Almost 100% of pupils at Upton High School passed their A levels this year with 54% achieving the highest grades of A*-B.

The top A* and A grades were achieved by 53 students.

Top scorers were Paul Walmsley and Claire Stringer, each with three A* grades and an A grade.  Paul gained A* in maths, further maths and physics and A in chemistry while Claire scored A* in chemistry, physics and maths and A in further maths.  Paul will read physics at Manchester and Claire chemistry at Durham.

Upton High School students Paul Walmsley and Claire Stringer who both achieved three A*s and one A grade in their A Levels
Upton High School students Paul Walmsley and Claire Stringer who both achieved three A*s and one A grade in their A Levels

Top performing students

Also gaining  A*/A grades in three or more A’ levels were:  Charlie Bertinat, John Craige, Bryn Kelman, Robert Nicholson, Sam Olyot, Thomas Rose, Jake Steeland, Joanne Brewin, Jade Brown, Natasha Draycott, Katrina Kaczmarski, Madison Piercy, Charlotte Stokes, Carly Wynne and Gonzalo Williams.  Another 35 students scored up to 2 A*/A grades among their results.

Heading for Oxford, Charlotte Stokes will read biology and Bryn Kelman will read mathematics at Warwick. 

John Craige will read English language and literature at Leeds while Joanne Brewin has been accepted to read veterinary medicine at Nottingham.  Thomas Rose will go to Lancaster to read physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

Charlie Bertinat and Jake Steeland have both chosen mechanical ngineering; Charlie at Newcastle and Jake at Sheffield while Natasha Draycott is set to read Hispanic studies and French at Warwick and Katrina Kaczmarski, history at Liverpool. 

Jade Brown will read psychology at Chester. 

Some students are taking gap years, including at least two students with excellent results who will apply to read medicine next year.

Showing promise for next year, AS results had the highest proportion of A*-B grades since AS qualifications began with an overall pass rate in line with previous years. 

A number of Year 12 students scored straight A grades, placing themselves in a strong position for university applications in the autumn.

Headteacher, Jane Holland, who retires at the end of the summer, was delighted with the results and paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of students and staff and, not least, to the considerable support given by parents. 

She said: “Upton’s sixth form is a large and inclusive one which gives opportunities to a wide range of students and it is good to see so many going on to university and to successful careers in the future.  As a school community, there is much to celebrate and we wish all our students good luck for the future.”

Our celebration of A Level success

We would like to celebrate the success of individual students in next week's Chronicle.

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