Upton-by-Chester High School is delighted with its pupils’ “superb” A-level results.

Despite the national trend showing a drop in the number of top grades at A-level, Upton has announced that almost 55% of its students achieved A*, A or B grades which is a further increase on last year’s results and “yet again” above the national average.

The school is also pleased that 78% of its students gained A*-C grades and a 100% success rate in the prestigious EPQ.

And the number of students gaining A* and A grades is also up – 28% compared to the national average of 26%.

Once again the school has a large proportion of students who have gained top grades in sciences and maths (STEM subjects) as well as in the arts and social sciences and who will be going on to study at elite universities.

Headteacher Paula Dixon said: “I am absolutely delighted at these outstanding results which comfortably exceed national averages and are a further improvement on last year’s successes. It is proof that real team work and consistent effort does lead to success.

“These results have not happened by chance, they are testament to the tremendous hard work, dedication and commitment of the staff and students combined with the support from the parents and carers of Upton High School. I would like to thank everyone involved for their contribution towards the continuing success of Upton-by-Chester High School, which continues to go from strength to strength.”

Among the high achievers are:

  • Rebecca Hirst has secured a place at Cambridge University to study English with A* in English literature and two A grades in history and sociology. Sam Hu is going to Imperial College London to study maths, having gained two A*s in both maths and further maths and grade A in physics. Rebecca Stroud achieved three straight A* grades in biology, chemistry and maths and will be studying biomedical sciences at Sheffield.
  • Lucy Searle will be studying medicine at Sheffield having gained two A*s in both chemistry and biology and grade A in maths. Josie Creeth has achieved A* in English literature and two A grades in both Spanish and French and will study modern languages at Birmingham. Dom Parente gained three straight A grades in chemistry, physics and maths and will study chemical engineering at Manchester.
  • Juliette McQueen achieved four straight A grades in biology, chemistry, maths and physics and will be taking a gap year before applying for medicine. Christopher Morrison achieved three straight A grades in chemistry, maths and PE and will study sport and exercise science at the University of Birmingham. Alex Turner achieved three straight A grades in chemistry, physics and maths and will study chemical engineering at Leeds.
  • Freya Phillips achieved A* in biology and two A grades in English literature and French and will study English at York. Claire Brewin achieved 2 A*s in English literature and drama and grade A in politics and will be taking a gap year before applying to drama school. Matthew Pryer achieved two A* grades in chemistry and maths and grade B in physics and will be studying chemistry at Nottingham. Rosanna Shaw gained three straight A grades in psychology, sociology and religious studies and will study midwifery at Salford University.
  • Zoe Thompson achieved A* in English literature and A grades in both English language and history and will study English literature and history at York. Dana Roberts gained three straight A grades in English language, media and psychology and will be going to Newcastle University to study English and psychology.
  • Rebecca Pentith achieved A* in psychology, A grade in PE and B in religious studies and will be staying in her home city of Chester to study sport and exercise science – while continuing her Irish dancing career!

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