingham and UCL respectively. Daniel Baker, 18, of Auckley is off to Paris to study French at the University of London Institute there and Ella Hill of Auckley will take up a place at the Laines Academy of Theatre Arts in London to do musical theatre. Emily Foreman of Bessacarr was thrilled to be going to Nottingham to study maths with two A* and an A grades.

Head of Year 13 Ben Robertson said: “We have some outstanding high fliers but also great success with mid-range students who have pulled up from GCSEs to do well at A-level. Results in general remain stable year on year. This year we had a close community of students who are a credit to the school and to themselves.”

• Ash Hill Academy is celebrating a very successful set of results with some students achieving the highest grades ever recorded at the school.

A school spokesman said that university applications have risen to 50 per cent this year with students set to study a wide range of subjects from Chemical Engineering to Sports Coaching. Most of these students will be the first member of their family to enter Higher Education.

Joshua Cronin achieved an A* in A-level Biology along with an A in Mathematics and B in Chemistry. He will study Chemical Engineering at Swansea University. Jack Parkin, who maintained a 100 per cent attendance record since Year 7, achieved an A in Mathematics, B in Further Mathematics, a Distinction* in Performing Arts and a Distinction in Dance. Jack will study Dance Performance and Musical Theatre Performance at the University of Cumbria.

Students achieving multiple Distinction Star awards in vocational subjects include Simran Chauhan (Business and ICT), Dylan Crank Performing Arts and Dance), Nathan Hall (ICT and Sport), Lewis McGarry (Diploma in Sport) and Jessica Patterson (Business and ICT).

• Staff and students at Hall Cross Academy were also celebrating after achieving improved results across ‘virtually all indicators’.

Students achieved a 99 per cent pass rate, with just under 70 per cent notching up A-C grades.

18-year-old, Nicole Clarke, said she was ‘really happy’ after attaining an A in Biology, a B in Chemistry and a C in History.

The proud teen is now set to study Law at the University of York.

“I was so stressed about my exams so this is a big relief. I’m going out tonight to celebrate with everyone,” said Nicole, of Shady Side, Hexthorpe.

Meanwhile Ellie Neil, of Meadows Court, Rossington, achieved an A grade in English Literature, an A in Physics and an A in Philosophy and Ethics.

The 18-year-old says she now intends to take a year out and hopes to start university in September 2016, after going travelling.

Principal at Hall Cross Academy, Pippa Dodgshon, said she was very pleased with this year’s set of results.

She said: “A record number of students have been accepted into their first choice university.

“We’re very proud of our students this year. We have one that has been accepted into Trinity College, Cambridge, which is hard to do.”

* There were screams of joy at Campsmount Academy as 83 per cent of students gained places at their first choice of university today.

Headteacher Adam Dale reported “significantly improved results across the Academy with 53% of A Levels graded A*-C, and very pleasingly 45% of Vocational results were the highest possible grade of Distinction*.”

Strong individual performances came from Kieron Cave who achieved 3 A and an A* grades in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and is to do medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Charlotte Viggars and Rebecca Clapham both gained three Distinction* and will study Primary Education at Manchester Met and Early Childhood Studies at Portsmouth respectively. Another student to excel is Bradley Searson who has an Apprenticeship with the Ambulance Service.

The Danum Academy said students surpassed themselves this year.

All students achieved at least one A level or BTEC.

Simon Haveron, director of sixth form, said. “This is another year of continuous sixth form success at Danum. It is particularly pleasing that almost all students are in their first or second choice university places. Virtually all other students are moving on to apprenticeships and jobs.”

In data terms, the academy increased average points per exam entry to 216. Schools co-ordinator Sue Abbiss said: “This is something to be very proud of. We have a very inclusive sixth form so some students begin from lower starting points than might be expected.”

Individual achievers included: Matthew Belk with 2 A* and one A grade, Simeon Chan with 2 A* and 2 A, Elinor Parker-Hunter 2 A* one A, Levi-Storm Wilby 2 Distinction* 2 A, Jessica Wheeler one A*, 2 A and Samuel Emerson 3 A* and one C grade.

Exceptional performances by A-level students are reported by Sir Thomas Wharton Community College.

Headteacher Keith Binks said: “We have bucked the national trend and increased our A/A* by five per cent with a group of students doing particularly well in Mathematics and the Sciences. Six students, Adam Whitehouse, James Sowerby, Sarah Colley, Georgia Gray, Katriona Miller and Emily Satchwell grabbed 20 A/A* grades between them.”

James Sowerby attained three A*s in Physics, Chemistry and Maths to secure his place at Manchester to do Physics, and Imperial College, London’s Engineering faculty is the destination of Adam Whitehouse who also attained three A*s in Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths plus an A in Physics.

Business Studies continues to be a strength with success at both A Level and in the Level 3 Diploma where six students attained distinctions including distinction stars (D*) for Eleanor Bratton and Sophie Greenfield.

Mr Binks added: “It was a joy this morning to see so many happy faces of students who have secured University places and those who are starting higher level apprentice programmes with a range of South Yorkshire companies. We look forward to hearing of their blossoming careers and future achievements.”

Over all results have shown an increase in the national pass rate to 98.1%.

At Rotherham and across part of the Dearne Valley, the over all A-level pass rate is 99.5%, an increase of 0.9%, meaning the borough remains 1.4% above the national average.

The Council noted significant performances among Dearne schools: Swinton Community School achieved an equivalent pass rate of a perfect 100%, an increase of 0.6% from last year, and Wath Comprehensive increased by 1.4% to 99.1%.

There was an outstanding performance by Thomas Collier Taylor from Wath Comprehensive who received four A* grades.

Last year A-level pass rates dropped nationally for the first time in more than three decades, while the proportion of exams awarded the very highest grades rose.
In total, 98% of exams scored at least an E grade, down by 0.1 percentage points - the first time it has fallen in 32 years.

Just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on 2013.

The proportion of A* grades rose to 8.2%, up 0.6 percentage points.

Boys out-performed girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys’ entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls, according to the official data, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Commenting ahead of the results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said: “The publication of this year’s A-levels results will once again be against a backdrop of uncertainty, not only from the impact of recent qualification reforms, but also amidst the now seemingly annual ritual of claims about inaccurate marking and questionable standards.

“Every year young people and teachers who have worked hard throughout the course see their efforts undermined by those who wish to detract from the achievements of our public education system which delivers, year on year, world-class standards of education.

“Teachers and pupils should be congratulated without reservation for what they have achieved.”

As the A-level results are published, youngsters who have applied for university will be finding out whether they have met the grade requirements to take up their chosen course.

The tens of thousands of would-be students without a university place are likely to enter clearing - the annual process which allows them to search and apply for courses that still have vacancies.

Last year 512,000 people secured a place at university or college through UCAS, with 61,300 students being accepted through clearing.

Students at McAuley Catholic High School were celebrating with many getting into their first choice of university.

Alicia Lodge, 18, was amongst those celebrating after picking up an A* in Business Studies, A in Health and Social Care and C in Economics.

Alicia is looking forward to studying Forensic Accounting at Sheffield Hallam.

She said: “I couldn’t sleep at all last night because I was so nervous, I’m so pleased I got in at my fist choice, we’re all going out tonight to celebrate.

Liam Oliver, 18 was proud of his B in PE, B in Geography and C in English.

Liam is looking forward to studying Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam.

He said: “I had to miss a lot of school because I was ill and I got a C, D and E in my mocks so I think that was the kick I needed so I’m over the moon with these results.”