Jubilant students at Bishop Heber High School in Malpas celebrated making the grade in this year’s A-level results.

More than half of all grades awarded were A*- B with an overall pass rate of 99%.

Many students will now be taking up their places at universities across the country or in apprenticeship schemes, while others will enter paid employment or take gap years.

Staff said performance across all subjects was strong but of particular note are English literature, further maths, sociology and Spanish, where more than 75% of grades achieved were A*-B.

And 40% of students received A* grade in subjects including art and textiles, French and further maths.

Particular high achievers are Henry Delf-Rowlandson of Tilston who achieved four A* grades and will be taking up his place at Manchester University to study mechatronics engineering and Rebecca Ralph of Whitchurch will be studying maths at Lancaster having achieved three A* and two As.

A number of students are heading for Durham University after their impressive results, and these include Ciaran O’Shea from Malpas who will be studying general engineering after getting two A* and As, Bethan Cornforth of Chorlton will study modern languages having achieved two A*s and an A, while Adam David from Marbury will read politics after getting four As.

Harry Young of Tilston will study cellular and molecular medicine at Bristol with his one A* and three A grades, Sam Tute, also from Tilston, is heading to Bristol to study neuroscience after achieving three As, Amy Farr of Malpas who will study biology at Nottingham after achieving four As, Juliet Heaton of Worthenbury will study chemistry at Cardiff with her one A* and two A grades, while Anna Roseblade of Farndon who got one A* and two A grades will study fashion design and development at the University of the Arts London.

Head boy James Walley from Macefen is to read geography at Manchester with his three A grades, and head girl Lucy Earl of Threapwood will study biomedical science at Newcastle having achieved ABB in her exams. Both students are taking gap years before embarking on their chosen courses.

Headteacher David Curry was delighted with the results and said: “We are all extremely pleased with the A-level results published today.

“The very high quality of education and standards set at Bishop Heber High School are clearly evident yet again from this year’s A-level results.

“This year’s upper sixth is the largest cohort in the school’s history and reflects what is special about this school and sixth form that is: every student is supported and encouraged to be the best they can be.

“The upper sixth students collectively sat over 330 examinations this summer. The fact that half of the grades were an A*, A or B is a true reflection of how hard the students have worked with the support and direction of their teachers and families during their time in the sixth form.

“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the staff and governors at Heber to wish all ‘leavers’ our best wishes for the future.”

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